The New Patio

It took a whole lot of tamping, and adding gravel, and leveling sand, and the laying of pavers… but it’s finally done.

The New Patio

We have a patio!

I did buy the garden stool from Lowe’s that nikkirose mentioned. I think it’s cute with the Orbit chairs – they needed something solid and sturdy to contrast against their spindley legs.

The New Patio

We spread grass seed around the perimeter – hopefully it will take. I want to create a garden out there too, but that can wait. Right now, we’re just thrilled to have a level, hard surface to put our patio furniture on.

The New Patio

Oh, and we’re exhausted.

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  • Samae
    July 10, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    Wow. It looks great! I love everything, but I especially love the table. I sooo wish there was an Ikea near us! Thanks for sharing.

  • amy purple
    July 10, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    It looks wonderful and the edging along the edge of the sidewalk looks PERFECT! Look at your fancy BBQ too! Summer time fun is in store for your yard!

  • i suwannee
    July 10, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    i’m interested in how that pillow holds up outside. i love it. keep me updated.

  • Ileana
    July 10, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    It looks fabulous! Cookout at your place this weekend! ;)

  • tia
    July 10, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    wonderful job! i wish i had the inclination to attack my yard like that.

  • My
    July 10, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Looks snazzy…

  • Cindy
    July 10, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Congrats on the new patio!! All we currently have is our balcony and I pray every day for a house of our very own so I can design the perfect backyard. I am envious of those with grass :(

  • Nicole
    July 10, 2008 at 4:08 pm


  • londoncalling
    July 10, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    Looks great! I NEED 2 of those ikea chairs.

  • seven
    July 10, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    So cute! I love it. And I’m totally jealous.

  • Miss Scarlett
    July 10, 2008 at 4:37 pm


    Now all you need is a nice Pergola over top!!

  • Jules
    July 10, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    Oh to have your energy and fallow through. The Mister and I can’t seem to find the time or desire to work on the house–which is sad because it really needs it!

  • Jules
    July 10, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    Ignore the typos in above post. Sigh.

  • Casey
    July 10, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    Love it. Where is your table from?

  • LeeAnn
    July 10, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    That looks amazing! I know how much hard work it took to make that happen. Good for you! You’ll have years of enjoyment out in that outdoor space you created. :)

  • Nicole
    July 10, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    Looks amazing… what a great job! Bonus: you have tons of summer left to enjoy it!

  • kimberlymichelle
    July 10, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    what a wonderful job! It’s it so nice to just have a little piece of non-dirt in your yard? Our patio is quite small too… with no furniture… but we love it!

  • sunandstone
    July 10, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    looks great! can i ask where you got the little white+metal planters?

  • southern hostess
    July 10, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    It looks great! This apartment dweller is jealous.

  • Carol
    July 10, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    Well done! I get tired just looking at the directions for putting a paver patio in. It looks wonderful. A great space to enjoy the outdoors.

  • Sarah
    July 10, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    Oh, it looks GREAT!!!! Just in case you are looking (and this isn’t a hint, I just love mine), wonderful bushes for around A/C units are DWARF burning bush. They grow super fast, screen our unit wonderfully and the dwarf are good for smaller yards (we have a “bung” too).

    Love reading your blog and seeing your progress! I’m jealous of your decorating skills. xo

  • Jennifer
    July 10, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Absolutely beautiful. You do such a lovely job. How inspiring!!

  • Jessica
    July 10, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    The Patio looks great. I love the long wooden table.

  • Shannon
    July 10, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    Oh wow! That looks like SO MUCH work! I had no idea that so much went into creating a patio! Talk about some serious dedication!

  • Sara
    July 10, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    Did you have to cut some of the pavers to go around the curve in the sidewalk? How did you go about that?

    Looks amazing, by the way!

  • Cathe
    July 10, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    Wow, I am in awe… your patio is lovely! All we have in our yard in a patio deck that is too high and too large with some dying grass all around. Sigh…

  • Yesi Yesi
    July 11, 2008 at 1:22 am

    you do wonders! sometimes i wish your blog was a tv show, haha! awesome awesome job!

  • Mona
    July 11, 2008 at 6:26 am

    I love that garden stool and I like that you did a lot of this yourself it looks so great.

  • Making it Lovely
    July 11, 2008 at 10:03 am

    Casey, the table is from IKEA, and sunandstone, the planters were from CB2 (last year). Sara, we did have to cut a lot of pavers. We used a little handheld rotary saw to score the pavers on all sides, and then we wacked off the ends with a hammer.

    Sarah, we have a dwarf burning bush! I put it elsewhere in the yard though. Maybe I’ll see how I like it and get more? I’m planning on building a cover for the air conditioner units too.

    Yesi Yesi, sometimes I wish my blog was a tv show too. Hee. ;)

  • Tatyana
    July 11, 2008 at 11:54 am

    It looks amazing. I would need 20 cups of coffee to be able to do what you do – all these projects + your business. Impressive!
    I love the stool. I can’t believe it’s so affordable…

  • Kelly
    July 12, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Looks great! We have the paver patio, but we are missing a table and chairs for dining outside.

  • Goody
    July 14, 2008 at 1:39 am

    great job, now i hope you guys relaxed there all weekend…

  • nikkirose
    July 14, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    I am so glad that my excessive shopping is helping the masses! The garden stool looks great out there and I love the aerial shot of your patio area. Thanks for inspiring us, Nicole.

  • At Home Redesigns
    July 14, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    I’m loving the pop of color with the pillow and garden stool…I’m also enjoying your blog and plan to add you to my blog roll.

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  • M&Co
    July 17, 2008 at 9:29 am

    And what a perfect patio! Stunning work! nd I love the chairs! And that fabulous pillow!! Have fun and enjoy many summer days and evenings out there :-)

  • hsk
    July 17, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    good work…that wall is screaming for some vines. throw up a trellis and grow some wisteria or climbing hydrangea.

  • Velvet
    July 22, 2008 at 7:41 am

    Mmm, looks like a lovely summer patio. Really nice place to spend some time at the weekends!

  • Annie
    February 9, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Your patio looks awesome! Is there a list of tools/items required for this project? And/or any tips amazing results? We have a smaller space but would love to create a patio like this. Yours is perfection!

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