March 29, 2013

Front Patio Updates

Happy 300th post to me and happy Friday to you :)

Our foyer wasn't the only thing we fancified over the weekend! We also updated our front patio:

Aside from adding seasonal holiday decor, its pretty much looked like this since we moved in:

So inviting, right? I apologize for the horrible, awful sunny photo...

Anyway, about those updates! They started with the planters that my mom generously gifted me a couple weekends ago:

They're the short and tall Dundee planters from Crate & Barrel and I L-O-V-E them!

Amber at Wills Casa mentioned that they look like Modernica planters when I posted a sneak peek of them on Instagram. They totally do but both of my planters cost less than one Modernica planter which is awesome! I still want a Modernica one for inside though...

Anyway, my mom helped me plant a spineless yucca in one planter ($10 Home Depot score!) and a golden barrel cactus ($15 Home Depot score!) in the other:

Don't mind those blurry yucca leaves, the wind was blowing like crazy!

Both will have to be planted somewhere in our yard in a few years when they grow too big for the planters but that's assuming my black thumb can keep them alive that long haha

The other patio updates include our "M" and our striped doormat:

Why an "M"? Well, my boyfriend's last name starts with an "M" and even though we're not engaged/married, we've been together for 4, going on 5 years. I don't see that changing anytime soon so why not! Plus, an "M" seemed easier to make than a "K" for my last name haha

Stop by next week for a full DIY tutorial on how we made the "M" :)

In the mean time, check out our doormat! Doesn't it scream spring? It's from Target's Threshold line. I can't find it online but I think it was $16.99? Maybe it was only $12.99. I can't remember.

I'll be honest and tell you that I spent a good half an hour in the doormat aisle arguing with my boyfriend over which one we should buy. And then I spent another 20 minutes arguing with my mom about them the next day ... I'm such a delight haha

I wanted something neutral and boring but they kept insisting on the colorful ones. I'm happy we chose the one we did though because it ties in with our house colors so well and fine, I'll admit it, I like it :)

Please live little plants :)

I wouldn't say the patio is done-done but it's about 90% finished. I'd still like to add a door knocker (after I get over my fear of drilling holes in my door) and maybe a small bench under the "M" for seating. I don't want it to look like an outdoor restaurant waiting area or block the planters though so maybe not.

How about a before and after to finish out this Friday?

Ahhh, much better! Thanks mom :)

What do you think of our updates? Would you add anything else to the patio or stick a fork in it and call it done?

Psst: I'll be back on Sunday to celebrate our 10th Monthiversary :)

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  1. I love the planters! My favorite is the cactus ;)
    You entry looks awesome now!

  2. Happy 300th post! Those planters are gorgeous & fingers crossed that they stay alive. I think a bench or a chair would be cute (and not restauranty) especially if you add a fun throw pillow.

  3. Looking good! That doormat is ridiculously appealing--I love it. My brother tells me that the best way to take care of a cactus is to forget you have a cactus. FWIW. Which may be nothing; that advice might only work in Georgia, where we have humidity to water our cacti (well, I mean, and other humid places).

  4. It looks so welcoming and pretty! I love all of your updates...the planters are too cute!

  5. It looks great! I can't get over how much those planters look like the modernica ones. The bases look metal. Are they? If so, that probably works out a lot better than the wood ones on the modernica for outside use!

    Happy 300th post!

  6. Thanks Julia!

    Sarah - We talked about adding chairs so we could sit and watch the sunset so maybe that'd be a better option than a bench! It'd feel a little less "restaurant" too :)

    Gretchen - I've heard the same thing! We don't have any humidity here so I've been giving it little drinks once a week or whenever the soil looks really dry and flakey. It seems to be working so far! *Knock on wood*

    Thanks Gabbi!

    Amber - Yep, both the planter and stand are metal! 100% iron to be exact :) If you do look into getting them, note that the they don't have any drainage holes. We drilled one in the center of the bottom of each planter and that's worked well for us. Nothing a little DIY can fix!

  7. It looks really fantastic! Do you have any issues with them tipping over? I guess the entryway is pretty protected from wind,so it may not be an issue.

  8. LOVVVVVVE that door mat. The updates look stellar!

  9. Thanks Jane! They haven't tipped over yet but that doesn't mean they won't. The planters themselves are pretty heavy with all of the soil and what not but that makes them top heavy when they're sitting on the stands so I'm sure they're bound to go crashing down at some point, unfortunately. Fingers crossed that doesn't happen!

    Thanks Kenz! :)

  10. I love those updates. I really like that you paired the very modern (and awesome) planters with a very eclectic almost Moroccan hurricane. And I LOVE that M. Can't wait to see how you made it! Love the mat too, but then again, I love colors :) Everything looks so great together. Modern with a transitional, eclectic twist!

  11. I'd add a peep hole!

    Looks great, and I love those planters!

  12. I love it all. That "M" is fabulous~

  13. TOTALLY crazy about those amazing planters, and I think you guys did well on the colorful doormat. I know I say this every time I'm on your blog, but I seriously love your style.

    Kelly @ View Along the Way


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