Making plans for the back patio (And Giveaway Info)

I want to thank all of you who toured my home during the Parade of Homes at Poppies at Play.  I had so much fun participating and touring all of the other amazing homes.  If you missed it, you can click on the button below and still “join the parade”. 


I also want to thank you for all of the sweet comments about my master bedroom makeover.  I am so glad it is finished!  Of course, there will always be room for some “tweeking”, ya know.  If you missed the final reveal, just click on the picture below and it will take you there.


During the parade, many of you commented that you liked my back patio the best.  Thank you!

I love this area of our home. 

When we bought the house five years ago, that area was actually an unfinished, enclosed sun room.

At first, I thought I would love having a sun room.  But the truth is..I hated it.  It was like a huge, bug collecting sauna!  It didn’t matter how many times I cleaned out the bugs, I would wake up the next morning and find a gazillion more bugs. 

There were so many bugs, that even my boys didn’t like playing out there.

Now that’s a lot of bugs!!

The sunroom was enclosed with large glass sliding doors.

(This project was completed before my blogging days, so no pictures, I’m so sorry.)

So we tore them all down and made it into a covered patio instead.  I am so glad we did!

My husband installed four large columns across the back of the patio to match the columns in the front of our home.

I have created two eating areas on the patio for now. 

This is what you see as soon as you walk outside the kitchen door…


This little table and chairs I got at a yard sale for $20.00 like 6 or 7 years ago.  It was a hunter green color, so I spray painted the whole set black.


There is a ceiling fan directly above this table.  I may eventually turn this space into a seating area with some wicker chairs or something, but I have to admit I love all the extra eating space.  Sometimes we make this table the “kid table”.  :)

The other side of the patio has a larger set of table and chairs that my hubby bought me for our anniversary about 3 summers ago.

We bought them  from Target, and I have loved using them. The table is extra roomy, and the two chairs on the ends are rockers…so relaxing!


The chairs came with these orange cushions, so I bought some green and orange coordinating fabric from Hancock Fabrics to make some pillows.


We have a chandelier hanging on this side to “dress things up a bit.”  I absolutely LOVE having a chandelier outside!


The other side of the patio looks like this…(except the big green curtain is usually tied back.)  :)


The sun sets on this side.  So when we are eating dinner at this table in the evening, we are flooded with hot, bright sunlight!

I made the curtain as a solution to the problem.  The curtain is made from outdoor fabric and stretches across the side of the patio to block the sun. 

Now for the tablescape…

I got the green placemats from Walmart a few years ago.  The stemware was given to me by my mom several years ago too.  She had gotten them at Walmart.


The plates and bowls are by Gibson and I got them from Big Lots  for the guest house.

I love my lantern. I got it at Gordmans for about ten dollars, and the orange candle inside smells soooo good!

Of course, you ALL know where those little salt and pepper “birdies” came from. :) (Target)



And last but not least, my silverware is a great little find my mom got at a yard sale last year. She got a bag of old tarnished
silverware for only $5.00!


I polished them up real good, and they look like new!  The best thing is…they are monogrammed with the letter “H”!   That’s the letter of my last name-Thank you, MOM!   I will be using them in my guest house.


I am wanting to work on this outdoor space a little more right now.

Some of the material on the cushions is starting to fade.

Should I use different colors this time?

I was thinking tan and black…

or lime green and black…

or light blue and black…

What do you think?

Anyway, I also wanted to take the time to thank you for linking up to my party last week! 

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I have visited half of the links and will be trying to get to the rest of them this week.  If you missed the party, click HERE to check it out. 

I will announce the winner of my party giveaway tomorrow!


I also wanted to take a second to tell you about my sister’s great giveaway!


She is having a blogiversary giveaway!  And boy is it a good one! (She just recently got a new blog design and I think it is awesome!  And I would say that even if she wasn’t my sister.) :)

My sweet sister, Cyndi, special ordered a custom-made Lisa Leonard necklace for this giveaway!


It is in honor of the one year anniversary of her blog and in memory of our precious Mom.

During Mom’s illness we saw the word of God alive in her.  Especially the verse, “To live is Christ, to die is gain.” Phil.1:21

The front…


The back…


I saw this necklace in person last night, and it is absolutely beautiful!!

So please go over to her blog and enter!  She is excited about meeting a lot of new bloggers and building her community.

Click on her fab button and it will take you there.


Have a blessed day!



  1. Our ten year anniversary is this fall and I'd love new bedding but I'm not sure what I can pull off from this distance! It may wait until we come home in 2 years. Your master looks so peaceful and restful- just as it should! Kudos!!!

    I like that lime medallion type fabric from Ballards paired with black for outside- some sort of black perhaps to tie in with the chandelier? Regardless, the space is fantastic!!

  2. Good morning Traci – God Bless you during this time of remembering your Mom. I'm sure she's in your thoughts constantly. I didn't realize your sister had a blog so I immediately clicked on following her. Do you have any other sisters that I can follow? Okay, I'm not a stalker…LOL, I just love the way you have loved your mom and wished I could give you a hug..I'll be thinking good thoughts for you and your family. Have a blessed week.

  3. Traci, What a beautiful back porch. I love the green curtains! I have a similar problem with my back porch. Out of curiosity what did you use to hang the curtains? I enjoy all of your posts, thanks so much for all of the positive, uplifiting words!

  4. I am so happy you shared your patio.And so jealous that you have a covered one.I am looking for patio furniture and hope to find something nice and cheap soon..your pics are inspiration
    thanks once again

  5. What a wonderful patio area! Love it!! As for your new ideas on materials – the tan and black totally appeals to me – very chic! Can't wait to see what you do next.

  6. Now I just adore your patio but would never say it's my favorite part after seeing what you've done to the inside. Your home is gorgeous!

  7. I love your covered patio, Traci! What a great spot.

    Is the fading on your cushions noticeable? They look great in the photos. And I love the way they coordinate with your curtain and those beautiful placemats.

    It's great the way you explained all the details of your tablescape. My favorite thing is the silverware. What a find!

  8. Woo hoo! I knew you would post about your back porch. I love it sooo much. Can you tell that I am a porch gal??

    Funny, you and I have the same color, orange. I am seriously thinking about changing my to sea blue/brown since my wicker chair is dark brown.
    I think yours would look good in tan/black to run with the flow of inside your house.

    As for someone asking: what did you use to hold your curtain? I would like to hang one up in my porch….

    Thanks so much for sharing! :)

  9. I love your patio sets! So picture perfect:) I love the orange, but if you are going to change up the colors, I would definately do a bright green with black! You can never go wrong with green. It's so spring-y and fun for summer too:)

  10. I have to confess…. I completely STOLE your Bedroom set!! I already had the dark choclate skirt and RAN as fast as I could to TJ Maxx and got a white comforter with dark chocolate pillow shams. It looks so good!!!!!!

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