You guys!?! We made it!! We made it to the end of the One Room Challenge!!
It’s kind of hard to believe that it’s over – these last two weeks have been a whirlwind and now’s time to share the final reveal! Who’s ready for the week 8 FINAL reveal!? I’m so excited to share what this space has grown into!
The biggest part of the Patio project was the actual patio! Remember where we started?
Remember how we changed that up…
And now… here we are!
I’m so happy with how it’s all come together and can’t wait to entertain out here! I think this space has grown into more than I could have even envisioned and I’m so happy with the result which makes all the crazy hard work that’s gone into this project – from the building of the table, to the digging the beds, to building the privacy planters – it makes all the hard work worth it to see everything pulled together and looking so great!
The seating area is so cozy and inviting. We added a sofa and three chairs because, well, we have a lot of neighbors and family. I wanted everyone to have a place to sit if they wanted and no one to feel squished. This area can easily seat 6 comfortably and maybe a few more with a little squeeze. Plus, we can move a few table ottomans around for more seats if need be.
The arm chairs and sofa are from World Market’s Segovia line. They have the clean lines that I wanted and while I’m not sure I’m going to love the cream all summer, they really do have a certain cool and relaxing vibe going on. The pillows are a from just about everywhere.
The armless chair is our amazing marketplace find and from Outer. It’s my favorite piece of anything out there. Super comfy and it seems to be everyone’s first go-to seat pick. I love that it’s teak and includes a zip on and velcro down cover – GENIUS!
All the end and side tables are a mix of old and new from IKEA and Target.
You might notice a little something else in the “lounge” area…
Yes, these beautiful cedar privacy planters were something that came into the mix quite late. We knew we wanted a little extra privacy, but we also knew we were going to build a pergola on at some point so we wanted something that could be moved and reused if we wanted to.
For under $150 each, we made these and used these plans. I’d still love to stain/seal them, but there’s something about weathered cedar that I honestly love so, natural works for now! Plus, that smell… mmmmm!
THE FIRE PIT
Then let’s move to the fire pit area…
I am still in love with these modern three slat back adirondacks. They really bring cohesion and weight to the patio. The fire pit was a project we had hoped to take on, but in the end, we just ran out of time. However, we do have a great solo stove so it works just fine so we’ve got something until we can tackle that project someday. Between rain, work, covid, and more rain… some things ended up having to take a backseat.
We added some planters at the four corners of the patio and included plants like lavender and lemongrass to try to alleviate the bug situation. We’ll see how long that lasts or if it helps! But until then, I’ll enjoy the amazing fragrance every time we walk back by the firepit!
The table was a beast and the biggest project we’ve ever tackled. Who am I kidding?! Mike tackled this one mostly by himself. The table sits so pretty and is quite comfortable to eat at. We love having this option for outdoor dinners now. My girls love to eat outside and I’m sure we’ll have many summer meals out here.
In the end, we only added six chairs around but could fit eight, which I love. I don’t have eight, but we can bring some from inside out if we need to. There’s nothing more homey than mismatched chairs around a table and a lot of laughs! I can’t wait to see this table in action! I love that it’s is big enough to entertain, but also doesn’t take over the entire space.
And on to the landscaping…
Man this was my most hated project throughout. But in the end, I am so glad that I did it! I choose hardy perennials (I hope) that will come back bigger and better every year. The plan from the beginning was to keep it pretty basic and see how things grow and learn from this project. Gardening and landscaping is a long haul, not a sprint, but doing this landscaping around the edges, really does give a more finished look and I have to say, I think it looks just as good as some professional landscapers might do.
While most of these plants, shrubs and flowers look small now, landscapes take time and patience. You can build on them and that’s what I intend to do with this fairly basic plan. Over the years we may add more grasses and I’d love to add some pretty hostas too. We’ll also add a few more beds around the back and around the house in general over the years while we make this house more homey.
From landscaping to gardens…
My husband also built me these garden beds to attempt to grow things in. So far so good… although, growing things in them will probably prove to be harder than making them was! Again with the cedar pickets, they took flight! I’m hoping to share tips, tricks, and fails too throughout the gardening season, but until then, here’s some pretty shots of this area which makes my day every morning when I walk out to water! Oh and my blooming photographer honing her stills in between trips to the pool!
And then there’s the area we already had. This space just needed cleaned up and tied in. The sofa we had here was gray wood but cream cushions. We kept the sofa, but changed the tables and area around just a little. We removed the actual coffee table and got some storage totes to keep toys and furniture covers in.
And that’s all folks! Phew! It’s been a long, stressful, fun, and rewarding 8 weeks and I’m so glad I did this! It’s helped me see that sometimes things don’t come along like you hope, sometimes things take longer than expected and sometimes things are worth the wait!
Cheers to finishing just in time for raceday! Wooo hooo! Now if only we could just watch the race on the big screen out here! Happy Memorial Day weekend and congrats to all who finished (even if right at the finish line!) the One Room Challenge along with me! What a feat and there are some really great rooms out there! I can’t wait to hop over the blog and check them all out while I drive home to hang with the family on this gorgeous weekend!
Here are all the weekly recaps from this Spring One Room Challenge 2022:
Week 1 – Before & Design Plans
Week 2 – Patio Pour
Week 3 – Furniture Layout
Week 4 – A Semi- Useable Space
Week 5 – Landscaping & Builds
Week 6 – The Table Reveal
Week 7 – Running Out of Time
Week 8 – Final Reveal