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How to Decorate a Small Patio

How to utilize the most space on a small patio for function and entertaining by using one simple set up, plus ways to create cozy, rustic decor style.

A huge thanks to World Market for supplying outdoor items for this post. All opinions of pretty patio decor are completely my own. For more info, see my full disclosure.

Get ready for a great big ball o’ fun today, y’all, with maybe a backyard dance party and a cookout thrown in. Because after working our booties off last week, I have a big reveal happening plus the biggest giveaway this little ol’ blog has ever seen!

I have never really shown our back patio before, mainly because there really wasn’t much to see. But here it is…

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Kinda wimpy, huh? This small patio has always been really tricky since space is very limited. Our 10×10 slab of concrete really needed some love. I know so many people, especially those of us who live in the stock builder subdivision neighborhoods, often have this typical setup.

So I made it my goal to squeeze in as much function in this small space as possible while also making it cozy and inviting for guests. The spring and summer is when we host several big shindigs with a Memorial Day cookout, July 4th gathering, and a few birthday parties as we creep into the fall.

If you’re ever feeling stuck in your outdoor space, this video with a few decorating tips from Sabrina Soto might be helpful too.

I ended up creating a mood board that looked something like this utilizing some of my favorite pieces from the Havana Club and Seaside Modern collections.

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Source List:

  1.  Outdoor pillows
  2.  Green stripe outdoor throw
  3. Edison-style string lights
  4. Galvanized metal strip lanterns
  5. Wooden occasional chair with cushion
  6. Terracotta fire pit
  7. Yellow Citron reversible floor mat

After Robert and I put it all together, the weather was being very devious the day I tried to photograph- raining one minute, hot and humid the next, and then a cold and windy sunset. It was tricky business, but I’m over the moon excited with how it turned out!

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I grounded the space first by placing a rug to add some color and pattern.

I chose several wooden and metal elements to create a cozy, rustic vibe. By setting up four patio chairs on each corner of our concrete slab, I utilized as much seating as possible without making it feel cramped.

I love how super comfy they are.

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I left Olivia’s child-sized bistro table out here that I found at the thrift store last year. So she still has room for her little space between the chairs too.

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To add some function and a centerpiece to the patio, I placed the fire pit in the middle of the chairs.

It’ll be perfect for roasting s’mores during family cookouts. Robert and I might end up putting a table top in place of the metal spark guard sometimes to make it function more like a coffee table when it’s not in use. I love the unique shape of this one though.

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And I think the throw and pillows bring just enough pattern and color into the space without being overwhelming.

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Setting up the outdoor string lights was a bit of a process since we didn’t have a pergola or existing structure to attach them to. So I used this trick that I found over at City Farmhouse using planters with poles cemented into the bottom. It worked perfectly!

We planted lemongrass and citronella to keep the mosquitos away this summer too. It smells amazing!

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I went with these Edison-style string lights to give some vintage flair out here. They create a beautiful ambience as the sun sets.

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Since we had this blank wall with vinyl siding, I felt like making it decorative and functional by hanging a small herb garden in these metal troughs I had. It’s right outside of our kitchen door, so I can just come out here and snip a few herb sprigs to throw into any dinner I’m cooking.

I’ll be sharing more about those later.

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I set up some snacks out here too because hello… what kind of backyard party would it be without s’mores and lemonade? I used my favorite pitcher I had and a dish towel since… ya know, s’mores eating is kinda messy.

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So now Robert and I have a space to hang out and listen to some Zac Brown Band on the radio while Olivia plays on her playground in the backyard.

How to Decorate a Small Patio | blesserhouse.com - Utilize a small patio space with chairs at each corner and a fire pit in the middle for function and entertainment. Add outdoor string lights for a cozy ambience.

How to Decorate a Small Patio | blesserhouse.com - Utilize a small patio space with chairs at each corner and a fire pit in the middle for function and entertainment. Add outdoor string lights for a cozy ambience.

How to Decorate a Small Patio | blesserhouse.com - Utilize a small patio space with chairs at each corner and a fire pit in the middle for function and entertainment. Add outdoor string lights for a cozy ambience.

How to Decorate a Small Patio | blesserhouse.com - Utilize a small patio space with chairs at each corner and a fire pit in the middle for function and entertainment. Add outdoor string lights for a cozy ambience.

I’m so happy to finally have this patio looking good so we can start enjoying dinners and family time out here on warm summer nights.

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So about that awesomesauce giveaway… you can enter World Market’s Celebrate the Outdoors Sweepstakes for a chance to win a 6 day getaway for 4 to a beach house in Maui, Hawaii plus a $1,000 World Market gift card. And 3 first prize winners for a $500 gift card. (Just click the image below to enter.)

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 Do you have any outdoor makeover plans coming up soon? Are you ready to come over for a backyard cookout now? We’ll fire up the grill for ya.

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86 Comments

  1. It’s just gorgeous, Lauren! I’ve been dreaming of a pergola over our concrete slab for like two years now but the hubster isn’t really on board {yet}. I have to go check out World Market’s patio section now!

    1. I have too! This was a good temporary solution until we can get to that big project. Maybe it’ll convince your hubby. 😉 Hope yours turns out well!

  2. It’s so beautiful! The lights are my favorite part and I love how you figured out how to hang them! World Market is one of my favorite stores– I love everything in there!!! Can’t wait to hear about those herb planters! I’ve been searching for those and keep coming up empty handed. Spill the beans!! 😉

    1. Thanks, Samantha! They’re my favorite too. 🙂 I get in soooo much trouble every time I visit that store. It takes like 20 minutes to pry my daughter away from their toy aisle. It’s good bribery though. 😉 As for the herb planters, I found them at curtiscreation.com I’ll be sharing more about it next week.

  3. Lauren, you did a Fantastic Job!!! Love all your great ideas. I know that you and your family will enjoy your Beautiful patio for a long time! Thank you for sharing it with us. God Bless Y’all!!!

  4. Your patio looks GREAT, but I love all of your makeovers! I’m currently working on our patio too…hope it turns out half as beautiful as yours. Great job, now kick back and relax 😉

  5. I love the way you changed the look of your patio with just a few things added! While I think the added rug is beautiful, I would be concerned it is a fire hazard. I would think the heat radiating from the bottom of the pit or an occasional ember might set the rug to melt below it or catch on fire. Something to consider for those redecorating.

    1. Thanks! No, we’ll definitely remove the rug when we light the fire pit or move the fire pit to the grass if we have more than 4 people around it. I’d be concerned about that too.

  6. I am anxious to find out how you attached the troughs to the siding. We have a small patio too. I have been using command strips but sometime they just don’t do the job.

  7. I love this look, but it’s so much work carrying everything in and out of the weather!!

    1. We’ll probably end up getting a small outdoor storage box to store cushions or loose items when the pollen gets bad or when bad weather is on its way.

  8. Looks fabulous Lauren!! truly small spaces are so overlooked, when they can provide such a cozy warm vibe! as you’ve demonstrated here, great job!!

  9. You did such an amazing job with a limited space. It makes it look much larger. I love it.

    1. Yes, this rug is purely for outdoor use, I’d say. I’m not 100% positive, but I believe this one is made out of recycled plastic bottles so it’s eco-friendly. I definitely know some of their other outdoor rugs are made out of them.

  10. This may be my favorite post you have done so far. You planned and executed well, and your outdoor space is an extension of your lovely,welcoming home. You did not sacrifice functionality for the aesthetic,but it is very inviting. Congratulations on a great job!

    1. Thank you so much! We’re so glad to finally have this space to use. It was so barren and sad before.

  11. Looks great! Just a caution. If you use the firepit, the sparks will burn the carpet beneath.

    1. That is something we’ve thought about for sure too. The spark guard is supposed to help, but I don’t want to take any chances with the rug there. We’ve talked about putting a table top on it when not in use and when we light it, we’ll scoot it to the grass or remove the rug.

  12. I love all of it! but what did you do with your grill? I would love to do something like this, but we use our grill too much

    1. We’re putting a few concrete pavers on the edges soon to make a little spot for the grill. We have it currently sitting on the edge of the patio on top of where the grass meets it, but I moved it out of the way to photograph our setup. I’ll probably share more about it when we get the pavers in.

  13. Looks great Lauren. Gotta know what those hook-thingys are that you used on the siding. Hope you will share that soon.

  14. I live your new patio! I just thought I’d tell you they now make solar lights similar to you Edison string lights. The area we want to put our patio is away from the house & I was worried about the cord, but this makes it possible. I really think lights complete the look and make just the right ambiance for nighttime.
    Love your site, I’m glad I found you!

    1. Thanks, Shelley! I hadn’t seen the solar ones. Are you able to turn them on and off when you like or do they just stay on until they run out of solar power? I agree. Love the look of lights for nighttime!

  15. It looks great Lauren! The time is right for this sort of thing and I know you have been busy taking care of the inside but now we need to go outdoors and enjoy nature and the fresh air. Everything you selected is beautiful.

    1. Thanks, Mary! I agree! With our messy kitchen makeover happening right now, it’s a much needed spot to get away from the chaos. Oy! We’re needing lots of fresh air lately.

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