Thank You: Many thanks to Elisa of Fancy Free Me for nominating Brave New Home for its fifth Liebster Award! If you’re still interested in getting to know me better, feel free to catch up on my past survey answers here and here.
Psst, we’ve been house hunting! We even put in an offer on a condo in my dream neighborhood (spoiler alert: we didn’t get it but that’s okay by us, it was a little on the higher-than-we’re-comfortable-with side anyways) that had a cute little enclosed patio. As soon as we put in our offer I did the totally sane and rational thing and started planning how I would decorate this new home that we were destined to own! I’m no gardener and would be completely happy with a little piece of enclosed land for Anak to tackle messier projects in (like play dough and all things glitter, wait, that’s me) or to have simply have an outdoor space for us all to lounge .This enclosed patio got me excited because unlike other properties we’ve seen, this one actually has sound earth to play around with!
For my inspiration images, I purposely chose a few from our region; we get lots of intense sun and very little rain. And since land comes at a premium, yards tend to be on the smaller side.
I’m crazy about that outdoor fireplace in this Los Angeles backyard!
I’m loving the balance of modern and minimal with organic growth in this Hollywood Hills home.
This Palm Springs home epitomizes weather appropriate landscaping while not screaming desert.
And here’s what I came up with:
Of course, I’m all about adding a rug wherever possible! Since a fire pit would likely be a no-go with most HOAs, I thought these modern fire torches would be a nice way to bring in some warmth without taking up too much space in a small patio. I would build a low deck for seating and leave the other half (or maybe even two thirds) of the patio a cement slab/grass combo.
For more outdoor space ideas, check out my Outside Spaces/Gardens board.
Does your outdoor design philosophy extend from what’s already indoors? Do your outdoor spaces serve a function or are they mostly decorative?