Celebrating outdoor living, how to add function & style

Celebrating outdoor living, how to add function & style

**I worked with World Market on this post and was compensated. My opinions on the products are my own**

celebrating outdoor living

Hi guys! I am sooo amped for today, I hinted a tiny bit at what I was working on but wanted to keep things a little bit of a surprise. Today is the day I get to reveal all! I redid my backyard outdoor space. Let’s just say, I am in lurve with it! A little back story on why I am so excited to have this project done, I now live in the Midwest, but was born and raised in Southern California. The bright, sunny and beautiful year round weather there allows for indoor/outdoor living. I grew up spending my time outside and treating a patio or porch like an extension of the house. But, here in Wisconsin where we have Elsa loosing her Frozen mind for half the year we only get about 4 months of warm temperatures. I am determined to make those worth it! Today I am sharing Celebrating outdoor living, how to add function & style. 


The outdoor living part I explained, the function part of it is pretty much what I try to do with all parts of my home. I have three young kids, two dogs, one husband, and too much chaos. I always aim to make every inch of my home useful space full of function. The patio area is no different. As you can see, my outdoor space was rough looking. We had hand-me-down furniture that I painted, they looked pretty. But you could not hide the age of the furniture itself, they were literally falling apart and rotting. There is no reusing these anymore.

The patio itself is a massive space. Almost too much space, which is never a bad thing. But it can pose issues in how to situate furniture and combine seating areas.


This is our patio table, this picture is from last year. We actually had three of the tiles break, so we either had to get new tiles, a new table or figure out how to make this one work. I came up with a solution to upcycle this table. The total cost to redo this was only $70 of supplies!


Here is my new and improved outdoor patio space!!!

bright outdoor decor

I had big plans to create new patio furniture from scratch, but time, kids, life, my dog ate my homework…. stuff happened. However, World Market had this 4 piece set that came with a bench, coffee table and two chairs! It has a dark finish and came with the white cushions, which can all come off and be stored when not in use. When I saw this in the store, my DIY plans went out the window. I feel as if I am cheating on my DIY for life stance, “it did not mean anything, it was just a one-time thing…” But, I gave myself plenty of other DIY projects in this patio redo to keep myself happy.

bench seating outside

Ok, these pillow are amazing! When I saw this octopus pillow I knew I had to have it, and honestly planned my colors around this pillow. It was just what I was looking for in this space. Fun, bright and coastal. There are a ton of throw pillow options that all work great for the outdoor living ideas.

coffee table decor

colorful patio

I like the idea of having table sitting around for drinks to be set, food, or in my kids case… books, toys, rocks, leaves and bubbles. The amazing thing about this set-up I have is that this living room sitting area can comfortably seat 10 people. It does not feel too crowded, and setting the bench and chairs up in a square allows group conversations or smaller grouping conversations.

dining room outdoors

This is what I turned my patio table into! I am sooooo happy with how it turned out. I will be revealing the details to this, how I created it and the full steps soon. Be sure to check back to get the full tutorial.

anchor outdoor decorations

anchor decor

coastal outdoor ideas

I went decorating crazy for this pretty new table. I used a few new pieces from World Market along with items I already had. Mixing the two together, and full disclosure, I DO get fresh flowers all the time. Either from my own garden or the store, it is my one guilty pleasure and I am always arranging them into various vases. So this table decor is just an average look for us. I enjoy it so much!

dining table upcycle

buckets for flower planters

Another thing I enjoy so much is adding fresh blooms and plants all over my home, inside and out. I think tiny touches like this help make the space feel cozy. The one difference I notice with people here in the Midwest versus people in California is the amount of decor for the outdoor space. When you decorate your outdoor space fully it becomes natural to sit out there, read, eat meals, or even work with a lap-top, the ease of transition to relaxing outside is simple. Because all of the smaller details make it feel just as cozy as a living room.


Here is where the function I promised comes in. This is what my kids used to store their outdoor riding toys. A tiny alcove outside our home is such an awkward spot, but perfect to hide kids stuff.

outdoor eating area

I made a “kids garage” for this corner. When entertaining it can be used as a place for snacks and drinks to be set on.

kids toy outdoor storage

But, behind the curtain (that is a shower curtain from World Market) my kids have all of their outdoor toys hidden. Out of sight, out of mind. I wish I had thought to make this sooner. I will be sharing the full tutorial to this as well. I have a ton of DIY projects within this patio area, be sure to follow me on social media or subscribe to my email so you can stay up-to-date on any tutorials I share.

outdoor drink table

Here is another of my DIY projects, this serving tray.  I shared the simple way I made it a few week ago.


DIY tray

pink flowers

Flowers in vases are a great way to add a homey touch to an outdoor space.

hiding electric box

Here is something I was determined to find a solution for, this electrical box is smack dab in the middle of our patio area. Talk about an eye sore!

how to hide electrical box outside

I created a simple and movable screen, also functional! I warned you I like function, this cute screen doubles as a towel rack for my kids. I have three kids and three adorable surf board hooks.

how to decorate with bright colors

painted tape lines

I will be explaining the simple way I made this, and of course created the details to make this feel like legit decor while being useful.

outdoor towel rack

When my kids are running through the sprinkler, playing with water balloons, or in the pool they now have a place to have their towels. Also, now they have no excuse to no longer put wet towels on seats. That is the worst! No one likes a surprise wet butt when sitting down on outdoor furniture.

surfboard hooks

outdoor storage ideas

I am sure eventually I will make something custom to store all of my cushions and pillows in. But for now this good ‘ole standby works. I put all of the pillows, cushions and blanket away if there is a big storm. They all work and can be in the rain, but we get crazy strong winds around here. I am not OK with my neighbors getting my new decor items because they blow into their yard.

outdoor coffee table ideas

large outdoor patio decorating ideas

outdoor patio table decor

I love the mix of glass vases and the rustic wood of the anchors!

outdoor patio

As you can see in the background, I could only keep my kids locked inside the house for so long while I took pictures.

patio table upcycle

world market chaira

world market outdoor furniture

These chairs were giving me the “come hither” look at World Market, we were pretty smitten with each other. They are full outdoor chairs with a wicker pattern but is a woven plastic. They are super sturdy, really deep seating and my new favorite spot to sit.

simple ways to update outdoor space

DIY outdoor fountain

This water fountain was store bought and I bulked it up, adding the larger base and the flowers on the outside. It was a simple way to get a substantial fountain without the substantial price tag.

pink and purple flowers

outdoor living

Oh summer, you will always have my heart!

outdoor living ideas

nautical decorating ideas

Also, anything coastal or nautical. It is a big obsession of mine and I am proud to decorate with it anyway I can.

how to revamp an outdoor space

yellow flowers

tree view of patio

I know people always talk about entertaining when planning an outdoor space. While I adore our friends and extended family, I always decorate for myself, my husband and kids. This is OUR home after all, so what we want, need, and will use is key. This outdoor patio area is no different, it feels cozy, relaxing, and is all ready for us to spend some time.

towel holder

umbrella view

world market patio furniture

The new furniture is sturdy, can handle getting beat up, the cushions are removable, and it is ready for my kids to roll, cuddle, wrestle and probably color with chalk on. Let’s be real, this is a family home, so all of that will happen in this space.

star fish as decor

outdoor water fountain

patio redo

The nice thing about having multiple seating options is when we do have people over no one is feeling like they have to stand-up. Also, more seating options means less fights with my kids. If they are bothering each other one of them can move.

outdoor living space

how to decorate a patio

functional outdoor space ideas

Let’s call this the “kids corner” of the patio. My kids have also already taken everything out from under the kids garage and proclaimed it a play house. As long as it all goes back at the end of the day, do whatever you want with it!

family friendly backyard ideas

coastal patio ideas


My tiny people came out of hiding, eating my food, drinking my drinks, and making themselves comfortable. They did not care about my Celebrating outdoor living, how to add function & style. I figured with all of my talking of this being a family space for us I would roll with my tiny photo shoot invaders and let