English Inspired Stone Paver Patio Makeover With Wayfair

English Inspired Stone Paver Patio Makeover With Wayfair

 
summer flowers in urn

When Wayfair contacted me and asked if I was interested in partnering with them on an outdoor space, first I said yes.

Then I decided to go all Downton Abbey and create an English inspired stone paver patio.

Kind of like the Earl of Grantham meets a farmhouse meets concrete pavers from the home improvement store meets the back meadow.

It’s a little bit country and a little bit English manor house.

With extra manor.

side outdoor patio

Here’s the overall view of the space.

This is located on our property next to the house and the pond.

See the little white arbor at the left of the picture.

It is surrounded by roses and phlox that haven’t bloomed yet and it takes you down to a pond.

It’s where Fred the giant turtle lives.

farmhouse with pergola

Here’s the view of it taken to the left looking at the house.

The space directly in front of you is the screened-in porch.

It overlooks the new stone patio.

flowers in spring on the patio

Just in case you were worried about the patio getting too fancy, just know that it started out life as a basketball court.

Yep.

Dribble.  Dribble.

When we bought the property it was an asphalt slab that they used to play basketball on.

pergola with gardens

And as exciting as a basketball court is, I had a bigger vision for the space.

So we moved the court to the back of the property and made this into something a little more “invite the neighbors we’re having a party” kind of space.

We started with this pergola.

My husband and father-in-law drilled into the asphalt to anchor it in place.

diy paver patio project

We had laid these pavers previously and tried to grow moss into between them and never really worked.

Mostly it was pavers gone wild with weeds.

So we purchased this marble stone from the home improvement store and filled in the spaces with it.

There’s metal edging around the sides next to the grass to hold the rock in place.

flower boxes

Once the pergola and rock and pavers were in place it was time to decorate.

I added these standing planters around the edges of the pergola.

They were really reasonable and a great option for raised beds in a space.

They have a drainage hole in the bottom for easy watering.

pergola project

Next I added this seating area with these four chairs grouped around the fire pit.

I filled the chairs with outdoor pillows.

Like these and these.

black garden sphere

And finished everything off with a few other accessories.

Like these metal spheres and metal terrariums.

And then I was done with the space and ready to photograph.

Except.

Except I needed sunshine.

forecast

And the forecast looked like this.

*sigh*

And it rained and rained and rained.

I felt like Noah was about to show up with the ark.

And then just as I had given up hope and was planning my speech to Wayfair about photographing it in a month that started with a J…..

….the sun came out.

side outdoor patio

And it danced across the grass and shone through the trees and sent sunbeams twinkling across the rock.

I grabbed my camera and snapped away.

And as I stood there with the sun on my face and the gentle breezes blowing the leaves and the birds chirping and the crickets singing in tune….

….I saw this.

rainbow

And my heart smiled.

And I knew that I knew…..that I knew.

It was going to be a wonderful summer. 🙂

disclosure:  This makeover was sponsored by Wayfair.

All opinions and rainbows are my own.

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Comments

  1. Good morning KariAnne,
    What a pretty pretty area you have created in your side yard. We too, have an area that was an in-ground swimming pool. The pool was filled in long ago and we wanted to do the same thing…have bricks with moss growing between them but ours didn’t work either. *sigh*
    Yours is just so….so… like you say, “invite the neighbors over” pretty!
    What did Wayfair think when you showed them your finished project? I can only imagine they loved it!
    Thanks for the wonderful ideas you share with us each day….
    Blessings, Jeanne

  2. Karianne, don’t let prospective brides in your area see your backyard or you might just have to host a wedding! So beautiful. Very Downton meets farmhouse.

  3. Simply beautiful. Not too little, not too much Downton Abbey.

  4. I’m wanting to do something just like this in our backyard! Right now, it looks like a 1/2 acre of mud. Or the “Settlers” yard in the insurance commercials. Not the look I’m going for:(. Thanks for the sunshine and rainbows. You brighten our days.

  5. It is beautiful Karianne! We have an arbor coming soon.

  6. Love your home and yard. I tried clicking on the pergola link you provided but nothing came up. Can you send to me? I am very interested in this because we are about to build one on a deck we are built. Trying to decide on color combinations now. If we should paint the deck boards gray and the posts white (we are having black bowed ballusters) or go with the cedar color. I do like the idea of painting a pattern to look as though there is a rug there. Any input would be most welcome! My home is red brick front (very traditional/colonial two story style) with the sides and back in siding, almost a butter cream color. That is why I am thinking white will look good.

  7. Very, very pretty – a wedding destination or a garden party or an end-of-year baseball team soiree! Fun!

  8. What a beautiful spot! It’s the perfect place for an evening summer party. One day I’ll come visit you and we’ll sit right there and sip sweet tea and chat about everything. Happy Monday, friend!

  9. Is there a way to bribe you to stop in and have sweet tea on the deck on your next trip to Nashville?

  10. What a fabulous outdoor entertaining area! Rainbow included!

  11. Your English inspired patio is all dolled up and your ready for summer:) Not that your patio needs anything else, but I can totally see some boxwood over there;) Have a great day, Ms. Thistle!

  12. Marianne, where did you purchase your metal orbs in the black urns…..everything looks fantastic!!!!

    • I got them a while ago at a local store, but I think you can get them online at Home Decorator’s Collection!

      • Craft outlet.com I was able to find some…just in case anyone else wants some…thanks for quick reply. Decorators only had smaller ones…I was looking for large. Thanks again KariAnne. You are such an INSPIRATION!!!!

  13. Beautiful, everything! And then the rainbow made me gasp:)!

  14. So inspiring! I’m in the middle of a paver patio install and am starting the process of designing for the space. Thanks for the inspiration to finish picking things out. I love those chairs around the fire pit. The pergola is to die for. I’m hoping to have my patio paver set for Hayden’s confirmation later this month. It sits underneath a large sloping tree so I’m thinking some sort of outdoor chandelier is now on my “to do” list. The patio and the One Room Challenge have really been eating up my time. As soon as they are set, I think I ‘ll have posts for a month. Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. A beautiful area for a starry night dinner party, I can see it all set up in mind! The pergola is really nice. I see lots of soft white Edison bulbs strung throughout with a very long table set with lots of candles and fresh cut flowers. Your guests will be having a wonderful time! Enjoy your new area Lisa@ Sweet Tea N’ Salty Air

  16. It’s beautiful…especially the rainbow! Have a fantastic day, dear friend.

  17. Very pretty! And a lovely place for a tea party in the style of Downton Abbey. I do have a couple questions about function and safety. Is the marble rock filler really stable (if you walk on it in heels will you trip?). Chair legs, are they tippy if not all the feet are on the solid pavers? And is the marble stone filler a magnet for weed and grass seeds? Is maintenance difficult?

    As you can see by my questions, I am A) clumsy and B) allergic to weeding…

    • I have the same questions! And I’m wondering where Carson is hiding with the tea …

    • So glad others are as clumsy as me when it comes to any rocks or gravel, even without heels, and I can knock over a chair on just a flat surface! I would have to fill in spaces between the pavers with bricks or patterned cement instead,. There is a trick to getting moss to grow, I think it’s spraying with sour milk, but I can’t remember.

    • Patricia,

      Great questions! I wouldn’t walk on the rocks with high heels. It’s like walking on a gravel driveway.

      And yes, the chair legs are slightly tippy….but we made sure the rock was up to the level of the pavers, so it hasn’t really been an issue.

      And there’s a layer of asphalt under the pavers and rocks, so there’s not any dirt for the weeds to cling on to. There were some leaves from plants that fell, so those will have to be sprayed off periodically!

      Does this all make sense?

      Happy day!
      karianne

  18. Carol Griffin :

    Love the setting…..so peaceful and serene! Watch out…..all the event planners in your area are going to be contacting you about wedding venues there! We basically did the same thing at our previous home in Atlanta many years ago with the 12 inch pavers, leaving a 2 inch space in between all of them and then planting the dwarf mondo grass in between all of them. Now we live on the coast (Murrells Inlet, SC) in a raised beach house and have extended a patio area with the 12 inch pavers, making the area much more usable. Eventually we will add the dwarf mondo grass between all the pavers but for right now we added crushed oyster shells in between which looks very good.

  19. Oh, it’s just soooo truly beautiful, KariAnne, and once the roses and phlox are in full-bloom, it’s just going to be absolutely magical! I am with Becky on this one…best to keep any prospective brides at bay because this space would be absolutely perfect for an outdoor wedding! Oh, the days and the nights you will experience in this new space…there is an entire rainbow’s promise of joy to come!

  20. It’s beautiful! I love a pretty pergola. I know you’ll enjoy countless hours there with your family this summer.

  21. Wow, KariAnne, what a fabulous outdoor space. The pavers look beautiful and I can envision you and your family sitting out there enjoying an evening meal… or lunch.

    You definitely have the back yard for this. Pretty green space and lots of it. Just stunning and the rainbow over the entire area is just icing on the cake. Good timing on that one.

    Lovely pictures and always my pleasure to browse your beautiful home.

    Happy day,
    Lisa xoxo

  22. I think the rainbow was God smiling down at you — in approval and love. *sigh* I think that’s wonderful. My Honey made a pergola next to our patio. I’ll photographing it but you won’t be able to see it like yours — ours is covered with vines. And behind the vines we hide our charcoal grill — it does so much work but I can’t say it’s an accent piece. 🙁 So next time you have a neighborhood gathering just give me a “holler”– that’s Hoosier for let me know. Have a rainbow day, my friend!!

  23. Kari Anne, this is gorgeous. It looks like you could rent out for weddings, it is so magical. I have been debating what to do with my side yard and the pavers and stone is the way I wanted to go, now I know it is the right choice!

  24. Leslie Watkins :

    Oh, my goodness!! I am dancing across those pavers!! All I could think about was what a wonderful spot for a garden party or perhaps a wedding…lots of laughter and fun…or quiet evenings with gazing into a fire under the stars!! Pay no attention if you look out from your porch and there is some random person either dancing or quietly sitting…she will just be breathing in all the beauty!! Hahahaha

  25. Donna Marie :

    Downton meet Kentucky!!!

  26. Wow. Speechless.

  27. Love it Karianne!

  28. Looks like the perfect spot for afternoon tea! Now you just need a butler or whoever it is that delivers the tea.

  29. Oh, my!! What a gorgeous spot for
    family and friends!! Well done!! : )

  30. Michelle Rudis :

    Wow…can I just say this is stunning?! Can’t wait for the blooms on the arbor!!

  31. Okay, what’s your secret? It’s obvious to me that you have somehow found a way to extend your day beyond the 24 hours allotted to the rest of us. I know your talent was God-given, but where do you get all your energy? Another fabulous project!

  32. Sunshine and rainbows! What more could we want?

  33. Great re-purpose of a basketball court. I love how the rainbow came out to say to you “well done!”

  34. As always, your vision become a dreamy reality. Totally love it and can imagine some sweet summer evenings around the firepit, sweet tea to sip and sharing about the day’s adventures.

  35. Karianne, I just love the space! It is so pretty and inviting and I just want to sit out there and enjoy the sunset!!

  36. Southern Elegance! Love it!

  37. This is lovely, Karianne…I can just imagine it being used for a garden party or reception…

  38. A most beautiful patio with everything there that can create great outdoor times with the family….The rainbow says it all…

  39. Excellent! Looks like it’s going to be a great summer.

  40. What a great lace for a party, Kari Anne!! What time should I be there? 🙂
    Xo

  41. Oh, Kari – I love this! so inviting and yet a bit Downton! Lovely……..

  42. I love the simplicity and pops of color in this space. So inviting.

  43. It’s beautiful Karianne! Thank goodness for sunshine, rainbows, and Wayfair. 🙂

  44. Love your new patio!!! Perfect. Thanks so much for the Wayfair info. I went to their site and found the perfect pillows I was looking for!!! xoxo

  45. Sooooooo well written, and it looks fabulous.

    We have 2 acres in the back and I so want to do something like that too!