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.
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.
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.
Just in case you were worried about the patio getting too fancy, just know that it started out life as a basketball court.
When we bought the property it was an asphalt slab that they used to play basketball on.
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.
My husband and father-in-law drilled into the asphalt to anchor it in place.
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.
Once the pergola and rock and pavers were in place it was time to decorate.
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.
I filled the chairs with outdoor pillows.
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 I needed sunshine.
And the forecast looked like this.
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.
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.
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.
Please see my disclosure page for additional information.