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Ok - so I can be a tad dramatic.  It runs in my veins, you should meet my momma. (Love you mom!)  But when I tell you that I have "The World's Smallest Patio" I am not joking.  Check it out.
Have you ever seen anything more pitiful?  The hubby and I looked at it when we moved in and he said "Well at least your chair will fit."  I already have a rocking chair and table that I got at Target last year that I had out on our apartment balcony.  And they do fit - but that is about it that is going on the slab.  But last year, I loved my lil chair and table because I adore going out to sit and read on a lazy weekend afternoon.  

So - I looked at my little patio - and thought about my chair.  And how much I like to read.  And I decided that such a little space, if it was indoors, would be a perfect book nook.  (I am in lust with the picture below.  Be still my heart!  I imagine it smells of tea and library books!)







Reading Hall contemporary hall


So here are some pictures that I am using for inspiration as I transform my patio space. 

Love the bright pops of red here - red will be a part of my new patio book nook!  Not quite so bright of a red - perhaps it is toned down a lil!   








Laura Sampson  patio


Love all the planters and greenery here.  That will also be a big part of my new design!








Home Staging by Urban Presentations Home Staging, Vancouver contemporary patio


This space has a view but uses some of the plantings to provide some privacy.  Another idea I will implement!








exterior mediterranean patio


A little larger space, but this gets the vibe I am going for on my patio!  Love the accessories!








Carlyle Penthouse modern porch


Again - loving the bright colors here!  And that table that the planter is on - I think that is the same table I have!   

So what can you expect in my patio reveal?  Well - I have some privacy ideas, lots of planters, a Pottery Barn knockoff, and potentially a little ORB spray paint action happening!  I think I will have most of it put together to show off to you guys soon!  Maybe this weekend!  Stay tuned!


Linking this up to the Inspired by Party with Melissa @ The Inspired Room

9 frugal friends said ...

Sara's Sweet Surprise said... @ April 29, 2010 at 10:28 AM

Hello Jess ~I've just strolled in for my first visit...I've enjoyed taking a peek at your past posts. You've got so many wonderful ideas. Your blog is so beautifully inviting.
We share similar taste for so many of the same creative design elements.
I think your little patio has a great potential. i like the idea of creating privacy walls. We added lattice to our chain length fence, it added the perfect touch we needed and it was very affordable.
I can't wait to see the reveal of your reading spot.
As spring approaches you'll have a wonderful varities of flowers to decorate with.
I'm looking forward to applying the inspirational palette of spring colors into a few DIY projects, with a little baking/cooking in between.
Don't you love the aroma that fills the air during this season?
It's definitely invigorating.
I will come by your charming blog again.
Come by for a visit. Your company would be nice.

Sweet wishes,

Centsational Girl said... @ April 29, 2010 at 11:10 AM

I love the last photo so much, and your idea to add red is spectacular ! I picked up some deep red outdoor accents last year at HD for a decent price, and upgraded my hub's outdoor balcony with a spray painted rug, some planters and pillows. Email me if you want the link !

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said... @ April 29, 2010 at 2:54 PM

Pavers, Jess. Until you guys are ready to pour concrete. I'd just lay pavers and enlarge the space for, say, 2 chairs? And a table? You could have it done on Sat and be reading your book by Sunday ;)

Jessica Jones, ATL Mom of 3 said... @ April 29, 2010 at 6:20 PM

I LOVE it and totally cracked up at the picture of your patio...sorry! But you know I have a HUGE screen in porch that no one every goes out on because it is not designed at all...youn should come for a visit and HELP

bubbleboo said... @ May 1, 2010 at 10:19 AM

OMG. I want that cute little book nook. It's so sweet!

Jensen Mott said... @ January 8, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Wow, is that even a door to get to your patio? It looks like a window. I hope you get your dream patio someday! Mine isn't much bigger than yours.
Jensen | http://www.kcglassinc.com/RESIDENTIAL/tabid/604/Default.aspx

Shelly Slader said... @ April 10, 2014 at 10:10 AM

I'm excited to see how it all turns out! We also have a teeny little patio like yours. I would love to do something to it but I'm afraid I'm not creative enough to come up with anything that would look good. Hope your project is going well!
Shelly Slader | http://www.moenmachinery.com

John Bond said... @ May 9, 2014 at 11:32 AM

I'm trying to get a new patio for my house. It would be cool to have a place to meet and talk. I hope it will be inexpensive and will go well.
John Bond | http://www.centralcoastsod.com/lawn-care/installing-the-sod/

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