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Finally - the to-do list and the weather have cooperated and I can show you my patio redo!  So what we started with was this - the world's smallest patio.  And I wanted to turn it into a book nook, since a single chair was almost the only thing that that would fit out there.


And here is what I have done to it!  Check it out!

Ta-da!  I love it!  Here are some more pics!  (I apologize in advance for the pic intensive post!) A view from farther away.  It looks great from the street! (And per the hubby - my neighbors are a lil jealous of it!)

So let's break down the changes I made.  First, I built these fantastic lattice planters.  I was inspired by this project at HGTV Rate my Space.  I am going to do a run down this week on how to build them.   

I hung my PB Knockoff Mason Jar Lanterns on them!  They are sooo cute!

I also added two Shepard's Hooks with hanging baskets and some other planters.  I am loving all the flowers out here!

Speaking of flowers - I am in love with these!  They are called Mandevilla or Brazilian Jasmine.  They have the most gorgeous blooms! 

I am in love with them (I know I already said it once - but I mean it)!  So much so that I am actually going to try to winter them inside once it starts getting cold! 

They are sooo beautiful!  They are supposed to bloom all summer long and can climb a trellis to over 15 feet high!  I love em! I plan on posting so more pics later this summer so I can show you their progress!

And of course - every book nook needs a place to sit and read.  Here is mine.  My chair is a rocker - which I love.  I also have an umbrella for the stand under that table that I can use to shade my fair-skinned self if it is too sunny!  And of course, a comfy pillow!

Ahhh... now if you don't mind, I have a glass of iced tea and a book to get in to!  Anyone got any good summer reads for me this summer? 

**UPDATE - the "how-to" build these beautiful boxes is up!  Check it out!

Linking this up to
Met Monday with Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch
Made it Monday with Jules @ The Persimmon Perch
It's So Very Creative with Cheri @ It's So Very Cheri  
DIY Day with Kimba @ A Soft Place to Land
Trash to Treasure Tuesday with Kimm @ Reinvented
Saturday Night Special with Donna @ Funky Junk Interiors

And because this was my FAVORITE project of the month, I am also linking it up to the Best DIY Projects of May Party with Traci @ Beneath My Heart.  Head over and check out the rest of blogland's favorite projects!

27 frugal friends said ...

miss corner cape said... @ May 23, 2010 at 9:11 PM

oh my gosh, i love it. you had great design ideas here, for sure. you made the space feel bigger, private, and comfortable. can't believe it's the same cement slab snore!

Tara said... @ May 23, 2010 at 9:16 PM

It looks fantastic!!! Great job!!

Tanya said... @ May 23, 2010 at 9:29 PM

What a nice little corner to getaway to!

Maria Killam said... @ May 23, 2010 at 10:04 PM

That is so adorable, I love what you did, now we have atmosphere galore!!!

Gracefully Vintage said... @ May 23, 2010 at 10:49 PM

Great job. Looks great-like the mason jars-so cute-
Karryann

D said... @ May 23, 2010 at 11:54 PM

You did such a great job with such a little space! I'm anxious to see how that vine does, as I want some kind of vine, too.

D

Grace Adams said... @ May 24, 2010 at 6:25 AM

Very nice! I've never been able to get a vine to actually climb what I want it to. That's going to be so pretty!

gena said... @ May 24, 2010 at 9:30 AM

What a great use of space ! Looks like a perfect place to sit with a glass of lemonade and a good book - Enjoy !

gena
www.thehouseonlavenderhill.blogspot.com

Ms. Understood said... @ May 24, 2010 at 9:31 AM

I cannot believe the after. You did a great job!! I need to get out in the dreary back yard now and make it look alive.

Stopping by from SITS.

Rory from Tools Are For Women Too! said... @ May 24, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Nice project. I would love it if you would link this up in Modern Craftswoman Monday. Very well done. Rory

Sandra said... @ May 24, 2010 at 9:35 PM

It looks very inviting. I love it!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said... @ May 25, 2010 at 6:27 AM

This is a special place indeed-congrats! Love the planters!

Amber said... @ May 25, 2010 at 7:20 AM

Great job I love the color of the flowers and the candles in Coffee look so cool!

PS found you on Reinvented. Come check out my project It wasn't nearly as big of a project as yours...www.lifelovegreen.com

Orange it Lovely said... @ May 25, 2010 at 8:01 AM

That looks amazing. Seriously amazing! A lil oasis!
Read "The Carries Diary" Fun summer read. lol
~Tana

Pam said... @ May 25, 2010 at 2:12 PM

It's a comfy, lovely space now. Well done! Those mason jar lanterns are so cute too. Are those coffee beans the votives are sitting on?

M.O.T.B said... @ May 25, 2010 at 3:30 PM

Very inviting! Enjoy your summer. And I suggest Carrie Diaries if you have ever been a SATC fan or Shadow of Your Smile by Mary Higgins Clark!

Merrie said... @ May 25, 2010 at 6:48 PM

Very, very nice. It's a beautiful space and looks like a wonderful peaceful place to read. Enjoy it! I think Mandevilla climbs and comes back every year- you chose well!

Susan said... @ May 25, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Lovely, just lovely! I can see why your neighbors would be jealous! Great job on all the color, texture and details. Love, love the built-in flower box.

Melissa said... @ May 25, 2010 at 7:43 PM

oooh, love those lattice planter boxes. Very clever!

Bringing Pretty Back said... @ May 26, 2010 at 10:30 AM

This looks GREAT! What a great place to go for some time alone! LOVE IT!

Kat said... @ May 26, 2010 at 9:18 PM

This looks awesome! Love that rocker, where'd you get it and how much was it?

BLJ Graves Studio said... @ June 1, 2010 at 7:56 AM

Such a fabulous use of your small space. I agree with your hubby, your neighbors are probably jealous. They may be asking you for help making over their space. :-)

Kimm at Reinvented said... @ June 1, 2010 at 8:24 PM

Fabulous! Love those planters. No wonder the neighbors are jealous, I'm jealous too!

Tru said... @ June 3, 2010 at 7:15 AM

Very nice. Good job transforming a small unattractive space into something beautiful.

laurabun said... @ April 13, 2011 at 8:45 AM

so smart!! I have an indoor reading area in my covered two-season patio. I think I'll use this to make my little spot more comfy and pretty. Thanks for the idea seeds!!

Gerry Bossier said... @ April 25, 2011 at 9:58 PM

This is a terrific idea, Jess! It's no wonder why your neighbors are jealous. LOL! Seriously, you transformed it into a relaxing reading spot, plus that rocking chair.

Angelina Garcia said... @ December 6, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Amazing! That fence around your patio is absolutely stunning. What a great idea! It’s like having your own little corner of the world. It’s private and intimate, yet open to nature. Great job with your patio!

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