Come see how we created a relaxing and inviting outdoor room in our backyard. You’ll find lots of patio decorating ideas to inspire you.

If you need me, I’ll be outside on the patio with a novel and a fruity drink. You might even find me napping al fresco.

See how we transformed our boring back yard with the addition of a paver patio and cedar pergola. If you're looking for inspiration and patio decorating ideas, you'll find lots here. We've managed to create a relaxing and inviting outdoor room that we can enjoy throughout the spring, summer and fall.

I’ve been waiting for more than a year to share these patio decorating ideas and to finally reveal our finished backyard makeover. But it’s taken that long to get the space furnished and planted and decorated. Real makeovers don’t happen at TV decorating show speed!

See how we transformed our boring back yard with the addition of a paver patio and cedar pergola. If you're looking for inspiration and patio decorating ideas, you'll find lots here. We've managed to create a relaxing and inviting outdoor room that we can enjoy throughout the spring, summer and fall.

But we finally have the relaxing and inviting outdoor space I imagined with zones for dining, grilling, serving and relaxing. If you’re looking for patio decorating ideas and inspiration for your own outdoor spaces, you’ve come to the right place.

Inspired by a $2,000 Pottery Barn hutch and server, we built this outdoor buffet table for around $150. A project like this is easier than you think. We are beginners, and this is our first building project!

Before we continue with the tour, I should probably show you what the space looked like before.

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6 Questions to Ask When Building a Pergola

Late last summer, we had the large paver patio installed by an awesome crew from Ayers Hardscapes and Landscapes.

6 Questions to Ask When Building a Pergola

We also added a 12X12 cedar pergola, using a kit from Average Joe’s Pergola Depot. We hired a crew to put ours together after they built our patio. But the pergola kits, which can be customized and are available in a variety of sizes, are designed for DIYers to assemble themselves.

DIY pergola kits from Average Joe's Pergola Depot offer you custom options at an affordable price. The kits include all the hardware you'll need for assembly, and all wood is precut, predrilled and premarked. Most can be assembled in four hours by two people -- with no special tools or construction experience necessary. #sponsored

The kits come with all the hardware you need to assemble them, and the wood is precut, predrilled and premarked, so all you need to do is follow the detailed instructions to put yours together. If you need additional help, Pergola Depot has lots of how-to videos. Most kits can be assembled by two people in four hours.

Once the patio and pergola were installed, it took almost a year for me to find furniture and decorate the patio. As much as I wanted to finish the space quickly, I also didn’t want to make any rash purchases.

See how we transformed our boring back yard with the addition of a paver patio and cedar pergola. If you're looking for inspiration and patio decorating ideas, you'll find lots here. We've managed to create a relaxing and inviting outdoor room that we can enjoy throughout the spring, summer and fall.

After searching stores, catalogs and online, we finally settled on the Hampton Bay Spring Haven All-Weather Wicker set from Home Depot, and bought it this spring. The price was right, and so was the look.

See how we transformed our boring back yard with the addition of a paver patio and cedar pergola. If you're looking for inspiration and patio decorating ideas, you'll find lots here. We've managed to create a relaxing and inviting outdoor room that we can enjoy throughout the spring, summer and fall.

Since I’m all about navy and aqua in my decorating, I accented the slate blue cushions with throw pillows from World Market. (I also used several of these same pillows for the backyard oasis I designed for Downton Abbey actress Lesley Nicol. We clearly share a similar decorating style!)

See how we transformed our boring back yard with the addition of a paver patio and cedar pergola. If you're looking for inspiration and patio decorating ideas, you'll find lots here. We've managed to create a relaxing and inviting outdoor room that we can enjoy throughout the spring, summer and fall.

After years of sitting around in lawn chairs, it is great to have a comfortable place to relax in our backyard.

See how we transformed our boring back yard with the addition of a paver patio and cedar pergola. If you're looking for inspiration and patio decorating ideas, you'll find lots here. We've managed to create a relaxing and inviting outdoor room that we can enjoy throughout the spring, summer and fall.

Though the summer days are hot, we spend most evenings out here until the sun goes down and the mosquitos drive us back inside!

See how we transformed our boring back yard with the addition of a paver patio and cedar pergola. If you're looking for inspiration and patio decorating ideas, you'll find lots here. We've managed to create a relaxing and inviting outdoor room that we can enjoy throughout the spring, summer and fall.

What the bugs don’t know is that I’m planning to use BugFighter™ Torch Fuel the next time I refill our TIKI® Clean Burn™ tabletop fireplace.

See how we transformed our boring back yard with the addition of a paver patio and cedar pergola. If you're looking for inspiration and patio decorating ideas, you'll find lots here. We've managed to create a relaxing and inviting outdoor room that we can enjoy throughout the spring, summer and fall.

I can’t tell you how many meals we’ve enjoyed at this weathered farmhouse table I painted. (A full tutorial on how I created the weathered finish on the tabletop is coming soon.)

See how we transformed our boring back yard with the addition of a paver patio and cedar pergola. If you're looking for inspiration and patio decorating ideas, you'll find lots here. We've managed to create a relaxing and inviting outdoor room that we can enjoy throughout the spring, summer and fall.

The table is 8 feet long, and I used French-inspired  bistro chairs from World Market at each end and gunmental bistro chairs from LexMod around the table.

See how we transformed our boring back yard with the addition of a paver patio and cedar pergola. If you're looking for inspiration and patio decorating ideas, you'll find lots here. We've managed to create a relaxing and inviting outdoor room that we can enjoy throughout the spring, summer and fall.

(The remaining metal chairs are backordered, but the rest should be here in a few weeks!)

Inspired by a $2,000 Pottery Barn hutch and server, we built this outdoor buffet table for around $150. A project like this is easier than you think. We are beginners, and this is our first building project!

And the potting bench we built and transformed into outdoor buffet table server is always ready for a party!

See how we transformed our boring back yard with the addition of a paver patio and cedar pergola. If you're looking for inspiration and patio decorating ideas, you'll find lots here. We've managed to create a relaxing and inviting outdoor room that we can enjoy throughout the spring, summer and fall.

Our back porch overlooks the patio, so we had to give it a little makeover, too.

See how we transformed our boring back yard with the addition of a paver patio and cedar pergola. If you're looking for inspiration and patio decorating ideas, you'll find lots here. We've managed to create a relaxing and inviting outdoor room that we can enjoy throughout the spring, summer and fall.

The porch is shaded in the mornings, so we have really enjoyed having our breakfast out here.

DiY Outdoor Chair Cushions: Easy Sew Project

The outdoor chair cushions my mom made for me a few summers ago are still holding up well.

Inspired by a $2,000 Pottery Barn hutch and server, we built this outdoor buffet table for around $150. A project like this is easier than you think. We are beginners, and this is our first building project!

I’m really enjoying our new view.

Give wooden outdoor patio furniture a makeover with paint! I love how the turquoise paint transformed this folding side table.

And I’m really proud of all the work we put into creating this space, from building to painting to shopping to planting to decorating.

See how we transformed our boring back yard with the addition of a paver patio and cedar pergola. If you're looking for inspiration and patio decorating ideas, you'll find lots here. We've managed to create a relaxing and inviting outdoor room that we can enjoy throughout the spring, summer and fall.

One of my favorite features of our new outdoor room are all the plants.

See how we transformed our boring back yard with the addition of a paver patio and cedar pergola. If you're looking for inspiration and patio decorating ideas, you'll find lots here. We've managed to create a relaxing and inviting outdoor room that we can enjoy throughout the spring, summer and fall.

There are so many beautiful blooms, and we’re trying very, very hard to keep them all alive.

See how we transformed our boring back yard with the addition of a paver patio and cedar pergola. If you're looking for inspiration and patio decorating ideas, you'll find lots here. We've managed to create a relaxing and inviting outdoor room that we can enjoy throughout the spring, summer and fall.

I’ve been collecting pots and urns and buckets from yard sales, antique stores and barn sales, so I could create a lush garden of annuals and perennials all around the patio and the adjacent porch.

See how we transformed our boring back yard with the addition of a paver patio and cedar pergola. If you're looking for inspiration and patio decorating ideas, you'll find lots here. We've managed to create a relaxing and inviting outdoor room that we can enjoy throughout the spring, summer and fall.

I love all the gorgeous colors.

See how we transformed our boring back yard with the addition of a paver patio and cedar pergola. If you're looking for inspiration and patio decorating ideas, you'll find lots here. We've managed to create a relaxing and inviting outdoor room that we can enjoy throughout the spring, summer and fall.

I did splurge on a few cast iron planters.

See how we transformed our boring back yard with the addition of a paver patio and cedar pergola. If you're looking for inspiration and patio decorating ideas, you'll find lots here. We've managed to create a relaxing and inviting outdoor room that we can enjoy throughout the spring, summer and fall.

But many of the planters, I’ve purchased secondhand.

See how we transformed our boring back yard with the addition of a paver patio and cedar pergola. If you're looking for inspiration and patio decorating ideas, you'll find lots here. We've managed to create a relaxing and inviting outdoor room that we can enjoy throughout the spring, summer and fall.

I even upcycled some plastic urns from our outdoor Christmas tree topiaries for the porch steps.

See how we transformed our boring back yard with the addition of a paver patio and cedar pergola. If you're looking for inspiration and patio decorating ideas, you'll find lots here. We've managed to create a relaxing and inviting outdoor room that we can enjoy throughout the spring, summer and fall.

And buckets, buckets galore.

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Because I have a thing for galvanized metal, just like I have a thing for navy and aqua!

See how we transformed our boring back yard with the addition of a paver patio and cedar pergola. If you're looking for inspiration and patio decorating ideas, you'll find lots here. We've managed to create a relaxing and inviting outdoor room that we can enjoy throughout the spring, summer and fall.

When you love something, you can never have too much!

Inspired by a $2,000 Pottery Barn hutch and server, we built this outdoor buffet table for around $150. A project like this is easier than you think. We are beginners, and this is our first building project!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this virtual tour, and hopefully you saw some patio decorating ideas you can use in your own backyard or other outdoor spaces.

See how we transformed our boring back yard with the addition of a paver patio and cedar pergola. If you're looking for inspiration and patio decorating ideas, you'll find lots here. We've managed to create a relaxing and inviting outdoor room that we can enjoy throughout the spring, summer and fall.



Comments

  1. It’s all just gorgeous. I am loving the mix of blues. Your DIY potting bench is perfect! Need to pick up the bug touch thing! Same mosquito problem here in SC!
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  2. Love your pergola! I’m really pushign hard to get one this year, not only would it give us more outdoor space but it would offer diffused shade when grilling, etc. We’ll see if I get my wish…. LOL Your outdoor space looks fantastic, very refreshing. Thanks for sharing with us! (Stopping by from the Motivation Monday’s Party)

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    • Atta Girl Amy
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      We are thoroughly enjoying our pergola and patio. We are definitely getting our money’s worth from it this summer, and for years to come.

  3. Wow that is amazing! Wonderful job!

  4. Really lovely. You’re inspiring me to finally update our screened in back porch that has been looking mismatched and sad. Where did you find the bench you have with your wicker set?

    • Atta Girl Amy
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      Cheryl, that wooden bench is from World Market. I think they have it this year, as well. It’s the St. Martin Bench. They have a matching sofa, too!.

  5. Gorgeous outdoor spaces! The blue colors you’ve chosen are so soothing and pretty. I have pergola envy.
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  6. Beautiful space. You are definitely going to enjoy your outdoor space this summer and into fall.

  7. Oh my goodness! What a beautiful space! LOVE that gorgeous pergola!

  8. Such amazing backyard, so much work and I love all the plants and planters. This was perfect for sharing on Friday Features this week, thank you!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  9. Great pictures of an amazing and beautiful patio! I hope I get to renovate my patio like you did yours! Thanks for such a great article on patio decorating!

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