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Retro Outdoor Spaces

05.02.16

Retro Outdoor Spaces

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I can’t wrap my brain around an outdoor space in the same way I think of an indoor space.  This probably explains why I am indecisive to the point to where I can’t get anything done with this patio makeover.  This is the last time I’m going to ramble on about it, but I think my plan has changed yet again.

I see an indoor space as a completely feasible and exciting challenge but when I think about outdoor spaces and curb appeal, I just don’t see it the same .  Incorporating landscaping and outdoor elements is just a whole new ballgame, wouldn’t you agree?  There’s some part of an outdoor space that you don’t have control over, and that kind of throws an interesting kink in it all.

Lately I’ve noticed myself drawn to what i’m calling cheeky outdoor spaces.  Retro, a bit of Palm Springs, overly picture perfect.  Yes, I love it.

Retro Outdoor Spaces:

Retro Outdoor Space

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Call me crazy, but I love the vibe of a plastic looking, picture perfect patio also known as the Barbie patio.

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No?  I know it’s not for everyone.

Retro Outdoor Space

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My friend, Brittany Makes, is in the middle of a backyard makeover and she installed turf, which I think is just genius.

Mod Patio Makeover - Brittany Makes

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Kristin from the Hunted Interior  also installed turf on her patio.

Retro Outdoor Space - The Hunted Interior

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The common theme that all of these spaces share is lots of concrete, tamed landscaping or astroturf, and mod outdoor furniture.  I can definitely achieve the mod furniture, but how to get the first two elements as a renter?

The answer is that I’ll never have the above inspiration as a renter with an overgrown yard, BUT I think there is a spot in between what I have now and the above inspiration images.

Something like this, perhaps?

Retro Outdoor Spaces

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Retro Outdoor Spaces

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Retro Outdoor Spaces

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These spaces all have mod furniture and feel very retro.  What they lack from the first inspiration images is the overly manicured landscaping.  They have a bit of overgrown, lush green, and I think it works.  It’s a slightly different look, but it’s what is realistic for me as a renter with our current yard situation.

So I changed my design plan a bit and went with these white retro chairs from At Home.

At Home Retro Chair

I stuck with the eucalypt dining table that I loved and ended up loving it even more in person.

At Home Dining Table

I have to keep looking at this image to assure myself we will be there very, very soon.

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What kind of outdoor spaces are you into?  Full on cheeky retro or not so much?

xo,

Claire

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of At Home. The opinions and text are all mine.

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