Outdoor Decorating for Spring

With all of this wonderful & WARM spring weather we’re enjoying down here in Alabama, I’ve got outdoor spaces on my mind in a BIG way!  We’re working with a contractor these days to concept a pergola to be build over an existing brick patio in our backyard.  I love the current patio but the southern sun is just too hot with no shade once summer arrives!  So, of course, I turned to Pinterest from some backyard pergola inspiration and she did not disappoint!

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I was instantly drawn to the pergola above because the patio is almost exactly like our existing brick patio so it gave me an idea of how the design and the flooring would look together.
I’m loving the size of the one above and the little privacy fenced corners.  Wouldn’t those be beautiful with clematis and wisteria climbing the columns.

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This last pergola is much more unique the the others….I love the arched top and the round columns.  Not matter what size and pergola style we end up choosing, I’ll definitely want one with round column posts to match the architecture of the rest of our home.
All that outdoor pergola inspiration got me on a whole backyard kick so please enjoy the rest of this outdoor inspiration photos I rounded up.
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Loving paver and grass checked patio….such whimsy!

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And what about this beautiful blue stone outdoor fireplace with built-in bench seating and overhead pergola. Who would ever want to stay inside at this house?!

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Bringing the indoors OUT!  Comfortable seating is key to a great outdoor space!  I’ll definitely be hanging similar outdoor drapes on our pergola.  Pull that back in the corners for a decorative touch, or close them to create a wall of fabric that turns an outdoor patio into it’s own room!

So it’s looks like there’s alot to do on my backyard agenda over the next month.  Tending to landscaping that I’m not familiar with (new house means new yard) and getting a colonial-ish whitewashed pergola built…..but the payoff will so be WORTH IT!



I’m so so close to being ready to give you all a room by room tour of our new (old) home in progress.  I hope to get lots of photos taken this weekend and reveal one room a week over the new few weeks.  In the meantime, I’m struggling with one last wall in my living room so you’re about to get a little bit of a sneak peek!

I purchased the most adorable linen tufted settee from a local shop here in Birmingham a few months ago to sit under window in our living room for additional seating space (we already have a large sofa and two chairs) but I had the space to add more seating and thought “why not?”.

I realize those pillows are WAY too big & they’ve been change out since.

There is just a tad bit more length to this wall beyond what’s in the photo.  I don’t want to clutter it with matching end tables, but it’s a little too much space just to leave empty.  I’ve been struggling with this wall for a while and then I stumbled upon this….

Target Golden Days Collection 

While searching for gold pouf options on Pinterested, I found this gold leather tufted pouf from Target.  I haven’t seen it in person, so I have some concerns about the quality and the texture of the upholstery, but I think it’s just adorable!  And different from the Moroccan poufs you see EVERYWHERE now.

I’m also a little concerned that if I place one on either side of the settee, there will be WAY too much tufting going on….but then again…is there really such a thing as TOO MUCH TUFT?!?!  I think I’ve come to the decision that I will order to and if the look at quality isn’t up to par, I’ll just return them….easy peasy, right!?

The Golden Days collection at Target has a few other super cute items (and some really horrid stuff as well). Here’s some more of the good stuff!


Happy Shopping!