Our Back Patio Reveal! (+ How Everything’s Held Up To 6 Months Of Portland Weather)

The sunshine on the finish of the development tunnel is getting greater and brighter each day – we hope to be totally blinded by June. So it’s time to start out exhibiting you among the completed areas – beginning with our kitchen patio. We’ve already spent many nights on this patio with household, children taking part in soccer within the grass til 9 pm, grownups across the desk, wine aplenty and I really feel a flood of hope for the longer term, reduction that we’re comfortable right here, and gratefulness that you’re all nonetheless following alongside. Thanks 🙂 The landscaping and exterior building was the second part that we tackled, and it was a beast that nearly devoured me complete. However we made it! Alive and with much less mud! For at the moment’s venture, we partnered with Sunbrella on this patio, realizing that we needed cushion cloth that supplied consolation for our tushies for lengthy cling classes and sturdiness from the climate/wine. Let me introduce you to our completed kitchen patio.

The place Is This Kitchen Patio?

The explanation this patio was even a precedence is that the lounge (and deck on the fitting within the rendering) is west going through, which signifies that the afternoon solar is tremendous sizzling over there and shadeless (the timber are too far-off). Now that’s all advantageous and good – we’ll have umbrellas and might sit beneath the one massive oak tree with pals (and it’s solely sizzling/sunny a number of months of the 12 months). However every day when it’s simply us 4, we needed someplace nearer to the shaded south-facing kitchen for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It goes with out saying that we’re spoiled in terms of locations to hang around, however come 4 pm this space is stuffed with shade and so beautiful (and whereas I’m not a meteorologist a enjoyable truth about being within the PNW is that 6 pm is the most popular time of the day, it does NOT calm down til 9 pm – actually baffling). In order that’s why we invested on this patio early.

Three Years In the past…

After we first purchased the property it appeared like this (above) and it was nonetheless charming. Certain, it wanted work however the potential was so clear. The household that lived right here earlier than additionally had it as a bit of kitchen patio. That they had a coated walkway that got here from a carport with eccentric rooflines. We eliminated a part of it as a result of the walkway didn’t line up with the brand new kitchen home windows and the brand new stairs. It had develop into extremely awkward and was kinda falling down, so we took off half of it. Right here’s a fast video tour if you wish to stroll by the area with me (simply look ahead to the advert to play please and thanks!!!)

There she is now! It makes me soooo comfortable. New siding. New home windows. New EVERYTHING. We determined to take the hardscape all the best way to the home largely to make this a endlessly mud-free zone (I feel we’re fairly scarred from the final two years of mud) and selected pots as an alternative of planting straight within the floor. The brick herringbone is so fairly and traditional (and Native Northwest did an amazing job of putting in), and whereas the unique Yardzen plan known as for window bins, as soon as we acquired the nook crops and the umbrella we felt that it was sufficient. We can be doing extra of a full reveal of this south aspect of the home, however the crops aren’t grown in sufficient so at the moment is all concerning the patio and Sunbrella, our cloth associate right here.

Desk and Chair Set | Seat Cushions

We saved all the pieces right here fairly traditional, hoping that it appears built-in with the older fashion residence. I purchased the desk and chair set from Ballard Design, together with the cushions made with Sunbrella cloth, and at first, I used to be fearful the desk and chairs had been going to be too small or simply not cool sufficient, however as soon as styled out I really like the vibe. The black legs tie in with the metallic of the stair railing, and wooden at all times appears good exterior. Since these are teak and slatted my hope is that we are able to depart them out for the occasional rain after which fold them and put them away for the winter. As you recognize, we aren’t good about protecting our furnishings (and that is so distinguished that I wouldn’t wish to stroll as much as and stare at furnishings covers six months of the 12 months anyway) thus us selecting one thing that folds/shops simply and isn’t completely upholstered. Whereas I’ve solely had these for six months I can say I’m very proud of this desk/chair set and I’ll proceed to let you recognize (enjoyable truth: our mountain home upstairs deck continues to be in excellent situation regardless of harsh climate).


I LOVE how the black and white striped umbrella made with Sunbrella cloth ties all of it collectively and creates a way of a room. The sample is tremendous traditional and provides some sample and visible curiosity in a single massive pow. For the reason that herringbone brick is a sample and the slats on the wooden really feel like a stripe I didn’t wish to preserve including busyness, so we went with the offered white seat cushions which actually toned it down in a great way. These cushions have been exterior now for weeks since I acquired them and look model new – Sunbrella cloth actually is simply so sturdy, long-lasting, and weather-resistant.

Your entire set is straightforward to take down and retailer for winter (and we even purchased extra chairs so as to add to when we’ve extra visitors as they had been fairly reasonably priced).

Whereas this space does get shady by 4 pm we needed to have the ability to eat lunch out right here and you may see what a distinction the umbrella makes. Left isn’t any umbrella = full harmful solar for my child white pores and skin and proper = shady and fewer sizzling.

Enamelware (comparable) | Pitcher (comparable)

I styled it out with some classic enamel tenting dishes and serveware in blue to distinction with the nice and cozy tones. Blush and blue endlessly:)

Striped Pillows

The cushions made with Sunbrella cloth match properly on the chairs and are moderately comfy, and with little ties, when it’s about to rain, you pop them off they usually retailer so effectively. They arrive in a ton of various colours and naturally, are weather-resistant. Additionally, my brother who is just not a wee man discovered them completely comfy – I used to be a bit of nervous that these chairs had been too petite for my giant man pals, however the critiques are in and they’re tremendous stable and really feel large enough.

I put on overalls now as a result of FARM. And people blossoms got here from our orchard and are so so fairly.


Outside Sconce | Bench | Pillow | Facet Desk (classic) | Lanterns | Candles | Cooper Mugs | Terra Cotta Planters | Darkish Rust Planter

We saved it earthy with the pots, utilizing the large ones that had been left on the property, and including in some fairly terra cotta and darkish rust (each from Rejuvenation). I purchased the lanterns from Terrain and large candles from Pottery Barn (HOP TIP – don’t depart them within the 95-degree solar – they each melted like an inflatable Gumbi). The copper exterior sconces are all through our exterior, from Rejuvenation – Once more, I really like them a lot they usually add the proper distinction.

This kitchen patio is a reasonably darn beautiful place to be, with the fitting steadiness of architectural hardness (brick, concrete, railings) and comfort-inducing softness (pure wooden, cloth, crops, and umbrella). An enormous due to the next: Sunbrella for partnering on this space, Yardzen for creating the preliminary design, Studio Campo for weighing in on all of the issues, and Native Northwest for executing all of it (not a small job).


Desk and Chair Set: Ballard Designs
Seat Cushion:
Sunbrella by way of Ballard Designs
Chair Striped Pillows:
Sunbrella by way of Birch Lane
Bench Pillow:
Sunbrella by way of Sien + Co
Sunbrella by way of Ballard
Lighting: Rejuvenation

Planters (New): Rejuvenation
Bench: Rejuvenation
Brick: Mutual Supplies
Home Paint Colour: SW 7005 Pure White by Sherwin-Williams
Door Paint Colour: SW 9655 Mountain Move by Sherwin-Williams
Home windows and Doorways: 
White oak, Aspen Casement by Sierra Pacific Home windows

This put up was sponsored by Sunbrella however all phrases and opinions are mine🙂

*Design by Emily Henderson, Yardzen, and ARCIFORM
*Pictures by Kaitlin Inexperienced

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