Friday, June 9, 2017

French Country Patio Reveal!

It seems like I've been waiting for months to show you my French Country patio.
And, even though Colorado skies are still leaden and drippy, I say enough already!
I can't wait another minute. It is June after all. 

Please come on in!


Although the patio is small, it's inviting and comfortable,
a place we spend a lot of time in warm weather.
I'm embracing a black and white palette this year, a classic French look.





This rusty arch came over from the front yard garden to the flagstone patio 
to transform the patio's appearance. 
Now the patio has a more defined boundary and a more formal entry point into the garden. 

Two big ceramic pots planted with boxwood and white alyssum flank the arch.


Here's how it looked before moving the arch.


We purchased these copper solar string lights this year from Home Depot to wrap around the arch after squirrels devoured out heavy-duty lights last year. 
We've since learned that those thick strings contain soy and 
apparently are quite delicious to hungry squirrels. So far, they have left the copper strings alone.


The delicate lights have a blue cast and look magical in the evening.


Since I moved the bistro table and chairs to another location in the garden, 
I brought my old black patio set back to the main patio. 
Ron says these chairs are more comfortable and the table holds more food and drinks.
Love that these cushions from WalMart are reversible. 
I'm looking for a small black or off-white patio umbrella but they're all too big for this small space. 


Patio accessories include black lanterns, concrete urns, and lots of pink and white flowers 
in terracotta pots. (The plants are still small; please check back to see them grow.) 
The wooden trellises give the patio a French flavor with plants winding through them. 


A few touches of rusty metal objects add a sense of age.






These Bonne Maman preserve jars are just right for votive candles on the fence.




A baker's rack alley find provides a perfect stage for my growing collection
of galvanized watering cans and buckets.




A tall fence ensures privacy with a peek at the garden in a curvy mirror.
It almost looks like there's a hole in the fence.


A trickling recirculating fountain next to the patio provides a soothing natural sound, 
masking traffic noises and creating a calm setting in the city.


The patio has a quiet ambience of being connected to nature
where I almost feel I should whisper.


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34 comments:

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    1. Thank you so much Marty! I'm finally getting to enjoy the patio; hope you are too! Hugs, Pat

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  2. It was so pretty before, but now it is also romantic! I love the changes you made.
    :) gwingal

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    1. Thanks Nikki! Can't have too much romance! Hugs, Pat

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  3. I love your patio and garden areas, so peaceful and lovely. May you have many wonderful weather days to enjoy it all.

    FlowerLady

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  4. Absolutely lovely!! I would be so happy sipping a glass of wine there with you!

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  5. I love your space it is a lovely place to set and watch nature. So peaceful.

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    1. Thank you very much Marlene! I spend most of my time outside now that summer has actually arrived. Hope you have a lovely week, Hugs, Pat

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  6. Love all of it especially your galvanized collection! Everything mends so well together...looks like a wonderful cozy place to enjoy a little dinner. You may try a lg. beach umbrella you may have to hodge podge it but I think it would work , I have seen some really pretty ones at the stores. Enjoy your patio!

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    1. Thanks so much Lisa. Thanks for the great suggestion but I actually found a five foot market umbrella on line at World Market and it's zooming its way to me as we speak. Hugs, Pat

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  7. So lovely! I hope the weather will cooperate so you may use your patio soon!

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    1. Thank you Carol! Weather has finally decided it's summer and we're using the patio every day and evening. Hope your week is going well. Hugs, Pat

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  8. Pat, you need to please start taking reservations for patio. It is stunning and when I am hot and tied of working in mine I can come stroll through yours. :-)

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    1. Hi Christine! I'll keep a standing reservation for you anytime. Hugs, Pat

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  9. It is perfect Pat! I am sure you'll have many beautiful days ahead to enjoy this space you've created. Sigh . . .
    Patti

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    1. Thank you Patti! Enjoy your June days and evenings. Hugs, Pat

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  10. So beautiful and inviting! Thanks for the 'tour.'

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    1. Thanks Monika! Hope your garden is thriving. Hugs, Pat

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  11. Tres bien!! Your patio looks gorgeous!Have a great week.

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  12. Pat, I love the addition of the arch! It certainly is an inviting space!!
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thanks Jann! I picked that arch up on a road trip to OK. I love that it is slightly smaller than modern arches and fits my small patio just right. Have a great week. Hugs, Pat

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  13. Love-love-love this! The sense of privacy and how you created an outdoor "room" with separate seating areas and multiple focal points . . . it's so lovely. I'm sure you put lots of work into this, and it really paid off!

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    1. Thank you so much Mimi! I love love love your comments! Hugs, Pat

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  14. Lovely, Pat, it has a quiet and contemplative feel, perfect for reading or just enjoying nature.

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  15. Pat, what a romantic and peaceful spot that you have created. The arch made a big difference...I can imagine sitting in your lovely space and enjoying conversation! Thanks so much for sharing at Gardens Galore!

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  16. I'd have a hard time going back inside if I had a beautiful spot like this.

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  17. I am currently trying to figure out what to do in our backyard and I love the simplicity, but beauty of this! So pretty and peaceful. Thanks for sharing! Visiting from Thursday Favorites!

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  18. I love what you have done! Nice job! Very nice quiet spot....
    Nancy
    wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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  19. Your patio looks wonderful and I like the French flair you've given it!

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  20. Your front porch is charming! I love your yard and all the "rooms" too!

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  21. Your patio is so inviting Pat, and I love every single one of your vintage touches. Thanks so much for linking up with our Vintage Charm party :)

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