Good Morning, Patio

Winter is still in full swing, but here in Dallas the past week has been sunny and spring-like. My yellow Jasmine is blooming, the Wisteria is covered with buds and the little lemon tree I recently added to the yard is in bloom. My vegetable garden has chard and baby onions and its warm enough for me to set out my seedling trays for a little sun tan. I know the cool weather will strike again, but until then, I'm soaking up the rays.







Styling Selena's Painted Porch

Last year for Houzz.com, I featured a Dallas bungalow belonging to Selena and Alun Urquhart. One of my favorite things Selena had done to her back patio was to paint a blue and white Moroccan style stencil directly onto her wood deck. It looked like an area rug. I liked it so much that I returned to her home a few months later for a commissioned magazine cover shoot. This was my first crack at styling and photographing for a magazine cover. Here are the results!
















Tile Floors for the Outdoor Room

Tile floors on the patio! Be still my heart. Here in Texas, I see a lot of Mexican style outdoor tile. I love the look of it. While I certainly can't afford to do a full patio as in the photos below, I sometimes dream about creating a small tile accent on the steps to my front door or a little detail work around my patio breezeway. It might be a good solution for keeping costs down but still enjoying the flavor and color that only tile can create.

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Textiles for a Cozy Outdoor Retreat

Now that spring is arriving in the southern states, it's time to get outside and enjoy a little fresh air. Sweep off your patios, bring out the lawn chairs and grab something soft to sit on. The best way to make a cozy outdoor retreat is with textiles. Your throw pillows, tapestries and area rugs will fare just fine outside for a day. Don't worry, the little dusty pebbles and dead leaves won't harm your Suzani. Enjoy the sunshine while lounging on your favorite blanket!


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March Garden Report



More adventures in radical homemaking! I spent this weekend in the garden. I cleaned up the flower beds, trimmed back gangly tree limbs and turned the compost pile. Now that our fence has been replaced (can I get a Hell Yeah!). I can tackle some of my bigger projects. This weekend I created a stone path to my new bench swing, dismantled my son's old sandpile and installed a bark mulch border.

I also had a chance to taste the first offerings from my raised veggie bed! There is nothing like eating crisp and flavorful organic spring greens from your own back yard. I've been thrilled with the results of my seed project. Here is a look at my March garden.





The flat stones came from my front yard. They were scattered all over the place, covered by brush - signs of landscaping from the previous owners. I brought them all together to create a stepping stone path to the bench swing.

My big splurge was an established 4-foot Wisteria vine from our local nursery. These babies do very well here in Texas. I was unable to put it in the ground as I had wished due to a spectacularly stubborn root system left by deceased Sycamore. My attempts to dig in this particular corner were thwarted.




When my mother was here over winter break, she created a stone border around the corner beds by the gate. Previously, the grassy ground cover was spilling out all over the walkway, which makes it tough for my son's wheelchair and walker to pass by. Thank you mom - it looks so nice and clean!





Mixed lettuces...



Kale...




I put this succulent in a painted pot that my son made when he was three.




And a view of my aqua blue potting hutch.
This piece has been a fantastic addition to my patio. 
It doubles as a bar or buffet when we have friends over!




And lastly, I wanted to thank the anonymous comment yesterday about my new blog banner. I so appreciate reader input! As per the commenter's suggestion, I have added a little color to the header with a taste of my own artwork.



Anonymous said... 
I love your blog and the way you look at the world so much! Soulful, yes! I miss the colour in the new banner, its nice but too serious for me. I think it doesn't reflect the spirit of the blog which is more playful.


What do you think?
Do I need more color?
Does it reflect the tone of the blog?
I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Patio Complete

My patio portion of the backyard project is complete! Cement is laid, cracked tiles replaced and grouted and everything in it's place. We are in the process of turning our back yard into a wheel chair accessible spot for my son, Charlie, in addition to making space for raised vegetable beds, a chicken coop and of course an out door seating and al fresco dining area. So here is phase one complete with 'before' and 'after' photos!




You'll notice in the before photo there is a pile of bricks to the right. This is where my Uncle Fred smashed open the walkway so we could get Charlie's wheel chair our back door and through the gate to the car. And now (see below), smooth sailing for Charlie and his wheels.



We took down the small two foot wall and added five new feet of patio space with our concrete pad.





And below, our new four-foot-wide walkway that will lead to our new gate (phase two). The new gate and fencing will go in before Thanksgiving!


So here's what the rest of the year looks like:

Phase One: patio COMPLETE!
Phase Two: Fence and Gate repair and installation
Phase Three: raised beds and landscaping
Phase Three: coop and chicken run fence

Getting there...

Lynsey Purl | Dallas Design Consultant

Dallas based stylist and design consultant, Lynsey Purl, loves autumn's cool weather. It's also her favorite time of year to decorate her family's outdoor spaces. "I love fall and the feeling it evokes," says Purl. "Childhood memories, college football and the anticipation of Halloween and Thanksgiving give me a warm feeling inside."

Instead of changing her outdoor decor for each new holiday, Purl creates a single concept that can transition from autumn to Halloween to Thanksgiving. "By keeping my autumn decor broad I can set it up in September and not have to really change a thing until Christmas," she says.

Last year I featured her home on Houzz.com and her adorable pink and gray nursery went viral. This year she decked out her front porch for Halloween and I'm so excited to share it with you! I've also included some of Lynsey's tips on how to create her DIY painted pumpkins. Thank you, Lynsey for letting me take photos of your handi-work.











How to Paint a Polka Dot Pumpkin
1. Cover the stem with painter's tape.
2. Spray the pumpkin in the desired color and let dry.
3. Place round stickers randomly over the pumpkin. I used a sheet of price tags from the dollar store.
4. Spray the pumpkin with a second coat of a complementary color.
5. Let it dry and peel off the stickers and tape.

 How to Paint a Monogramed Pumpkin
1. Cover the stem with painter's tape.
 2. Cover the pumpkin with paint (I chose a cream color).
3. Let the paint dry.
4. Choose a letter stencil and coordinating paint color (The "P" is for Purl) to create your monogram. 

How to Create a Studded Pumpkin
This is the fastest and easiest transformation.
Push thumbtacks in a random pattern into the pumpkins for a textured, studded look. Experiment with different patterns.






The Purls recently recently renovated their back patio and created an outdoor kitchen. I want to do this at my house! Purl says, "We were fortunate to be able to tie into our existing plumbing outside which was perfect for our outdoor sink." The flagstone was mortared in with a dry stack appearance to add color and texture, which ties in beautifully with the home.



Lynsey also added a little Halloween flair to her children's play house! The kids also got into the pumpkin painting act and decorated their own for the holidays. I love the hot pink one that Lynsey's daughter created. Who says you have to go orange and black for Halloween?






Interested in Lynsey's work?
Check out her website HERE


Patio in Progress

The cement is laid! We have some small tile repairs to do when the rain lets up but the back yard is definitely shaping up. There is still a lot to do (get the new gate installed, build some raised beds for my veggie garden and do a little back yard landscaping) but I'm thrilled to have it all underway and looking good. Now Charlie will be able to use the back yard with his wheel chair and walker!  YAY!

I've included some construction photos below, but first... have you entered our current giveaway? Loretta Fontaine, jewelry maven and silversmith extraordinaire, is making one lucky Maison Boheme reader a custom photo necklace! All you have to do is follow THIS link and enter. Even if you don't wear necklaces remember that the holidays are coming... so enter and then decide who you'll give it to!







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I Love Bulk Trash

This weekend was bulk trash pick up in our neighborhood.  A friend of mine once told me that she rents a truck and prowls the fancy Dallas neighborhoods during bulk trash weekend.  I've heard of people scoring entire Restoration Hardware patio sets, beautiful Midcentry sofas in mint condition, pairs of Victorian wingback chairs, lucite console tables and more!

This weekend I scored two wooden rocking chairs from the bulk trash.  They needed a paint job, some new screws and a little wood glue.  I also found a door with little square windows.  It was damaged around the edges, but not so badly that it couldn't be repurposed.  I painted the name of our home on the glass panes and hung it from some rings and an "S" hook.  The weight of the door (this mother is heavy!) rests on the ground and the hooks keep it upright.  So, thank you bulk trash for the free spring update!












The Boho Table

The bohemian table always requires a beautiful, worn out, patchy table cloth.  It can be an old quilt, shawl, tapestry, sari or anything really that will lie flat and bring a shot of color and texture to your table.  I'm hosting a party next weekend and am looking to dress a few tables in boho garb.  I'm thinking something along these lines:

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Dressing Up the Patio

Spring has arrived here in Dallas and one of the things on my To-Do list is to freshen up my back patio.  We spend all our time out there in the spring and its looking a little dingy and dusty.  Here are a few photos from my inspiration file to get my juices flowing!  Happy spring!

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Deep Color

Time to be bold and bring the jewel tones out of hiding.  Cobalt, emerald, ruby, amethyst, saffron - this time of year cries out for deep, rich color and saturated hues.  I almost wet my pants when I saw the burgundy tufted sofa below from Horchow.  Dear Santa....

Benjamin Moore


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Bench seating with throw pillows

This look always makes me happy.  I fantasize about someday selling my living room furniture, all of which was mostly purchased on Craig's List anyway, and replacing it with wall to wall Moroccan style bench seating. Then, I'd litter my benches with amazing throw pillows.  Am I the only one with this fantasy?

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I'd even settle for one wall of bench seating and throw pillows.  

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... or a single lounger with throw pillows.

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