Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Remember this?


Do you remember this photo?


It was a sneak peek I gave you a while back on facebook.

Well this is what it was.....


Wondering why I painted a perfectly good terracotta pot??

Well, remember this rug???
(also showed you this on facebook)


It's the rug Sheila choose for her patio makeover.

Again, If you don't follow along on fb your probably wondering...

"Who's Sheila?"

Sheila is THE funniest, friendliest, most giving person I've ever met.


She is a single Mother, Grandmother of two, friend to many, full time employee, recent college graduate, world traveler and...
She's also my Mother's best friend.
                         Sheila has a full plate at all times!

That's why her yard looked like this....


this....


and this....



My Mother asked if I would help transform Sheila's patio into a peaceful place where she could go at the end of a long day and enjoy a nice glass of wine.

Of course I said YES!!

Ok all you "non" fb book friends, consider yourself briefed!

Carrying on...

Because of Sheila' busy lifestyle, the patio needed to be as low maintenance as possible.

This meant bringing in color with the decor rather than lots of flowers and plants.

Hence the brightly colored rug and the painting of the terracotta pots.

Now the small strip of dirt where the pots were going to be placed was visible from the house.

It needed to be more than just a few pots with some greenery.


I wanted it to be unique and intriguing while viewed form indoors.

So I decided to get some posts and well, see for yourself...


Mr. Treasures and I took three 2 x 4's and painted them a distressed brown.

Then we cemented them in the pots so they'd be nice and sturdy.

Once they cured we added some plant hangers and hung the lanterns I found at Pier one.

The patio desperately needed more ambient lighting so I picked up some bulb lights from Cost Plus World Market and once again Mr.Treasures to the rescue....


We attached them to the top of the posts and ran them back to the house.

It looks so amazing in person!!

This is the view Sheila sees from inside the house.


Wine anyone??

Now I haven't shown you everything.

There are a few items that need to be placed as well as a few details buttoned up.

What I'm not showing you....

This plant and

This lattice will be used to address the a/c unit

and this door...


already received one coat of chocolate brown chalkboard paint.


Sheila will be able to write down the menu for her dinner parties or
her grandchildren will have a spot to write her messages

and....


This fountain has gone up but it needs a little something else in this corner before I call it quits.

So tell me....

What do you think so far?


Angie




23 comments:

Gary said...

I think Mr Treasures is awesome;)! Patio looks good too.

Signed,
Mr Treasures

Marcie said...

FANTASTIC JOB! You are so awesome Ang! Sheila is going to LOVE spending time out there!

MaryNeff said...

Girl. That looks great! My man loves some "christmas" lights.. This looks so do- able! Wonderful job!

Hollywood forever, Kevin said...

Yes in deed it looks great. I've been looking for those lights, thanks for the lead. It's like a outdoor cafe. Keep up the good work.

Kerri said...

Ok this outdoor space looks amazing! You did such a wonderful job!!!

The Design Confidential said...

LOVE the boards in the pots! amazing! the lanterns and cafe lights really make this stunning! sheila is one lucky lady!

scrapwordsmom said...

I think I want to fly you out here and help me with my patio. WOW! Angie...you are so talented. I am so terrible at this kind of stuff. I mean WOW!!

Love the lights:)

Ruby@Ruby'sMusings said...

Great job so far! Makes me wish I could transform my little porch here at the apartment!

Linda @ Painted Whyte said...

OMG Angie you did such a good job - was she surprised? did you totally love it? Your awesome!!!

The Urban Cowboy said...

I think you have a gift of being able to see what should be in a space or an item. I have no doubt one day I'll probably be reading magazine articles on your projects.

Sheila said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! You transformed my dismal patio into a beautiful paradise. You listened to my 'wish list' and created the perfect patio for me. I can now escape back to Italy, drinking my wine or enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning. Jenna and Jaylie love spending time out there. I can't begin to thank you for taking the time to create the most amazing space....it truly is a gem and your talent demonstrates your visual imagery, with creative thinking, provides the ability to transform a wonderful space where I can relax and enjoy the outdoors. Thank God this world is filled with creative women like you (and extra special thanks to Mr. Treasures who worked along your side)....love you....Sheila

The Zhush said...

Great job! Can not wait to see more!

Debbie said...

That is so awesome Angie....love that green too by Krylon....I plan on using some of that in the Fall:) Hope it is going well for you and your new life of being back to work.....I am sure you are getting a routine, and your kiddos are doing great with it as well. Thanks for popping over, I know how busy you are. Debbie

Debbie said...

I just bought that green today and will be using it soon. Glad you liked my lamp...funny I thought of you while making it...I knew you would like it:) It took me a LONG time, and I will not be doing that again anytime soon. Thanks Angie...Have a happy week. Debbie

Trish said...

You guys amaze me.....are you for hire??????

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Oh my! The yard is fabulous, you did an amazing job!!
XO
Kristin

Sandy M. said...

This is AWESOME, BEAUTIFUL, STUNNING, AMAZING,..! You did a fabulous job!!!
I hope things go well for you at your new job & that the adjustment period is not too terribly long. It has to be hard after being home for 11 years! I've been home for 30+ years & I can't imagine the adjustment such a change would require!
I finally found a patio rug today (not nearly as beautiful as the one in this post...) & now that the temps are below 100, I hope to get lots more done this week on the garden. We are at 3 weeks & 3 days till WEDDING!
I hope to get some pictures on a blog soon.

Morgan @ PepperDesignBlog.com said...

Looks great!!

La Dolfina said...

OMG Angie, that is an amazing transformation. I love it! I'm so inspired for my own side yard that I haven't been able to figure out for years. How in the world did you and Mr. Treasures come up with this set up. Seriously, it's incredible and so inviting. I bet your friend is over the moon!!!!
You've been on my mind. How is your new job?

Morning T said...

This is amazing Angie- bravo! I just love what you did with the posts in the large pots and may have to try that myself!
Hugs~
T

Kim said...

It looks fabulous! Great job. Sheila is lucky to have such a great friend.

Ali@Honey and Maple Syrup said...

I LOVE this patio! I love the strings of lights!!

kayce hughes said...

Love it!