The past 2 days I’ve been sick … the stay-in-bed-all-day kind of sick. I get horrific cabin fever when I can’t get out so when I started feeling better toward the end of the second day, I begged hubby to go for a walk down the forest preserve trail that our dead-end street empties into. The 60-degree air was good for both my body and soul and I started dreaming about our plans for the yard. I want to create a couple of casual patios this year but don’t want to spend a ton of money. I found some great ideas over at Houzz.
I love this outdoor space! The mix of stone creates interest and the fire pit is great for cool summer evenings. Separate seating areas gives guests space to spread out in the yard. I like the circular shape of the patio too.
This smaller patio offers loads of style with its vintage patio furniture, brightly colored cushions, and lush plants. I’ve always had a penchant for vintage metal garden furniture. It reminds me of the furniture our neighbor had when I was kid playing in their yard.
Here’s another of today’s casual patios with curved edges. I think I’m drawn to circular or curving patios because their shapes are more in line with what you see in nature.
I love this charming outdoor space. Besides the quaint bicycle, I love the makeshift conversational area outside the door. Who says you need brick or stone to create casual patios? Simply define an area in the grass as a patio of sorts. It reminds me of being on vacation at a campsite.
This example of casual patios reminds me of a meadow. The flowering ground cover winding its way between the flagstones is so adorable. A pair of orange umbrellas mimic the flower colors below.
A small backyard finds ample space for a pretty little patio. A mix of metal and painted wood chairs lends an eclectic air, while a bit of outdoor lighting creates a romantic cozy glow. An added bonus is there’s less grass to mow!
Are you noticing a theme in this collection of casual patios? If you said fire pits, you’re right! We installed a fire pit last year and that’s one of the areas in our yard that I want to define a small seating area.
This grand farmhouse has a simple backyard patio of gravel and a brightly painted picnic table. A bright umbrella in a contrasting color adds fun.
I’m becoming more attracted to gravel patios, which are a great example of casual patios. I don’t know if all those little stones would make their way inside, and I’m concerned about weeds growing up. But I supposed if you put down proper liner you should be okay.
So what do you think of these casual patios? Do you have a favorite?