Patio Reveal


If you follow my Instagram or blog, then you know my husband and I were in the process of reclaiming a patio space that was taken over by a dilapidated hot tub.  You can read more about that labor of love here (insert sarcasm;)

Let’s take a look at where we left off, because I love a good before and after;) Don’t you?


Non-working falling apart eyesore!


Getting closer…..


Wow! Look at those gorgeous Herringbone Pavers!

*Full Disclosure*

This post almost didn’t make it because as I was styling and taking photos a bizarre on and off rain storm (that wasn’t on the radar) appeared out of nowhere!  So, I wasn’t able to get too many photos, and the lighting wasn’t optimal. However, if I waited I might have been taking pictures of a snow covered patio! Ha! Remember I live in Chicagoland! So keep that in mind;)

Well folks…after many obstacles, blood sweat and tears, we did it!

Remember, we will revisit this space in the Spring and add landscaping, lighting etc.  However, we wanted to make it usable *for now*;)  We are expecting freezing temps beginning tomorrow, so we will break out the logs and enjoy it before the first snowfall!


We were fortunate the original owners added the lovely herringbone brick patio.  It was ready to make its debut from underneath the hot tub.  What a beautiful foundation for whatever we choose to use it for. Don’t you think?


We knew we wanted to make the patio an additional space that our family and teenage boys would use for hangouts etc.  So, we decided to add a fire pit from Home Depot. It can be found here.  And what a great find!  I love this particular pit for its affordability and functionality.  It is easily movable and lightweight,  so we can use the patio space for other entertaining options.  Of course I love, love  the look of it as well;) Isn’t that what matters? ;)

The “X” detail on the drum had me at hello! LOL!  I also adore the oil rubbed bronze color along with the ring details on the sides.  Another great feature is the screen on top.  This is a nice option if you don’t want an open flame.  The kit also comes with a handheld iron hook to move the hot logs and embers. Bonus!



I moved the furniture down from my deck and used what I had #shopthehouse to make the space cozy and inviting.  The indoor/outdoor love seat is from Target a few years ago (I still think it can be purchased) and has held up very well.

As far as decor, I went for an autumnal feel because well…that’s the season we are still in;) LOL!

All pillows are from Target (old) and the black and white striped throw is Ikea.




So there you have it!  We plan on using it tomorrow #smorestime, even if we are bundled up in parkas, hats and gloves!  This space was truly a labor of love and I couldn’t have done it without my hard-working non-complaining husband.  Secretly, I think his favorite part was breaking out the power tools and destroying the behemoth tub.

Shhhhh! Don’t tell him I told you;)

Have a Wonderful Weekend Friends!



  1. Kristen Lenhardt
    November 18, 2016 / 9:19 pm

    Love it! It looks great!

  2. Carole K Harper
    November 19, 2016 / 7:54 am

    A labor of love it is! Incredibly lovely, functional, easy on the eyes and magnificent! A job well done!

  3. November 19, 2016 / 10:30 am

    What a beautiful spot for your family! I hope you got to enjoy it before winter officially hit!!

  4. marley
    November 21, 2016 / 9:53 am

    Thanks so much Emily! Never goes as planned time wise;), but we will definitely be using it in the future! It was quite comical trying to style and get pics before it poured!! Now we have freezing temps in my neck of woods. Yikes! I may still try to fire up the pit just once before a big snowfall! LOL!

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