MY PATIO MAKEOVER!
one of my FAVORITE things to do is entertain. there’s not much that makes me happier than a night with friends laughing and eating good food together. we have been gathering quite a bit now that the summer weather is perfect in the evenings, rotating who’s house we’re eating at. jesse’s roof, victoria’s backyard, jen’s patio…it’s been so nice to eat outside! i’ve been wanting to make my awkward long hallway in the back of my place into something that felt cozy and almost like an extension of my home. considering it’s mostly covered it almost does feel like an extra room now!
here’s the before and after and the little party we threw with williams-sonoma and visa checkout to celebrate. visa created an easy way to safely navigate checkout from any devices with just a few clicks so that you can spend less time online and more time hanging out on your patio drinking margaritas (which is always a win in my book)!
first off, my washer and dryer and a whole bunch of junk i never use lives back there, so the first step was to declutter. because the hallway is so long, i wanted to focus on only half of it for now (and maybe put a table on that other side eventually and build a cabinet for my washer and dryer) we hung a compression rod and a few of my favorite white linen curtains to create a separation, but also make it easy to access the other side. now it’s not a huge space, but plenty big to have 4-6 friends over. we scrubbed the floors the best we could, and laid down a bunch of vintage rugs that overlap each other and create a beautiful array of color.
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my friend jay is amazing at collecting vintage, finding the best gems on craigslist and at the flea market. i knew he would be the perfect fit to help me style up the space. for our party we used all of these amazing outdoor entertaining elements from williams-sonoma. their cantina collection was great for the colofun theme we had going on.
i seriously can’t believe the transformation back here! i smile every time i walk out the door. i’ve been having my morning coffee and taking some time for myself to think out here and it has been really nice.
we set up the little afternoon party outside and invited a few friends over for lunch. we used the benches, low tables, and poufs to display the food, and everyone could just sit and eat wherever they wanted to. we wanted to keep everything fresh and colorful and we used an assortment of playfully patterned dishes from williams sonoma to set the stage. and how about that le creuset? i’m in love with that ocean color.
and look at this cute shot glass carrier!
we made shrimp tacos, fresh guacamole, queso, watermelon orange & feta salad, mango slaw, and corn on the cob. we also used a sriracha rub (a little goes a long way, it’s spicy!) on the shrimp and pan tossed it in a little olive oil, salt and pepper. if you’re looking for more recipes you can check out this video that has some easy options for your next party.
the inclusion of plants was an ESSENTIAL part to the makeover. i had this rack already hanging on the patio (i assume it’s for hanging clothes) but figured it would be perfect to hang a bunch of plants on to liven up the space. this instantly made the area 10x better!
have you ever used a salt plate for cooking? they are SO cool. use them in the oven, on the grill, or just for presentation. i like my watermelon a little salty with lime on top, do you?
those blue platters are actually melamine, so they are super light and won’t break easily!
lay out extra garnish choices on this pretty marble and wood cheese board and allow people to dress their tacos as they please. we made a healthy cabbage slaw for our shrimp tacos by thinly slicing red cabbage, adding mango, lime and a little salt.
i always like buffet style, where people can pick and choose their items and portions! always make double the guacamole because it goes so fast, everyone’s favorite.
fusion water is so pretty to serve, we used strawberry, cucumber and orange. super simple and makes water a little more fun for those of us who are going light on the alcohol these days.
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photos by: jesse chamberlin
styling by: jay tauritz
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