Refresh-Refresh-Refresh… are yall tired of us refreshing? Or tired of hearing the word refresh? I hope not, because we did it again. Spring is the time where we dust everything off around here. Start over. Plan ahead. Create a blank slate. I love refreshing all of the things & our outdoor spaces are not excluded from that. We plan on spending a lot of time outside, from the finishing up our garden area, to hanging with Grace… so why not have a cute little space outside to kick up your feet?
Now before we dive into our little refresh, we are going to be overhauling our patio area this year (hopefully). It needs a lot of TLC, the patio-pavers are becoming disjointed, in between our patio and driveway there was a landscaped space, that now shrines a dead tree stump. We are still in design mode, so i’ll hold off on all the plans and details until we get a better picture. Nonetheless we found a little nook on this unfinished patio that we wanted to put together a cozy farmhouse patio sitting area.
In order to kick up your feet, you need somewhere to sit, or lay… We found this Woodstock Sectional with Ottoman from Joss & Main (link). Its a great focal point in the space not only with its deep color tones, but is overall volume. This sectional does clearly comes with seat and back cushions, it also comes with outdoor pillows. We weren’t huge fans of the pillows, so we replaced them with pillows we previously had, and ScotchGard Weather Sealed them to keep them safe from the elements. We have had great success with using ScotchGard weather shield in the past, check out our post on “How To Make Any Fabric Outdoor Safe” (Link), if you’ve never used it before. Outside of simply opening the box the sectional came in, there is no setup. Its the perfect size for hosting & for Jose and I to lay on each side of the of the sectional… win-win.
Shade is always a necessity when your relaxing outside. I do my best to limit my time in the sun so its only natural to throw an umbrella (Link) into our little cozy farmhouse patio. I love the look of this umbrella so much from the color, to the drop cloth material, to even the little tassels… If I was looking for some bad luck I would try to bring it inside & add it to our sun room…To anchor it all down, and bring it together, we put this Woven Chevron outdoor rug down. Without the rug, the space, no matter how well you designed it, felt like the sectional and ottoman were just left there… It was disconnected a bit, this rug ties it together, and brings it all together.
I wanted to keep this space calm & relaxing, but as always have that antique farmhouse vibe with all of it’s chippy goodness so I chose to decorate with some antique & vintage items like that large dough bowl, that large green jug, the chippy baskets I picked up at a flea market, & that rusty garden chair. & of course to bring the whole space to life I added GREENS from those lovely lemon trees from my pal Angie who sells them at our shop to those large green ferns I picked up at my local hardware store. I kept it neutral, chippy, & cozy just how I like it! The white screen enclosure in the back were purchased from Amazon (link).
Now, a super exciting giveaway for you guys! Joss & Main are hosting a Design The Outdoors Sale! They are inviting you guys to share images of your own outdoor space and tagging @jossandmain and #DesignTheOutdoors for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card to Joss & Main!!!! So start posting away and make sure to tag @jossandmain for your chance to win. I am SO EXCITED to see your outdoor spaces so please tag me on Instagram as well!! Thank you guys SO MUCH for stopping by the blog today & sharing this post with your friends & family… It means the world to me that you guys stop here daily to see what we are up to. Thank you for being here. & a HUGE thank-you to Joss & Main for working with us on this patio refresh. xx
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GORDON SUBJECT says
Great pics. I love anything related to farmhouses. I grew up in an old style farmhouse in the Canadian country side.
Tracy Herbeck says
I’m trying to like this but honestly can’t. It’s completely over done with so much going on. It seems to be staged toward the photo shoot and not focused on the comfort of the people who would use the space.
I love how the fringe of the umbrella works so well with the lattice work on your house and fence! Looks beautiful, I want to sit there!
Im really trying hard to like it, but I just don’t…I am having trouble wrapping my head around some of your recent choices and I feel you’re drifting away from the antique vintage pieces and look. I have always looked forward to new things that you find and add, and recently I just feel overwhelmed by everything being “re done” when personally I loved it like it was….but girl it’s your home and if you love it, then that’s all that matters.
Jose Galvan says
Hi Tracy! I’m sorry you don’t like this post and our design of this space. I promise you it’s very very comfortable. I hope you love the other posts on our blog xx
I love it! Great job! By the way…if I decided I didn’t like what I see on a blog, I’d probably just keep my mouth shut and stop following it.
Kelsi W says
Well I LOVE it!! It looks so comfy and inviting. And FRESH!! Love following along w y’all, don’t ever stop sharing YOU!
This space is GORGEOUS and INSPIRING, and I can easily imagine it being interpreted to my space. Don’t let the pointless negativity get you down – your style is beautiful!
Love it! The farm is looking more and more amazing by the week. And every time I think it can’t get better, it does! Thanks for inspiring.
I’m pretty sure you guys need your own magazine! I’ve been following since the beginning and to see the progress and growth has been amazing. I keep coming back for more and my style is not even farmhouse ?, that’s how good it is! I think you provide a great mix of real life at home shots and editorial magazine worthy shots. The name of the magazine can be LM Home & Style. Move over Joanna! Love you guys! ???
Huge eye roll to some of the comments above! ;). I LOVE your style! I wish that you could come “completely over-do and stage” my home! I love the umbrella, black chair, ferns, ok I love all of it… And I have to say that I also love your design choices. The mix of old and new is perfect, you are talented. I try to recreate many of your spaces in my home; I’m just not that good at pulling it all together. ?
Seriously though! I would get a subscription!
I LOVE it! And it does look like it’s a photo shoot….becuase it is for your pictures. Looks perfect and livable…which is my fav. You have wonderful spaces that are inviting and cozy. Don’t ever stop sharing. 🙂
My goodness at the negative comments! This space is so cozy and stunning! That umbrella is to die for!! And who doesn’t love ferns?!! ???? what can be more comfy than an outdoor couch in the shade?!! And all of the details are perfect. The amazing designers are ever changing and ever creating! You go girl!
Liz and Jose-
I am so grateful for you sharing your beautiful home each and every day. The outdoor space is lovely!! I always look forward to seeing your creativity and farm life. I saw on your Insta Stories that sometimes it’s hard to share your creativity, Liz, because of negativity. I, too, have a hard time sharing my art as I shut down from opinions I know shouldn’t matter. A dear friend of mine said to me that I had to trust that my art was being created to be “gifted” for someone, somewhere, someplace when it’s created from my heart. It’s a gift from God to have creativity whether it’s art or decorating or giving of ones self in any form of creating. Thought my friends words may help you, or someone else reading this for that matter. Someone, somewhere is needing just what you share with love in your hearts. Love to you both!!
The Rocking Horse Farmhouse says
This “Cozy Farmhouse Patio” is just that! I can see the time and thoughtful planning that went into this cozy space. The lively greenery-plant life make this space come alive against the whites and greys, fabulous…
Thank you for sharing!
-The Rocking Horse Farmhouse
You don’t have to apologize for what you post on YOUR blog. Obviously this person didn’t learn the old saying, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all” Your blog is a reflection of you, not everyone has to like it. Keep providing us with your lovely inspiration, I love it!
A fellow Michigan farmhouse owner ❤️
Looks super cozy to me! I love to relax and enjoy the beautiful spaces I’ve created and this looks just perfect! Love your blog Liz! Can’t wait to see the greenhouse!
Amy Lee says
I don’t think Tracy said anything unkind. When you post things on the internet there will be differing opinions. Tracy is entitled to her opinion. Is the comment section just for blowing smoke? I doubt she was asking that things like this not be posted. She simply said she didn’t care for how staged it is. The entire home is very staged and that’s okay if that’s what the Galvan’s prefer. Different strokes for different folks.
Michelle bukowski says
Just beautiful!!!Your so inspiring to so many of us.I’ve learned so much from you guys.Your such an amazing team.Love all your furry friends.Gotta mention that for heavens sake.The way you have all your topiaries set up in your house….just beautiful.Love the ferns.Dont let anyone steal your joy!!!Or take your design skills away from you!!!!Just look at your number of followers!!Enjoy the rest of your day…xoxo
So inviting and oh so pretty! I want to cozy up with a good book, right there! Could you please share the white screens that look like fence panels in the background? We are in the market for fencing options and that looks so lovely. Also, please tell us more about the trees and plants … just love it all!
Michele Eures says
I love this! I see so many of your photos that give me ideas of how I could make my home look more pulled together. I’m learning so much from you! (By the way, I could totally sit on that cozy couch and enjoy a chilled beverage with you. ???
Love your patio! It is absolutely beautiful? you could set there with a good book sipping good wine. Good job
Linda Asly says
We are living in the 21st century, where opinions can go either way. I don’t see a problem with people giving an opinion for or against. Personally, I adore Liz, Jose, their fur family and style. I don’t care if it’s staged, but I also don’t see anything wrong with someone giving an honest opinion. Like it or not, it’s life. And this silly business about your mother teaching us not to say anything but nice things is a little dated. Get with the times.
I have to disagree. Of course Tracy is entitled to her opinion. But I don’t see how her comment is any different than if I didn’t like the outfit she was wearing while at the mall and I went up and told her so. She’s wearing it in public for everyone to see, so that would make it ok? I would hope that most people would find that rude.
Just BEAUTIFUL ? I love how someone can say that it is staged for a picture and not for real life. Well duh – it’s a picture for your blog! Would they rather see a pile of laundry and pillows and blankets on the floor?? Of course it is lived in and I’m sure very very cozy! Looks it to me!!! I love everything you guys do to this amazing farmhouse!!! You inspire me everyday. Xo
Oh my goodness, I am obsessed with this space, Liz. It’s so fresh, warm and inviting. Love how you incorporated new and old into this gorgeous charming space. I could see myself curled up with that umbrella providing shade as I read a book and sipped lemonade. I love your style and keen eye for design. Love, love, love it! I agree with Beckey, you guys need your own magazine.
Amy Lee says
You said it better than I did Linda. That’s exactly right.
This is supposed to be a supportive community. If you don’t like it, please keep your comments to yourself. Liz, if you love it that’s all that matters. Thank you for sharing your home and life with us everyday. You’re such an inspiration. On another note, I would love to know where the wonderful pillows came from. I have my grandmothers quilt that looks like the pillows. I forget what it’s called, but I could never cut it up to make pillows. So if you can share that would be great! ?
Jennifer Nichols says
It’s totally beautiful! I live in the Midwest too and have a question—what do you do with all the pillows/rugs etc when it rains? Even with outdoor labeled stuff it gets kinda gross for me to have soggy pillows—but I just don’t have the room/energy to pull them off every time weather is bad. What do y’all do?
Hi Liz! I have followed you for a couple of years now and when I say that I love your style I mean I LOVE YOUR STYLE! I’m a little embarrassed about how excited I get when you have a new story, blog post, or picture. To say the least I’m a FAN girlfriend! Anyways I hope certain attitudes don’t make you want to stop sharing. I can’t imagine putting myself out there like you do (this is the first time I have ever left a comment or anything) but I feel like I had to share with you how much this girl adores you, your family, and your home. Thank you, thank you, thank you for opening your life up to us even when we’re undeserving! ? ❤️❤️❤️
I adore this space! I want to curl up with a magazine and glass of iced tea (who am I kidding- I want to play with the dog!!). I love when artistic people generously share their ideas! Someone else can take their idea and run with it! So thank you for sharing! Hurtful Negativity has no place in women supporting women . When something is said that is not meant to be kind and helpful- it is just plain rude.
Liz I love your style and the way that you and Jose have transformed your beautiful farmhouse. Keep on doing what you love ❤️. And Winnie is just adorable ?. Just one question about your design and style, how to you keep everything so whit and clean ? ?. When I see your home photos I just want to paint everything white. ?
im in love with the white pillows, where did you find them? they are absolutely beautiful
I’ve been following your blog for a long time (since 2 houses before your farmhouse), you were so talented back then but it’s amazing to see how far you have come, and where your design style is today. You are my favourite blog to look at (every day!) and get so many fresh ideas and inspiration from you. My heart goes out to you when you are down and discouraged at times, try not to let people’s negative opinions get you down, you are doing such a great job, everything you do looks just perfect to me and I love it all, I wish I could make my home look as good as yours does 🙂
LOVE your style!!?..you’re so inspiring & talented!!..look forward to reading your blog everyday!!..
“Kindness is in Our Power, Even When Fondness is Not”. In a world FULL of so much hatred and negativity a kind word or no comment at all goes a long way. These types of rude comments are why this world has gotten the way it is, it’s sad!
Love this space and what a pleasure to follow this blog and the lovely people who have created it.
72 years of living and all the observations I’ve gather about folks have taught this old woman that the BEST way to handle unkind remarks and negative comments is to simply IGNORE them. Give the unkind person maybe up to 5 minutes consideration, and then move on.
Responding to unkind remarks and negative comments is like throwing fat wood and kindling on a smoldering ember… don’t feed that smoldering ember and fan any little flames that erupt.
You have a beautiful home that suits you, your family, and your friends (personal and virtual). Enjoy it!!!
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! LIVE the life you’ve imagined. —Thoreau
While I do feel kindness is always nice, I have to say this post rubs me wrong. Hundreds of dollars worth of plants, a $1200 outdoor sectional among other things…just seems so over the top, show-offy and out of touch with reality.
Kindness and grace are never outdated. How sad some think the advent of the internet did away with common courtesy.
For those who get “rubbed the wrong way” by what someone else spent creating a patio for their home…well, it’s time to calmmmm downnnnn. When I see something on the blog that I want to recreate and go into sticker shock I find it amazing how many affordable alternatives their are out there. It’s a gorgeous patio! And Im going to use her amazing ideas to inspire my own gorgeous patio on my own budget?
Cheryl B. says
Hi Tracy first of all let me say I’m new to your blog I think I just got you on Instagram as well but I’m loving your space I think it’s warm and welcoming and comfortable beautiful it’s the first blog on your page that I’ve read I very much enjoyed it. Second how’d we enter the contest on Facebook or Instagram or both I’m actually working on my patio right now and when does the contest end. Again I want to say thank you I’m new to the blog and I’m enjoying it PS Love how you guys did the lattice work at the top of your pergola it’s quite beautiful. Hope you and your family have a very nice week Cheryl B from Northern California
Amen to that!?
I would just like to see a little more humility, that’s all!
Amy Lee says
It’s funny how that kindness and grace only extends to people who have the same exact opinion as the majority. Interesting.