Simple Patio Styling: From Bare to Beautiful!

Simple Patio Styling

*This post is made possible by Better Homes and Gardens at Walmart!


The fun of a new home is making it your own, and my back patio deck was just screaming for some attention. It is definitely a blank slate that needs some help, and worst, this patio usually ends up being the main entrance to the house instead of the front door because our driveway loops around to the back…not the best first impression.

The fun of a new home is making it your own, and my back patio deck was just screaming for some attention.

As you know, I partner with the Better Homes and Gardens brand at Walmart every other month in an awesome decorating challenge, and there was no better time for them to drop an outdoor spring decorating mission than now!

Back Porch - Before photos

My first order of duty was to set up this stunning Better Homes and Gardens Meritmoor Aluminum Steel Pergola. Can you believe it? I just don’t have the skill set to build my own off the side of the house, and I felt the back wall needed something to break it up add visual interest. Oh, an of course having some shade would be a big plus!

Porch Makeover - Freestanding Pergola - Mix and Match Furniture - DIY

I must admit, setting up this pergola was quite the comedic venture. With only my sister and two of my girls to help hoist the top frame onto the four pillars…well let’s just say that although it was fairly lightweight, it doesn’t account for a lack of manpower. At one point my sister and I were each holding a post each while attempting to lift the entire top frame at the same time –just the two of us, and we caught each other’s eye while pulling and pushing at the same time, and broke into the most inopportune fit of giggles. I don’t know how we managed to get it up and not have the entire thing come down around our ears. I’m just excited it is up. And yes, I realize we probably should have waited for my husband to come home, but you know…the power of a woman to accomplish a task when they are impatient and don’t want to wait on a man.

Better Homes and Gardens Pergola

After the pergola was up it was obvious the space only needed a few simple touches to take it from plain to perfectection!

I wanted three zones, a spot to dine, a spot to lounge, and an entry. I picked up these two Better Homes and Gardens Camrose Farmhouse mix & match stacking wicker chairs for my dining zone.

Better Homes and Gardens Mix and Match Armchairs

Okay, so maybe it’s more of a sit and enjoy a cup of tea zone, but it is right off the kitchen door, so what could be better?

Beautiful mini plants

The next zone is my lounging zone. I put the DIY outdoor sofa I built on the far end, and because of the path of the sun through our yard, it actually receives shade from the pergola during the heat of the day even though it is to the side of it.

Porch Makeover - DIY Outdoor Sofa

The pergola itself creates a focal point that accentuates the entry zone. It may not be the first door you come to when entering via the back of the house (the kitchen door is), but it is the doorway that leads directly to the family room. That makes it perfect when entertaining spills over to the beautiful outdoors. We’re just a french door away!

Porch Makeover - planter pop of color and lots of greenery

Once I had my zones firmly determined by seating and the pergola, all the rest of the decor was easy peasy. I just picked up a few potted plants, and added a few small decorating items that look beautiful anywhere. Like this Better Homes and Gardens lantern…I think lanterns really are the perfect outdoor decor; you never have to bring them in! Throw pillows are probably my next decorating weakness for any space.

Simple Outdoor Coffee Table Decor

Speaking of plants, I was SO excited to find some succulents sprouting in my yard, I think we are having an early spring here in NC.

Hanging succulent birdcage planter - HMC

I picked up a few Creeping Jennys and some Scotch Moss, and along with my sprouting succulents from the yard and planted them all around my deck. From planting them in an old birdcage I have been holding on to, to my DIY planter boxes, these little guys are just so lovely!

Do-it-yourself planter

In spring it is the greenery that really makes a patio pop. In the winter I’m sure I will need to bring a few more brightly colored weather proof pieces, but for now just a few simple touches and lots of greenery does the trick!

DIY Cedar Planter



Wicker Chairs

BHG - Aztec pillow


Lantern - 01

Lantern - 02

Lantern - 03


All it takes is a few simple pieces to make a bit difference in a space. My patio feels so much more comfortable, and looks so much more inviting!

*I am always honored (and excited!) to be part of the Better Homes and Gardens Live Better network, and to share a few of my favorite things, projects, and my original ideas with you. Thank you to Better Homes and Gardens at Walmart for sponsoring this post. Follow them on  FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram.



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9 Comments on Simple Patio Styling: From Bare to Beautiful!

  1. Cheryl
    May 19, 2017 at 8:15 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi Ursula, just saw your fabulous pergola..loved the canvas shade idea, we have nothing like this here in Australia and I wondered if you could show in more detail just how the canvas has actually been attached to the pergola then perhaps I can copy your brilliant idea. I look forward to following your blogs…..fantastic. Cheryl

  2. Nancy
    March 19, 2017 at 6:55 pm (2 years ago)

    Ursula! This is my first time at your blog and I am so impressed! You did a fantastic job decorating your patio space! I have a new screened porch, so I will be certain to watch and read your past and future postings. Everything in this post looks lovely, but you showed how easy it can be to create a comfortable, yet eleagant setting. Thank you for the inspiring post! P.S. I found you on Pinterest.

    • Ursula Carmona
      March 20, 2017 at 7:51 am (2 years ago)

      Welcome Nancy! Thank you for such a sweet compliment!

    • Ursula Carmona
      March 16, 2017 at 9:01 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you Stephanie! You are a sweetheart!

  3. Shannon Fox
    March 16, 2017 at 6:33 pm (2 years ago)

    That pergola is gorge and everything looks great!!
    I can so picture the assembly 😉 Sounds like something I would do.
    I’ma tad stubborn.

    • Ursula Carmona
      March 16, 2017 at 8:08 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Shannon!
      Lol! Glad I’m not the only one out there…must be a DIY’er trait. 😀

  4. Diane
    March 9, 2017 at 1:51 pm (2 years ago)

    I enjoyed ur post and I really like ur patio! Good job! I know u r enjoying!

  5. Corinna @ TheBohoAbode
    March 9, 2017 at 10:08 am (2 years ago)

    I just love the way you created zones within the single space. You were working with really great bones. That pergola made it though. It’s the perfect piece to take the deck to the next level.


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