HOME-SPIRATION: Gravel Patio

As I think, and rethink about this patio project David and I are planning once we return to Texas, I am coming up with crazier and crazier ideas… well according to David! I found an amazing (and what I thought would be easy) patio idea, a gravel patio! Here are some of my favorite home-spirations for a gravel patio and a few resources if you want to create your own.

I love this gravel patio surrounded by gorgeous old wood and fresh green grass!

I love this gravel patio surrounded by gorgeous old wood and fresh green grass!

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love love love!

love love love!

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Depending on what kind of gravel you get it really can give your patio a whole new look!

Depending on what kind of gravel you get it really can give your patio a whole new look!

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LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

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Gravel patios allow you to create your own entertaining space really anywhere in your yard.

Gravel patios allow you to create your own entertaining space really anywhere in your yard.

We haven’t decided on exactly the kind of patio we want, but I know you all will see every part of the process! Here are some links if you’re interested in creating your own gravel patio.

Bob Vila: Gravel Patio

River Sand and Gravel Ltd: Helpful Hints

Wish me luck in convincing David this is what we need to do!

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REINCARNATION: Stone Firepit

David and I have been obsessing about getting back to Dallas and fixing up our patio! We both love the idea of sitting around a fire pit drinking a glass of wine on our patio. Here are some of my favorite home-spiration images of stone fire pits and a few of my favorite options for our home!

SEE! This is exactly how I picture David and I on our patio. Though ours is definitely not this big!

SEE! This is exactly how I picture David and I on our patio. Though ours is definitely not this big!

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Rustic and Romantic. Adore.

Rustic and Romantic. Adore.

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I LOVE the idea of a big concrete bowl as a fire pit. Easy to move and easy to maintain.

I LOVE the idea of a big concrete bowl as a fire pit. Easy to move and easy to maintain.

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S'mores, drinks, and friends. I love this.

S’mores, drinks, and friends. I love this.

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Here are some of my favorite fire pit options for our new patio space…

This is a great stone fire pit! Small and Easy to use. The Living Accents Stacked Stone Fire pit from Ace Hardware for only $179.99

This is a great stone fire pit! Small and Easy to use. The Living Accents Stacked Stone Fire pit from Ace Hardware for only $179.99

I know this isn't a stone fireplace but its a perfect option for our small patio! This is the Real Flame Lafayette Wood Burning Fire pit from Wayfair.com for only $224

I know this isn’t a stone fireplace but its a perfect option for our small patio! This is the Real Flame Lafayette Wood Burning Fire pit from Wayfair.com for only $224

This beauty is from a great little company called Concrete Creations. All their products are made in the US! This is their Ebony Asian Wok style Fire Pit Bowl.

This beauty is from a great little company called Concrete Creations. All their products are made in the US! This is their Ebony Asian Wok style Fire Pit Bowl.

Before starting this big project definitely do your research! Here are some of my

favorite sites and blogs to help you with your fire pit endeavors. Hopefully

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The Inspired Room: Easy DIY Fire Pit

Houzz: How to Make a Stacked Stone Fire Pit

DIY Network: Fire Pits

 

HOME-SPIRATION: Patio Dreaming

David and I are headed to Dallas this weekend and we are both so excited! We can not wait to get back to our own house instead of this teeny tiny apartment! And of course we are looking forward to the amazing weather! I have a feeling we are going to spending the whole weekend outside. David and I usually spend quite a lot of time on our friends patios when we go home, enjoying the time we have with them and of course the gorgeous weather. I have recently been dreaming of our patio plans and here are some of my favorite home-spriations!

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SPEND OR SAVE: Outdoor Living

I know that around this time of year we are all sick of winter and dreaming of days laying by the pool and nights filled with outdoor cocktail parties and BBQing on the patio. Especially being from Cincinnati, and living in Dallas for the time being, I know how long Winter can be!

 

Here are a few of my recent outdoor living inspirations, and a couple ways to splurge or save on your own outdoor space.

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OUTDOOR LOUNGING

SPEND: this is the wodden slat double lounger from West Elm for $549. This is an item I would definitely splurge on for my outdoor space!

SPEND: this is the wodden slat double lounger from West Elm for $549. This is an item I would definitely splurge on for my outdoor space!

SAVE: this is the AMMERO from Ikea for only $199

SAVE: this is the AMMERO from Ikea for only $199

SAVE: this is the APPLARO lounger for only $129 from Ikea. Add a cushion and you are good to go!

SAVE: this is the APPLARO lounger for only $129 from Ikea. Add a cushion and you are good to go!

OUTDOOR DINING

SPEND: this cute set for two is the Hoyte Dining Collection from West Elm. Its on sale right now for $319 (HUGE BARGAIN!) originally $799.

SPEND: this cute set for two is the Hoyte Dining Collection from West Elm. Its on sale right now for $319 (HUGE BARGAIN!) originally $799.

SAVE: if you're looking for more seating and less price... here is the BOLLO table and chair set from Ikea for only $125.99. This would be perfect for a petite patio where you want to entertain company!

SAVE: if you’re looking for more seating and less price… here is the BOLLO table and chair set from Ikea for only $125.99. This would be perfect for a petite patio where you want to entertain company!

OUTDOOR ACCESSORIES

SAVE: Here are two outdoor pillows (in Orange Flame Flower) from Essentials at Target. The set comes at &19.98. *Make sure you're pillows are OUTDOOR pillows/fabric before keeping them outside long term!

SAVE: Here are two outdoor pillows (in Orange Flame Flower) from Essentials at Target. The set comes at &19.98. *Make sure you’re pillows are OUTDOOR pillows/fabric before keeping them outside long term!

SAVE: yes this really should be a splurge but its SUCH a good deal I couldn't do it! This is the Izmir Outdoor Rug at West Elm on sale for $149.97! (originally $299)

SAVE: yes this really should be a splurge but its SUCH a good deal I couldn’t do it! This is the Izmir Outdoor Rug at West Elm on sale for $149.97! (originally $299)

SPLURGE: This is a festive tableware set from West Elm called the Potter's Workshop Tableware in Dot. Each piece ranges from $8-12 and is ceramic. A little bit more easily broken but would make such a splash on any outdoor table!

SPLURGE: This is a festive tableware set from West Elm called the Potter’s Workshop Tableware in Dot. Each piece ranges from $8-12 and is ceramic. A little bit more easily broken but would make such a splash on any outdoor table!

SAVE: This is the Scalloped Coral Collection from Target. Sets range from $14.99-34.99 and are ACRYLIC. Perfect for outdoor dining because they are plastic, easily clean, and perfect for around the pool.

SAVE: This is the Scalloped Coral Collection from Target. Sets range from $14.99-34.99 and are ACRYLIC. Perfect for outdoor dining because they are plastic, easily clean, and perfect for around the pool.

In the midst of snow and sleet don’t forget that summer is just around the corner! Keep an eye out for great deals on acrylic tableware and outdoor textiles. Accessories can change any space!