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DIY Girl Summer: Patio Edition

Happy June! The weather is officially heating up here in Georgia and I couldn’t be happier! Pools are now open for the summer and there is nothing better than enjoying a nice dip in the neighborhood pool, eating popsicles from the local ice cream truck, roasting marshmallows by a bonfire with friends and family, and drinking a nice cool beverage as the sun goes down.

With all this beautiful weather, I really wanted to come up with a space at my own home where I could enjoy these beautiful summer days, nights and memories. The home I purchased back in 2020 had an old deck that needed some serious TLC but it was the perfect blank space to create an outdoor oasis on a budget!

Making your own backyard paradise doesn’t have to be all that expensive believe it or not. For me, finding deals is always the way I start any of my projects so Facebook Marketplace was my first step. During my search, I was lucky enough to find this lightly used outdoor furniture set that came with a gas fire pit for only $400. I also found a pergola for $500 as well!

Home Depot has an amazing plant nursery and I knew I wanted to add greenery to our space. While I was there I also stumbled upon a great outdoor rug selection and found a super cute black and natural rug that would fit the boho vibe I was going for. I also found the perfect outdoor string lights to add a nice touch.

HomeGoods is always a must-go-to spot when I’m designing any space in my home. They have the best knick knacks. I picked up a couple of citronella candles, some woven lanterns, a rustic cutting board and faux greenery for my centerpiece.

Now that I had everything I needed, I noticed my deck wasn’t in the best of shape to begin with. To remedy this, I decided to repaint my deck Ellie Gray by Sherwin Williams to compliment my home’s exterior paint, Snowbound (a popular creamy white also by sherwin Williams). Once the paint dried, I began to stage my items. With two accent chairs, a nice loveseat, the string lights and gas firepit, my dreams for an outdoor sanctuary came to life!

This whole project took me about one week from start to finish. With some help from my fiance and a few of our friends, we were able to set up the pergola, move the furniture in and get our outdoor porch in tip-top shape! I am here to tell anyone looking to do their own DIY outdoor space that it's completely possible under $1,500! I have now found a new happiness sitting on my back deck watching the stars with my fiance and our two pups while drinking a glass of wine by the fire. It’s not only enhanced the value of our home but the value of our life! I encourage you to give it a try!

Not ready to take on a project alone? That’s what we are here for! If you would like Ivyleaf to come redo your outdoor space, please contact us at


Halen Adair

Ivyleaf Interior Designer

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