Thursday, June 23, 2016

My New Staycation Space: Patio Reading Nook!

Make a special outdoor reading nook with summery colors and pineapple decor. The perfect spot for a summer staycation!

Now that summer is officially here I'm ready to officially slow things down. June has been an action-packed month of swim team, family visits, and at home summer camp activities with my daughters. Once July comes along I always feel the need to schedule less and truly soak in the summer before it is gone - it's time for a staycation! 

When At Home asked me to create my idea of a perfect staycation space, I knew exactly what I wanted - a colorful, cozy, patio reading nook to flip through my favorite magazines. It's my absolute favorite me-time activity whenever I can sneak a few quiet moments away from the kids. We have a small patio off the girls' playroom that I thought would be perfect for carving out a corner for my reading nook. While they play, I relax! That's the goal anyway. ;)

Read on to see how I transformed this patio corner into my special summer staycation spot - all with items from At Home. (Have you been? I hadn't until recently and was blown away with their stores. Read on to see why and find a store near you!)



Check out these 6 simple steps to creating your own staycation space at home this summer!

Ice tea in cute glass, check! Stack of magazines, check! Hot pink and pineapple decor, check! How could I not be excited about this space?!

Colorful patio makeover with neon and pineapple accents!

My daughters had a couple play chairs and a picnic table out here before but I rearranged the patio a bit so they could have their side and I could have mine!

Patio makeover before and after!

Here are the simple steps I took to create my reading nook. I hope you find a special staycation space to carve out in your own home this summer! 



How to Create an Outdoor Reading Nook


1. Start with a cozy chair

Comfort is key when it comes to wanting to read and linger for a long time, and this curved green outdoor chair is comfortable while also being super fun! I tested out several outdoor chairs at the At Home store to make sure I found one that felt comfortable while being affordable. At Home had a whole section of brightly colored outdoor furniture like this, making it hard to choose!

Love this bright green chair and hot pink pillow from At Home stores!

2. Add a side table

A surface to place a drink and your reading materials is a must! It doesn't have to be big. This small side table was just the right size and I loved the geometric details and bright orange color to pair with my bright green chair. 

Such a fun orange geometric side table from At Home stores!

3. Don't forget your feet!

Since I'm typically barefoot out here on the patio, I wanted a comfy place to rest my feet. This small outdoor rug was just the right size, and only $20! I also adds another pop of color to the space. An ottoman to rest your feet would be a nice alternative as well.

How to transform your patio into an outdoor reading nook

4. Corral your reading materials

This graphic melamine tray caught my eye at At Home and was only $12.99! Since I'm typically bringing magazines and drinks up to the patio from downstairs this will come in handy, and make it easy to carry things back inside when I'm done.

Love this geometric melamine tray from At Home stores!

5. Make a special drink

Are you like me and have a favorite coffee mug you like to drink out of when you have your me time? I thought I would replicate that feeling with some fun summery glassware to hold a cold drink. I know my husband and daughters won't be drinking out of these pineapple glasses, which makes them just for me! ;)

The cutest pineapple glasses from At Home stores!


6. Add touches that make you happy

If you have been reading Design Improvised for awhile, you know I love color! Pillows are always an easy way to add some fun color and prints to a space and this hot pink pillow with natural woven details was calling my name - and only $14.99. I couldn't resist getting one in orange too. Speaking of pillows I couldn't believe the selection they had At Home. They literally had an aisle for every color under the rainbow. If you are in need of a cute pillow, you need to head there ASAP!

How gorgeous is this pillow that combines hot pink with a natural woven look?

I also love the idea of incorporating indoor accessories outdoors. I think it is an unexpected touch and helps make the space extra cozy. Since the patio is covered and pretty well protected from rain and sun, I added this fun canvas print to the patio wall with a couple 3M Command strips.

Hello summer print - I love this!

I also strung this colorful pineapple garland using 3M Command hooks made for outdoor surfaces. It worked great!

The cutest pineapple garland from At Home stores

I also got a special new notebook to fill with ideas in my new staycation space. July is the time I like to slow things down on the blog and recharge my creative batteries by daydreaming of new projects and flipping through magazines for inspiration. In years past, some of my best ideas have come from my July blog break. I always look forward to this downtime each year!


A little tip - I found the canvas print, garland, and notebook all by the checkout at At Home. They have some of their best treasures there! 


You'll find me here the rest of the summer!

How I turned my patio into a summer reading nook!

If you drive by one of these At Home stores, you must stop! I promise you won't be disappointed. The store was founded in Texas (originally called Garden Ridge) and now operates 104 At Home stores in 28 states. I've spent my fair share of time in home decor stores, and had never seen a home decor store quite like this. Not only is their selection ridiculous (each store averages 120,000 sq. ft), their style is on point, and their prices are spot on. I couldn't be more thrilled to be part of At Home's Inspiration team because it means I get to shop at their stores on a regular basis!

You have to check out an At Home store - they have the most amazing selection of on trend home decor!

Need a staycation too? 
Share your idea of a perfect staycation on Instagram with #AtHomeInspired, and enter to win a $50 gift card towards decorating your own staycation space!

This post is sponsored by At Home as part of their At Home Inspiration Team.


TDC Before and After

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