Justina Blakeney blogs at The Jungalow, where she shares her bohemian-minded styling for every room. Today, she tackles her patio, transforming it into a magically bright outdoor holiday entertaining space with finds from Hayneedle.
Having spent the last eight years living in homes with no dining rooms, I’ve learned that just because a home is small, it doesn’t mean one can’t invite the whole family over to celebrate the holiday season — especially if, like me, you live in an area with a mild climate. A small patio, yard, garden, or even driveway can be turned into a perfect venue for entertaining. So for this holiday season, I worked with Hayneedle to make my small backyard come alive for the holidays. Mulled wine, anyone?
Here’s how we created the holiday-cozy boho-bash vibe in our yard. First, let me show you what this space looked like before:
This is where we come and eat outdoors most evenings. It’s a pretty neglected space that was in dire need of some Jungalow action.
This was all done in one afternoon, and everything here was found on Hayneedle. I started with an outdoor gazebo canopy, and from there decided on an outdoor dining table and chair set that would fit nicely underneath it. We chose a patio dining set that included an outdoor sofa because we really wanted the area to feel like an extension of our home — an outdoor living room/dining room. These pieces were neutral, so I knew I could boho it up with sheepskins and fun, patterned pillows.
Next, I searched for the perfect outdoor rug — something that would look festive for the holidays but could also live outdoors after the season, too. I went with this one because the colors match my home, and the pattern is graphic without stealing the show.
Next we added some real decor pieces, like this star lamp and a sunburst mirror that make the space feel both festive and like a real living space.
And then for my favorite part — setting the table! When bringing the holidays outdoors, it’s fun to mix traditional indoor and outdoor pieces, so for this tabletop I mixed some simple, everyday, chic dinnerware with fun and festive jewel-toned goblets. Copper accents everywhere turn up the glam, and some red-and-white ikat napkins bring in the boho.
And then for a statement piece. Colorful candlesticks turn up the volume on the whole scene, are festive and fun and add height contrast to the table to tie the whole scene together.
Add a few potted plants, light up some candles, pour the wine, and get ready to celebrate.
Happy holidays, friends!