On Monday I presented a Florida Room Inspiration Board that Global Real Estate Firm, Douglas Elliman asked me to create to inspire people to use their outdoor spaces year round.
When we lived in our last rental, we had a nice screened in patio, but it had a screen roof too, making it hard to add anything other than my potted plants and traditional outdoor elements for decor.
Our new rental has a porch with an actual roof, so I got creative using some cozy fabric elements.
Let me take you on the tour…
Before the porch was just a concrete box. It felt like a prison. Hard, Cold, and featureless… it definitely needed a little of my nicolyndime touch. A perfect excuse to thrift a little. Our $75 patio set is a lonely sight.
I knew I wanted to add some light sheer curtains. Walmart has sheer curtain panels for around $5 a piece. I used my favorite way to hang curtains, tension rods, for a simple no damage, no hardware solution.
I found some cheap rag rugs from walmart and stitched them together. I made two separate rugs so that I could more easily throw them into the waster and dryer.
I purchased some yarn in a color that blended in with the various colors of the rug. Each rug is actually made up of 3 kitchen rag rugs.
After the rugs were down, I thrifted some pillows in matching colors. They were $1 and $3 each.
I had a little spot by the sliding glass doors where I imagined a bistro set. This table was found at a thrift store. The owner was selling it as a set with bulky wicker chairs that I knew would not fit. I kindly asked the owner if she would break up her set and she said she would. She had a piece of felt over the table as a tablecloth, and when I lifted the felt, was surprised to see a decorator table.
She wanted $10 for it, but after I explained that I could get one new online for $8 with coupons, I offered her $5 and she kindly took it.
I draped it with some red fabric I had, and bought two $10 black metal chairs from Walmart. Can you see husband’s walker in the background from his epic leg breaking incident? 🙁 If you follow me on Instagram, you already know about this!
Next was the most fun part, and that was to find objects that fit in with my theme. Here I displayed a ceramic tree stump container that belonged to my grandma with a church rummage sale gnome bank found for 50 cents. Most other objects were already in my possession, like my affinity with old pop bottles, small apothecary jars, shabby chic silver lazy susan, and flea market ceramic and glassware for pennies on the dollar. Also I brought some of my plant collection in, with a dollar aloe plant rescued from the Lowes clearance shelf, and some free aloe pups that I got from craigslist. A ceramic fish I made in 6th grade art class, and a heavy lantern I found on the side of the road round out the look. Makeshift side tables that are certainly weatherproof were improvised by using some of our many leftover Rubbermaid tubs from moving all around!
At night the string lights I hung with outdoor command hooks bring a peaceful coziness to the area that even looks great from sitting inside the living room looking out.
The total project cost around $100 for the tension rods, curtains, pillows, table, chairs, rugs, and odds and ends. See how you can be frugal and still create a great space?