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Julea Joseph

Julea Joseph
Hello - I'm Julea


A stylish home shouldn't be out of your reach or cost you a fortune. From entertaining to decorating, home should be celebrated and your special place in this busy world. Join me on my adventures to enhance, celebrate and appreciate all things home.


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From Slab to Fab - Upstyle Your Patio With These Style Tips!

Don’t let your back door be the end of your living spaces.  Now that a warmer season is upon us - your patio is the perfect place to extend your decorating creativity.  This time of year, every retailer has a bevy of outdoor furnishings, textiles, accessories and lighting to create an ideal outdoor oasis. 

With a little professional direction, a bit of creativity, shopping, and clues from your existing “inside” space, you can take your patio from slab to fab in a weekend!

Start with color.  Take inspiration from your current interior, or give you exterior space a new color twist. Why not be inspired by a fun pillow you scouted at a favorite store? A designated set of colors will help you set a direction for your space and make gathering your goods a breeze.
All items selected from TARGET.COM

Decide what duty your space will serve.  Do you desire a space to lounge away a Saturday afternoon reading, an extended dining area to compliment your famous BBQ recipe, or a secret garden to celebrate your green thumb? Select the 'bones' of your outdoor room just like you would inside - using furniture pieces in-tune your environment and family needs.  You'll need detachable cushions that can be easily stored if you live in an area that gets weekly rain, and a small bistro set is not going to work as a dining table for a family of six.  Be creative, yet keep functionality in mind.

Once your key furniture pieces have been established, you can add these accessories to build your room.
  • Anchor the space with a great outdoor rug. You can use more that one rug to cover a larger space or create interest by layering the rugs.
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  • Introduce a water feature.  The fountain will add an element of calm with its sound, refresh the senses with its movement, and masks unwanted noise from nearby traffic or neighbors.

Copper Tabletop Fountain - LampsPlu

  • Hang a mirror to reflect the beauty of your garden, fountain or focal point. Or use the mirror to mimic a doorway to another space.
mirror ideas
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  • Plants. From wall building large potted palms, a container garden with fragrant herbs, or a vase filled with a favorite floral - plants will bridge your patio to the great outdoors.
Upstyle your patio
Photo: This Old House

  • Add the element of fire with a propane fire pit or table, chimenea, or candles . A fire element can be a romantic and warming addition to your patio space.
Upstyle your patio
Chiminea - Wayfair

  • Add an array of exterior lighting, both solar and electric.  From fun solar accents, chandeliers or floor lamps to strings of outdoor lights – lighting creates mood, and adds a festive feeling. 
Photo: Fusion Electric

  • Add the comforts of home, such as throw pillows, throws, art, accents, and for entertaining - pretty dishes, linens and glasses.
Up-Styling Patio
Photo: Home Depot

With color as your muse, the use of functional furniture,  and homey stylish details - you can take a plain concrete outdoor space to a whole new level, transforming your patio from slab to fabulous!  

Want more tips and techniques to upstyle your spaces? Join me for one of my Summer Library Programs! 

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