To My New Backyard (A Love Letter)

Back in May I asked you for help turning my patio into a place of relaxation and beauty (prudently). I gave you a whole rundown of the scenario and a bunch of before pics and you offered up fantastic suggestions that had me all excited to redecorate (or, umm, just actually decorate). Since then I’ve been diligently working away, parsing out my American Express Membership Rewards points to avoid spending cash and DIYing just about every detail. I can’t wait to share my source list, show you how to build a pallet daybed (with arms!), block print your own fabric, make fabric tassel garlands, sew embroidered seat cushions, ombre dye bedding, and more. You can learn a little more about the elements on Design Sponge today too. But for now, I just wanted to share the transformation with you in this little time lapse video. I can’t wait to hear what you think.

P.S. If you watch closely you can see me toasting the Prudent Mamas with a glass of champagne at one point. XO

P.P.S. That amazing song is by Twin Sister.

UPDATE: See the photo spread and source list here.




JAIME! It looks so amazing. I'm so impressed at your hard work. And video-making skills. Love it all.

ps. I didn't think there could possibly be another garland variation that wasn't completely played out, but I'm digging the fabric tassels.

stephanie joy

oh my goodness… i LOVE it!!!!
you've done such a great job!
it's so quaint, cute and cozy…
and not in the least bit pretentious (which i loathe).
it's so pretty!
you did amazing work.
it looks like it's been lived in already for so long.
like it's always been a part of your backyard.
i LOVE that!
can't wait to hear where you got everything.
hope you're fully enjoying that beautiful space.



The space is BEAUTIFUL (!!!!!!), the video is so charming, and the project is just all around inspiring. Every detail is beyond fab, and I cannot (CANNOT) wait for you to share your process with us.

Thank you for being like, the best site ever. I freaking love you guys. And goodness am I way too excited about this.


Awesome! I love the coffee table! Everything looks so perfect. Did you use weather-proof material on the bed? I can't wait for some of these projects to start showing up!!!

Heather Joy

Congratuations! How exciting! Your transformation is truly inspiring! This is my first time to your blog via design*sponge! I'm excited to hang out at your lovely blog for a bit!


Wow. This has truly inspired me to work on my back porch. Now if only there was a fast foward to make me move that fast in real time. I would be set. 😉


Jaime! My patio is about half the width and probably a third of the depth of your porch. I soo want a pallet daybed, coffee table, room for my grill… and some shade! There is no roof covering for my back patio. If we beg nicely, can we get an early tutorial?

Pretty Please?? :-)


Oh my goodness – how lovely! I have watched this video three times now and I've emailed it to my husband to make him watch it. Totally inspired to spruce up my back patio now!

Bernadette {Chic Spaces for Little Faces}

That video is awesome and your backyard is amazing! Great job.


You did a wonderful job! What did I love most? The unbelievably simple idea for shade over the daybed. It was like a gigantic DUH! YOU CAN DO THAT! Super cute!


That deck is fantastic! I'm green with envy over here! That's just my kind of place. Our backyard is huge and barren. I need to show this to the hubs!


You are an amazing inspiration and I wish I was your neighbor!! What you present to your audience so freely is a true example of your great personality and creativity. I LOVE IT and I can't wait to see the awesome tutorials!! I thank you from the bottom of my heart! Incredible!!


I just want to throw myself onto that daybed and snuggle down among the cushions! What an inviting and comfortable living space you have made, the very essence of lazy summer living.


I wish I could move that fast… To think how much more I could get done each day (funny attempt) pretty neat how the pallet couch came together.
We have a nakie covered patio that needs to be dressed up.

Love today's Amy Butler Fabric, too


hi! just linked over from d*s. your patio is amazing! I love all the details so much- the printed/dyed pieces, daybed, airplants <3. and when I read that you did it all yourself… wow, I'm impressed! ;D

MaryJanes and Galoshes

The video is amazing! I'm working on my outdoor living space right now to and about to hit the decorating stage. I was feeling a bit of decorators block but you've really rejuvenated my spirit, thank you so much!


You are sooooamazingcrazyserendipitousawesomefabuloso. Love this video. Love everything in it as well as your awesome movie making skills. Huge kudos to you my friend, this looks so inviting!

Dacia @ Lemon Drop Life

Just discovered your blog and WOW! I’m starting a back porch makeover and yours is the perfect inspiration for me! I’ll be spending the remainder of my day stalking your blog :)


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