Spring in our Outdoor Oasis (A Side Patio Refresh!)

Spring in our Outdoor Oasis (A Side Patio Refresh!)

The pups and I saved a comfy spot just for you on our newly refreshed side patio! So come on in, grab yourself a cup of iced tea or coffee and join us in the sun today for a spring patio tour!

This post is sponsored by World Market

Don’t miss the World Market sale that starts a day early today only for World Market Rewards members! To shop the sale, and log in to use promo code: MEMBERS19. You’ll save an extra 30% on almost everything. Plus get free shipping on $199+ orders. See more sale details at the end of this post!

Spring has definitely sprung here in Seattle and we’ve been soaking in every moment of blue sky and warmer temperatures. We are absolutely feeling SPOILED by the sunshine right now, it’s been gloriously perfect in every way. The sun has motivated us to get outside and set up a fresh and inviting oasis on our side patio!

Spring in our Outdoor Oasis (A Side Patio Refresh!)
Spring in our Outdoor Oasis (A Side Patio Refresh!)

I might be one of the few bloggers left who doesn’t feel the need to totally start over every season with all new furniture, but I’ve always believed you can create a room you love over time. No need to start from scratch every year. I was able to create a fresh spring look in this space by simply adding a few fun new seasonal items!

Case in point, my World Market outdoor sectional and cushions in this space are FIVE years old! We got this set at our old house and moved it here, it is still in excellent condition! I never hesitate to recommend World Market furniture or products to you because I know first hand they are such a great value.

So let’s see what’s new on our patio!

Spring in our Outdoor Oasis (A Side Patio Refresh!)

One of the new pieces we got for this area is this really cute new , which is going to be perfect for serving morning coffee, breakfast and lunch out here.

The new punchy blue and (with Sunbrella fabric!) help set a fun nautical mood and color scheme for this space.

If you are new to my house, the backyard faces the Puget Sound, so we get a glimpse of the sea from our home and patio spaces! A touch of coastal style just feels like the right mood with this house!

Spring in our Outdoor Oasis (A Side Patio Refresh!)
Spring in our Outdoor Oasis (A Side Patio Refresh!)

One thing I love about this boldly patterned is it really brings this little oasis together with flair.

Spring in our Outdoor Oasis (A Side Patio Refresh!)

The striped cushion on the rug is a ! As you can see, it’s already a hit with our furry family members. Especially Lily who likes to enjoy ALL of the beds. She LOVES being outside, so this whole comfy situation out here makes her happy all day long.

Spring in our Outdoor Oasis (A Side Patio Refresh!)

The blue side tables ( and ) are so cute and very helpful! Since this part of the sectional is farther away from the coffee table, side tables give everyone a spot within reach to set down a drink or plate.

Spring in our Outdoor Oasis (A Side Patio Refresh!)
Spring in our Outdoor Oasis (A Side Patio Refresh!)

The giant palm tree is the same one we used to have in our living room. I thought it might enjoy being out here this spring! I love the because it sets up on a stand, so it really elevates the plant and makes a great statement.

Spring in our Outdoor Oasis (A Side Patio Refresh!)
Spring in our Outdoor Oasis (A Side Patio Refresh!)

You can totally mix rugs if you want to. That’s what I do! :) The helps define the little area right off of our kitchen porch. The variation makes each space feel special, but the in the main conversation area invites all eyes to notice the real focal point of the patio!

Spring in our Outdoor Oasis (A Side Patio Refresh!)
Spring in our Outdoor Oasis (A Side Patio Refresh!)
Spring in our Outdoor Oasis (A Side Patio Refresh!)

As you are thinking of ideas for putting together your space, I like to use repetition to pull the look of a room together! Even though some items are unique, such as the rugs, the pillow fabric and double umbrellas tie them together making the design as a whole feel cohesive. The are another repetitive design element.

Spring in our Outdoor Oasis (A Side Patio Refresh!)

Another fun new accessory are the on either side of the gate. I got the lanterns at World Market a few months ago so I thought the stands would be a charming way to use them in out little gardening area. I use a battery operated votive so it’s safe outside, even if we forget it when we go in at night.

Soon the garden area by the gate will be bursting with peonies, white climbing roses and jasmine! I can’t wait! It’s a feast for the eyes and senses.

Spring in our Outdoor Oasis (A Side Patio Refresh!)
Spring in our Outdoor Oasis (A Side Patio Refresh!)
Spring in our Outdoor Oasis (A Side Patio Refresh!)
Spring in our Outdoor Oasis (A Side Patio Refresh!)

I’ve been happily sitting outside every day for well over a week, enjoying the sun, the breeze and the fresh air.

Spring in our Outdoor Oasis (A Side Patio Refresh!)
Spring in our Outdoor Oasis (A Side Patio Refresh!)
Spring in our Outdoor Oasis (A Side Patio Refresh!)

I think these are just adorable! I love how they look strung across the fence, even in the daytime. I am not sure that they have powered up enough to work at night yet, but once I figure that out I’ll share what they look like in the dark!

Spring in our Outdoor Oasis (A Side Patio Refresh!)

World Market has so many fun items for your home, inside and out. And with the sale, it’s a perfect time to pull a room together for spring!

I am sharing sources and tips below for a how to get the best deal during the sale, including how to shop the sale EARLY and get your favorite items through the code and links provided! Don’t miss the scroll bar to find my favorite products at the end of the post!

Spring in our Outdoor Oasis (A Side Patio Refresh!)
Spring in our Outdoor Oasis (A Side Patio Refresh!)
Spring in our Outdoor Oasis (A Side Patio Refresh!)
Spring in our Outdoor Oasis (A Side Patio Refresh!)

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Shop online (use the links below!) and either have your items shipped or pick up your items from the store! and use promo code: FRIENDS19

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Spring in our Outdoor Oasis (A Side Patio Refresh!)
Spring in our Outdoor Oasis (A Side Patio Refresh!)

Thanks for stopping by!

Hope you enjoyed the tour.

Are you working on your outdoor spaces yet?

DIY Terrarium Diffuser

DIY Terrarium Diffuser

Tending to a garden is a calming, therapeutic experience. I’ve often said that I almost like gardening more than I like decorating! Today I’ll show you how to make an easy succulent terrarium diffuser garden.

DIY Terrarium Diffuser

Planting a garden for health, stress-relief and self-care is one of the practical suggestions I shared in my new book, . Creating gardens has been so good for my own well-being over the years, whether it was a miniature version or a full-sized one!

DIY Terrarium Diffuser

My girls and I got inspired this weekend to make little terrarium gardens. Not only is a miniature garden a therapeutic project anyone can do alone, it can be a really fun party or family activity.

DIY Terrarium Diffuser

You might remember that I’ve made other terrariums or miniature gardens in years past. They are just so simple to make, especially if you let go of perfection and just enjoy getting creative.

Here is how to make a terrarium diffuser garden!

DIY Terrarium Diffuser
  1. Gather your supplies.

    We stopped into our local garden center over the weekend and picked up some sweet succulents and air plants. We already had a couple of little containers at home–you can use just about any vessel (you might even remember the times when I made a garden in a teacup or coffee mug!).
DIY Terrarium Diffuser

For this project we used one small glass terrarium-style container for our air plants and then a small brass lantern for our terrarium diffuser garden. (This is similar, or you’ll find other similar sources at the end of this post!) Each container has a little potted soil mix, some rocks, moss and plants.

DIY Terrarium Diffuser
DIY Terrarium Diffuser

2. It’s time to plant!

Put some little rocks in the bottom of your vessel for drainage and then cover them with potting mix. To get the plants into a small vessel, you can just remove some of the dirt around the roots so it will fit in better. Pat down the soil around the plants once they are in the vessel, and add more soil as needed. Cover the soil with small rocks and add some moss. You can also add a decorative stone, if desired!

DIY Terrarium Diffuser

I don’t use super precise instructions on how to plant or care for succulents, but usually they are pretty hardy! The key to keeping them alive seems to be to not overwater them. Even if the plants don’t make it very long, I still had fun making it!

DIY Terrarium Diffuser

3. Now add essential oils (optional).

It’s easy to turn your terrarium garden into a natural oil diffuser. Just add drops of essential oils to some moss! How neat is that? Now you can set your terrarium in your bathroom, by your bed, or on your desk so you can enjoy it.

As you inhale the scent of the oils, you’ll receive the health and mood-boosting benefits of your plant AND the essential oils!

I used about 5 drops of Peace & Calming oil in my terrarium and it smells amazing! Peace & Calming (and 11 other great oils plus an ultrasonic diffuser ) come in the essential oil starter kit I recommend. You can get the kit and oils with my link on this page.

Any of the oils from the kit would be wonderful in your succulent diffuser, too!

Peace & Calming
Lavender
Stress Away
Citrus Fresh
Frankincense
Peppermint
Lemon
Thieves
Raven
Valor

I also love to diffuse Peace & Calming in my ultrasonic diffuser (which also comes in the essential oils kit) because it is the best way to get the health and emotional benefits of essential oils into your home. You add water and the diffuser breaks the oils into millions of particles and disperses them into the air!

DIY Terrarium Diffuser

Peace & Calming really helps Jack (our Goldendoodle) when he’s feeling anxious. Diffusing is a calming evening ritual for him (and me!).

DIY Terrarium Diffuser

It’s so important to use non-toxic scents in your home!

My girls and I are sending out our top secret divine smelling Anthropologie-inspired essential oil diffuser blends and recipes along with other goodies in a bundle for anyone who gets their essential oil kit with us this month! You can read more about that here!

DIY Terrarium Diffuser
DIY Terrarium Diffuser

DIY Terrarium Diffuser
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