Summer Outdoor Living Tour – Jessica’s Home

Hey there! I’m Jessica from a little town south of St. Louis, Missouri. You may know me from my blog The Preppy Christian.

Summer Outdoor Living Tour - Jessica's Home

Summer Outdoor Living Tour

Living right in town can have its difficulties when planning an outdoor area, so the first thing my husband and I did when we moved in almost a decade ago was put up a privacy fence.

Summer Outdoor Living Tour - Jessica's Home

Summer Outdoor Living tour - Jessica's Home

We recently got a pool for my 6-year-old and that meant spending tons of time outside relaxing!

Summer Outdoor Living Tour - Jessica's Home

Summer Outdoor Living tour - Jessica's Home

Summer Outdoor Living tour - Jessica's Home

We got to thinking that we really needed a revamp on the patio furniture we’ve had for the same amount of time as the fence. So, the table received a fresh coat of black spray paint.

Summer Outdoor Living tour - Jessica's Home 

Summer Outdoor Living tour - Jessica's Home

Summer Outdoor Living tour - Jessica's Home

Summer Outdoor Living tour - Jessica's Home

Summer Outdoor Living tour - Jessica's Home

Then, we added an umbrella and slapped on some cute new striped cushions with palm leaf pillows to finish the look.

Summer Outdoor Living tour - Jessica's Home

Summer Outdoor Living tour - Jessica's Home

Summer Outdoor Living tour - Jessica's Home

Summer Outdoor Living tour - Jessica's Home

Summer Outdoor Living tour - Jessica's Home

The space still needed a little something, so instead of the backbreaking job planting tons of flowers can be, we just grabbed a few super cute pots (even a bucket!) and went to work.

Summer Outdoor Living Tour - Jessica's Home

Summer Outdoor Living tour - Jessica's Home

Summer Outdoor Living tour - Jessica's Home

It ended up being a great idea because after we planted the flowers, I could mix and match the different colors until I got the look I wanted around the patio! We wanted to stick to a small budget but still keep it true to my classic and fun style. While it is still a work in progress, it has definitely served its purpose wonderfully so far!

Summer Outdoor Living tour - Jessica's Home

Summer Outdoor Living tour - Jessica's Home

Summer Outdoor Living tour - Jessica's Home

We enjoy relaxing by the pool during the day and grilling while our little boy and Weimaraner run around the yard in the evening! 

Summer Outdoor Living Tour - Jessica's Home

Summer Outdoor Living tour - Jean's Home

Summer Outdoor Living Tour - Jessica's Home

It is so nice to have an area that finally feels like an extension of our living room.

Summer Outdoor Living Tour - Jessica's Home

My tip for the low-key gal like me, or even the Susie Homemaker I strive to be but never will be is this: Try to use the furniture you already have before going out and spending a small fortune on an outdoor space. Use spray paint for touch-ups or even complete redos. If you are going to spend money, spend it on the umbrella, cushions, and pillows to bring the space to life.

Thanks to Diamonds or Pearls for including me among all of these wonderful outdoor spaces!

Jessica’s Blog – The Preppy Christian

Jessica’s Instagram – @jessicamclain


Thank you for following along on my first “Summer Outdoor Living” tour. A big thank you to the six talented women who opened up their homes for the tour. It was such a fun week seeing all of the beautiful spaces. I’m already looking forward to the next one.

Summer Outdoor Living Tour

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Comments

  1. Jessica, the black and white stripes on your cushions and the green floral pillows look great together. I liked the way you grouped the pots of multi colored flowers around the edge of your patio. So inviting!

  2. Jessica, your space looks so cozy and comfortable. I love your pots with all the beautiful flowers. Very inviting. 🌼🌻

  3. I love spray paint too! The cushions and palm print pillows look great together. I like your idea of grouping your pots so you can move them around. I never would have thought of hanging flower baskets from a tree. So cute, Jessica!

  4. 🌴Jessica, the black and white stripes really make a statement along with the vibrant green accents. 🌴

  5. Jessica,
    Spray paint is a yearly job around my house too! Your house looks great! Very clean look and I love the black and white stripes!

  6. Love the stripes & leafy combo! Jessica, where did you get the umbrella & matching cushions?

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