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Making Over a Year-Round Patio

Becky Daly and her hubby, Mike, moved into their Tampa, Florida farmhouse during the summer of 2016 and have spent the last three years renovating it. “We’ve done work on the exterior, the master bedroom, guest room, powder room, mudroom, and most recently the kitchen,” explains Becky, author of the home blog Daly Digs. In the spring of 2018, the couple participated in the One Room Challenge, an online biannual event where participants have six weeks to accomplish a complete renovation of one room. Becky chose her outdoor patio, which had become a storage area while she worked on renovating the interiors. “This challenge was more difficult than last year’s guest-room makeover,” she admits. “But so worth it. We’ve been enjoying the patio more than ever and have already put the space to good use.”


“When initially designing the [patio] space, I was going for a modern, rustic vibe,” says Becky. “Our home is a farmhouse, so I try to complement the farmhouse style but with a modern twist.” They painted the brick with Sherwin-Williams Alabaster (a crisp white) to match the rest of the home’s exterior. The couple power washed the concrete pad but wasn’t happy with the result and decided it really need a coat of paint. So, they sealed the floor and painted it with concrete paint, keeping it clean and simple. “We have plans to eventually add a pool off the patio. We’ll cover the patio floor in whatever pavers we install around the pool so that it’s a seamless transition,” she adds.

Mike paneled the outdoor ceiling with planks of pallet board, which, Becky says, is impactful. “It adds warmth, texture, and a dose of rustic.” She left the paneling raw rather than painting it. “I really like the character [the raw wood] gives the space . . . it provides a nice contrast to the brick,” she notes. Because the space is primarily neutrals, a bit of contrasting color was important too. So, Becky painted the doors with Sherwin-Williams Clary Sage green for a pop of color that maintained the calming ambience.

Rustic touches appear often in Becky’s design, but she balances them with modern details. “The furniture has clean lines, but it’s merged with warm, [rustic] wood tones as well as vintage elements,” says Becky. New copper sconces complement the ceiling fans and wood pallet–paneled ceiling. A whimsical hanging chair and a layered papier-mâché drum table contrast the whitewashed-eucalyptus frame outdoor sofa and armchair from World Market. The coffee table is a reclaimed wood piece from west elm. A vintage Hungarian child’s tub holds a variety of herb plants. White, space-saving stools slide under the farmhouse-style dining table and two wire mesh armchairs sit at each end. Becky’s eclectic mix continues in the sage-green outdoor pillows, tasseled basket weave, and vintage kilim throw pillows that add a pop of pattern.

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Want to accomplish a patio design like Becky Daly’s that complements the style of your own home? The blogger suggests that you create a mood board that includes all furniture, decor, textures, and colors that appeal to you so you can see how they work together. “Remain flexible,” she adds. “Very rarely does everything go 100 percent according to plan.” Follow her home makeovers on her blog www.dalydigs.com or on Instagram and Facebook @dalydigs.

The area on either side of the patio was originally a mess, according to Becky. “We added some soil and shoveled two truckloads of river rock into the plant beds. That’s hard work! I am not a fan of mulch at all. Although the rock was labor-intensive, it was definitely worth it,” says Becky. “I kept the plants for the garden beds pretty simple and chose to use ornamental grass, agave, aloe, and gardenia bushes.” And she admits she couldn’t be happier with the way the beds turned out.

Although Becky doesn’t describe her style as country, she does consider the home’s intrinsic farmhouse style when designing anything new. On the patio, she skillfully married the style of the home with a modern, eclectic aesthetic to create a stylish and seamless design. And in doing so, created an ideal space for morning coffee, evening cocktails, and alfresco entertaining. Written by Carolyn M. Runyon. Photography by Roohi Photography.

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