Now that summer is officially here I’m ready to officially slow things down. June has been an action-packed month of swim team, family visits, and at home summer camp activities with my daughters. Once July comes along I always feel the need to schedule less and truly soak in the summer before it is gone – it’s time for a staycation!
When At Home asked me to create my idea of a perfect staycation space, I knew exactly what I wanted – a colorful, cozy, patio reading nook to flip through my favorite magazines. It’s my absolute favorite me-time activity whenever I can sneak a few quiet moments away from the kids. We have a small patio off the girls’ playroom that I thought would be perfect for carving out a corner for my reading nook. While they play, I relax! That’s the goal anyway. 😉
Read on to see how I transformed this patio corner into my special summer staycation spot – all with items from At Home. (Have you been? I hadn’t until recently and was blown away with their stores. Read on to see why and find a store near you!)
Ice tea in cute glass, check! Stack of magazines, check! Hot pink and pineapple decor, check! How could I not be excited about this space?!
My daughters had a couple play chairs and a picnic table out here before but I rearranged the patio a bit so they could have their side and I could have mine!
Here are the simple steps I took to create my reading nook. I hope you find a special staycation space to carve out in your own home this summer!
How to Create an Outdoor Reading Nook
1. Start with a cozy chair
Comfort is key when it comes to wanting to read and linger for a long time, and this curved green outdoor chair is comfortable while also being super fun! I tested out several outdoor chairs at the At Home store to make sure I found one that felt comfortable while being affordable. At Home had a whole section of brightly colored outdoor furniture like this, making it hard to choose!
2. Add a side table
A surface to place a drink and your reading materials is a must! It doesn’t have to be big. This small side table was just the right size and I loved the geometric details and bright orange color to pair with my bright green chair.
3. Don’t forget your feet!
Since I’m typically barefoot out here on the patio, I wanted a comfy place to rest my feet. This small outdoor rug was just the right size, and only $20! I also adds another pop of color to the space. An ottoman to rest your feet would be a nice alternative as well.
4. Corral your reading materials
This graphic melamine tray caught my eye at At Home and was only $12.99! Since I’m typically bringing magazines and drinks up to the patio from downstairs this will come in handy, and make it easy to carry things back inside when I’m done.
5. Make a special drink
Are you like me and have a favorite coffee mug you like to drink out of when you have your me time? I thought I would replicate that feeling with some fun summery glassware to hold a cold drink. I know my husband and daughters won’t be drinking out of these pineapple glasses, which makes them just for me! 😉
6. Add touches that make you happy
If you have been reading Design Improvised for awhile, you know I love color! Pillows are always an easy way to add some fun color and prints to a space and this hot pink pillow with natural woven details was calling my name – and only $14.99. I couldn’t resist getting one in orange too. Speaking of pillows I couldn’t believe the selection they had At Home. They literally had an aisle for every color under the rainbow. If you are in need of a cute pillow, you need to head there ASAP!
I also love the idea of incorporating indoor accessories outdoors. I think it is an unexpected touch and helps make the space extra cozy. Since the patio is covered and pretty well protected from rain and sun, I added this fun canvas print to the patio wall with a couple 3M Command strips.
I also strung this colorful pineapple garland using 3M Command hooks made for outdoor surfaces. It worked great!
I also got a special new notebook to fill with ideas in my new staycation space. July is the time I like to slow things down on the blog and recharge my creative batteries by daydreaming of new projects and flipping through magazines for inspiration. In years past, some of my best ideas have come from my July blog break. I always look forward to this downtime each year!
A little tip – I found the canvas print, garland, and notebook all by the checkout at At Home. They have some of their best treasures there!
You’ll find me here the rest of the summer!
If you drive by one of these At Home stores, you must stop! I promise you won’t be disappointed. The store was founded in Texas (originally called Garden Ridge) and now operates 104 At Home stores in 28 states. I’ve spent my fair share of time in home decor stores, and had never seen a home decor store quite like this. Not only is their selection ridiculous (each store averages 120,000 sq. ft), their style is on point, and their prices are spot on. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of At Home’s Inspiration team because it means I get to shop at their stores on a regular basis!
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