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These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things: Vintage Patio Edition

10:38 PMDollie DeVille

This is the first part of a long overdue series called "These Are A Few of My Favorite Things." In this (hopefully weekly) series I will cover a different topic that I love. This specific post is on vintage patio decor. After Viva Las Vegas I always get into a spring cleaning and decorating mood. What I am obsessed with at the moment is redecorating our long neglected patio. I have been looking everywhere for inspiration - on google, instagram, even shows like Mad Men.....everywhere! So, I thought I would put it all together and share it with you, after all, you never know what you will get when you put it out to the world!

First, I will let you know the direction I want to take the patio - Hollywood Regency:

I sought inspiration from places like The Beverly Hills Hotel. I really admire the high end glamour of it all. I love the bright white iron furniture, the crisp pastel pink and green linens and the fabulous vintage umbrellas with black and white stripes, floral prints or fringe. I can already smell the the spring flowers! I can imagine myself drinking a mint julep on a patio like this in summer.  And I can literally hear the crickets chirping while writing this, so we are already on our way! 

While my husband likes this style, he would prefer the Palm Springs modern look: 

The Palm Springs Modern look is light, airy and easy going. The colors are bright and vibrant while the drinks are stiff and the sun is shining. I can see why my husband likes the Palm Springs look. I love the vintage metal or fiberglass umbrellas. I think the twinkly lights they put in the trees are just adorable. The furniture is sleek, sexy even. It is a perfect look for a relaxing patio in summer. 

So, how do we decide? Do we flip a coin? Make a bet? Do I whine until I get my way? No way! With all things, we compromise. While I do most of the decorating, I want to make sure he is happy as well. After all, what is a beautiful patio if I don't have a husband grilling on it? So, I decided to go for a 1950's-1960's Hollywood meets Palm Springs look. After all, who made Palm Springs in the 50's and 60's? Hollywood stars of course! And with them they brought the class and glamour of  Hollywood, but in a more relaxed and laid back modern style. So, I hope to use that as inspiration for our patio update. Let's call it.... Palmwood Tropical!!

The main thing we want to achieve with this patio update is to get a certain "feeling". We hope to achieve that same feeling we get while in some of our favorite places - like The Orbin In, The Hideaway and Tropicale in Palm Springs, where we honeymooned..... or like Disneyland. So we hope to experience that feeling at these places, at least a little bit, every time we enjoy our backyard. 

One thing I know for sure is that I want a vintage iron patio set, preferably Woodward. That is one thing I won't compromise on. I know that iron patio furniture will have the best chance at going the distance. I like the look of stacked bamboo furniture, but I just don't think it will hold up on our uncovered patio. I also like teak, but it didn't look "vintage" enough for my tastes. I also didn't want to do the upkeep on it. These Woodward sets are adorable too. I am dying over that tea cart that looks like Cinderella's carriage. 

Here are a few things I started collecting already for the patio. I have been looking for vintage iron patio pieces on craigslist. I found a vintage iron bar cart like the one in this photo and I think I'm going to get it. I think I will buy these green cushions from Target to replace the missing cushions. I got a tropical print umbrella from Walmart and a fire pit from Target. I also bought some more plants and pots for the patio. We have a very small budget (a few hundred dollars) so I have to find stuff as cheap as possible. Although, if I had an unlimited budget, I know I could make magic happen. It may take a while, but one day maybe it will look like this....

So this is what we imagine Palmwood Tropical to look like. I love it! It is the perfect compromise for us! 

So, let's see what we have to work with, it's not much:

So, remember that this looks disappointing because we just looked at all of those fab professional design photos. But, that is why I need to work on it. We have a patio of red brick pavers, and a raised yard with flower beds of tropical plants, a lawn, and two large trees. We also have a storage unit on the grass that is basically falling apart. On the side of the house we have a few rocks, a pond that is falling apart and three large flowering trees. On the other side of the house is a long driveway. So that's what we have to work with. Not exactly The Beverly Hills Hotel or Palm Springs, now is it? 

I am going to get started this weekend and hopefully it will be presentable by the time we have Mother's Day Brunch. 

Thanks for letting me share my inspiration with you. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. If you think I am crazy, I can't pull off such a feat, or that Palmwood Tropical is a stupid idea, feel free to let me know in the comments!

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