Outdoor Patio Refresh: 3 Small Changes that Made a Big Impact!

Who isn’t looking forward to outdoor living this summer?! Our outdoor space was looking a little tired, so this simple outdoor patio refresh was just what I needed to get excited to spend some time outdoors this season!

It’s true. My outdoor space was looking pretty bare and tired.

There were no more pretty blooms. And the outdoor pillows were faded and worn. 

It needed a little refresh. And with a few new outdoor pillows, an outdoor rug and a few pretty pots and planters, it looks so much better! And I’m so excited to share with you the small changes that made such a difference!

outdoor patio refresh new striped pillows from Serena & Lily French country outdoor space

My outdoor pillows were quite a few years old, and really showing their age so the first thing I did? Ordered new outdoor pillows from Serena & Lily. I love their products, and they make such adorable outdoor items!

The previous pillows were also very dark grey and I wasn’t loving the color anymore. They didn’t seem to do anything for the chairs, and I wanted a little less contrast, and a more serene look. 


outdoor patio refresh with black iron chairs and grey and white striped pillows

I love the new pillows! The wide stripe is such a classic, and the soft grey is just what I was looking for to soften up the patio.


grey and white outdoor pillows on patio chair French country style

 I love that they add a bit of freshness but the effect is still subtle – I didn’t want a huge color statement so these were perfect. They’re also made of weather hardy fabric so they can withstand the elements out here without me worrying or having to bring them in.


gorgeous French country outdoor patio refresh with black iron furniture plants and flowers

And we added an outdoor rug!! I’ve never had an outdoor rug before. And can I say? I’m definitely a convert.

I love the softness it brings, both literally and figuratively. 


lantern pot of flowers on French country outdoor table patio decor

The pattern is subtle but just enough to add some pretty detail.


golden retriever in backyard sitting on outdoor rug French country outdoor patio refresh

It really makes it feel like an outdoor living space, while also feeling super cozy and soft on our feet. Even Hudson seems to love it because he’s on it almost every day now!


outdoor patio refresh with new pillows and potted flowers lantern French country style

I also refreshed the pots with some new blooms. This is something I usually do every summer, and it makes such a big difference. There’s nothing like some flowers to freshen up a space, right? 


pretty pink flowers in planter with Pottery Barn lantern French style patio decor

chaise lounges with grey stripe pillows French country backyard patio decor

New pillows were also added to the outdoor chaise lounges which is so nice! We didn’t have any over on this side before and I love that I can lie in the sun and also be comfy at the same time!

I picked a grey stripe again, but one that’s a little different than the ones in the lounge area.


grey stripe pillows on black iron chaise lounges backyard refresh

And they’re reversible! You can use either a horizontal or a vertical stripe just by switching sides.


French country style outdoor patio refresh

Thanks for coming along for my outdoor patio refresh! I hope this gave you some ideas on how you can freshen up your own spaces with just a few changes. I’m sharing some links below to the items that I used, as well as a few other summer favorites!




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outdoor patio refresh French European outdoor inspired space


This week some of my blogging friends are also sharing their summer outdoor spaces. Just click on the links below the images to be taken to see their full posts!


The Happy Housie // My 100 Year Old Home // Modern Glam // Cassie Bustamante


Craftberry Bush // Joanna Anastasia // Life is Better at Home // Inspiration for Moms


Clean & Scentsible // Finding Silver Pennies // Grace in My Space // Maison de Cinq


Life is a Party // House by Hoff // Zevy Joy // Two Twenty One


Taryn Whiteaker // Maison de Pax // Amber Tysl // This is Our Bliss


She Gave it a Go // My Sweet Savannah


If you liked this post, you might want to check out some of my other outdoor themed posts!

Backyard & Pool Renovation Reveal

Outdoor Entertaining: Summer Evening by the Fire

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  1. Katy Grossman says:

    I do love these patio items. Your backyard looks so nice..

  2. I have a beautiful Avignon fountain with the rusty iron spouts and Connecticut blue stone 2″ pavers in our small and intimate backyard. I wanted to have an elegant and cozy feeling. Do you have any furniture suggestions? In Provence I see wicker, iron and stone used. So hard to decide on whether to have all the same furniture style or to mix the wicker with the iron? Thank you for any advice.

    1. Hi Marjorie! First of all your backyard sounds lovely! And I’m a big believer in mixing! You would never have all matching furniture throughout your whole home, so why should your outdoor furniture be any different? I think wicker and iron work beautifully together and have it myself! You can do the “lounge” furniture in one style and the dining in another. My only tip would be to stick to just two different styles so that it doesn’t get too busy. Good luck to you!


  3. I love all the little elements that made your space look brand new!! And your loungers are gorgeous. Plus Hudson is the sweetest thing ever 💞

    1. Thank you Shannon! (I think he loves the new rug as much as I do!)

      Happy Summer to you my friend 😉


  4. Eva Jensen says:

    Love what you’ve done. Curious where your patio set is from. It’s lovely….timeless and elegant

    1. Thanks so much Eva! The patio furniture is from Ballard Designs!


  5. We have been freshening up our outdoor areas this year and have mostly focused on our front porch, but I would like to focus on our patio next and I was getting stuck on which rug to put out there. I love your pick! Thanks for always inspiring me with your lovely ideas.

    1. Thanks for your kind words Gina! This rug is SO cozy and soft – it’s hard to believe it’s an outdoor rug!!

      Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to comment!


  6. Your back yard is lovely. Just the right amount of furniture and the pillows are perfect.

    1. Aww thank you Ruth – that’s so kind!

      Happy Summer!