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June 12, 2012

The Patio Revealed | Uncovering a Slate Patio


Last spring when we moved into this house, this is the "patio" that greeted us. 

In fact, the woman that owned the house didn't even know that there was a "patio" there...

But when I saw it, I looked past the years of dirt and sand and saw possibility.  So, one day when Mike went to work, I got out my power washer and shovel...

What a pleasant surprise!  We didn't even have to patch anywhere to complete the flagstone patio that was laid however many years ago.

It is not perfect by any stretch.  It is a little sandy, a little rocky and has weeds that frequently sprout up... and don't get me started on the ants.   Buuuuttt, for the small amount of work it took to create, it is perfect for the moment.  I'm so glad there was no hauling of rocks, clearing, digging, leveling and watering of grass (like we created at our last house!).  I'm sure some day I'll have the time to really re-address the patio, but for the meantime I just love having a place outside for us to lounge, eat and entertain.

The furniture is from - I got it last year... not sure if they still have it!  I got the striped pillows from Restoration Hardware last year, too.

For the complete menu and all of the recipes from my Ladies Night Patio Party, click here!


  1. I never would have guessed that the patio was so buried when you inherited it. Nice work, it looks awesome!

  2. Wow - what a transformation - it looks absolutely fantastic. You are clearly a woman of vision - my first instinct would have been to cover over (and by that I mean get my husband to do it - lol!) Well done you for seeing the potential AND for doing it all yourself!
    Paula x

  3. How beautiful. Forrest Gump was right, you just never know what you're going to get.

  4. Beautiful! Where did you get your patio furniture?

  5. It looks so sweet great find huh?

  6. Looks like a charming little place in the french countryside :)

  7. I've always wanted a slate patio. Now how nice to see it and dig it up.

  8. It's wonderful!! Don't you just love it when a little bit of hard work pays off so big!! What a lovely spot to entertain. Enjoy!!!

  9. What a nice surprise to uncover! You've created a lovely little spot for outdoor entertaining. The furniture and serving trays look perfect as does your menu!


  10. Anonymous12:33 PM

    Beautiful! Can you please tell us where you got your patio furniture?

  11. Oh Jenny what a great find!!! You guys did a fabulous job in "unearthing" it.

  12. I would like a bit more of a patio in our backyard. I wonder if "making" instead of discovering a slate patio would be terribly difficult? Tilling up grass, then laying slate on evened out dirt? I would love something easy and not terribly expensive.


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