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Quick and Easy Summer Apartment Patio

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Today, let’s take peek at a quick and easy summer apartment patio. You may find some wonderful summer apartment porch ideas for your tiny outside area!

quick and easy summer apartment porch white petunias in a terracotta pot


Are you ready for summer?

Me neither!

But, I am ready to create a quick and easy summer apartment patio… and I actually already did!

Want some tips on how to add some summer loveliness to your tiny patio or porch? Well, let’s take a look as some summer apartment porch ideas, and maybe you will find some inspiration for your own outside space!

But first! Today is the Pinterest Challenge!

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Thank you, Cindy from County Road 407 for putting this wonderful blog hop together for us each month! You are the bestest!

If you don’t know what the Pinterest Challenge is, you can read more about it at last month’s challenge for creating a fresh spring vignette. It’s one of my fave DIYs and super easy, too!

quick and easy summer apartment porch black welcome sign

If you are visiting from First Day of Home, welcome! Crissy is one of my blogging besties and her blog is ALWAYS inspiring! Her summer patio ideas are gorgeous and helpful!

And, of course, I’m always super blessed to see all the My Wee Abode VIPs!

The Inspiration for a Small Outdoor Space

Today’s Pinterest Challenge inspiration photo from from Bria Hammel Interiors. Let’s take a look at some of the elements she used in her patio reveal, shall we?

summer patio in blues and white with lots of greenery
  • LOTS of greenery
  • Blue and white accents
  • A variety of containers for plants, flowers, and trees
  • Black lantern ceiling light (did you miss that?)
  • Lots of seating and comfy textiles with a coastal flair

Be sure to visit Bria’s full blog post to get all her inspiration, too! You’ll love it!

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Adding a Container Garden to a Small Patio

The very first thing I noticed about the inspiration photo was all the plants and greenery, including trees and flowers!

Now, when you have a tiny outdoor space, like I do (to be honest, it’s actually just a tiny landing at the top of my stairs), you simply have to edit ‘all the things’…

And your tiny space may look like this!

quick and easy summer apartment porch with plants and textiles

Using terracotta pots (like the inspiration photo) along with some glass mason jars for some tiny succulents gives variety to the space.

black plant stand with terracotta pot and white flowers
quick and easy summer apartment porch glass jars with succulents on pilings

Using succulents and other types of greenery all adds texture to the space, along with the tiny wood pilings.

wood pilings with succulent jars on tiny patio space

Planting these containers was easy, and you can find more tips at my post for 3 Easy Steps to Create a Container Garden.

Use a Limited Color Palette for a Small Patio Area

Just like the inspiration photo, lots of green and white were used for the foundation colors of the patio.

When sprucing up your small outdoor space, using a ‘tight’ color palette will make it look less cluttered.

These white petunias, geraniums, and green ivy are perfect for my tiny landing at the top of My Wee Abode’s stairs.

quick and easy summer apartment porch white petunias in a terracotta pot

Add a Pop of Color to a Small Outdoor Space

Don’t you just love the color blue for summer? And when you add it to white, it just seems to yell, “Ahoy!” (Ahem, sorry… the coastal vibe just gotta little crazy in my head.)

But seriously… blue and white were just made for each other. And, to add just a bit of contrast, a pretty little blue and white coastal style rug joined my regular fiber welcome mat.

quick and easy summer apartment porch succulent on wood piling with blue rug

See it peeking out right there? Not so much, right? Well, here’s a close-up, if you’re interested. If not, scroll on by! (wink)

cotton rug in blue and white with fiber mat on top

In case you’re interest, this rug was a steal at Target!

This rug was just enough to give this little outdoor space a little ‘umph’. I thought about adding some textiles under the terracotta pot, but decided it was just ‘too much’.

Shed Some Light on Your Tiny Porch

Even though it’s hard to see in the inspiration photo, I almost immediately noticed that Bria has a black lantern-like ceiling light added to her otherwise bright and airy patio space.

Adding a black lantern to the space was easy, as I already had this one from when I spruced up my mantel last summer.

black lantern with white candle sitting on blue rug

The LED candle makes this perfect for outdoor use!

And I’m loving the patina that’s starting to make an appearance on the top. Cuz’ ya know, one woman’s rust is another woman’s patina!

black lantern with white candle sitting on blue rug

Now It’s Your Turn

Whether you have a small or large outdoor area, be sure to visit all the bloggers listed below for LOTS of summer patio inspiration!

Next up on the tour is my friend Carol from Art and Sand. Carol lives just a hop, skip, and a jump up the freeway from me, which means we are both ‘coasters’. Just wait until you see HER garden!

So, what are YOUR plans for your summer outdoor space? Is your porch small, or do you have a spacious patio area?

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    1. Mason jars were $3 for the set at Target, I believe… they came with cute lids, too! Thanks for the love, Laura.

  1. I’ve always wondered what My Wee Abode looks like from the outside, so I was thrilled to see the building across from your porch. Speaking of your porch, it looks both beautiful and inviting. Your planter looks pretty as does your succulents in Mason jars. (A great idea!) I’ll bet that your neighbors are enjoying your pretty porch and when you go in and out of My Wee Abode, it has to make you happy as well.

    1. Yes… the patio is making me very happy! I’m glad I got it updated with the hop as a catalyst! I need to take more pics of the outside of MWA to show everyone what’s ‘going on’ around me! πŸ˜‰ Thanks for the sweet words, Paula!

  2. Julie, I love how you can take a small space and turn it into a beautiful oasis. I have a very small front stoop so your tips are well needed. Pinning to keep to remind me of this when I get my porch ready for summer.

    1. Thanks, Terrie. I procrastinated all spring to update the patio. I really am so happy when it’s all refreshed! I think my tenant-mate is, too! (The woman who rents the townhouse in front of MWA).

  3. I love how you create something big in a small space!
    I especially like the succulents sitting on the round pillars. I need to find a few to recreate that look on our front porch.

  4. I think your ideas for a small porch are so helpful. Love those wood pilings. Learned a new word today – ha! The layered rugs look funtastic too. Always glad when you join in. Pinned! Ahoy Matey!

    1. Too funny… you and Crissy both said “Ahoy” in the comments. I really love my new rug, too. Thanks for the invite, and for pulling this together. I know it’s a lot of work!

  5. Love the variety of flowers and plants you have used. You truly captured the inspirational elements in your smaller area. Looks great! BTW…never heard the saying, “one woman’s rust is another woman’s patina”….will have to use that! Have a great day Julie!

    1. Feel free to use the phrase…I borrowed it, too! πŸ˜‰ Thanks for the kinds words and visit, Kristi!

    1. Thanks, Katie! Yes, I think I often find the black item in an image because it ‘grounds’ the decor area. πŸ™‚

  6. I just love those 3 little succulents in the glass jars on the wood stand, Julie! Kind of a botanical meets coastal vibe:) Glad you have an outdoor spot to decorate; many apartments don’t.

    1. Really? There are apartments that have smaller outdoor spaces than mine?! Oh my goodness, I can’t even imagine! LOL! Thanks for the kinds words!

  7. Well done Julie! The lantern with “patina”, the beautiful flower mix and the classic blue and white rug all work so well on your little porch. I may just have to order that rug for our back door! Pinning of course!

    1. Thanks, Michelle! I think you may be the only one that didn’t mention the succulents specifically… I was starting to think the rest of the area was ‘chopped liver’! LOL! There were a couple of lovely blue/white options at Target… I had a battle choosing between two!

  8. Big style in a tiny space, Julie! So pretty! I love the succulents in mason jars idea! And you are so right about a tight palette for a small space! My outside space is my FAVORITE room in the house for the few months we get to enjoy it!

    1. Thanks, Janet! Hmmm, I’m thinkin’ the succulents stole the show! πŸ˜‰ Enjoy your outside area this season!

  9. Ahoy! πŸ™‚ Beautiful ideas, as always, Julie! I love your sense of humor too with that patina comment. You wouldn’t even know this is a smaller space because it’s packed with so many great details and special touches without seeming the least bit cluttered. Those little succulent jars are perfect!

  10. Hi Julie,

    You cone up with such clever ideas for your small spaces. Love the succulents and how you displayed them. Can you believe I managed to kill them years ago, pretty sad.

    Pretty blue peaking out with the rug. Love using lanterns on outdoor spaces.


  11. Julie!!!!!!! I immediately saw the new rug. πŸ™‚ It’s a pretty blue and I love those throw rugs because when they get dusty dirty, you just toss them in the wash and hang it back out on the railing to dry. Done! πŸ˜€ I do love that you used your lantern outdoors and the succulents look cute on their little sea pilings… Adorable!!! I am sure your neighbors enjoy your porch as they walk and drive by, too. <3

    Enjoy your early summer! Head to the beach when you can for me,
    Barb πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks, Barbara… I hope the neighbors enjoy the porch, too. And, my tenant-mate, as well. She is the woman that rents the townhouse in front of me. Her patio area, just below MWA, always looks amazing. Now we match! πŸ˜‰

  12. Great ideas for small space outdoor living Julie and tips that can really be used for any outdoor space regardless of size.

    1. Thank you, dear friend! Yes, I agree… the tips are helpful for any size outdoor space. πŸ˜‰

  13. Your wee porch decor turned out wonderfully! Topping the beach pilings with jars of cacti looks awesome. Funny ~ rust vs. patina!

  14. Julie, you are the Queen of creating beautiful small space vignettes and I love your coastal porch. The beach pillars are an awesome touch! “One woman’s rust is another’s patina”, made me laugh…out loud πŸ˜‰

  15. It is absolutely darling! I’m featuring it in my weekend round-up post on Saturday.;)

  16. Julie, you have such a knack for getting the most out of your small spaces and your summer porch is so inviting and vibrant! I love the blue rug and the way you mixed petunias and ivy! How smart is that! And what truth, “one woman’s rust is another woman’s patina”! LOL! Wonderful little porch my friend! xo

    1. LOL! You know where I got that saying from, don’t you?! From an early episode of DTT! I want to make it a bumper sticker! πŸ˜‰ Hugs… we need to chat soon!

  17. Julie, you are so clever to plant succulents in mason jars! I love how you can see the layers of dirt and rocks inside. They look so coastal chic atop the wood pilings. I agree that blue and white are the quintessential colors of summer…your Target rug adds just the perfect pop of color. Your wee porch is so stylish and ready for summer! Pinned!

    1. Thanks, Ann! It was fun to put together. I’m adding a window box to the rail this week, too!

  18. It looks adorable, Julie! I love how you planted the succulents in the mason jars and placed them on top of the wood. I would have never thought of that! You have a real knack for putting things together.

    1. Thank you, Pam. It’s always fun to put my patio together, and I hope my tenant mate appreciates it too!

  19. What a lovely outdoor space you have created, Julie! This is all so welcoming. I love the layered rugs and the variety of plants you used. The petunias are so pretty! You are so talented at creating beautiful spaces! Pinned!

    1. Thank you, Lynne! Unfortunately, because my patio is exposed to the sun almost all day, the rug has faded to a pale blue already! Darn! πŸ˜‰

  20. I love, love, love Bria’s patio and I think you did a great job of incorporating that style into your own space Julie. The wood pilings are fab, I wish that succulents would survive on my patio but I’m sure I could come up with a suitable alternative – it all looks fabulous!

      1. In summer it’s usually very hot but so far this year we’ve had nothing but rain! It’s supposed to be hot next week though (too unpredictable for succulents). I have some succulents inside though and they do pretty well. πŸ™‚

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