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Last week I posted my inspiration for the patio makeover assignment from Latina Blogger Connect and Pier 1 Imports. I have to admit, it is one of my favorites this year. The idea was to create an outdoor oasis using our picks from Pier 1.

NOTE: Read through to see about a $50 Pier 1 gift card giveaway!

After looking for inspiration and deciding my theme (Mexi-Boho) – click here to see all my findings, I went shopping!

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Next I had to address the current state of my back patio. Ugh. Pretty unloved, decor wise.

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That was about to change! The first thing I needed to do was set the tone, I bought a roll of reed fencing that I secured to the wall behind the swing. Because the swing was already painted bright red (I did that as soon as we bought the house 15+ years ago), I had a starting point to tie in all the cool items I scored at Pier 1.

Now for the decorating!

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I found a little end table in my house and covered it with sequin fabric, a placemat, a gold leaf pot I made – and these Jeweled Mercury Votive Holders.

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I couldn’t find a solid way to hang things on the reed wall backing, so I made use of the beam in the front of the space to hang items. I thought this would bring your eye front and center. I used these two Bohemian Mercury Hanging Lanterns and this Red Heart Windchime. I love the way the red and green go together. Red and green is my favorite color combo, you know!

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I like how the lantern is blue and green, and it looks great against my purple framework! These lanterns fit perfectly in the space for the vibe I was going for!

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These are Assorted Mini Flower Mirrors that were in a giant jar at the checkout counter. They were only a dollar each!

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I used up every last cent of my gift card with a handful of these. I used tacky glue to add hanging wire to the back of each one so I could use them to fill space and add a pop of sparkle.

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To beef up the side area, I gathered some large and small plants and grouped them together. I also added this awesome wall art. It’s called Kaleidoscope II Art, but it reminds me of Mexican tile work!

When it comes to Pier 1, you can never have to many candles or candle lanterns!

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I offset my coffee cup succulents with one of these Brown Mosaic Votive Holders.

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I also picked up one of these Color Sunburst Hanging Floor Lanterns. I like this because I can remove the lanterns and use them some place else and use the stand to hold other items. I wish I would have seen this stand, I would have picked it up too!

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The main focal point of this area is the swing! I waned to make it comfy as well as colorful. I picked up a Whimsical Garden Settee Cushion. It’s made from weatherproof fabric and comes with a different design on each side. Stripes or flowers. I went with the stripes.

I also found this beautiful Peacock Pillow! I used it as the center focus of some pillows I made in my studio. I love that the yellow is so vibrant and bright!

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Here is an overview of the completed look! Our family so so happy! It came out just the way we wanted. Here are some tips:

– Definitely look for inspiration before you start shopping. This really helped me a lot. I knew the look I was going for before I even got in the store.
– Make sure to include neutrals to offset all the color.
– To give it a “Mexi” flair, incorporate imports or artwork.
– You don’t have to spend a lot of money. Look for items that are on sale and see how you can use them to fill a space.
– Look around your house for stepstools and odds and ends that you can use to prop items up.
– Use fabrics to line boring chairs, or paint.
– Pillows! Pillows are a great way to add a strong visual statement!
– Make sure comfort is a big factor. Have roomy places to sit, and make sure there is enough room to get in and out without knocking things over.

GIVEAWAY! Leave a comment below with your email and let me know what part of this makeover is your favorite. You have until 11:59 PT, Friday, May 30th. I’ll draw one name to win a $50 Pier 1 giftcard!

Special thanks to Latina Bloggers Connect and Pier 1 for inviting me to be a part of the wonderful campaign. I had a lot of fun and it really pushed me to “go there” with my outdoor oasis vision! This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Pier 1 Imports and Latina Bloggers Connect, all experiences and opinions are my own.

Love & light,


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