Get Patio Makeover Inspiration From Stylist Emily Henderson
With patio season upon us, California-based stylist Emily Henderson couldn’t wait to tackle her 1926 English Tudor home’s back courtyard. “I have two toddlers and was desperate for an outdoor space for them to go wild in,” she says. Click through to see how Emily transformed her patio from top-to-bottom with a stylist’s eye.
“There I am, looking as happy as can be in my new space. I hope you love it as much as we do,” says Emily.
Emily chose a comfortable loveseat and pouf that can be easily moved around the patio. Pillows and a throw blanket cozy things up.
The copper stool is meant to be indoor-only, but Emily couldn’t resist. “We haven’t left it in the rain yet, but I just love it out here so much so that is where it’s living for now. It’s the perfect accent to all the blue/taupe/black and blush,” she says.
The patterned cement tile (a splurge) is on full display on the stairs leading down to the backyard. “I had an opportunity do something stunning and while I was tempted to take the cheap way out, I was pushed by my team to go for it,” says Emily.
This aerial shot certainly gives the blue and white cement tiles the glory they deserve.
“The day before the shoot I realized that the patio was missing something old and special,” says Emily. An antique french marble table was the answer.
When guests are over and space on the dining table is at a premium, having an extra table will be a saving grace. “It’s super functional for food/buffet and drinks,” Emily says.
Inky black windsor and peacock chairs add an edginess to the patio and conceal dirt well.
Guests at the dining table have a view of Emily’s lush English-inspired garden.
A tassled throw and pale pink cushion up the comfort of the peacock chairs.
A pair of mushroom statues add a bit of quirk next to the bar cart, which is decked out with a basket for cutlery, copper lanterns and pretty bottles of wine.
Having a spot to slice lemons and limes for summer cocktails was key, while flowers up the pretty even further. “For the flowers I did a combination of splurge-worthy peonies and some wildflowers and sweet peas,” says Emily.
The copper lanterns and cutlery nod to one another nicely.
“Eventually we want to put a built-in bbq at the end [of the patio] but for this summer we’ll probably either pull the bbq up, or do it directly in the garden,” says Emily.
“I’ve truly never been happier sitting in, staring at, and entertaining in a space,” says Emily. By the looks of it, Emily’s daughter Elliot certainly agrees.