More Sources from our Outdoor Living Makeover

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Yesterday I revealed our makeover with Bassett Furniture, and today I wanted to share some more sources from our outdoor living makeover as well as the one project that made a huge impact.

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Tongue and Groove Ceiling

Aside from the pool, one of my favorite projects was our ceiling update. When we working with our pool builder we also had him do the ceiling. Our friends and neighbors, who referred our pool builder to us, had installed a pool the previous year and had additional work done to their outdoor space. It was STUNNING. I have to give them full credit for everything because when my husband saw their amazing pool and patio ceiling he completely changed his “never putting in a pool” tune! What really caught Mike’s eye was the tongue and groove wood that had been added to their ceiling. He insisted we do the same, and I was obviously on board. Project that will make our house prettier? Yes, please!

While we did hire this out, it was a really simple project. The wood was stained before installation. Color is Minwax Special Walnut. Since the ceiling already had solid wood panels, the tongue and groove was simply nailed directly over it.

tongue and groove ceiling

The difference it made was HUGE. It instantly made the patio feel so much more finished and larger.

Tongue and groove patio


Try as I might I cannot seem to find a photo of our previous ceiling fan. I always hated the thing and cropped it out of photos so it’s not too surprising I couldn’t find any. While the idea of a ceiling fan in Houston seems helpful, ours did nothing to ease the heat and was just an eyesore. I replaced it with this outdoor chandelier and could not be happier!! We needed a large chandelier to properly fill the space. This is actually 48″ wide, and while I was initially worried it might be too large, I’m so glad we went larger instead of smaller. It makes a beautiful statement out there.

vaulted patio with outdoor chandelier


While searching for large pots to flank out fireplace I found out just how expensive pots can be. Holy cow. I was determined to find them though! My search ended when I spotted these huge grey pots. We have them in the large size, they also come in a medium and other colors. They are frost-proof and surprisingly lightweight. To keep them from requiring a huge amount of soil I have the bottom 1/3rd filled with cut up pool noodles which also helps with drainage.

large outdoor pots

The black pot you see in the back by the sofa was a vintage find from the Round Top antique far here in Texas. It actually lives on my dining room table so I’ll be looking for another one the next time I head out there.

The black pot up front was found at a AGAPE outside of Navasota, TX. If you guys are in the Houston area, you must check them out, they had the most beautiful things!!

The small white pot was a terra-cotta pot from Lowes that I painted white with chalk paint.

Pillows + Towels

Pretty sure it stresses my mom out just a smidge that I have zero color out here, but I kept envisioning a clean palette. There are some really great outdoor pillows available lately. A lot of them truly look and feel like indoor pillows. On the sofa, the large black patterned pillow I picked up off Etsy along with the smaller striped lumbar. The white fringe pillow has a cult following for good reason. Unfortunately the grey tassel pillows are no longer available, but I’ve linked to some similar options at the end of this post.

The patterned pillows on the chairs and lounges are from Bassett Furniture, the print is called Geometric Raffia.

upholstered outdoor sofa

These stripe towels are INCREDIBLE. The are super plush and everyone’s favorite towel to grab when they head out to the pool. I started with two and had to buy two more so no one would fight over them! I feel like I’m sticking out with everything right now, but the grey is no longer available. They do have other colors though and I’ll link to a similar towel at the end.

neutral pool chaise lounges

Pavers + Gravel

The pavers are a faux travertine from Belgrade called Travertino. It’s a manmade product that’s a lot less expensive than travertine, but looks similar, is slip resistant and cool to the touch. The pool coping is Travertine so you can see how similar the two are. The gravel between is Tejas Black. It is grey when dry and black when wet.

modern pool paver and gravel decking

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Ok, I think that’s it! Let me know if you have any other questions and I’ll be more than happy to respond to them!

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