The last few months, we’ve been spending a lot of time outside…even with these Phoenix temperatures now in triple digits, we can’t stay away. We’re realizing more and more lately that we feel our best when outside and even though one half our yard is completely destroyed while work is being done on the main house, that hasn’t stopped us from enjoying our little patio off the guest house, which has remained untouched.
We originally created this space for guests, not realizing it would be where we would be living several months this year while some updates are done to our main house and I’m so happy with the changes we made. We created the space keeping in mind this is where our parents would come to stay when visiting from the east coast, when friends made their way through Phoenix to their next adventure, and just a place where we could hang out and feel creative. We knew to achieve this and transform the garage into a livable, enjoyable space it had to begin with the entry way, so we quickly said buh bye to the roll up garage door.
See the before below:
In came our friends from Rejuvenation with their vast outdoor selection. We partnered with them to transform the garage entry from a plain drab space into a place that we now feel proud welcoming our friends and family to. It was really exciting to create a space for our loved ones.
The vibe is pretty monochromatic, with hints of warm elements to make the guest house feel warm and inviting. The big show stopper is this amazing Douglas Fir door that we are now considering for our main house as well. The quality is incredible, guys. Nothing is getting through this thing, it is solid! We paired it with some black hardware for a European farmhouse feel, with some traditional details. The biggest plus to all of this is that the materials are all the real deal, which really helped complete the guest house and make it feel like a real home vs a garage with some furniture in it. Our property isn’t huge, but one of the major selling points was all the greenery and spacious yard. We have several trees that create an amazing canopy and make the space feel quite magical and private. When our guests visit I want them to feel comfortable even when sitting on the patio for a little “me time”, so dressing up the entry way with the patio is was at the top of our list.
We added some fun accents, like this mailbox and brass thermometer for some flare. 😉 We thought it would be fun to leave welcome messages for our guests in the mailbox, or if we have a dinner planned for when they’re staying with us, we can drop a handmade reminder for a group dining al fresco.
Lots of plants gave this space some character and life. We stacked some terra-cotta planters for some height and added succulents which do so well in this climate. I love these planters with the base too. I might add a few in here and in the front yard as well, to keep a cohesive flow.
Shop planters + more outdoor accessories below: