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How To Create A Cozy Patio

Do you want to create a cozy patio or outdoor dining oasis and don’t know where to start? Here are 5 things you need to add some cozy vibes to your patio this season!

For your convenience, all sources are linked at the bottom of this article.

If you’re new here, you may not know that we’re completely transforming out huge backyard this year. You can check out our family friendly backyard plans here!

We’re sharing the progress on the big project in real time over on our Instagram page, so be sure to follow along there!

Today we’re sharing our first backyard space reveal – our cozy patio & outdoor dining area. We focused on this space first so that we can start enjoying the backyard immediately with some seating & outdoor dining furniture. We’ll definitely be eating our fair share of dinners out here this Fall.

With not much prep required, this cozy patio space came together pretty quickly once we decided on & ordered the new furniture and decor.

Want to see our other renovation projects? Check out our full home tour here!

Before Pictures

shows a before picture of a gray house and tan french doors
shows a back yard with a wood patio with a bench and white table with a dog on it

This cozy patio reveal contains affiliate links, but nothing that I wouldn’t wholeheartedly recommend anyway! Read my full disclosure here.

Here’s a few things we did to get ready for the deck makeover!

shows a man staining the wood of a backyard patio

Reapplied deck oil

shows a woman painting the french doors black

Painted french doors black

Potted plant with fresh flowers and plants added with arrows pointing to the different plants labeled thrill spill and fill with text overlay that says potted plant essentials

Created our own potted plant arrangements

  • We scored these gorgeous plastic pots for a GREAT price and put together our own potted plants to add some life to the cozy patio.
  • Since it was the end of the season, the plants were all 50% off!

When arranging your own container plants, there’s three things you need to buy:

  • Thrill – something that gives the container some height
  • Fill – to fill in around the pot with flowers
  • Spill – a cascading plant that spills over the edge of the pot

These little planter inserts are a GENIUS invention! You don’t have to fill the pot all the way, which helps save money and they aren’t as heavy! It also helps prevent root rot for your plants. Well worth it.


Learn the 123’s of potted plants! Flowers and plants are super discounted right now for end of the season! #over30club #pottedplants #endofsummer

♬ Summer Feelings (feat. Charlie Puth) – Lennon Stella

Ready to see the cozy patio reveal?

Glamorous wood deck with wood dining set, boho pattern outdoor rug, string lights and juniper trees in the background
French doors leading to wood deck painted black on the exterior with gray blue house and potted plants on the ground on either side of the doors.
Close up view of wood table and chairs in backyard on wood deck with a gray boho patterned outdoor rug underneath with outdoor throw pillows on the chairs and small potted succulents on table with wood fence in background
Wood deck styled with boho decor, outdoor rug, wood dining furniture, black and white umbrella, string lights and potted plants
Freshly painted black french doors leading to wood deck with blue brick house and potted plants on both sides of the door
Acacia wood dining set with 6 chairs with tan cushions, boho throw pillows and potted succulents in the middle of the table with a gray patterned outdoor rug underneath table, and wood fence in the background
Zoomed out view of large wood deck in backyard with outdoor wood dining furniture, outdoor rug, string lights, umbrella and large juniper trees over it with wood deck and house in the background
Freshly painted black french doors leading to wood deck with blue brick house and potted plants on both sides of the door

4 Elements To A Cozy Patio

Large pot of succulents sitting in middle of wood table outside

1. Plants

Plants definitely have a way of adding life to any bland space! Especially since we’re not finished with landscaping in our backyard, adding potted plants to the cozy patio area was a necessity.

In addition to bigger containers with flowers, don’t forget to grab some small plants for your dining table.

Mohawk Home Oasis Morro Large gray rug with a boho pattern under acacia wood table with chairs on deck with black and white striped umbrella

2. Outdoor Rug

I think the biggest difference back here to really cozy the patio up was adding a beautiful outdoor rug. It really helps with defining the space and adding some texture and color. It’s also great to break up all of the wood tones.

3. Pillows & Blankets

Layering in cozy textiles, like pillows and blankets, goes a long ways for creating lots of cozy vibes. I also love the boho patterns that the textiles bring in.

Zoomed in view of outdoor dining table with chairs with throw pillows in each chair and blanket draped over the back of one of the chairs to some extra cozy texture
Large wood deck with built in benches, large rug under wooden table with black and white striped umbrella and string lights with white macrame hammock hanging on tree next to patio

4. String Lights

Last, but certainly not least, don’t forget about lighting! If you want to create a cozy patio – hanging string lights is a must! The ambient light makes such a huge difference.

Sources for cozy patio makeover:

I’ve ordered a couple more essentials since I took these pictures to protect that pretty wood table:

What’s your favorite thing about this cozy patio reveal?

Let us know in the comments below!

Cozy outdoor dining space on wooden deck in backyard with string lights, outdoor rug, wood table and chairs and umbrella with trees overhead with text overlay that says 5 ways to make your patio cozy that are easy to incorporate

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