Editor’s note: A first home is rarely a “dream house,” but it is an exciting chapter in anybody’s life nonetheless, filled with memories and invaluable lessons. Steffy Degreff, mother and blogger behind the stylish Steffy’s Pros and Cons, has decided to share her first-home experience with us—the ups, the downs, and the delicious before + afters! Check out the first installment here.

Illustration by Tallulah Fontaine

I think it’s a common misconception that outdoor spaces are most utilized during the summer months, because we spend a majority of our time outdoors in the Fall. I was extremely excited to complete our patio space just in time for 60-degree days and nights. When we moved in, this space in-between our home and our detached garage was just a slab of cement. The grass was overgrown, the cement was covered in dirt and leaves, and it looked sad. But I could see the potential almost instantly, even though it took me a full year to get to work on it.

My first big part of renovating this space included painting the floor, a DIY that cost me under $300. I picked up porch and floor paint, and spent two straight days bent over in a squat position painting this design onto the floor. If you’re wondering whether my thighs were sore, they were! But it was all worth it, because I am so happy with how it all came out.

Next we found some string lights, and set the space up to include a table with an umbrella. An outdoor space, in my opinion, is incomplete until there’s some kind of mood lighting up above. Over time, I am sure I will add more lights, because I am a lighting addict, and the more the merrier in our home! Once we added the Portside Table and Dexter Chairs to the space, it began to feel more and more complete. Adding some greenery in the Iris Planter and some tabletop accessories completed the space, and I’ve loved being able to decorate it more for Fall, knowing this is where my family will carve pumpkins, drink hot cocoa, and sip wine on chilly fall nights in sweaters. It’s one of my favorite transformations out of all of them!

Stay tuned for a big dining room transformation right before Thanksgiving and Christmas!


BEFORE


west elm — steffy patio re-do


AFTER


west elm — steffy patio re-do

west elm — steffy patio re-do

west elm — steffy patio re-do

west elm — steffy patio re-do

west elm — steffy patio re-do

west elm — steffy patio re-do

west elm — steffy patio re-do

west elm — steffy patio re-do

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