Summer Outdoor Patio Ideas

Make the most of your outdoor space this summer but giving your patio a bright and summery makeover! Here are some fun Summer outdoor patio ideas to get you started – outdoor rugs, outdoor lighting, outdoor furniture, outdoor decor and more. This post is in collaboration with World Market, Rachael Ray Magazine, and Ever wish you could have a makeover on your yard? Enter to win this $5000 package and have it featured in Rachael Ray Magazine! (see end of post for more details)

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when we first moved into our house several years ago i was in a much different stage of life – i had a 1 year old and an almost 3 year old – so many of our days were spent at home due to their nap schedules. our yard was filled with a large plastic play house, slide, water table, baby pool, and picnic table to entertain us on those long days at home. sound familiar?! while our main back yard has decent size patio and grassy area, it is only shaded in the early morning. our side patio is almost always shaded… so with babies you can imagine this is where we spent most of our time!

here is a shot of our side patio…. see? years later still filled with remnants of baby toys. it is a great shaded space with a pretty patio area and a plant lined path from the gate to the backyard… perfect for outdoor living… but i can assure you we have not used that water or picnic table in quite some time….

it was time for an upgrade. 

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one of our family’s favorite activities is roasting s’mores! so i decided to create a lounge / fire pit area that we could enjoy together on summer evenings. eventually, we plan to continue to grow this space by moving our grill, adding more seating for friends, and adding a large coffee table so we can also lounge and enjoy dinner together here as well. i am SO happy with how the it turned out!

i picked wooden furniture accented with bright, bold colorful pillows and decorations from world market. i think my favorite piece is the rug! it was the FIRST thing i spotted at world market and i knew it would be the perfect inspiration for the rest of the space! i pulled colors from the rug for the accent pillows, side table, accessories, and even the flowers and flower pot! other than the rug, my favorite pieces are the blue side table and the bee pillow!

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and NOW we are ready for some s’mores!

we enjoyed our first evening roasting s’mores last night and it was SO much fun! i am so excited about the memories we are going to make on our new patio! it is the perfect space for our family! 

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when i make s’mores, i REALLY make s’mores.

lots of options and fun flavor combinations – we try something new each time!

my son’s allergies mean that i always have some traditional options – graham crackers & marshmallows (sometimes different flavors – in this pic he had strawberry) are his version of s’mores. my daughter will eat anything sweet so we are usually more adventurous! some of our favorite summer s’mores ideas are: ginger snap cookies with key lime marshmallows
chocolate chip cookie s’mores
 candy bars s’mores (reese’s cup, kit-kat, or milky way)
nutella banana s’mores

while shopping for all the decor at world market i found pizzelles! they are basically a light waffle cone cookie and i knew they would be perfect for s’mores. i decided to make nutella & raspberry pizzelle s’mores! they were SOOOO GOOD you guys. i HIGHLY recommend make these!

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are you drooling?

yeah. you need to make these. asap.

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and how cute is this space at night?! i am SO happy with our new outdoor living space and can’t wait to spend out summer here roasting s’mores, cuddling up with a good book, and chat with my hubby late into the evening here!

Get the look from World Market:

Mix & Match Outdoor Pillows

Edison-Style String Lights

St. Martin Outdoor Furniture collection

Blue Lili Punch Drum Stool

Wood Square Folding Table

Outdoor Reversible Rug 

Flameless Candles

Colored Cutout Lanterns 

Blue Serving Tray

Pizzelle Cookies 

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  1. Michelle says:

    It looks amazing!!!! And those smores look so good!

  2. I love it!!! We got a fire pit last Christmas and love it too but we don’t have the great furniture! And we need to try those new s’mores ideas! Yum!

  3. Love this & those bright summer colors!!

  4. Laura Kelly says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this space. You did a great job!