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Coastal-Inspired Outdoor Living Space. Coastal blues and homey elements create a relaxing, comfortable outdoor living space for our family to enjoy.

Coastal-Inspired Outdoor Living Space

Welcome to our cozy little screened-in back porch!

I opted for coastal blues and homey elements to create a relaxing, comfortable outdoor living space for our family to enjoy.

Living in Charleston means we can use this space year-round for the most part, so we really wanted to create a functional outdoor living room.

And with being under the COVID-19 Stay at Home orders right now, we’re spending a lot of extra time here just to be outside of the house and get some fresh air!


The full “Shop This Post” list appears at the bottom of the blog post with links to all available décor items.

One of the first things we purchased to decorate this space was the light fixture. I’m a huge fan of how a pretty light can instantly make a room look more finished.

We had the couch made by a local store called Palm Casual, and it just might be the comfiest couch in the house. With three kids and two big dogs, we upgraded the fabric to Sunbrella, so it’s easy to clean. You can even wipe it down with bleach!

The little trinkets are things we’ve picked up locally and on our travels. I couldn’t pass up this cute crab at a local gift shop, and the conch shell is from our most recent trip to the Bahamas. Every time I look at them, it brings up memories of our travels!

Curtains, the shutter-cabinet, and a washable blanket help space feel homier. The TV doesn’t hurt either! We love to do family movies out here or even at-home date nights.

While it’s getting a little warm for the fire pit in the corner, we used it almost nightly in the colder months. When it’s the season to use it, we move it to the center of the porch, so we don’t catch the curtains on fire. 😜

Side note: I bought the colorful shutter cabinet from a Pier 1 clearance section over a decade ago. It has a crack in it, but it adds to the character. Having it outdoors has made the top buckle a little from the humidity, but the rain can’t reach it, so it’s fared quite well for being outside for almost two years now!

Flickering flameless candles are one of my favorite ways to add a little ambiance! We got this set from Costco. The wicker tray they are in is from Target, but it is from last season. I linked the newest version down in the “Shop This Post” section at the end of this post.

The bowl is full of seashells the kids have collected both from trips and the local beaches. 

This time of year we get swarmed with no-see-ums at night. They’re tiny biting gnat-like bugs that will leave you super itchy, so I have a Young Living diffuser out here. Diffusing lemongrass oil not only smells amazing, but it also keeps the biting bugs at bay.

The sea glass lanterns were a Home Goods score. I love that store!

The canvas wall art is from Lowe’s (which is the last place I’d think of to shop for wall art, but we happened upon it while buying the curtain rods). It’s been a while, but I think we only paid like $35 or $40 for it, and it’s been outdoors for nearly two years without warping at all!

Last but not least, that gorgeous Aqua Starfish rug we just added today. Our old palm tree rug didn’t survive two puppies. We just couldn’t get the pee smell out, so into the trash it went. It worked out, though, because this colorful rug makes space look so much homier than the old one did.

Here’s a pic of the old rug. Isn’t it amazing how adding some color and a little furniture re-arranging can transform a space?!


Click any photo in the widget below to shop our Coastal-Inspired Outdoor Living Space décor!

The Wood Bead Chandelier isn’t linked above, but it is by Kichler Coltyn 6-Light Anvil Iron Transitional Chandelier, and you can find it at Lowe’s.


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