We don’t get to see the actual process behind renovations very often, so this video version of a before & after in the making is a special treat. LA-based author and editor Jaime Morrison Curtis decided to decorate her porch for entertaining, lounging and making the most of summer. The already enviable porch space is now even more wonderful thanks to Jaime’s handmade touches, and it’s so fun to watch the process unfold on film. Thanks for sharing, Jaime! — Kate
Time: 3 hours (for installation)
Basic Steps: First, I just thought about the space and what we wanted to do out there — entertain, hang out, play with our kid — my biggest fantasy was an outdoor bed to take naps on. We wanted to be able to barbecue and to be in the shade, so I created the canvas awning to block the sun but not the grill, then I built the daybed from two pallets and some plumbing pipe (because I wanted it to have arms — I can’t handle a daybed without arms) and finished the wood for outdoors by sanding and applying polyurethane. I bought a twin-size mattress and covered it in a waterproof bed–bug cover, and I ombre dyed the bedding and bolsters in a light dusky peach. I sewed most of the pillowcases and used gold and silver thread to do some embroidery and black and white piping.
I made a side table out of paper mache and plaster, and I made all of the fabric tassel garlands to spruce it up and tie the colors together. I block-printed the chevron fabric by making a cut linoleum block and using oil–based block printing ink. I made the seat cushions by embroidering the woman in a headdress, machine sewing the pillows, then hand-sewing the rope trim. I planted all of the succulents in pretty pots and bought some airplants for the hanging terrariums. I used rugs I had sitting around, and I moved a vintage cart I had bought on a whim outside as a sort of bar/buffet. I purchased the rope table and discovered you couldn’t put drinks on a rope table, so I added some trays. Then I hand-picked flowers and veggies from my garden with my daughter, poured some wine and got to partying with some friends. — Jaime
If you want to create a similarly awesome backyard oasis for yourself, Jaime will be posting a photo spread plus a source list and tutorials here in the next few weeks, so stay tuned!