mini patio peek

It’s already April, and I’m itching for some outdoor time. Though I don’t have any outdoor space myself, I love seeing the possibilities for small-space outdoor decorating (and dreaming a bit!). This patio is located in the Hollywood Hills and has an expansive view of LA, but when Jared Frank and Sam Jacober of Topsy Design first saw the space, it was anything but glamorous — the patio was barren, with gravel on both sides and very little green. Rather than purchasing expensive all-weather plastic-coated patio furniture, the duo searched high and low for antique items that could withstand the elements. The space didn’t have cozy nooks or trees to block the sunlight, so the challenge was making sure it could support large gatherings while also creating spots for relaxation and contemplation. Thanks, Jared & Sam! (And don’t miss their full sneak peek here!) — Amy Azzarito

Image above: This is the main patio space. The focal point is the handmade cedar tub, which was stained to match the deck and then partially sunk into the deck (along with the electric heater). We purchased an aluminum cart to serve as a plant holder, but it can also function as an outdoor bar during parties. The shabby iron French garden chair was discovered at the Long Beach Flea Market, and French copper-green painted hooks were located on eBay. To provide nighttime mood lighting, we purchased hanging cage lanterns from Anthropologie, but if I had to do it again, I’d definitely source originals.

Image above: In the nook next to the patio, we replaced the gravel with flagstones, positioned a cast iron club chair made from salvaged materials underneath a shady tree, and across from it, placed an Eastern European bench that we found at the Rose Bowl Flea. The hammock breaks up the space, but can also be unhooked during larger gatherings or bad weather.

More of this California patio after the jump . . .

Image above: The detail on the iron French garden chair that was purchased at the Long Beach Flea Market

Image above: We knew that if we were going to create a cozy and natural space, we were gonna have to get our hands dirty. In the end, finding interesting succulents and planters proved one of the most enjoyable experiences of this project. We traveled to many shops, but most of the rare succulents ended up coming from California Cactus Center, and most of the pots were found at Rolling Greens.

Image above: We found this wonderful Arthur Court aluminum flower table at Off The Wall, a fabulous, very-Hollywood antique shop and put together a little seating area with mid-century wire chairs, which we had repainted at an auto shop and upholstered with vintage-style Sunbrella fabric. It’s a wonderful space to relax in, and the vibe completely changes from day to night. Hopefully the next time we work outside, it’ll be a full backyard so we can build a tree house!

  1. This is so charming and peaceful. I would love to have this patio!

  2. Kara says:

    Wonderful place, to let the time pass and start breathing.

  3. Mickey says:

    What vegetation is that between the flagstone???

  4. Ann says:

    Where did you find the pretty hammock?

  5. That cedar tub is an inspiration!

  6. leah houston says:

    where on earth did you find the tub? or did you have it made? if so, by whom! i am soo thrilled to see your wonderful patio and find it absolutely inspiring!!!!

  7. Clarisse says:

    Same question as Mickey: can you tell us what the vegetation is between the flagstone? Am looking to replace the green that shriveled up and died between mine… Thanks!

  8. Alice says:

    I must have that hammock! Where can I snag that?

  9. Isabelle says:

    Lovely place to relax and think creatively.

  10. Gina says:

    Thank you so much for sharing such a beautiful place! I love everything about it, especially that amazing table! And hammock; and the tub; and the trolley….

  11. Kiki says:

    a dreamy, wonderful work and BRAVO to you for looking for old stuff to create something so beautiful. I love recycling and I feel best in something that has been pre-loved! :)
    very, very, very creative, lovingly transformed and surely much loved patio!

  12. Kate says:

    Gosh just love this. I am totally inspired to take some hints from here for my own little patch of land :)

  13. Anne says:

    I smiled all the way through these lovely photos:)

  14. Mary Moore says:

    Wonderful, beautiful. I also would love to know what the vegetation is that is growing between the flagstones of the patio.

  15. I am absolutely in love with this space!

  16. TOPSY DESIGN says:

    Hey all, thanks so much for the kind words!

    The hammock was purchased through Novica. However, their offerings have changed a bit since last time I was on the site.

    Don’t remember the name of the ground cover, it is a hearty species native to Southern California. Let me take a look through my notes and get back to you all soon.

    And please consider following us on twitter #topsydesign or

    Jared @ Topsy

  17. TOPSY DESIGN says:

    Oh, and we bought the tub from Sea Otter Woodworks, though I’m sure one could build their own and just purchase a heater from them. Very simple design.
    Jared @ TOPSY

  18. jason smith says:

    the was this space feels… the mood and texture… a very cohesive plan and execution.

  19. this is very beautiful and peaceful.i would love to have this in my house.

  20. I can not wait for the weather to turn warmer so I can go out into my yard to hang up my hammock again – thank you for the inspiration!

  21. hannah says:

    where is that cool geometric green / orange towel from?

  22. TOPSY DESIGN says:

    Vintage Hilasal towel (and swimsuit) is mine and from etsy, and just used as a prop to demonstrate what the hooks are for.

  23. franky says:

    This is a great outdoor mini patio….very peaceful and calm. LOVE IT! Where did you find the wooden tub… its such a great touch.

  24. Sharon Caldwell says:

    Where did you find the hammock? Thanks!

  25. I have a new project for my back garden this spring and I wanted to hear if anyone had any ideas they could help me with. I currently have an area of the garden which is grassed. I really dont like the area and I will be making a patio barbecue area. I am not sure whether to deck the area, patio it with slabs or use resin. I have never used resin before but I have seen it being used and I think it look pretty cool – Can anyone help?


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