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Before & After: The Simply Grove Patio Makeover

by Annie Werbler

When Kirsten Grove first visited her 1957 mid-century modern Boise, ID home, it was the outdoor space that sold her right away. “The patio was an instant win,” Kirsten shares. As an interior stylist and the blogger behind Simply Grove, Kirsten and her husband Shane knew they wanted to find a home in a specific style that they could renovate and make their own, with lots of space for their two kids, as well as entertaining guests. After moving in this past spring, the couple started working on their new-old home immediately. In an effort to make the most of the impending summer, Kirsten and Shane transformed their covered patio from a dated eyesore into a modern entertaining space.

The focus of the design was to divide the space up into distinct but coordinated functions. Black and white paint splits the room in two, with a comfortable lounge seating area defined by an outdoor rug adjacent to the kitchen and dining zone. Furnishings with slender lines in a mix of stylish indoor and durable outdoor pieces keep the patio feeling light and airy, while green planted accessories add life to the cool and calm color scheme. Here’s to warm summer daydreams just around the corner. —Annie

Photography by Hailey Wilson

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On Kirsten Grove's Boise covered patio, sleek washable butterfly chairs round out the conversational seating area while maintaining an open visual flow throughout the space.
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Black-painted brick and whitewashed wooden siding update the formerly dated finishes around the patio.
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To match the home's architecture, Kirsten selected furnishings that recall mid-century style.
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Potted succulents and a cactus rest on the vintage indoor coffee table over a timeless black-and-white outdoor rug.
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Black Ink and Ultra White paint colors tie into the mid-century theme while establishing functional zones around the patio.
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When Kirsten first saw the outdoor kitchen, she knew right away that she wanted to paint the brick black to make it stand out. "I love the contrast that it brings to the space!," she shares.
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The outdoor kitchen consists of a charcoal burner and countertops -- just enough to get the job done. The couple primed the brick before painting it, and for this type of application they recommend spraying rather than rolling or brushing.
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Having the sitting area right off the kitchen makes hosting more fun for Kirsten. "Guests can lounge while being near the action," she explains.
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The dove gray dining set is parked right in front of the kitchen to make entertaining easy. Kirsten styled the kitchen with lots of plants and ceramics. "I love the look of greenery against black!," she adds.
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"Styling this space was a cinch," Kirsten says. "The more plants, the better!"

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Comments

  • I love this space!! I’m so inspired by it. Great job Kirsten. I love that DS featured her because I just recently discovered her blog and I love the simple style of it.

  • I am so jealous of this space! And you did a great job choosing to paint the brick black. I also love how the green of plants pops against the black backdrop.

  • The black paint on the outdoor kitchen area is amazing. It looked so run down and definitely was not somewhere I would have wanted to have food anywhere near. The after is just gorgeous!

  • Loving this space! My boyfriend and I just moved into a new home with a great outdoor space. We are looking for ideas, and I am loving this!

  • This looks pretty but I would have worked with the existing tones and used stains instead of paints. If they had simply added some charcoal black stain to the wood siding and cabinets, and then applied whitewash stain to the brick, it would have gone a long way towards refreshing the exterior while being much easier to maintain. Stain fades and eventually needs to be reapplied, but paint chips and has to be sanded before a new coat can be applied. Or leave the brick natural and just power wash it to refresh. Natural materials tend to age gracefully, and to my eye, brick is a classic, always in style.

  • Great look patio. I similarly went for a differnt look patio. I went for a resin patio more for the low maintenance, but I got a few paterns in there and it look amazing. Nothing better then chillin on your patio area on a nice warm day!

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