Get ideas to create a pretty and relaxing outdoor patio area for long summer days by the pool. Then connect with 25 other bloggers for more summer outdoor spaces inspiration.

pool patio view

Are you excited for summer? The pool is open and we’re ready to jump in! We’re so excited to team up with 25 of our favorite bloggers to share our summer outdoor spaces. Be sure to check them all out using the links at the bottom of this post.

If you’re visiting from Amy at Cuter Tudor, or if you’re new to our blog, Welcome! I’m AnnMarie (darker hair), one of the moms of Simply2Moms. My bestie Anne (light hair) lives right across the street from me. We love to share simple (and budget-friendly!) ideas for home decor and DIY’s, healthy meal inspiration and recipes, and tips for raising teens and beyond. You can read more about us here.

Our Pool Patio

Let’s start by going way back to 2008

When we moved to North Carolina from New Jersey 12 years ago our realtor was surprised that a pool or even a community pool wasn’t on our family’s wish list when looking for a house (okay…maybe they were more than surprised…maybe they thought we were a bit crazy). Little did we know just how hot it can get here in the summer months! We moved into our new home in July and spent that first summer sitting in the garage (for shade) watching the kids run through a sprinkler set up in our driveway. Why the driveway you may ask? Oh, that’s because we had no grass in the yard because it was so hot nothing would grow until the fall. After that steamy first summer, we decided that we may need a pool in our backyard after all.

Making the best use of space with a sloping backyard

Our backyard is a BIG downward slope and we weren’t sure how we were going to be able to get a pool back there without building up the backyard. We decided to have the pool sit between two levels of retaining walls rather than building up the yard and having a bigger drop off behind the pool. And since we needed so much hardscape we went with a more affordable keystone block option.

view of sidewalk and stairs

The other obstacle we had was building the retaining wall and patio around the septic tanks that were behind the house. The wall was built on an angle to provide the required distance from the underground tanks. This meant a smaller patio space but a larger garden space. Since plants and trees could be more easily removed if we ever have an issue with our septic.

view of pool and patio

Outdoor patio furniture

Two chaise lounges along the angled wall make a perfect area for sunbathing. A couple of colorful pillows brighten the neutral chairs.

outdoor chase lounges with striped pillows

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The furniture in the seating area is a comfortable spot to hang out with friends while enjoying a cold drink. A few blue throw pillows brighten up the neutral couch cushions.

view of seating area behind garden

Umbrellas are a must to protect from the hot Carolina sun. This large 11-foot cantilever umbrella provides shade over the seating area. We also have a smaller 9-foot umbrella we can bring out when we need more shade by the chaise lounge chairs.

seating area on patio with umbrella open over area

Decorating outdoor summer spaces

Plants and flowers are the ultimate accessory to create a pretty outdoor space. I even added a few faux plants mixed in with all the real plants and flowers. Can you tell which are faux? I mean you really can never have too many potted plants, am I right? LOL

close up of galvanized planter with flowers

Candle lanterns are another decor item that adds texture and ambient lighting to an outdoor space. I use battery-operated candles in our lanterns and then just put them away with our cushions in outdoor storage bins after using for the night.

close up of white wood lantern and greenery on side table

Another lantern and a few plants on a galvanized tray is a fun idea for the coffee table centerpiece.

tray on coffee table in outdoor space

Lighting around our pool patio

In addition to the candle lanterns, we attached tiki torches to the outside of our fence surrounding our pool patio. We are able to fill the tiki torches with citronella oil which also helps with the bugs in the evenings but more importantly they provide a beautiful glow around the pool at night. I didn’t get a photo of them lit at night. I’ll have to take one soon and share it on Instagram with you.

view of backyard patio and pool

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Landscaping our backyard

We planted trees and shrubs in the garden area between the house and pool patio including these beautiful hydrangeas and pampas grass. We also added several Leyland cypress between the trees in the side yard beyond the pool patio which have grown so much in the past 10 years and gives us privacy from our neighbors. And because our yard is so sloped we didn’t clear too far behind the pool. So when the trees all fill in during the summer it feels like an oasis with all the greenery surrounding our backyard.

close up of hydrangea plant

Other summer outdoor spaces

Although it would be wonderful if we had a level yard we’ve been able to create different outdoor spaces taking advantage of the slope as much as possible. At the back of our kitchen, we have a door that leads out to our deck.

view of pool from upper level

Then down the steps from the deck, you come into our patio in our side yard (actually behind our driveway). Take a look at how I styled the patio last year. I’ll be sharing this year’s patio decor soon so come back!

retaining wall and steps leading up next to large container of flowers

And then down the last set of stairs to our pool area.

view of pool and patio behind flowers

I hope you’ve enjoyed taking a look around our backyard pool and patio. Be sure to check back often for more ideas and inspiration. And you need to see Anne’s gorgeous backyard with their new pool…it’s a perfect! Follow us over on Instagram and Facebook to see everything we’re up to.

Summer Outdoor Spaces Blog Hop

The Summer Outdoor Spaces Blog Hop continues with Bree from Rain and Pine Blog and her gorgeous stamped concrete patio! For even more inspiration, be sure to check out our talented friends! Continue your Summer Outdoor Spaces Blog Hop using the links below. Be sure to visit all these fantastic blogs for more summer outdoor ideas!

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22 Comments on Our Pool Patio | Summer Outdoor Spaces

    • Thanks Marly! We love hanging out there all summer long. Thanks for joining us in our summer outdoor spaces blog hop…it’s been so fun seeing everyone’s beautiful spaces!

  1. Your home is just amazing my friend. Your pool area must be so nice in that southern heat. Thank you so kindly for having me on this blog hop. I appreciate it so much!!

  2. AnnMarie your backyard pool are is what dreams are made of! You guys did such a great job. I would love to have a pool but we are opposite of you guys…they laugh at people in Colorado who ask for pools! Ha! I also absolutely LOVE your blue hydrangeas..they add so much character to the space. Thanks for hosting this fabulous hop!

    • Thanks Kim! We’d love if our yard was more level so the areas were more easily accessible but we did what we could with the lot and we are super happy to have been able to include a pool. Thanks so much for touring with us!

  3. Love this space! The pool looks so lovely and all your decor is the perfect in the outdoor space! So glad to be apart of this blog hop with you!

  4. A patio is something we love to add in our garden. These are some cool inspirations in this post. Got some splendid ideas which we will implement in our backyard. We have a lovely picture in mind. We will soon implement it and post the picture. Will connect with other bloggers for these challenging tasks.

    • Thanks so much for your wonderful comments. Glad you got some inspirations from our Summer Outdoor spaces tour. We’d love to see what you create in your garden!

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