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Home Tour Series: Downstairs Patio

On today’s Home Tour Series, I’m finally taking you on a tour of our downstairs patio!!! We had a LOT of inspiration when it came to this space … we wanted to have an outdoor kitchen, fire pit, and a TV (see inspo photos below!) to name a few things … LOL … I had BIG dreams with this space!! But this ended up being the last area to be completed and for any of you who have gone through a reno like this will know that the last spaces to be completed get the least attention!

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At the time of completion we were over budget and severely over schedule and frankly, I just wanted our contractors and the trades to be gone so we could just live in our home and sadly the space never got finished the way I expected it to. However, I’m actually SO HAPPY with how this area turned out which goes to show just how far a little furniture and decor really go!!

It took me almost a year to get this space looking really good as it wasn’t really my main area of focus when it came to decorating!! By the time the contractors wrapped up, it was late summer and we knew we wouldn’t be using this space in the fall and winter so it took longer than I had expected to get things going down here!

In fact, Justin was actually the one that kept bringing up the downstairs patio to me by dropping subtle hints. He would mention that fact that it wasn’t really decorated … and how he thought I could do better with the space … LOL!! Well, he was right, I COULD do better with the space and even though it wasn’t the outdoor space that I originally wanted, it lit a fire under my ass to get it looking beautiful and transforming it into a space that was also functional.

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We didn’t have much space for storage down on our patio so I found I was constantly running up two flights of stairs to get to the kitchen to bring down plates, cups, and snacks, etc. We knew we didn’t want to always be running up and down the stairs when we had people over so we decided to add some storage space to the patio.

Originally, on either side of the patio is where I envisioned our outdoor kitchen and built-in storage but when that didn’t go as planned I knew I still wanted some sort of storage units down there so I searched online for something that was the right depth and length but ultimately didn’t find exactly what I wanted. That was about the time I decided to reach out to Holly from The Shed Wood Co. to get pricing on some custom units!!

Holly and I worked together to design a couple of pieces that would work well on each side of our outdoor space. On the busy side of the patio, I really wanted to have enclosed storage! In one of the cabinets, I wanted to store towels, sunscreen, sunglasses and extra bathing suits. In the other two cabinets, I wanted to store things like cleaning supplies, plastic cups, plates, napkins, etc. Then finally, on the far right-hand side of the unit, I wanted to have a designated space for recycling and garbage! On the top of the unit, I had asked for two holes to be cut out so people could toss their items in either of the bins without having to open up a door and without having to look at them!! I learned this little trick during my restaurant design years!

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On the other side of the patio, I have a unit with open storage which I filled with baskets that hold toys, life jackets, and items that people leave behind at our place, such as bathing suits! I really LOVE how both of these turned out, how functional they are and how they’ve enabled us to bring the indoors out! I decorated them with table lamps, faux topiaries, a mirror and other items I already had around the house, like my anchor marquee sign which fits perfectly out there!! I also finally found a designated “home” for my faux fiddle fig tree!

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I already had the patio table and chairs from Canadian tire, I love this set as it’s so durable!! We left it out this past winter and it still looks brand new!! The club chairs, sofa, and coffee table are from Trex and they come in a variety of colours! I, of course, like the lighter options called Sand Castle and Bird’s Eye!

I actually left these outside over the winter months as well and the white covers looked like they were totally ruined but surprisingly I just hosed them off and they looked brand new again! I’m honestly so shocked over the durability of all of these items because here in Kelowna we have such drastic weather, we will have smoking hot summers and frigid winters so it’s unreal to find pieces like these that can stand up to everything Mother Nature throws their way!

I managed to pull everything together with two matching rugs from Wayfair! I really wanted to go with white, neutral rugs but I quickly realized that this is a very high traffic area, and also a spot where we would be eating lots and kids would be running around so I decided to go with a lighter blue option which I feel suits the space nicely!

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The windows and doors are from Plygem, and they also did our siding! The exterior of our home is painted Oxford White by Benjamin Moore and our lights on either side of our sliding doors are from Barn Light Electric and the lights in our pot lights are thanks to Sylvania! You’ll also notice the big clock on the wall, I snagged this gem from Wayfair!! I was happy to grab this as it not only looks really great in this space but it’s handy for when you’re in the pool and want to keep track of time!!

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Lastly, I should also mention the stunning planters we have outside!! When I first shared our outdoor space people were asking me where the greenery was and I also thought this space felt incomplete so I had decided to get a few planters made from the team at Bylands Garden Centre and I think they turned out beautifully!!

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I’m also obsessed with my umbrellas from Wayfair, they come in a variety of colours and I LOVE how they look ruffled … and Nacho isn’t so bad either!! LOL!!







Source List

Photographed: Mackenzie Dempsey

Electrical: Bridge Energy

Pot Lights: Sylvania

Outdoor Area Rug: Wayfair

Table Lamps: Wayfair

Mirror: Anthropologie

Topiaries: Bylands Garden Centre

Planters: Bylands Garden Centre

Clock: Wayfair

Patio Table & Chairs: Canadian Tire

Umbrella: Wayfair

Loungers: Trex

Club Chair: Trex

Club Sofa: Trex

Club Coffee Table: Trex

Doors: Plygem

Windows: Plygem

Siding: Plygem

Paint: Benjamin Moore Kelowna










Justin and I are so excited to work with all of the above-mentioned companies throughout our renovation and we’re so grateful for partnering with some of them on this huge project of ours!!! Stay tuned for more updates!!

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  1. Cathy

    June 21st, 2018 at 10:19 am

    SO HAPPY to see this space! I was missing the reno/home tour series this morning thinking what great timing to show off the outdoor space. Thanks for taking us on tour & inspiring us to live outdoors! Just beautiful.

  2. Jillian Harris

    June 21st, 2018 at 11:58 am

    Thanks CATHY!!!! xoxoxoxo

  3. Christine

    June 21st, 2018 at 11:07 am

    It is beautiful but hard to follow the flow and where everything is, you show 3 fireplaces for example but cannot tell where all 3 are.

  4. Jillian Harris

    June 21st, 2018 at 11:58 am

    Those are just inspiration photos! We didn’t end up installing a fireplace! XOXO

  5. Eva

    June 21st, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    It’s beautiful Jillian, am in love ?

  6. Jillian Harris

    June 21st, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Thank you Eva!!! xo

  7. Danielle

    June 21st, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    Beautiful! When will you be posting the front? Can’t wait to see

  8. Jillian Harris

    June 21st, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    SOON!!! XOXO

  9. Sarah

    June 21st, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    Wow, it turned out so nice! I was waiting with anticipation to see the photos and it didn’t disappoint. Wondering what you would want to do differently? Also do you have outdoor speakers? If so which kind?

  10. Jillian Harris

    June 21st, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    I originally wanted an outdoor kitchen and a fireplace outside … and a TV but those were some big dreams! LOL

  11. Elisabetb

    June 21st, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    Jillian, you have such a beautiful home!! You’re backyard is stunning!! It’s so simple, yet so well done!! I love the pool, the umbrella’s, the lawn chairs…. EVERYTHING ABOUT IT!! Thank you for the inspiration and such amazing deco ideas for the outdoor space.

  12. Jillian Harris

    June 21st, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    You’re so WELCOME!!! XOXO

  13. Jill Raine

    June 21st, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Really curious how your outdoor space stays so clean without spider webs, bugs etc. Do you have to regularly clear them out?

  14. Jillian Harris

    June 21st, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    We have Men in Kilts who come and powerwash things for us and do our windows and I hose things off too in addition!!

  15. Leslie

    June 21st, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    Besides Men In Kilts, how do you keep the area clean? Leaf blower? Daily sweeping? I’m trying to get my patio set together and I feel like things get dirty so fast. I probably need a more regular cleaning schedule outside.

  16. Jillian Harris

    June 21st, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    I have this guy around the house name JUSTIN who loves this stuff! LOLLLL!! Just kidding! I actually hose everything off!!!

  17. Carmen

    June 21st, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    Jillian, I listen to your Instagram stories each & every day. I have purchased many items that you have mentioned or wrote about. Most recently I ordered the book “Be Our Guest” for my grandson because u said Leo loved it. I am sure u have someone manage your social media, but wanted u to know how upset I was when I was immediately dropped from your following because of a comment I made on one of your posts. That morning u were discussing the children being separated from their parents. My comment wasn’t derogatory, wasn’t abusive in language, yet I was dropped. The platform you hold always asks for your comments, yet when I make one – I am immediately dropped. It was almost like losing a family member. Could u please take the time to write back & explain what happened. It really is unfair. Do u treat all your other followers like this?

  18. Jillian Harris

    June 21st, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    Carmen can you send your insta handle to XOXOXO

  19. Danae

    June 21st, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    The space is beautiful! I was wondering what product / material you used under your deck, or the roof if you are sitting down below. To create the dry space year round. I’m having a hard time finding a product that I like.
    Thank you!

  20. Danae

    June 21st, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    The space is beautiful! I was wondering what product/ material you used on the roof of the deck to make the space dry year round? If looks like white wood but I assume it must be something different. Thanks so much for your time!

  21. Veronica

    June 21st, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    Very nice Jillian
    Where do you get all your beautiful rugs?

  22. Jillian Harris

    June 22nd, 2018 at 8:10 am

    They’re from Wayfair!! I linked them in the blog! XO

  23. Amanda

    June 22nd, 2018 at 5:40 am

    Such a great covered outdoor space – smart functionality and lots of seating so guests can feel comfortable!!
    I just ordered my first piece of Trex furniture, and I opted for sand castle so this was cool to see!
    Where did you order your Trex cushions from? It seems their site only ships to the US, and Wayfair has been sold out of the cushion I want for quite a while. Thanks 🙂

  24. Brenda Cremer

    June 22nd, 2018 at 8:40 am

    Absolutely love it! Gives me some ideas for my place. See you! Going shopping!

  25. Danielle

    June 22nd, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    This space turned out beautifully!! What a perfect spot for summer! ? I can’t wait to have a space like this in my dream home one day!

  26. Heather Cudmore

    June 25th, 2018 at 8:03 am

    Jillian! Your space is a dream!! Love all the special touches, especially those gorgeous custom pieces! Any chance you could share where you purchased the rattan baskets on the open shelf? Thanks so much!! xoxo

  27. Kaylee

    June 25th, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    This looks like a hotel!! Can’t wait to get my hands on our new patio space in a few months!

  28. Laura

    July 5th, 2018 at 10:09 am

    Hi Jillian! Beautiful space! what size rug is under your seating area with the couch and chairs? Thanks!

  29. Niki

    August 9th, 2018 at 6:42 am

    Jillian, I’m such a fan of your design style and you in general! We are moving soon and I look forward to planning a cheery laundry room. Would you please let me know the beautiful paint color you have on your laundry cabinetry? It makes me swoon!
    Thank you so much!

  30. Jillian Harris

    August 15th, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Yes!!! I shared all of the details of our laundry room here: XOXO

  31. Angie

    August 13th, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    Where did you get the antique pots that are on either sign of the anchor marquee?

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