Ideas for an Inviting Outdoor Space

Ideas for an Inviting Outdoor Space
Victoria Hagan

I fully expected my new side courtyard outside our kitchen to have been completed this spring. Or at the very least, the beginning of the summer. Knock on wood, I’ve been told the fence will go up this week. So, at this point I guess there’s hope we’ll be able to use the space before winter :).

The delay is a long story, I can write a post about it sometime. I’ll be starting to share quick video updates from around the house with the new Instagram stories, so you’re invited to follow along if you want to get a sneak peek of the latest or even some behind the scenes house tours. The stories are only live for 24 hours, so you’ll want to check in often to see what’s new! If you aren’t familiar with the story feature, just click on my profile photo on my Instagram to see if there’s a new video because you won’t see it in the regular images.

Until I can set up my own outdoor space, I guess I’ll just dream about it. Sigh. :)

Here are four ideas for an inviting outdoor space!

Ideas for an Inviting Outdoor Space

1. Incorporate decorative elements (try a mirror, baskets, and outdoor pillows)

Ideas for an Inviting Outdoor SpaceHouse Beautiful

2. Design a vertical garden. I love this ladder garden!

Ideas for an Inviting Outdoor Space
The Inspired Room / DIY Firepit (easy 15 minute DIY)

3. Add a firepit for cozier evening ambience

Ideas for an Inviting Outdoor Space

4.  Set up an outdoor dining area

My daughter Kylee set up her cute super tiny little balcony this summer. She’ll be coming by the blog to show us how it turned out this week!

My related posts:

Tour the backyard in our previous home

Easy DIY Firepit

My related guides on eBay:

10 Charming Things to Add to Your Front Porch

How to Add Personality to a Small Outdoor Space

Our Bathroom Before + A New Shower Head

Our Bathroom Before + A New Shower Head
Our downstairs bathroom before
This post contains a review in partnership with Waterpik.

We have quite a few projects to work on in (and outside) this house, but so far bathrooms haven’t really been on our high priority list. The lower level bathroom is the newer of the two and it is actually one I am more excited about updating because it will be the easier and less costly project. It’s nice to have easy projects you can do even just one weekend at a time so you can see improvements without a huge investment of time or money.

Today I thought I’d show you the before photos of this bathroom and give you a few thoughts I have for how to update it. Maybe you’ll have some simple ideas, too! I also will share a super easy shower head update we just completed with Waterpik.

Our Bathroom Before + A New Shower Head
Our downstairs bathroom before

As you can see, the bathroom started out as a pretty basic neutral space which has provided us a nice starting point. So what could we do to add our own personality? Since it’s the bathroom my son uses I want to keep it fairly masculine, but also make it feel welcoming for our guests who also use this bathroom.

We may paint the walls down the road, but because they are neutral they are easy enough to work with at least for now. The vanity is currently really dark and shiny wood with a granite top. If we decide to give it a makeover, I think it would probably be fairly easy to paint the cabinet or even just replace it. I have an inspiration photo below!

Our Bathroom Before + A New Shower HeadGo Haus Go via BHG

I’m envisioning a navy blue for the vanity to make the room a bit cheerier, kind of like the inspiration photo above. I think I’ll skip the wallpaper though even though it is cute because, you know, it seems a bit risky with a teen boy.

We plan to keep the flooring and shower tile currently in our bathroom for now because it’s a neutral toned marble tile, but I think a few accessories and a throw rug will warm it all up and give it more pizazz. We definitely plan to update our mirrors and light fixtures to change the style.

Our Bathroom Before + A New Shower Head

As you might recall from many months ago, I already completed one easy cosmetic update in one side this bathroom. Simply by adding the artwork, mirror and a little cart we were able to add personality to the space with very little effort.

I love that this bathroom can be cosmetically updated fairly easily. Since the bathroom already has all the basic plumbing in place, like the double sinks, shower and tub, other changes can be made more affordably. It’s fairly simple to update a faucet, for instance, but not as easy to add plumbing that isn’t there or isn’t located where you want it.

Our Bathroom Before + A New Shower Head

Recently Waterpik sent us a new shower head to try out in our bathroom. Literally within about a minute, we felt like we had a brand new shower! The one that was there previously didn’t have a functioning adjustable sprayer and we were not a fan of the wimpy water pressure so this was definitely an upgrade.

Our Bathroom Before + A New Shower Head

Our new shower head is the Waterpik Torrent PowerSpray + (You can find this one and other finishes and varieties like a handheld model at Target, Home Depot and Walmart for about $35).  As you know by now, I’m no DIY expert but this was a simple change even I could make without any stress or fancy tools. It literally took us 30 seconds to switch it out. That’s an easy project!

We put together a short one-minute video so you can see how really simple it was to install, and some of the features.

After testing out the shower head for the last week, here’s our review:

  • Innovation * * * * * (5 Stars)

    I love that it has 9 spray settings with up to 2X the pressure of its competitors, but it is also a water saving shower head (it can save .5 gallons per minute!) so it’s a budget-friendly choice.

  • Performance  * * * * (4 Stars)

    I love that it offers spray options because various people will be using this shower. A few of the settings didn’t seem to be as powerful as I would choose, but everyone has different preferences!

  • Massaging Power  * * * * (4 Stars)

    One of my favorite spray options was the PowerPulse Massage™ setting. While it isn’t quite as strong as I thought it would be, it’s still a great feature on a water saving shower head. It’s definitely a huge improvement over our old one!

  • Style + Design * * * * (4 Stars)

    I love that it has a larger 4.5″ diameter head and the sleek design with black accents makes it a great upgrade for a shower.

Have you updated a bathroom in your home? What are your most recent weekend makeovers?

Happy weekend, friends!

Our Bathroom Before + A New Shower Head