These Patio Garden Ideas Will Make You Want to Spend All Your Time Outdoors

These Patio Garden Ideas Will Make You Want to Spend All Your Time Outdoors

If your patio has seen better days, there’s no better time to give it a good refresh. And once you’ve livened up your patio furniture, you may want to take a look at your patio’s plant life, whether that means a vertical garden or sticking with traditional pots and raised beds. 

Looking to eat what you grow on your patio? Climbing vine vegetables like tomatoes and beans work well, as do bulb and root vegetables like onions and radishes, and leafy greens like cabbage. And container-friendly herbs are always an option.

To keep your garden budget down, ask friends for cuttings, purchase packets of seeds for cheap, and even check out community pages on social media to find free or discounted options. And you can turn old palettes, troughs, and buckets into planters for your plants, vegetables, and container garden herbs. 

But fair warning: Once your patio garden is all in place, you’ll never want to spend time elsewhere.

Between the AstroTurf and potted plants, this Venice, California patio has been turned into a jungle oasis. Potted plants work great in smaller spaces.

2. Minimal and Green Patio Garden

Ashley of @east_shore_home jazzed up her patio garden with lush greenery and a wooden trellis, which serves as a form of privacy and a place for her plants to thrive. Plus, who wouldn’t want to chill out in a hot tub in the presence of their plants?

3. Coastal-Inspired Patio Garden

In drier climates, a coastal-inspired patio with a few select hearty plants boosts the relaxation factor on sweltering days. As seen on Meliha Omic’s patio, adding planters around your space cuts down on extra maintenance that comes with larger gardens and raised beds and just allows you to chill.

4. Artsy Patio Garden Idea

Being short on space doesn’t mean you can’t add a little plant life to your patio, as proven by Tovah Fine. Her space utilizes hanging planters and different levels to incorporate as many plants as possible. The colorful, artistic accents are a nice touch too.

Believe it or not, the greenery wall on this patio is actually fake. The potted plants are all natural though, and we love the rental-friendly makeover the patio got.

6. Outdoor Living Room Patio

Bringing the indoors out is easy, as seen on David’s patio. Surround your outdoor furniture with plants for a welcoming feel.

8. Climbing Vines and Planters

The gorgeous climbing vines and planters make Irene’s patio extra dreamy.

9. Chic and Streamlined Patio Garden

If you value lawn space, but have a smaller patio, planter boxes and a select few patches of greenery and Mexican beach stones can boost the garden feeling. This space from Amber Freda Garden Design is a perfect example of how to blend chic city life with suburbia’s comforts.

10. Faux Window and Decorative Grasses

Between the plants and furniture chosen, this patio feels like a whimsical secret garden.

11. Patio Garden Inspired by the Tropics

12. Cascading Vines and Raised Patio

Sara Gasbarra’s modern patio is surrounded with cascading zinnias, red rubin basil, and a lush cucumber vine. Your greenery doesn’t have to actually reside on the patio.

Additional reporting by Carolin Lehmann

Melissa Epifano


Melissa is a freelance writer who covers home decor, beauty, and fashion. She’s written for MyDomaine, The Spruce, Byrdie, and The Zoe Report. Originally from Oregon, she’s currently living in the UK.

7 Uses for Tension Rods You’ve Never Thought Of

7 Uses for Tension Rods You’ve Never Thought Of

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Few things are as versatile as the humble tension rod. They are cheap and totally removable. They are great for those awkward areas where nothing else fits, and don’t do any damage to walls, closets, or cabinets. Some of their uses are obvious, but there are others you might not have ever considered. Check out the creative uses for tension rods below.

This hack only costs $31 and uses tension rods and hangers to store shoes up off the ground. 

As a Kitchen Utensil Holder

Katie Colton organized her pan cupboard by hanging her pots and pans up using a tension rod. This way every piece is on display and easy to find.

As a Way to Store Wrapping Paper

Wrapping paper can be tough to store, but tension rods display it beautifully, as well as ribbon. Azure MacCannell recommends popping the tension rods into a closet or bookcase.

As a Craft Supply Solution

For craft supply addicts, these adjustable bars are perfect for hanging ribbon, washi tape, wrapping paper, or other materials.

In kids rooms and dorms, hang curtains from high loft beds (like this one from Danielle Oakey) to hide whatever is down below. 

7 Purr-fect DIY Ways to Hide the Litter Box

7 Purr-fect DIY Ways to Hide the Litter Box

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Let’s face it: Litter boxes are an eyesore. Plus, if you live in a small space, your whole apartment can start to smell like kitty’s restroom. Hiding her litter box in a cabinet is the perfect solution to all of your problems, but these cute contraptions can run pricey.

Unsuspecting Litter Cabinet

Whimsical Litter Box Cover

We can’t get over the adorable cat cutout on this litter box cover by Laura of A Beautiful Mess. It’s made with plywood and wood glue, and the cat shape is cut out using a jigsaw. 

Dana from House Tweaking hid her cat’s litter box by cutting a hole in the side of an IKEA PAX wardrobe and adding a kitty door to it. Since the entrance to the litter box is located under a bench, with the wardrobe doors closed you almost wouldn’t know it’s there.

Over at IKEA Hackers, Cristina made an elegant (can you call a litter box elegant?), modern litter box cabinet from an IKEA wall unit. The front flips down for easy scooping. Find a similar cabinet here

If you prefer to keep the litter box in your laundry room but want to leave the door shut (either for aesthetics or to keep those dogs out), there’s the Cathole, a kitty door that you can add to an existing interior door to give your cat access to the space even when the door is closed. Marti from Project Palermo installed hers in a closet door.

Additional reporting by Carolin Lehmann

Nancy Mitchell


As a Senior Writer at Apartment Therapy, Nancy splits her time among looking at beautiful pictures, writing about design, and photographing stylish apartments in and around NYC. It’s not a bad gig.

30 Genius Design & Storage Ideas for Your Small Bathroom

30 Genius Design & Storage Ideas for Your Small Bathroom

A bathroom doesn’t have to be big to have great style and function. To us, a small space means a fun challenge when it comes to storage and design. So you can still live  out your retro or boho bathroom design dreams even if you have a small space. 

Below, 30 of our favorite small bathrooms from our house tours for inspiration.

1. Use built-ins for décor and storage

We love how this built-in exhibits a plant and perfume, but also offers toilet paper storage.

2. Add a shelf that’s stylish and provides storage

This small shelf totally adds to the boho vibe of this bathroom while also offering additional storage space.

3. Utilize the space above the toilet

In a small bathroom, it’s a missed opportunity if you don’t utilize the empty space above your toilet. This shelf looks great decorated with plants, but also creates a home for towels and toilet paper. 

This Cape Town bathroom is a study in getting creative with a small footprint. It makes room for a freestanding tub. Also of note is the art, interesting light fixture and paint color that make the compact space feel design-forward.

5. Add a towel rod above the toilet

If you’re short on space to hang your hand towel, why not install a towel rod in that unused space above the toilet? In this home there is even a small shelf above the towel rod too for an added décor opportunity. 

6. Utilize a ladder shelf

Ladder shelves are both a décor statement and storage opportunity. We love how this one’s colorful vibe matches the rest of the bathroom. 

7. Change out the hardware

In this petite bathroom, the black-and-brass found in the shower curtain are echoed throughout the space with matching knobs, hooks, and even outlet covers, tying everything together.

8. Try the shelf + towel rack + toilet tank-décor combo 

Don’t waste any potential storage or décor space in a tiny bathroom. This Chicago apartment has both a towel rod and a shelf with frames and foliage above the toilet, as well as décor on top of the toilet tank.

For more storage and décor space, install a shelf that runs the length of one wall, as seen in this Chicago condo

A small bathroom can sometimes feel claustrophobic, so breathe life into the space with live plants. Greenery that requires low light and humidity tends to thrive here.

Open wall space in a bathroom is prime real estate. Here, a series of small open shelves provide storage, while a long mirror provides function.

12. Display plant clippings

If your bathroom doesn’t get enough sunlight, but you love the look of plants, display clippings from your healthier house plants that can survive periods of time in water—like these monstera leaves.

Many of us consider the bathroom a 100% functional space, forgetting that we have to spend a lot of time in it. Give yourself a pretty painting or print to look at while you brush your teeth.

14. Decant functional items

Cotton balls and Q-Tips look prettier in decanters, plus putting them there clears up cabinet and drawer space.

Go as high as you want with a wall shelf. Utilize all available space when necessary, like this cleverly positioned shelf which doubles as a towel rod. Bonus: the toilet can be used as a step ladder for easy access.

17. Go for a wall-to-wall vanity

Many bathroom vanities are not custom built for the space they’re in, resulting in unused space on either side. If you happen to be redoing your vanity area, consider a wall-to-wall unit. This beauty houses aesthetically pleasing bathroom accessories and requires no doors.

18. Utilize unexpected spots

Take note of every empty space in your bathroom. You can take advantage of any bare walls by installing shelves.

19. Decorate with color blocking

Color blocking doesn’t have to mean bold and bright. This little loo got a face lift with some trés Parisian color blocking in a pastel and black that makes for a calm and classic bathroom experience.

Some spaces are so small, there’s no hiding it. Instead of using airy, bright colors to reflect light and make a space feel open, embrace your teensy toilet room with a moody color palette.

22. Use that space next to the toilet

This bathroom refuses to be defined by its size. Big, bold patterns create a huge impact in a small space. Just go for it!

Towels and jewelry lend themselves well to being hung. Whether you’re looking to display your goods or maximize space efficiency, hang them up on a variety of hooks.

25. Install a round mirror

Some mirrors are too big and bulky for a small space. The softness of a round mirror is a great alternative.

26. Try out a curved curtain rod

Curtain rods that curve outward take advantage of unused open space to give you a couple of extra inches of elbow room in your tiny shower.

27. Find the perfect temporary storage

There are so many options for small storage units. Measure your open spaces and search for the perfect fit to slide into them.

28. Corral items on top of your toilet

Gather toiletries and décor on top of your toilet. It’s basically extra counter space, and if you use a tray or decorative bowl/basket it creates a barrier between your things and the toilet.

Bright, neutral colors are great at reflecting light and making a space feel bigger than it is. Sticking with natural materials like stone and porcelain will also help to elevate your wee WC.

30. Wall-mount the faucet

Additional reporting by Carolin Lehmann

Jessica Isaac


Jess is an interior and architectural photographer based in Los Angeles. While she has the honor of peeking inside designer homes on a regular basis, she loves real homes designed by real people most of all.