If you have been following my Instagram stories, then you know that our backyard transformation has been a long time coming! I am so excited to introduce our new and updated backyard and pool area. What was once an outdated pool with dated pool furniture (over 25 years old) has now become a relaxing oasis perfect for entertaining and summer enjoyment. Thanks to the design team at Frontgate, our dream of a resort-style backyard has become a reality. They truly transformed and redefined the space. Let’s take a closer look at all of the details, plus we’ll dive deeper into the process. Also, be sure to read all the way through to see the details on our pool remodel and sources!
Our Backyard Transformation
Our backyard transformation became a reality thanks to the design team at Frontgate. I scheduled an appointment for their in-store shopping experience with design services at their Legacy West location. It was great because I had an opportunity to peruse the store and give them ideas as to what I liked so she got a feel for my specific taste. I had to submit the dimensions of my backyard as well as photos before the appointment so they would know what to work with. By the time we were done walking through the store, we sat down in their design service area and they had selections for me to choose from. After our meeting, we corresponded through email to solidify all final selections. It was the easiest way to do a patio renovation because they use a CAD drawing to space plan. In fact, everything I selected is interchangeable making it easy for me to rearrange my furniture based on our entertainment needs. All of the furniture was delivered right to my door and was so easy to assemble. I highly recommend this route for anyone looking to remodel. Book your appointment HERE.
As far as design went, I really wanted to use blue tones since our new pool tile is blue. I also think blue is relaxing and makes the backyard a true oasis. It is so nice to step outside and feel like you are on a vacation. As for the dining furniture, I really loved the natural teak material. For the poolside seating and lounge chairs, I stuck with outdoor wicker. I mixed two collections to achieve exactly what I wanted: Palermo and Cassara. All of the furniture is high-quality and so comfortable. Since setting up the furniture, we have had numerous storms and heavy rain and everything has held up beautifully. It is definitely worth the investment!
I really love how the layout/design of the patio renovation turned out. It’s really all about the details. The dining space is perfect for alfresco dining. I especially love how they added a heating lamp for cooler nights which will allow us to sit outside in cooler temps. Plus, the rug really ties the whole area together. Another space where the outdoor rug ties the space together is the pool sitting area. It is the best space for a happy hour. The lanterns with automated candles gives the perfect ambience for late night entertaining with a poolside view. The soleil chairs are another amazing addition to our outdoor area. They’re perfect for getting your tan on while also staying cool in the water. For those wanting a pool break, the Palermo chaise lounge chairs are amazing. They are so comfortable and resort quality. I especially love the hand-painted umbrella table. The design is gorgeous and I love the option to add shade. The design team also added an umbrella table next to the outdoor wicker swivel chairs. This area is perfect for drinks poolside, reading or further seating when entertaining. It also has the best view of the wall clock; another detail I love. No one wants to get out of the pool to check the time! The whole space really makes you feel like you are staying in a resort. It turned out exactly how we wanted thanks to the design team at Frontgate.
Of note, it was important to me to get furniture covers for all of our new furniture. Fortunately, Frontgate makes them and they are labeled. Come winter, we will simply cover all of our furniture and know it is is protected. Also, Pete put most of the furniture together and said that every piece is well-made with all parts included in the shipment. Nothing was ever missing. This speaks to Frontgate’s shipping and delivery details.
Pool Remodel: We worked with Billy Fritz at Tile Concepts, Inc. to update our pool. We built our pool 26 years ago and felt it had lived its life. Our pool furniture was also 26 years old and although it held up well, I wanted something completely different. It was time for updated plaster, coping, tile and decking. Billy works directly with Giovanni Govea who does the decking. We selected Tile Concepts, Inc. because they only do remodels. They do not build new pools. The pool remodel work started in February and took about 4-5 weeks to complete. We are very happy with the results. Here are the exact materials and colors we selected for the remodel. 214-676-9668
Frontgate Furniture Details Listed By Area
Outdoor Dining on Back Porch
Table: Classic round dining table in natural finish
Chairs: Cassara teak dining arm chairs
Chair cushions: Cassara dining cushions in Indigo with Canvas Piping
Outdoor rug: Indoor/outdoor rug
Dinnerware: Patterned melamine dinnerware set and alfresco melamine dinnerware set
Drinkware: Porter hobnail acrylic drinkware
Placemats: Open weave placemats
Orchid: Potted orchid in vase
Heating lamp: Commercial patio heater
Wreath: Magnolia wreath
Dog beds (not seen): Bodhi Indoor/Outdoor Pet bed
Lounge/Entertaining Area By Pool
Loveseat: Cassara loveseat with natural finish
Chairs: Cassara lounge chair with natural finish
Pillows: Resort indoor/outdoor pillows in Resort Stripe Cobalt
Table: Teak nesting tables in natural finish
Rug: Indoor/outdoor rug
Umbrella (7 1/2′): Striped outdoor umbrella in color Resort Stripe Cobalt
Umbrella base: Belmont 50 lb. umbrella base in bronze finish
Lanterns: Carriage House lanterns
Candles: Soft glow outdoor flicker candles
Chair covers: Cassara chair covers
Drink tub: Optima beverage tub in stainless steel finish
Serving tray: Woven rectangular tray with handles
Chaise lounge chairs: Palermo chaise lounge
Pool chairs: Soleil chairs
Lounge table (not seen): Soleil Umbrella Table
Lounge chairs: Small Palermo swivel lounge chair
End tables: Seville tile hand-painted umbrella tables
Umbrella (7 1/2′): Solid in Rumor Snow
Pool floats: World’s Finest pool float
Pool float rack: Pool float caddy
Towels: Resort Cabana stripe beach towel
Towel basket: Kiki woven baskets
Planters: Santorini hand-painted planters
Wall clock: Quatrefoil clock
Chair covers: Palermo tailored chair covers, small Palermo chair covers
Well there you have it! All the details of our backyard transformation. What do you think? We are LOVING it! You can visit the Frontgate Legacy West store form more inspiration. Location: 7700 Windrose Avenue, G190, Plano, Texas 75024. I worked with Jason Roso on this project and highly recommend him. I’m also thrilled to report that Frontgate featured our project on their website. You can see it HERE.
xoxo – Tanya
P.S. I am wearing this romper and this tunic dress and Laura is wearing this terry tunic. All size S. I’m wearing this one-piece swimsuit. If you want to see a similar room transformation, be sure to check out the guest room update.
Photo: Sarah Blaze Photography
Before Pool Remodel
We built this pool 26 years ago and it served us well. The main thing I wanted to update was the deck. Once I met with Billy at Tile Concepts, Inc., he encouraged me to fill in the hot tub since we never used it. That gave us the idea to have a much larger sundeck which would be much more functional.
After Pool Remodel
Removing the wrought iron fence really opened up the entire backyard. Once that was gone, I felt like the dark pool furniture that we originally purchased 26 years ago was too heavy of a look/feel for our new pool. We definitely got our use out of it.
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Thank you to Frontgate for collaborating with me on this post. All selections and opinions are my own.Tags: backyard, Frontgate, outdoor furniture, pool furniture, pool remodel