Creating an Outdoor Space for Entertaining

One of the things we loved most about our town home is a space we haven’t used but once. However, this season, we’re changing that and updating our outdoor space with Harvest Organics! 

Update Your Outdoor Space with Potted Plants, Harvest Organics Soil | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

When looking for a home to move into together following our wedding, Joshua and I both agreed an outdoor space was a MUST! With that said, we have probably only actually used the space once since moving in {almost two years ago}. While we loved the amount of space and potential, it previously lacked character and comfort. Which were the reasons we never really used it. That has all changed though, thanks to Harvest Organics and some beautiful new blooms! 

This year I was determined to make our outdoor space one we could use, enjoy, and entertain friends in. Even though we’re only renting our town home, I still think we should make it our own and enjoy the space. Much like I felt about our living and dining room space. So with that said, we partnered with Harvest Organics to spruce up the space and make it perfect for entertaining {whether it’s others or ourselves!}.

Update Your Outdoor Space with Potted Plants, Harvest Organics Soil | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog
Update Your Outdoor Space with Potted Plants, Harvest Organics Soil | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog
Update Your Outdoor Space with Potted Plants, Harvest Organics Soil | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog
Update Your Outdoor Space with Potted Plants, Harvest Organics Soil | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

At the top of my list, white pots filled with beautiful blooms. It is crazy how much a couple of potted plants can transform your outdoor space. They instantly liven things up while providing a more enjoyable, intimate space. 

Off to Lowe’s we went to purchase flowers, herbs, soil, and pots! I was honestly clueless when it came time to choose what flowers to include in our outdoor space. So I enlisted the help of my dad who is quite the gardener! He pointed out what flowers were a little more hardy {since this is my first “garden”}. As well as those he felt fit my personal style and the vibe I was after for our space. Personally, I am all about the perennials {the flowers that come back season after season}. And I HAD to have mint! There is nothing better than adding fresh mint to your water or tea in the summer time. Plus, mint is a super easy plant to keep alive and it grows like crazy!

Update Your Outdoor Space with Potted Plants, Harvest Organics Soil | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog
Update Your Outdoor Space with Potted Plants, Harvest Organics Soil | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

As stated above, I wanted white pots for our outdoor space {to brighten the space up and create a clean look}. Therefore, we had to buy paint for our terra cotta pots. As well as water sealant and primer. I used this tutorial, in case you want to paint your pots white as well. The process is actually very easy and they turned out amazingly! 

Update Your Outdoor Space with Potted Plants, Harvest Organics Soil | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog
Update Your Outdoor Space with Potted Plants, Harvest Organics Soil | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog
Update Your Outdoor Space with Potted Plants, Harvest Organics Soil | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog
Update Your Outdoor Space with Potted Plants, Harvest Organics Soil | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

For the soil, we went with Harvest Organics Potting Mix. We ended up with 12 pots of various sizes and opted for two bags of the soil. We have about half of a bag left which will be great for adding to the pots as they need it. The great thing about potting with Harvest Organics Potting Mix is we know that we’re planting with clean soil. By that I mean, it is compost-rich soil that has no additional chemicals, pesticides, or preservatives. 

A little more about what Harvest does…Harvest takes organic food waste and lawn scraps and turns them into gardening products for you to use. By doing this they are feeding the Earth and people to create a more sustainable environment.

Update Your Outdoor Space with Potted Plants, Harvest Organics Soil | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog
Update Your Outdoor Space with Potted Plants, Harvest Organics Soil | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog
Update Your Outdoor Space with Potted Plants, Harvest Organics Soil | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog
Update Your Outdoor Space with Potted Plants, Harvest Organics Soil | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

After our trip to Lowe’s, I painted our pots and then gave them 48 hours to dry {allow the paint to soak in and the fumes to be released}. After that, I planned out how I wanted to pot the plants. Took a few photos to make sure I liked the layout and then added the Harvest Organics Potting Mix, and planted our new flowers and herbs. 

Instant game changer! Our space was immediately more inviting!

Update Your Outdoor Space with Potted Plants, Harvest Organics Soil | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog
Update Your Outdoor Space with Potted Plants, Harvest Organics Soil | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog
Update Your Outdoor Space with Potted Plants, Harvest Organics Soil | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

To make the space ready for entertaining, we moved our kitchen bistro table outside. It was the perfect addition to the space and for hosting another couple. I set the table with a light tablecloth and brought our indoor dishes out to dress up the table. Add a couple of additional flowers to the table and we’re all set to entertain in our updated outdoor space! 

Update Your Outdoor Space with Potted Plants, Harvest Organics Soil | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog
Update Your Outdoor Space with Potted Plants, Harvest Organics Soil | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog
Update Your Outdoor Space with Potted Plants, Harvest Organics Soil | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog
Update Your Outdoor Space with Potted Plants, Harvest Organics Soil | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

WHAT OUTDOOR PROJECTS DO YOU WANT {OR NEED} TO COMPLETE?

Whether it’s your outdoor living space, some landscaping, or gardening, be sure to look for Harvest Organics soils! There’s the Organic Potting Mix I used for our project, Organic Garden Soil, and Organic Raised Bed Mix. All available at Lowe’s.

By using Harvest Organics products, you become a part of #TheHarvestEffect, a movement to reduce waste and replenish the earth. You can grow something amazing, and then repurpose the fruits of your labor in a never-ending cycle of goodness and renewal. Additionally, you’ll find that Harvest provides educational tips and tools to take steps towards living a cleaner and greener life. 

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Thank you to Harvest Organics for sponsoring this post. All views and opinions are of course my own. Thank you supporting the brands that make Louella Reese happen! 



32 Comments

  1. Michelle Thompson
    May 4, 2018 / 10:18 am

    I know this is unrelated to the plants (which I adore!), your dress is so cute!! <3

  2. May 10, 2018 / 4:06 am

    Oh! I love all your plants + pots! so cute. The perfect place for summer ( and summer nights!)

    • May 10, 2018 / 8:07 am

      Aw thank you gal! Yes, I totally agree. Can’t wait to spend more time out there.

      xo Laura Leigh

  3. May 18, 2018 / 10:23 am

    We have recently been working on our plant game as well and I have to admit I never knew I would enjoy it so much!!!

    xx Rebecca

  4. May 18, 2018 / 10:33 am

    Such a cute space, thanks for sharing! The flowers truly added just the right touch to your outdoor space! And really love how you painted the flower pots white.

    xo, Lydia

    • May 18, 2018 / 12:11 pm

      Thank you gal! And thank you for reading. I couldn’t agree more, they really helped to transform the space.

      xo Laura Leigh

  5. May 18, 2018 / 12:02 pm

    Your outdoor space is gorgeous and I love all of your flowers!

  6. Anna English
    May 18, 2018 / 12:32 pm

    Having an outdoor space was a must for us too! We love unwinding on our terrace.

  7. May 18, 2018 / 2:11 pm

    I love this so much! Having a outdoor space where you can entertain is so fun! All the flowers are beautiful, you look stunning too! XO, Nelli

    • May 18, 2018 / 8:04 pm

      Aw thank you Ruthie! We had such much fun putting it together. Excited to work on it more. Guess you’ll need to pick up some potted plants this weekend haha 🙂

      xo Laura Leigh

  8. Stephanie
    May 19, 2018 / 1:06 pm

    You completely transformed that outside space into a perfect entertaining area! I love the plants you chose and how you even DIY’d the white pots! I’ve never heard of this soil, but it sounds spectacular! I’ll have to check it out when I move into my new home and begin decorating with lots of plants!

    • May 21, 2018 / 2:09 pm

      Oh my gosh thank you so much gal! I really appreciate it. You will definitely have to check out the soil when you move to your new house. So far, it’s doing wonders for our plants!

      xo Laura Leigh

  9. May 21, 2018 / 8:19 am

    You are so darn cute! I love this little spot on your porch- so cozy! xo

  10. hannahcstark
    May 23, 2018 / 3:47 pm

    What a perfect little space you created! I adore those pots:) Major heart eyes! My mom is a huge gardener and I really hope that I have maybe inherited some of her skills haha because I love flowers everywhere!

    xoxo, Hannah
    https://www.ohwhatasighttosee.com

    • May 24, 2018 / 10:11 am

      Aw thank you so much Hannah! I really appreciate that girl. And yay – glad you inherited that from her.

      xo Laura Leigh

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