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Our Stylish Covered Patio with Bernhardt Exteriors and New South Home

By now, most of you know Shane and I purchased a new home at the beginning of this pandemic in March. With warm and sunny days approaching quickly, we knew the patio would be one of our main focuses to complete first. A well designed space can not only enhance your living area, but entice you to spend more time outside. For me personally, this area is my favorite part of our home, so I knew I wanted it done correctly. The inside of our house is made up of floor to ceiling windows all the way around, so even though the patio was outside, I knew it needed to feel connected to the rest of our space. I wanted something stylish yet comfortable and conducive of entertaining a larger group, but wasn’t exactly sure how to make this come to life. 

Insert New South Home. Melissa (owner of this design firm) and I had been following each other on Instagram for a year or two prior to connecting on this project. I had always wanted to work with her, but knew our old home wasn’t our forever home, and didn’t want to pour money into something that I wasn’t 100% sure would transfer to a new place. Once we moved, I knew this was the perfect opportunity to establish a relationship and have her help me pull together this space to be a dreamy outdoor oasis. You guys, I cannot rave about this experience enough. From the moment I reached out to New South Home to completion of our patio install, I was blown away by not only the talent within their company, but the level of communication, timeliness, and execution. I felt like a priority despite being a much smaller\ project and the entire process was seamless. I knew exactly what to expect, and our furniture was even delivered a week earlier than the set install date (which was a really nice surprise). 


If you’re wondering how the design process with New South Home works, check out their services here. They offer a few different options depending on your needs, but for this project we chose “room design and complete furnishings”. As I previously mentioned, I reached out to Melissa with our needs, and from there step 1 began with a Zoom call (this is typically an in-home consultation but they are safely social distancing due to COVID19) of our space. We discussed my ideas, I showed them the space, we measured and took photos, and from there the team created a custom design plan. This included the layout of our space on a mood board, which included furnishings, colors, fabrics etc. that was actually set into a rendering of our exact space so it was super easy to visualize what the final product would look like. Once every item had been decided upon, I received a statement with the total cost of the project (line item by line item) and approved ordering. Melissa set an install date based off what the furniture manufacturers shipping time was, and installation actually began a week earlier! The install is obviously the best part as New South Home came in, set everything up, and revealed the final look to us once everything was in its place. I was in complete awe! From the furniture selections, to the smaller decorations this space turned out to be everything I wanted and more. Below you’ll see the rendering provided during the selection process (identical to the final product)!

(Potential Phase 2 for the deck)


If you’re looking for a design firm to work with in the southeast, I can’t recommend New South Home enough. Melissa is so passionate about her work, and such a joy to work with! Not only is she talented, but she truly has the process streamlined for the client so that every step of the way is stress free. I knew exactly what to expect from the very beginning, and she delivered on those expectations (on time) every time (even in the middle of a pandemic). We couldn’t be happier with the space, and the quality of the furniture. On that note, I’m also extremely happy with Bernhardt’s new exterior line and their delivery of timeless yet modern and well built furniture. These are items we plan to keep and use for years to come, so it was important to us that it could withstand outdoor elements. I can’t even begin to describe how comfortable the couch is, and the functionality and roominess of the swivel chairs are exactly what we wanted (men fit in these chairs really well). Quality over quantity! 

Light Gray Poofs

Silver Lanterns 

Wood Lanterns

Striped Outdoor Pillow

Thin Striped Outdoor Pillow

Neutral Outdoor Rug

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Light Gray Poofs
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Silver Lanterns
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Bamboo Lanterns
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Striped Pillows
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Neutral Outdoor Rug


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Taylor Sofa
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Wailea Swivel Chairs
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Tenerife Coffee Table
// Bernhardt Exteriors

Pacifica Side Tables
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