Spring ’24 One Room Challenge | Outdoor Oasis Week Three | Power Washing the Patio


It’s WEEK THREE of the Spring 2024 One Room Challenge, and this week I’ll be sharing the a couple of small progress updates!

In case you’re new here, my name is Justine Dennen, and I’m the owner of Blue Leopard Interiors, a boutique residential interior design firm in Great Falls, VA. In case you haven’t heard of the One Room Challenge, it’s an eight week online event which happens every spring and fall, where interior decorators and home bloggers, undertake redesigning or designing from scratch a room of their choosing, while sharing the progress along the way. It’s not a competition, as there is no winner, just a supportive group of like-minded design enthusiasts challenging themselves to complete a room in eight weeks. Huge thanks to Linda Weinstein, the creator and director of the One Room Challenge!

As I mentioned last week, this is my fourth ORC, (take a look at my Fall ’22 Dining Room and Butler’s Pantry, Spring ’23 Whimsical Parlor, and Fall ’23 Bistro Kitchen reveals to get an idea of my style and process) and this time I’ll be transforming my back deck and patio into an Outdoor Oasis! No huge progress has been made, but here’s the update on where I’m at:


Power Washing Part 1:

Over the weekend, my son got started on power-washing the lower patio area for me. We had gorgeous weather on Sunday – lot’s of sun, a light breeze, and about 75 degrees – perfect for power washing!  It’s more work than I expected, but the results were pretty rewarding. The slate pavers around the fire pit and grill area were muddy from the winter weather, and are looking much cleaner and brighter now:


Calvin started around the fire pit where the pavers had lots of caked-on mud from the winter


Making his way toward the grill and dining table area


The pavers cleaned off nicely, but when it came time to spray down the dining table and chairs, the job got harder. The furniture had quite a bit of green algae/mold on it, which no matter how hard he sprayed, didn’t budge.


Even using full pressure, the little bits of green mold in the grooves of the table and chairs, didn’t wash away


After some quick research online, I tried spraying white vinegar onto the furniture first, which seemed to help get rid of the green bits a little more easily, but our plan is to try out some more methods when we clean the rest of the furniture up on the deck. The weather for this weekend is looking pretty good, so hopefully we’ll get the rest of the furniture done Saturday or Sunday, and will find a solution to getting the green stuff off!


New Deck Furniture Arrangement

Another thing I was determined to get done this week was to try out a new arrangement for the deck furniture. I really wanted to see how the sectional and two rocker/swivel chairs would look up on the elevated area of the deck, so this morning, I moved all of it around – myself! Probably not the smartest idea because my back is spasm-ing now, but I’m loving how it looks. When we bought the house, (and all the patio furniture), the sectional, two swivel chairs, and larger coffee table were situated under the kitchen window, with the chaise lounge, the arm chair, ottoman, and umbrella table were up on the elevated area:


Furniture arrangement BEFORE looking from the elevated area towards the doors and kitchen window


Furniture arrangement BEFORE looking from the sectional seating area toward the elevated area with the chaise lounge


Sectional seating area AFTER on the octagonal elevated part of the deck


I really like the sectional up here for a few reasons. First, the shape of the sectional fits nicely with the octagonal shape of the deck. Second, this little area now feels more like a “room”, and I think once the new cushion covers are on, I have an outdoor rug down, a pretty new umbrella in the center of the table, and some potted plants to fill it in, it will really feel like a special place to sit. I also like that I can see this area now from my kitchen window, since it was under the window before.


I’ve moved the chaise lounge, armchair, ottoman, and smaller umbrella table here.


I’m not as excited by the new spot for the chaise and armchair, but I think once I’ve moved the umbrella from this table to the one by the sectional, and added in some potted plants and flowers, it will look a lot better!


So those are the only updates for this week, but at least I can cross one and a half things off my To-Do  list!

  • Power Wash Deck, Pavers, and Outdoor Furniture (or pay my kids to do it!)
  • Re-cover Outdoor Furniture Cushions in Outdoor Performance Fabric
  • Play around with Deck Furniture Arrangement
  • Replace Outdoor Light Fixtures
  • Install Café String Lights & add more Decorative Lighting
  • Add Potted Plants & Flowers
  • Find creative solution(s) to repel mosquitos!
  • Replace Outdoor Umbrellas and add Outdoor Rugs, Pillows, and Decorative Accessories


That’s all for this week! Be sure to check out all of the progress made by fellow ORC participants here!


Cheers to Fab Interiors (and Exteriors)!



Here is my ORC progress

Week 1  ||  Week 2  ||  Week 3  ||  Week 4  ||  Week 5  ||  Week 6 ||  Week 7  ||  Week 8