Laila Ali has a new favorite room in the house.
The host of Home Made Simple on OWN and author of the Food for LifeÂ cookbook, 40, worked with Lauren Makk, Yelpâs Home Editor, to revamp her outdoor living area and give her functional space a gorgeous update. Ali gifted the newly decorated patio as a Fatherâs Day surprise to her husband, former football playerÂ Curtis Conway, 47.
âWe love relaxing out there in the evenings but the space needed an update and we were ready for something new,â Ali tells PEOPLE. âLauren was able to give us the perfect space to unwind.â
Before the renovation, Aliâs tiled terrace featured two simple chairs and a bare floor. But a few cosmetic updates âincluding a new rug, sofa, and greenery âtransformed it into anÂ Instagram-worthy outdoor space fit for entertaining or relaxing.
Think itâs time to update your own patio? See Makkâs tips for recreating the look in your home below.
1. Find a Great Indoor/Outdoor Rug
âTo make the space feel like a room and ground your furniture, purchase a slightly oversized rug. We picked a simple, clean rug so that the accent colors could really pop.â
2. Add Curtains (Yes, Outdoors!)
âFloor to ceiling linen curtains allow you to control the breeze and add an additional layer of texture. We used Yelp to find a professional contractor to help install these curtains.â
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3. Mix Wood Textures
âMixing woods helps to create a more relaxed and bohemian feel. Consider adding wood with a coffee table, wicker and wooden furniture or even wooden pots.â
4. Throw in a Little Green
âAny great outdoor space requires some greenery. Youâre able to create the look of a luscious oasis by staggering plants âtry mixing and matching your planters with different plants like succulents and trees.â
5. Add Personal Accessories
âDonât forget to bring some of the inside out by adding living space furniture like a bar cart.â