Three Pretty Perfect Porch & Patio Looks!

A few of you asked that I do a post about outdoor furniture after seeing some great items in catalogs you’ve been getting. Well believe me, I get the same ones and was thinking about this too! I want to give my little patio a freshen up for the spring/summer and my new office has a small, narrow urban patio we want to style up as well. So this was needed!

So here are three looks using some of the items I’ve had my eyes on lately- I’d love to know which board is your favorite look?
GLAMOROUS/ FEMININE: I saw these gold daybeds in CB2 and died– and love this look that is glamorous and modern and yet natural and feminine too. Also those Frontgate dining chairs are INSANE for outdoor furniture!
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MODERN: Black, white and green– graphic and yet a perfect compliment to nature! I love the black metal sofa and chairs as they are contemporary with a traditional soul.  The bistro style loungers are durable and so cool and the ping pong table doubles as a dining table when you take the net off! Genius!
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COASTAL:  Probably the most popular look for outdoors, blue and white with woven textures and wood is a classic combo! You just can’t go wrong with this look- even if you’re landlocked!
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A few tips when buying outdoor furniture:

  • Pay attention to the materials– some furniture labeled “outdoor” is only for covered porches and spaces that don’t get direct abuse from the elements so make sure what you are buying is for the type of situation you have!
  • Buy covers! I didn’t for years and my furniture got ruined– even if it says “all-weather” it’s always good to have covers for those really bad days (or if you leave your furniture out through winter!)
  • Outdoor fabrics have come such a long way in recent years- you aren’t limited to just solids and striped anymore.  Other than retailers, also check Etsy for custom pillows made from designer outdoor fabrics (search ” outdoor pillows” with fabric brands like Schumacher, Quadrille, China Seas, Kravet, Duralee and Peter Dunham!
  • Don’t buy everything in sets– unless it’s a mix and match set like this one below from World Market.  Combine fun chairs with a more simple table and pair a streamlined sofa with woven or more styled chairs. Mixing materials and textures creates a more custom look.

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Weekend Green Thumb

On Saturday we had gorgeous weather here so I thought it was high time I got rid of the dead Christmas greenery splayed sadly in my window boxes and plant some colorful stuff for spring. A was able to do our little refresh during one of Henry’s (very quick) naps and now I feel much better about pulling into my driveway.

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I wanted to compliment the chartreuse color of our front door with the plant choices- and also add a complimentary color, in this case a deep plum.  So I came up with a plan (on the fly at the plant store, but we can pretend I was as thoughtful enough to do a Photoshop layout of it beforehand):

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A Different Kind of CSA

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There is nothing that helps give life and color to a space then flowers.  Really, look at any interior spread and cover the flowers or greenery with your hand and see how the magic just drains out of the photos. So I love anything and everything floral related.  My project manager Lindsey alerted me to this awesome local company, Fivefork Farms, that offers a genius concept of a sustainable flower CSA.  What a lovely treat to yourself to receive a weekly bouquet or bucket of beautiful flowers (if you prefer doing your own arrangements), and BONUS,  you are supporting a small farm! LOVE. IT. Take a peek at this idyllic, wonderful farm and it’s flowers.  Check here for options and pick up locations and sign up for next spring!

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Beautiful Boxwood

As I get used to having a home with a yard that needs landscaping I am starting to become more educated about plants and how to use them properly.  Being a busy person who doesn’t have the greenest of thumbs I constantly am looking for plants that make a big impact with as little maintenance as possible. Enter the boxwood.

I love the sculptural essence of this plant and the modern yet traditional vibe that boxwood can take based on how it’s potted and shaped. From using it in the yard to in pots by a front door, it’s the perfect way to fill your beds and outdoor space with big impact greenery. Here’s some inspiration…

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