Since we are eating at home all the time, I thought it was time for a comfortable, slightly bigger outdoor dining set. We previously had my grandmother’s vintage Brown Jordan bamboo set (which is going into storage until we get a bigger house because I LOOOOOVE that set, it’s just too small for our needs right now). I was very lucky that right when I had made this call, Frontgate reached out about partnering on some outdoor furniture content. DIVINE INTERVENTION. I’ve worked with Frontgate many times before (on the Hampton’s Showhouse and Atlanta Showhouse patios) so I knew that they were excellent and their products super well made. Not to mention right now outdoor furniture is 25% off and everything else is 20% off!
To start, I chose this classic teak expandable dining table. It’s the perfect weathered finish and totally flexible size-wise depending on where we end up living in the next couple years – but closed it actually works on our small patio! There is also a brass trimmed umbrella hole that has a matching wood cap to cover in when not in use. I LOVE these woven bistro chairs and think they look so perfect paired with this table (plus are really comfortable). They come in a few different colors and are on sale for just under $350 a pair!
When setting the table for outdoor dining I like to use a mix of melamine pieces and regular glassware/ flatware so it feels rich but is also safer for family mealtime. These melamine dinner plates are classic and simple and look like pottery. I like the weight of timeless silver flatware that is still dishwasher safe (not a fan of plastic flatware) and a painted ceramic wine bucket is a nice addition to keep the rosé cold while avoiding a back and forth to the fridge. These linen monogrammed stripe border napkins are adorable and great given the current shortages of paper goods (also much greener). While I do have acrylic glassware, I usually use glass for the adults (blue goblets here) Feels nicer, no?
You can see how nicely everything works with my existing patio furniture. :) This whole set up makes me so happy, especially while stuck at home more often than normal.
Feel free to ignore the digger and plastic baby pool in the background. :)
My sofa and chairs are Restoration (sofa, in sky blue Perennials // chairs (fabric discontinued)). To get the look of my patio and furniture from Frontate’s sale, here is a guide:
The coffee table I have is no longer made, but (3) this one is similar to what I have, just a slightly more intricate base. This one is VERY similar in shape and leg, but a darker wood finish on top. We have a (1) little ceramic garden stool like this one next to the sofa on the far side, and a metal drum table (6) like this one between the two striped chairs. I do want to get a (4) simple firepit like this one for the summer so that we can roast marshmallows with Henry (no one loves a good marshmallow more than my boy!) My sofa and chairs are from Restoration, but these alternative (5) chairs and (2) sofa are available in lots of fabrics and colorways. My pillows are both no longer available but this (7) navy border pillow is similar and (8) this outdoor pattern looks great with everything else!
On the back steps, my large blue and white planter is from Frontgate a couple years ago (no longer on the site), but the two sizes of these small and large planters are similar. (Tip: when dealing with really large, heavy planters buy a bunch of big bags of ping pong balls to fill the bottom before putting in your soil for drainage without any added weight. Works wonders!)
On Wednesday I’ll post a variety of budget friendly patio looks and just make it PATIO WEEK here at EOS :)
**A big thanks to Frontgate for providing product for this post!
Hi, Erin, I love everything on your patio – those dining chairs are my favorite! Would you be able to tell me about your fence? I like the lattice weave and am wondering if you had info on the composition of the materials. Thank you so much! Also, I looked at the patio looks you styled today – the California Cool makes me swoon!
Patio looks amazing. While ping pong balls are a good idea, I have had success with pool noodle cut into short lengths to fill the bottoms of my large pots.
Love the look of the new patio , beautiful! I remember that Brown Jordan bamboo set as I almost bought it twenty years ago when we lived up in Boston but then we moved! Always regretted not buying it . I can’t wait to see what you do with it when you do decide to move !
Beautiful and so inviting! Question about your paver patio. Ours is the bane of my existence. How do you keep yours weed free?
This is beautiful! Love it! A few years ago, you had a post all about drapes/blinds/curtains. Could you repost it? Doing a quarantine home refresh… Thank you!
Hi Erin! Looks great. I’m loving all the blue! FYI – I noticed that the link to the blue and white garden stool actually goes to the sofa. I’m not sure about the rest.
Love this look! Really gorgeous. Love Frontgate. Looking forward to the budget post on Wednesday. Will be perfect for so many of us on “staycations” this summer… Thank you so much. Look forward to your blogs as a highlight in my inbox :)
considering putting up some lattice/trellis panels up against the exterior of my house. Can you post a pic of the full set up for the trellis? Trying to figure out the best way to do it.
Looks so beautiful! Of course, I’m zooming in like crazy to see what the other side of your patio looks like, lol. :) I was wondering if you could like the trellis that you bought for the side of your house? I’m looking for that very thing, and I like how large the squares are on yours. Also, I always wonder how people protect their furniture cushions every night—do you take your cushions and pillows inside or do you just cover them? I’m in MA and I try to take them off every night. I can’t seem to find attractive storage solutions though??? Thanks Erin!!!!
It is lovely…and works!! franki
My aunt always saved styrofoam from packages and used it as filler.
Do you bring your sofa cushions in every night?
That ping pong ball trick is smart. My mom always buries soda bottles, which I guess is the same idea. Your patio is looking great… I need to invest in an outdoor sofa.
Love the ping-pong ball tip—never beard that before!
Love the blue woven chairs. So springtime in Paris. I take it those planters are safe year round outside or do you move them inside during colder weather?
Love this post. We just redid our back patio last fall and have used it so much this spring. Having an outside place to eat and hangout has been very restorative.
Brilliant idea about the pingpong balls. Thank you!
Will you need to cover your dining table and chairs? Thanks!