My Patio Reading Nook

This year one of my summer goals is to use our outdoor patio more. Since we put in the pool we are home more – which is nice.

When designing our patio, we created several different gathering areas in the space. We have a great general space for our dining area, a place for the Hubby to grill – (which he is awesome at), a side patio that is by the pool and then a place for two seating chairs.

Wicker Chairs without cushions web

Many Mother’s Days ago I saw these awesome wicker chairs – they were from the Smith and Hawkins collection. I love wicker and this is ready for the outdoors. They came with solid yellow pillows and cushions. I have to be honest with you because of where the chairs are placed I hardly ever sit in them.  One reason is they are furthest from the pool, so if the kids are swimming I need to be in that space.  Secondly, sometimes the patio gets so hot the heat and sun are uncomfortable.

So it only took a couple of years but finally the light bulb went off and it occurred to me that if I bought a market umbrella I could actually sit there during the day…I know, sometimes the ideas come in slowly. So this thought inspired an array of other ideas for this space.

The cushions were starting to look more brown than yellow from being outside. So I started with updating all the cushions and pillows with new covers. I went to JoAnn Fabrics and fell in love with this flower pattern.

Close up of wicker chair material web

It was really popular this year, there was only a yard left in the store and nothing left online (Panic!).  Someone at the store called around and I was able to have 5 yards put on hold in a store about 25 minutes away.

I used this flower as my inspiration for the whole new space. I loved the color, orange and pistachio green colors. I found a great color print in orange to go with the flower and this fun geometric pattern as well.

Linus and the new patio chairs web

I decided to make the floral pattern for the cushions on the chairs and ottomans then the other patterns for pillows.

I have to be honest with you I did not do the cushions all on my own. My Mom (fix it Franny) came to the rescue and helped me make the new cushions. I am so impressed with my Mom’s knowledge of sewing.

Cutting out wicker chair material web

First of all there was no pattern, but a lot of measuring and cutting out various pieces to make the cover as well as me learning how to put in a zipper. It was fun working with my Mom on this – but putting in a zipper is still way over my head.

My girlfriend gave me this awesome rug of hers that I have been eyeing for years! It looks awesome under the chairs. It is an awesome animal print rug – my first! Then on my many trips to Home Goods I was on the look out for a garden stool – another item that I wanted to add to our collection…I finally found the size and color I was looking for, and it was only $40 dollars compared to $120 from Ballard Designs that I have been wanting for some time.

close up of the garden stool web

Finally came the hunt for the perfect color market umbrella – I wanted a pistachio color one that I saw last year at Wal-Mart for $50 dollars, but of course this year it is out of stock! So one afternoon I went to over 6 stores and finally found the right color, but not the right price, it was $90 dollars but I love it and will be used a lot this summer.

Close up of the wicker chairs with umbrella web

The new reading or sitting area looks awesome. I love walking by the patio door and it catching my eye! I look forward to reading many a book this summer or sitting down to have a wonderful glass of wine with my Hubby or Friends. Differnet view of the patio chairs web

Where do you like to hang out in your yard during the summer?

We are partying over at Two Twenty One – All Things Summer Link Party!

Beyond the Screen Door – The Scoop Link Party

The Winthrop Chronicles – Link Party

The House of Helpworths

I Heart Naptime – Sundae Scoop



  1. Laura Frood says:

    Looks beautiful Cher!! I love it!

  2. Aunt Cathy says:

    Great job!

  3. Hi, Chernee! Your patio reading nook is just lovely! I especially love the color of the garden stool and umbrella! Thank you so much for joining us at The Scoop this week! Sonya

  4. It looks so cozy and inviting! I love, love, love that floral fabric! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

    • Thanks Jenna – I really like the flower fabric as well – the colors are just so refreshing! Too bad we have had a rainy June and July hoping to use it this week to read a good book!

  5. That looks so inviting, great job. What a perfect spot or read or relax.

    Tammy @

    • Hi Tammy

      Thank you for stopping by the blog! So glad you liked the patio area – the rain has finally stopped so I have been enjoying reading out there at night!
      Have a great day!


  6. Love the outdoors! Makes everything special!


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