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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!