I’ve talked quite a bit about how our backyard is a space we are living with but have long-term plans for. There are some big things that need to happen, but I’m trying to not let that stop me from creating a space we love to spend time in the pool is definitely a huge attraction, regardless of the rest. I’ve created several areas that are great for outdoor dining, but I had yet to put together a space that was perfect for just relaxing by the water.
Last year this corner off the pool housed these two loungers and a big arborvitae in a black planter. It was a nice little set up, but no one ever sat here. No one. Regardless of watering the tree all winter it died, and that ivy I planted that everyone said would grow so quickly hasn’t made it up the tired, weathered, broken fence yet. Despite the surroundings, I knew I could style this little space to be more inviting.
So I headed to At Home to pick up some much needed decor elements. Have you been to an At Home? Oh my word, it’s the size of Walmart but only home decor. It’s a domesticates dream and a place I could spend hours in. Their outdoor section is unmatched in selection, and Milly and I wandered the aisles piecing together this little corner. Outdoor living has become such a huge trend over the last several years and there are definitely some tricks to getting “the look” so let’s talk about how to keep things pretty and inviting, yet comfortable, shall we?
I already had the chairs and cushions, which was a great start, but I knew I needed some green to liven things up. I’ve tried to do the big evergreen tree here and didn’t have luck. I am already watering about 30 potted plants a day, so when I saw this faux boxwood hedge from across the store I knew that would be my starting point. It’s green and lush with zero maintenance, worth the investment!
Next I had to address the sun. If people aren’t in the pool they’re drawn to shade, so an umbrella was necessary to make this corner comfortable enough for people to linger to. You can never go wrong with black and it seemed like the right choice in contrast with the cushions. I love the simple, classic stand – it almost looks like a ceiling medallion.
Just as rugs help define a space inside the home, they do the same outside. Rugs and trays work very similarly: they take a bunch of items and make them feel like a collection. Black and white is a classic combination, but what keeps it feeling really sophisticated and timeless not 80s is to add in some natural color and texture. This jute rug does just that and feels really nice underfoot.
A side table was necessary for drinks and the like, and this faux concrete one is such a beautiful shape. The coral bowl makes a great catch-all for sunscreen and glasses. Most people stop there when it comes to outdoor living, but I say a little decor is what will send your space to the next level. Because it’s outside, you want no fuss but a few items that are interesting. The traditionalist in me was immediately drawn to the Roman bust and the black dodecahedron juxtaposes her nicely.
For someone who usually spends a ton of time searching for items to put together a space, it was so rewarding to hit up one store and call it a day. It’s now my favorite nook in the backyard…you know where to find me this weekend!
What elements do you think are important for any outdoor living space?
*I’m really honored to be a part of At Home’s Inspiration Team for 2016. This post is in partnership with them, but all thoughts, opinions and selections are my own.