It may be cooling off in some parts of the country it has been in the 70s here the last few days! but I don’t think summer has given her swan song. There is still some heat to go, meaning we’ll be relishing the pool a bit longer. I gave you a glimpse of our outdoor furniture when I shared Milly’s birthday, but today I wanted to go into a bit more detail. Because it really is all about the details…
Let’s start from the beginning. Our pool deck is quite spacious in terms of outdoor space, but all that concrete means something needs to go on it to make it look more inviting. Before we moved into the house my parents offered up an old patio set they had bought in the 90’s at a local store called Seasonal Concepts. It may not have been my ideal furniture, but it was free and something I knew I could work with.
My mother-in-law saw it and said they had the exact same set from the exact same store and decade weird and we were welcome to it. I knew I had struck gold here. Whenever you can have multiples you create a more cohesive look which in turn feels more purposeful and less hand-me-down. So yes, not looking so great above, but with a few changes, the sets went from dated to timeless.
I’m talking more about their transformation on Domino today, but essentially a little paint and some fresh cushions gave new life to these chairs and tables. It’s pretty hard to find great cushions locally they’re all so…brown so I turned to an amazing online source: Cushion Source. They custom make everything from outdoor curtains to window seat cushions and offer over 1,600 fabrics to choose from.
I was able to order fabric samples and then build my cushions and pillows, picking every last detail. Add ons like piping and tufting make a huge difference in the look, and those are all completely customizable. These more lounge-y chairs were huddled around a fire pit table at our last house. The table had seen better days but the chairs were still in good condition minus the cushions so I broke them into two sets to form little seating areas. The button tufting is my favorite. For something hollywood regency I could have gone with black buttons, but I stuck with white for a more traditional feel.
This particular fabric came with a 6 year colorfast warranty. I don’t know anything that has a warranty that long. Many a family member scoffed at my fabric choice white? I guess we’re not allowed to sit on these? but I had the last laugh when Flamin’ Hot Cheeto fingers ended up all over them on the fourth of July, and the red residue practically evaporated off the fabric. These are investment pieces, but they’re definitely worth the investment.
No space is complete without a little styling, and the best way to achieve a comfortable outdoor area is to treat it like an indoor one. Rugs, potted plants and mood lighting in the form of candles and string lights will go far. A mirror will open up the space, add depth and bring in extra sparkle.
In about a month the midwest will be seeing the best weather of the year. We may be known for unpredictable weather, but the fall brings the most steady and delightful temps. While many people are thinking about packing away their outdoor living and focusing on the inside, I say why not embrace the best time of year to be outside? I’m planning to relax out here as long as I can.