Sweet Summer time is finally here and I plan to soak up every ounce of summer since this is my all time favourite season. I often say that I am a California girl at heart because I LIVE for summer, and when I was younger I may or may not have been obsessed with California Girls by the Beach Boys.
This is our second summer in our home; last year we didn’t get around to putting the finishing touches on our outdoor space so this Spring I wanted to give our upstairs patio a little extra love to complete the area. My goal was for it to be cozy for relaxing with the family and also so it is an inviting space for entertaining friends. Occasionally in the evenings after the kids are in bed, my husband and I will enjoy an adult beverage and a little snack. We added a basket with blankets so it makes it really easy to get cozy to unwind.
We needed to add a couple more chairs so I was pumped to find these two armchairs from HomeSense. I knew I wanted a couple armchairs that were a different material than our existing patio set, but something that would also compliment what we already own. These two wicker style chairs had my name written all over them.
I stuck to a neutral colour pallet with natural materials such as wood, wicker, linen and jute so everything would work well in our space and be an extension of our interior decor and style. It would also be easy to change it up by adding some new colourful throw pillows or blankets as the seasons change or just to change the vibe.
It was really important for our outdoor living space to be a natural extension of our indoor living space so everything would flow. (And so I can reuse some of these accessories inside the house after patio season.) We stuck to the same colour palette and style of furniture we have inside our home. The transition from our indoor to outdoor living space is seamless. The two new seats we added are cohesive with our other furniture but isn’t matchy-matchy since the materials (wood + wicker) look great together! All the accessories compliments everything and ties it altogether. Our climate here in the Maritimes, can be wet and often damp so I wanted to make sure that the fabrics and materials would be durable. For instance, the chairs are all weather wicker, and we picked up outdoor pillows and this will help them hold up longer against sun fading and possible mildew, and also I wanted to make sure these items were easy to clean… because kids 🙂
I’m so happy with how things pulled together so quickly, we already owned a lot of these items from last year. My outdoor rug is from Walmart last year, Here is another outdoor rug that I LOVE. My circular jute rug can be found here. Similar white planters here. Now it feels so much more cozy and inviting.
Our home has been a labour of love and we didn’t rush to furnish and decorate every space, as we tick one area off the list, it gives me a sense of pride and accomplishment. As much as I’d love to snap my fingers and have it all finished in a few days, budgets don’t always allow for that, and a big part of me LOVES picking up a few little gems here or there over time.
Photos taken by the lovely Terri-Lynn Warren Photography
PS my dress is from Boutique Vestibule from their Essentiels Collection