One of my goals I set last summer was to make our outdoor patio into an outdoor living space. With the help of local stores like CK design Co., Hinge on 5th, and some not so local stores like Target & World Market I was able to make a space that we absolutely love. Let’s dive in…
First off, my main goal was to create a space that our friends & family could gather in. Our house is around 100 years old it is perfect for us on an everyday basis, but isn’t the best for hosting parties or family gatherings.
I like to start by drawing out the deck & making a priority list. I knew I wanted to have a table where people could eat, a comfortable sitting area, and a place for food & drinks or a gardening table when no one is over. Then I set a price point. Yes, I did find myself gravitating towards expensive outdoor couches & tables. Realistically speaking though, I didn’t want to invest a lot of money at this point in my life on furniture that will be weathered down.
The comfortable sitting area.
The very first thing I bought was the Fernhill love seat. I found this piece as a floor model last year for half price from Target. That is my first tip, if you’re on a budget or just wanting to be smart about purchasing outdoor furniture, go in July when the stores are starting to change floor sets. Later last year I came back and bought the chair set. The set comes with an end table, & is unusually comfortable for being solid plastic. Almost all products will be listed for full price online, so shop in store for deals. Next, came picking out rugs. I wanted to get away from the typical outdoor colors and patterns. I chose both rugs because they look like indoor rugs, but with a fun twist they are made out of recycled bottles.Rugs are perfect for framing each living space. This creates a feeling of togetherness and also brings the sense of coziness into the space.
Next comes choosing finishing touches such as plants, pillows, or lights. The pillows I ended up with are from World Market. I decided on these because it would bring out the colors in the both of the rugs.
As for lights Cody and I both wanted Edison bulbs. Originally we were going to get string lights that required being plugged in. Later realizing that would cause a lot more work (since there is no outlets outside) we went with solar lights, so we wouldn’t have to worry about plugging them in with extinction cords. The end result we were very happy with. They put off a great deal of light for being self sufficient.
Small space garden.
For a long time we talked about owning a garden. We frequent farmers markets, and are constantly buying produce. We don’t really have the space for a real full grown garden, & we also didn’t want to take away from the outdoor space that we did have. So we came up with the perfect small space garden. If you have little ones this is a fun activity they will want to do with you. It is super simple and cheap to make. I can post a DIY later if anyone is interested. All garden materials were purchased from Theisen’s.
In this area I wanted a wood top table with metal black legs, and set my price point at no more than $150… Yes, I know not very realistic for a wood table, but that was the goal. I found this table at World Market. I bought it when it was on their season ending sale, plus you can add their coupon for an extra 10% off which brought it down to $119.00! Originally the legs were white, but some cheap black spray paint did the job. I found our four Windsor black chairs from Target. Finally, the head chairs are from Dollar General. This is by far the best deal of all $16 a chair!
What’s an outdoor area without a table to gather around? Here is some of my favorite summer essentials for setting a table. Enjoy!