It’s summer and we have been spending so much time as a family outside and even entertaining our family and friends. So, although a little ironic, we somehow have more lounge-y seating outside than inside right now. We are enjoying these warm months to the fullest and wanted to share some photos of our patio setup this year.
Our outdoor sofa and chairs were one of our very first purchases and we love them so much, we ended up buying an additional sofa (still waiting on its arrival). The cushions are a light oatmeal color but read almost white outside and somehow resist all dirt. We don’t have furniture covers yet and through rainstorms and windstorms I’ve just swept them off with a broom. They are cozy and cushy and really substantial in person (you can almost fit two people in the chairs).
We have missed the outdoor fireplace from our last house but The Outdoor Greatroom Company recently sent us this 30″ Cove fire table and we have fallen in love with it! It has really completed this living space out here. It lets off a great amount of heat (essential for our chilly Idaho evenings), and uses Crystal Fire® Burner Technology which produces a more natural flame pattern, is UL listed (meaning it has been safety tested to stand up to wind, rain, outdoor elements and still operate safely –I can attest to that!).
It’s a two-in-one fire table and coffee table with the burner cover that makes this area even more versatile. We can serve drinks on it during the day and have s’mores after the sun goes down. We eventually plan to run a gas line to the fire pit but for now, we are just using a propane tank with a hose running to it. We’ll get a cover for the propane tank in the mean time but right now it’s just tucked behind an end table.
The fire table comes with a valve key, so it’s really easy to operate. You just turn on the propane and then turn the key slowly to ignite the flame as big as you’d like.
These string lights were actually in place before we got here but I found the same ones on Amazon (with perfect reviews) and we’ve been so happy with how resilient and beautiful they are. We sold our new outdoor dining set with our house, but my parents moved at the same time and had no room for theirs so they passed it along to us and we’ve loved having dinner out here.
The best part about our patio is obviously the scenery. We fell in love with this property before we fell for the house and having a cozy spot to enjoy it has really made our summer special.
This space will surely continue to evolve but it’s so great to start with a solid base. Updating the back of the exterior is the first major project underway. We met with an architect last week and can’t WAIT to share the plans. It’s going to be amazing. More on that hopefully next week!
We designed the Charly line of sofas, chairs, and ottomans with perfect proportions for comfort — with wide arms, a loungey depth, and stylish and practical lumbar pillows. Available in 70 kid-friendly, pet-friendly fabrics, this line was created with families in mind.
Our wood grain Shaker cabinet fronts were designed for busy, high-traffic homes like ours. Clad with durable textured thermofoils, this line is compatible with Sektion, Akurum, Godmorgon, and Besta cabinets from IKEA. It's the perfect, practical way to add the warmth of wood to all the rooms of your home.
We have teamed up with Loloi to create a line of rugs that are as affordable as they are beautiful. This collection houses a great mix of traditional and modern rugs, in cottage-y colorways, as well as vintage-inspired beauties that you’ll want to roll out in every room.
We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
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