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A Look at Our Patio This Year

July 18, 2019  —  Written by Julia Marcum 

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This post is sponsored by The Outdoor Greatroom Company

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!

What do you think?

  1. Ang says:

    I just bought this furniture! It is so much more comfortable than it looks. I love it so much but I’m torn on whether to put a rug unde rit. it’s on a charcoal gray pation. ughhhh. Also, torn on fire table. I want something lower but don’t want to deal with a seperate tank. How are you liking this fire table? Would you sacrifice the height (go about 5 inches higher) in order to hide the tank underneath?

  2. donna says:

    You had posted 8 houses with exterior color choices you were considering…can you please tell me what colors were house #4?

  3. Val says:

    I am loving this whole vibe you are creating with the outdoor furniture, and your property is just paradise… I could live in your backyard. You mention a burner cover to convert the fire pit to a coffee table — any chance for peek at how it looks and info on how cumbersome it is to move on/off? Thanks!

  4. Kathleen Kinkella says:

    Absolutely lovely back patio. Especially love that rustic door…please say you will be keeping it :)

  5. Linda Grubbs says:

    The fire table is really nice! Pits perfectly with your cool new outdoor furniture.
    So happy to see you all settling in …. moving is so stressful, but you guys are making the very best of it. :)….I’m very excited to follow your new projects. You guys never disappoint!! Oh, and glad to see that Willow is doing so well now.

  6. Lindsey Ard says:

    I love your yard! And the furniture feels Italian countryside to me. So lovely. We’re actually looking at fire tables right now and trying to decide on what we want. I wasn’t sure about the external tank but I prefer the lower look. May I ask where you got your wood side table from?

  7. Molly says:

    When it gets too cold to be outside, you could take the chairs/sofa inside until you’ve got more furniture!

  8. Jill T. M. says:

    Is this something you could roast marshmallows over? Or would it be too hard to clean?

  9. Amanda says:

    I love what you’ve done with the outdoor area so far. Can’t way to see it continue to evolve!! ♥️

  10. Ashley says:

    I’m so jealous you can eat dinner on your patio and enjoy your backyard. Mosquitos here in Texas are RELENTLESS. And I don’t want to use anything with chemicals for the safety of the kids and the good bugs we DO need. So I’m thoroughly enjoying watching your patio makeover and hope that the two weeks in October when the heat drops and before the cold snaps start kicking in, we can start sitting on ours. :) Beautiful patio set!

  11. Val says:

    Such a serene oasis. Your property is amazing, and I’m loving how you’re decorating to complement it. I was really hoping to see how the fire table looks with the cover on it, can you share that somewhere? And how heavy/cumbersome is it to lift on & off?

  12. Julie S says:

    I love the curved line of the furniture “arm” – I’ve been bringing this into my own home lately!
    But what does the fire pit look like with the cover on as a coffee table??

  13. Erin says:

    Okay, I’m pretty sure you guys only got Willow for the pictures. She makes every picture shine! Great patio, and great dog! I hope she’s warmed up to the place :)

  14. Kelley says:

    Looks like you’re all settling in so nicely! Not sure if someone else has asked this already, but how is dear sweet Willow doing? Is she getting more comfortable?

    • Julia says:

      She is settling in so nicely. She seems sooo happy here. Is happy to run around the yard and hasn’t tried to run away. We’re so relieved.

  15. Katie says:

    I love that you are showing us the process pics.

  16. Lina Haberland says:

    That fireplace is beyond beautiful! Need budget friendly lookalikes!

  17. Esther says:

    Do you have a picture of it with the cover on?

  18. kari says:

    That fire table is amazing! It would be so perfect at our lake house, or on our patio at home! I’m in love!

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