For me, nothing is more thrilling than a total-space transformation. But you don’t have to break the bank to get a jump-start on great design. I’ve chunked out a dreamy $3000 outdoor space below, in $1,000 increments, with mood boards that build on one another (though, honestly, I would love any of these boards a la carte!). Depending on your budget, you could start chillaxing this weekend in The Great Outdoors … and maybe cash-flow a full-on outdoor soiree by Labor Day!
Start with a sofa. All you need to begin enjoying your outdoor space is great seating. I’m an enthusiastic ambassador for white outdoor sofas because they look so clean and bright in the sunshine (and they never get bleached out by strong rays). A sturdy and sophisticated coffee table (at a great price) proffers somewhere pretty to put your lemonade, and a couple of handsome pots make for an instant centerpiece (just add herbs or your favorite perennial). Hang some cool string lights to keep the conversations going long after the crickets come out.
Add in an outdoor rug. This beautiful, modern one is a nice anchor for an outdoor living space — and a great excuse to kick off your flip flops. Layer in some blue accent chairs and a little side table where your friends can put down their drinks. You’ll never regret investing in a big ol’ urn. These planters look so stately that you’ll want to borrow them for your front porch. Top them off with some (very realistic-looking) topiaries, and you’ll be ready for afternoon tea “in the garden.” This is the phase at which it’s really fun to layer in functional decor: an interesting serving tray (canapes, anyone?), an actually attractive Citronella candle, a charming lantern, and a good-looking watering can.
By this time, you’re ready for a little dining set. (Or skip ahead to this one! Start with the outdoor table if that’s your thing!) Fire up the grill, and wheel out the bar cart! Here’s a hot tip — a bar cart also makes for a great planting bench. We recently did a back porch makeover and populated a little bar cart with potted plants, and it looked so fresh and adorable. Keep this Ring Toss game close by to play with while the burgers cook :)
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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Last week, Chris and I had the incredible opportunity to travel to London for work. We were invited by Williams Sonoma and William Morris and Co to preview their newest collaboration and the inspiration behind it. It was my first time in London and although it was a quick trip, they brought us all over […]
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