The Patio Mood Board

June 17, 2013  —  Written by Julia Marcum 

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While we’ve talked about the patio plans to build a pergola, we have never really revealed the direction of the rest of the space–besides the handsome new fixture.  Here’s what we’re envisioning:

1. The Carson you’ve met.

2. Cafe lights stringing from the pergola.

3. This Ikea outdoor sectional has really good reviews. We love the simpler lines, and the price. Of course.

4. A navy/ivory (navory?) rope rug from Dash and Albert to anchor the whole loungey space.

5. I love this outdoor coffee table, but not necessarily the color–some exterior spray paint could fix that pretty easily.

6. These raised outdoor planters, filled with flowers, herbs, succulents would add so much beauty, height and interest.  I’m sold.

7. I’m thinking mixing a couple neutrals with navy, a warm yellow and maybe orange for pillows. Sources are: striped, yellow, stars (this is the cool back to a not as cool pillow front), navy geometric, and monogramed.

8. Lastly, all of these deck chairs are amazing, but this one has a subtle pattern that will stand the test of time.

So that’s the general idea of where we’re headed. I am already gathering pieces up, but a few things might be tweaked as we see them in person–you know how that is. While we are definitely getting a late start on an outdoor space (especially when a lot of the blogosphere had theirs staged out in March), I am finding a lot of things are going on sale–already! Procrastinators unite?

What do you think?

  1. How fun! Now THIS looks like a patio I want to hang out in. And I love the color of the coffee table! Maybe once you put it in place you’d love the neon grellow too. Haha.

  2. Love the mood board! That sectional and the chairs are awesome! I’d love to hang lights over our patio one day too.

  3. Kathy says:

    Oh gosh, that rug is PERFECT for my den… but that price tag is not. Back to the drawing board!

  4. emily says:

    beautiful plan! I love how the bright pillows contrast with the darker planters and rug. can’t wait to see it all come together.

  5. I love it, especially the rug and planters. So graphic and unique.

  6. Jess says:

    Love this! We’re currently working on a plan for our outdoor living area but sadly we probably won’t act on anything until next year or until we expand our deck.

  7. This all looks great! You will LOVE having a sectional. And while we don’t have that same one from Ikea, we’ve had ours for several years now and it holds up really well by taking the cushions inside in the off-season (or during particularly heavy summer downpours) and leaving the bases outside but under a protective cover in the winter. Excited to see it all take shape!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I love this mood board! We’re trying to re-do our back patio and deck as well and I had seen this Ikea sectional and wondered about it. I really want something loungey and comfortable, but I don’t like the $3k+ price tags you find on so many of them. I can’t wait to hear from you as it all comes together!
    -Jordan… not anonymous, just not cool enough to have a blog ;)

  9. It is all so beautiful, but I just worry about it getting ruined by the harsh winters in Utah. Would you move those things inside once it starts snowing? and then bring it out in the spring again?

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