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It’s nearly time for outdoor entertaining–our favorite time of the year over here. And do you know what the best time to buy outdoor furnishings is? Right now! Everything is on sale and then after Memorial Day, usually, it all goes up to full price until the end of July generally. But this week–the outdoor sales are madness. A few of my go-to shops for outdoor (along with the sales they have going on right now) are:
CB2: Up to 20% off all outdoor
Crate & Barrel: Up to 30% off all outdoor
World Market: 20% off all outdoor
Target: 25% off patio
Wayfair: Up to 70% off outdoor
West Elm: Up to 40% off outdoor
Pottery Barn: Up to 40% off EVERYTHING
Before you dive into sprucing up your outdoor oasis, I thought it’d be good to pass along the six essentials every outdoor area needs, no matter what size.
1. Faux Cement Palmera Outdoor Coffee Table – $249
2. Natural All Weather Wicker Jasper Outdoor Accent Stool – $99
3. Tambor Concrete Outdoor Drum Coffee Table – $261
4. Whitewash Sevilla Outdoor Dining Table – $399
If you have a smaller outdoor area, feel free to skip the outdoor dining table and just go for a coffee table that can double as a place for a delicious spread or an after-hours game of cards. Small side tables so you never have to reach far for your drink also go a long way in an outdoor setting. But if you have room to spread out, nothing is better than dining al fresco all summer long.
When it comes to seating, focus on making conversation circles. Even if you have a small area, a chair across from an outdoor sofa, promotes good conversation and balances the space. (The 1st option here is a two pack of chairs for under $300! Can’t beat that!).
String lights zig-zagged overhead, or small fairy lights wrapped around a tree will absolutely bring your outdoor space up to the next level. Don’t skip this ingredient! It will feel so inviting and turn any ordinary night into something that feels special. A memory maker.
Heat Source/Fire Feature
1. Round Copper Bowl And Black Steel Fire Pit – $449
2. Stephen Faux Concrete Wood Burning Fire Pit – $262
3. Round Wood Burning Fire Pit – $99
4. Rectangle Concrete Gas Fire Pit – $359
Whether you’re roasting marshmallows, hot dogs or just keeping the backyard warm after the sun goes down to prolong the conversation, a fire feature is a mood you don’t want to skip. We DIYed our upright fireplace (see the tutorial here!) but these firepits are tres chic!
1. Ivory Fringe Indoor Outdoor Lumbar Pillow – $19
2. Novogratz by Momeni Villa Monaco Indoor Outdoor Rug – $311
3. Warm Tassel Aria Throw Blanket – $39
Almost every brand under the sun now makes pillows, throws and rugs specifically for outdoor spaces. Or sometimes indooor/outdoor because they’re so durable they can be used anywhere. With the rise of these all-weather textiles, your patio can now look just as cozy as your living room. So make it happen! If you have a pillow that you really want to use outdoors, or just want to make sure your outdoor seating is extra protected, I spray almost everything down with Outdoor Scotchguard–works like a charm!
1. Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 Phantom Wireless Mobile Bluetooth Speaker – $88
2. Theater Solutions Indoor / Outdoor Speakers Mountable Pair – $79
3. Sonos Speaker – $199
4. Theater Solutions Powered Bluetooth Outdoor Granite Rock Speaker – $109
Maybe you’re just going to open the kitchen window and move your countertop speaker facing outside (been there!), or maybe you go all out with the exterior surround sound. But whatever you choose, mood music is the cherry on top of your outdoor oasis. It’s the often forgotten layer that won’t go unnoticed at your next party–promise.
Hope this helps! With weather finally in the 60s (the girls were literally in the kiddie pool like it was 100 degrees over the weekend) we’re setting up our back deck this week and every year we tweak it just a bit! So we’ll share updated photos soon! Anyone else moving the lounge party outdoors in the coming weeks?