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It’s Summertime and the Feelin is Right…

Since it’s finally summer,  (kinda, we had all 4 seasons of weather in 7 days, including a blizzard with 8 inches of snow just last week) I thought I would put together some super cute finds to spruce up your outdoor spaces!  Patio, porches and pots oh my!

 Furniture:

If you’re in the market for new outdoor furniture you have one big decision to make first, wood or wicker.  Much of this choice comes down to personal style and preference but if you like both and are on the fence I’ll give you my 2 cents.  I have had both, a cheap $350 wicker set from Walmart and our current wood set from Ikea.  We had the wicker set for 5 years before selling it (we needed something much bigger for our patio in this house).  That set survived everything.  We never brought it inside for the winter, it was snowed, rained and hailed on, withstood constant abuse from our young kids and dogs and barely faded in the intense Colorado sun.  It looked dang near good as new 5 years in.

Here’s a cute set from World Market.  The taupe grey color is neutral without being boring and the wooden legs give it some style flair.

World Market Marina Del Ray outdoor home decor patio furniture tips

All Weather Wicker Marina Del Ray Occasional Bench (sofa) on sale right now for $419.99

All Weather Wicker Marina Del Ray Occasional Chair on sale for $279.99

All Weather Wicker Marina Del Ray Coffee Table on sale for $125.99

Now the Ikea set (which consists of a sectional, 2 ottomans and 2 chaise loungers) I have mixed feelings about.  Wood, even if you buy expensive outdoor wooden furniture is going to need refinishing or freshening up, it’s inevitable and unavoidable.  It faded immensely even after the first summer then we made the mistake of leaving it outside for 1 winter and it looked like junk after.  We have been bringing it all inside ever since, which is a lot of work especially given how many pieces there are and how much space you need to store it all.  I love the versatility of it though as it’s a configure it how you want it style.  If I was purchasing all over again I think I would go for wicker, just for the low maintenance. (check out the post on how we painted all of our Ikea furniture here)  With all of that being said, if you are ok with the maintenance and inevitability of refinishing or painting in the future go for the wood!

Here’s what we have from Ikea (we have several pieces to be able to reconfigure it)

Ikea Applaro outdoor home decor patio decorating tipsThe Applaro Sofa which is priced at $465

Another option you might want to consider is metal.  Yes metal!  And you can find it in amazing styles like this one from Wayfair.

Wayfair Elle Decor Sectional outdoor home decor patio decorating tips

The Elle Decor Paloma Sectional (priced at $889.99) is sleek and clean but classic.  And with the metal frame it should last forever.

 Accessories/Throw Pillows:

Now it’s time for the accessories!!  I’ve made no secret in the past that my absolute fave place for outdoor pillows and rugs is World Market.  Why?  Because my experience has been that their stuff lasts.  The sun here is intense and pillows, cushions, rugs, etc tend to fade and fade fast.  I have pillows (from WM) from years ago I STILL use because they look that good!  If you are going to invest in these things why not get something that will last?

An added bonus, World Market is having a 15% off sale + free shipping until 5/29 so now is a great time to pick up some freshness!

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Floral Embroidered Lumbar

These fab floral embroidered pillows (lumbar pillow here and throw pillow) are gorgeous and luxe with the embroidery and bold patterns.  They are indoor/outdoor so you can bring them in and use them in the house too!

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Floral Embroidered Throw Pillow

World Market bird embroidered outdoor throw pillow home decor patio decorating tips

Here’s a lovely bird pillow (also from WM)

I could go on and on with cute pillows from there but I’ll spare you and just give ya one more.

world market outdoor green esmaralda pillow home decor patio decorating tips

This is the Green Esmerelda Outdoor Pillow, love the bold hue with the beautiful pattern.

 In case patterns aren’t your thing, they have tons of solid color pillows too (including black!!). I love mixing and matching for a fun custom look.

There is a plethora of colorful pots and wreaths for great prices to be found at TJMaxx, Home Goods, thrift stores and Marshalls. Never underestimate the aesthetic value of a beautiful pot!  BUT don’t forget the tops of your tables or the “walls!”

world market set of burlap flags outdoor home decor patio decorating tips

This set of 2 burlap flags ($15.98) is from World Market and they give a cool vintage, patriotic vibe.

world market set of 3 painted metal bugs outdoor home decor patio decorating tips

Or these absolutely ADORBS set of 3 metal painted bugs ($35.97)

world market large sleeping buddha statue decor home outdoor patio decorating tips

This  Large Sleeping Buddha Statue ($99.99) is a global and cultural piece, which will add some extra interest to your space.   At 3 1/2 feet wide it would look great on a large outdoor table, on the edge of a patio or deck, or in your garden.

      Rugs:

Of course, every cozy and inviting outdoor space has an outdoor rug.  So many great places to shop for these but my top faves are World Market, RugsUSA, Target and Home Goods. (In that order)

world market gabriella outdoor rug home decor patio outdoor decorating tips

Here’s a lovely fresh summery rug from World Market called the Orange Gabriella Rio Floor Mat, in a 6×9 it’s a steal at $31.99.  It’s a plastic material but it’s very soft to walk on.  When it gets wet you won’t have to worry about mold or mildew and you can layer with this because buying a second rug won’t seem like a biggie when you only pay $31.99!!  Big bang for your buck.

world market peacock rug outdoor patio decorating home decor tips

This is another great one, the Peacock and Stripe Reversible Rug (WM) you get 2 for 1 since you can flip it on over for another design!  Who doesn’t like options?  Right now it’s on sale for $103.99!

target kaleen lobster rug home decor outdoor patio decorating tips

A cute little mat for your door is the Kaleen Rugs Matira Lobster Indoor/Outdoor for $43.99 (for a 2×3) from Target.  It adds some whimsy and color to your entrance.  Target also sells larger sizes of this rug if you love it for a living or dining area!!

patio home decor outdoor sectional sofa decorating tips

Part of our patio as it currently is; all the pillows and rug are World Market, sectional sofa is from Ikea (look for my post on painting it!), blue chairs, stool/side tables and lanterns are from Home Goods, fire table and gray pedestal table are from the RH Outlet.

Outdoor spaces should be fun and inviting, where you can entertain or just hang out.  I’m going to be spending a bit of time freshening things up here and when I do, you’ll be the first to see it with a patio update post!!  If you don’t want to miss it, hit up the subscribe over there and you’ll get it sent right to your email when it goes up.  Happy Summer Everybody!!

 

 

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