Four years ago my sister Elizabeth and her husband bought this outdoor sectional (below).
It was too modern for their house, but it was reasonable, so they snapped it up for the patio.
Elizabeth and Bill love to entertain, and they also host their staff parties throughout the year.
When it came time to pull out the outdoor furniture this season, I suggested that we select new stuff because the list of complaints about the old furniture was long. . .
But new furniture was not in the budget, we’ve been working on decorating their family room (full reveal coming soon), so Elizabeth and I decided it was at least time for a refresh on the cushions and accessories.
Plus the old pillows were faded and tired looking.
This way, we could extend the life of this set another year.
Elizabeth loves blue and her existing adirondack chairs have a lifetime warranty, so we set out to find some new accessories to create some styling magic.
We got to our favourite store and walked around looking at all the pillows. All we could find that were close to the same blue of the chairs were pillows that were too colourful and tropical (similar to this one below).
Plus to really pull off patterned pillows like this, you need solid ones too. All we could find were four, muted turquoise pillows which didn’t work at all.
So we picked up two patterned pillows but we were uninspired.
Elizabeth said, ‘I’m tired, let’s go’. I agreed.
We paid for our items and walked outside with the cart. And there, right in front of us, was the perfect coffee table with a blue and turquoise mosaic in concrete! The blue picked up the adirondack chairs perfectly!
And the muted turquoise (below) matched the four turquoise pillows I had seen sitting in the store, along with white and summer blue fern pillows.
Suddenly, we were full of energy again and we ran back into the store to exchange the pillows we bought.
Concrete mosaic coffee table (HomeSense)
Bill loved that we strung up patio lanterns (since he’s the one outside with his friends until the wee hours of summer mornings :).
Later we trecked out to a local nursery and picked up some white daisies and potato vines for Elizabeth’s blue pot. Happiness right here.
Here’s a glimpse of the white garden stool and second throw we bought (below). Throws are great outside for keeping flies and mosquitoes from biting your legs when it gets cooler at night. These are indoor throws though, you’ll have to keep them under cover when it rains!
The more comfortable your environment, the longer your friends and/or family will want to stay.
And that could be a good thing or a bad thing.
I even got my sweet nephews (OMG they are getting so big) to pose for this post (below).
William and Markus
Here’s the before photo before we set anything up!
And after (below). We moved the old pillows to the Adirondack chairs while the new pillows took center stage.
With a couple of throws and a tablescape with hostas and a faux seashell with a hurricane lantern, we didn’t notice the stains on the cushions anymore!
So if you notice you have just stopped painting in your house because you feel tired. Or you’ve just come to a standstill in your decorating projects because you are uninspired, it might have absolutely nothing to do with the fact that you are not that productive or even–gasp–lazy.
It’s probably more likely that you just don’t have the vision for the project that you need to give you the energy to take it through to the end.
New furniture without a new paint colour, lamps, throw pillows, art or accessories doesn’t quite equal fabulous yet.
It’s truly amazing in this instance, how much a single new coffee table (above) transformed this entire outdoor room with the help of a few coordinating accessories!
I’m turning 50 next week- eeeek, and Terreeia is throwing a big party for all my friends this Sunday! I’ll be posting on Instagram and I’ll have a photographer there too so you’ll see the highlights in a post next week!
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