One of my favorite parts about spring, summer, and fall? Sitting outside on our patio every single chance I get. Whether that’s during the day to get some work done, or in the evenings with Shawn or a group of friends, you can find me outside 9 times out of 10 when the sun is out! Guess where I am right now? You got it- sitting outside. Specifically, on our newly completed patio space at the cabin! You know those shirts that say “I’m outdoorsy, as in I like to have drinks on the patio?” Yea, I LOVE the outdoors 😉
Since we moved into the cabin [which seems like ages ago, although it hasn’t been that long #timeflies] we’ve given the majority of our focus to restyling the inside! Whether it was the master bathroom, the sunroom turned LIY Headquarters, or our bedroom, the cabin has been getting some love! Now it’s time to start giving some love to the outside!
On office days, “it looks so nice out” is probably said at least 10 times a day. That may actually be an understatement. Up until now, we would just look out there, say “yep, sure does” and keep on moving with our day. Not anymore! Now on those nice sunny days, we can all grab our computers and head outdoors!
I wanted to make sure that the space could accommodate a group, but still feel cozy enough if it’s just one or two people out there! We decided to go with a large L-shaped sofa dining table combination, as well as an egg chair for the main pieces. This would allow us to have one larger space where we could set plates or laptops down, play cards with friends around, and still have a separate space for one or two people over at the egg!
When we’re eating outside, we don’t necessarily want to bring our normal dishes from the dining room out with us. From wind gusts to walking with dishes, there’s many reasons that switching to melamine dishes for outdoors is the way to go! Nothing like shattering your nice dining dishes on the patio! No thank you, I’ll take these ones! Plus, these patterns are cute!
There’s something about a rug, whether it’s indoors or outdoors, that ties a space together. So as soon as we started to plan out this space, I knew a rug would be in order. This outdoor rug pulls in the colors from the different pillows and adds a bit more color to the space! Plus it’s water resistant and UV stabilized for durability, so I know it’s not going to fall apart after the first month!
In addition to the main pieces- the dining set and egg chair- I wanted to add a BIT more decor to make it a bit more homey! I’m a big fan of lanterns for outdoor use, so I chose both a small and large lantern. I also added in some greenery for this mostly concrete space. I heard succulents are hard to kill – here’s hoping!
The thing that pairs best with a cute top or a brand-new pair of shorts? An egg chair of course. This.Egg.Chair.Is.AWESOME. Seriously. We have an egg chair at our house on the water, and an egg chair in the office, but this one takes the cake [I clearly can’t get enough eggs in my life]. It’s so big and so comfortable. It seems like I could lay in it [maybe a stretch], but if nothing else, Shawn and I could definitely cuddle up in there and sip on some cocktails [or the team could work on their computers in there- either way].
Now that I’ve shown you the new outdoor digs, it’s time to invite some friends over, fire up the grill and get those margaritas in regular rotation! Who’s ready for summer?!
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Founder and creator of LIY, Erin turned her dream of a hobby blog into a full-time career which she now runs alongside the LIY team! When not in front of her computer screen [with a La Croix or wine in hand] or in front of a mirror taking mirror selfies, you can find Erin spending time on the water, cuddled up with her two pups and husband most likely watching the latest Shark Tank episode, or getting lost in an easy beach read.