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Updating Our Outdoor Spaces [Virtually]

April 21, 2020


Erin Schrader

The Living in Yellow Team is dreaming of the smell of barbecues, outdoor happy hours, and ending the day with a book on our front porches. But we’re not doing it from the great outdoors just yet – we’re dreaming it all up from the comfort of our laptop computers in our PJs [fun fact- as I’m writing this, it’s actually snowing outside]. We all have one space or another outdoors that could use a bit of TLC, whether it’s starting from scratch or just adding in a few pieces to what we already have. And while we can’t see most of the pieces in stores [#Quarantine2020], the online stores’ digital shelves are chocked full of outdoor inspo to get our minds turning with possibilities. Some of us are ready to click add to cart on every single item, while others of us are still working through the details, but we figured creating vision boards was the best way to, well, visualize it! Also, we’ve added some additional items into each of our widgets that we liked as well, in case you want to see a few more ideas we’re looking at! Happy outdoor dreaming!

Erin’s Retro Poolside Refresh

Plastic Woven Outdoor Lantern //  Sundale Outdoor 11FT 40 LED Lights Aluminum Patio Market Umbrella //  Safavieh Chaise Side Table Lounge Chair //  6′ Round Ornate Woven Outdoor Rug //  Woven Tasseled Outdoor Throw Pillow Yellow //  Vee Stripe Outdoor Rug Black //  Kaufmann 7pc Patio Dining Set //  Modern Melamine Dinnerware – Citrus Yellow //  Faceted Modern Planters // Welcome Block Doormat

Every spring I convince myself that I should completely redo our entire patio area, and while every year my husband enforces otherwise, I love daydreaming about what I could do differently with the space. Earlier this year we traveled to Nevis and stopped at the Four Seasons and I instantly fell in love with their retro poolside vibe – between the bright yellow chairs and striped umbrellas, it was a space that made me so happy. That’s the type of space I want to replicate for our patio. I want to infuse pieces that bring a smile to my face, like this yellow chair and ottoman set, striped chaise loungers, and these chic little lady sunbather pillows. Just hand over a fancy cocktail [umbrella included] and I’m ready to soak up all that summer has to offer.

Becca’s Minimalist Outdoor Update

Large LED Solar Pendant Gray // Fox & Fern Wide Plant Stand // Henning 4pc Patio Conversation Set //  Tilt Outdoor Rug Gray // Outdoor Pouf Natural Woven // Lars 8’x8′ Pergola with Solid Slats Black

So this winter we neglected to put away our patio furniture…oops! The squirrels got to the cushions in early spring, scratching open the fabric and scampering away with mouthfuls of stuffing. So it’s time that we start thinking about a new set up! I picked out a simple and modern furniture set and pergola which are small enough to fit on our little patio, and completed the look with a cute grey rug, some potted plants on stands, and a hanging solar pendant light.


Cassidy’s Boho Natural Outdoor Update

10ct Modern String Lights //  6′ Round Ornate Woven Outdoor Rug //  Ashman Black Bird Feeder Hook //  7″ Wood Bird Feeder Brown //  Sydney Natural Resin Wicker Patio Side Table  // Thermacell Patio Shield Mosquito Repellent //  Vifah Outdoor Eucalyptus Rectangular Dining Table //  Opalhouse 3″ Multi Paint Dripped Floral Oval Planter //  40″ x 38″ Artificial Ruffle Fan Palm in Pot //  Welcome Woven Outdoor Lumbar Decorative Pillow //  Lumbar Outdoor Throw //  Opalhouse Borealis 2pc Patio Papasan Chair & Ottoman Set

We are moving in May and one of the areas I am most excited about is our back patio area! My husband and I love being able to enjoy our meals outside and host patio parties! We have a few pieces for furniture but I definitely wanted to spruce things up, add in a dining table, and of course some cute accessories! I went with some pops of color to give the space a little life and also added a Thermacell mosquito repellent device! I am curious to see if it actually works, but the 1,400+ reviews on Amazon gives me some confidence!

Steph’s Traditional Outdoor Update

20ct Outdoor String Lights G40 Clear Bulbs //  Furmax Metal Dining Chair Indoor //  Buecker Solid Wood Buffet & Console Table  //  Worn Stripe Outdoor Rug // Indoor/Outdoor Wall Light //  Ellison 4 Piece Sectional Seating Sofa Set with Cushions  //  nuLOOM Lefebvre Braided Indoor/Outdoor Rug //  5″ Earthenware Vertical Striped Planter Blue  // Pillow Perfect Outdoor/Indoor Herringbone Slate Lumbar Pillows

Last Fall we started the process of revamping our backyard space. We’ve been enjoying meals at this table on some of the recent warmer days we’ve had. These are many of the items we purchased for our new larger patio, as well as a few other details I’d love to add over the next few months.

Claire’s Transitional Farmhouse Outdoor Update

Metal and Glass Outdoor Lantern Copper //  12″ Artificial Magnolia Mini Wreath //  Keter Eden 70 Gallon Storage Bench Deck Box //  Hello Goodbye Doormat //  Rocksprings 30″ Wide Square Fire Table  //  Tessio 4 Piece Rattan Seating Group with Cushions  // Woooow Artificial Monstera Deliciosa Plant //  Textured Woven Outdoor Throw Pillow Cream //  Stripe Outdoor Lumbar Decorative Pillow Black // Worn Stripe Outdoor Rug 

Last year, I moved into my first apartment of my own! That being said, I’m working with fairly tiny patio space. I’m a firm believer that a small space shouldn’t compromise style. I snagged this patio set last season and it held up well outside all winter [on a covered porch]. Living near the lake, I needed additional seating for hosting as well as more outdoor storage for allllll the gear. Insert my new storage bench. Functional, practical, sold. Whatever size space you’re working with, I’m here to reassure you that a little TLC can bring any area together. If you assemble it [with or without an instruction manual] they will come. And hopefully enjoy a glass of vino and stay awhile!

Hannah’s Classic Modern Outdoor Update

2pc Nested Clay Flower Pot Planter  //  Henning 2pk Patio Club Chair //  Outdoor Deep Seat Pillow Back Cushion  //  Metal Perforated Outdoor Lantern //  Ribbed Polypropylene Floor Planter // Opalhouse 49.5″ Bird of Paradise in White Pot //  Henning Patio Loveseat //  Project 62 Lumbar Duo Stripe Outdoor Pillow  //  Oversize Stripe Outdoor Pouf  //  Tasseled Outdoor Rug Charcoal //  Project 62 Round Wood Burning Fire Pit

We moved into our new, to us, home last year and have been renovating like crazy [inside, outside and everywhere in between]! Now that we have tackled projects we are READY to add some outdoor furniture to our space and host friends and family!! I tend to stick with more neutrals [blacks, tans, whites] and add a little bit of green and color here and there so pieces last and I don’t constantly want something new! Also, WHY is it so hard to just pick one set of furniture when everything is SO stinking cute!

Lauren’s Modern Natural Outdoor Update

TABOR TOOLS Self-Watering Hanging Planter //  Skoog Chevron Patio Dining Chair  //  Scott Living Luxe Brass Metal and Glass Rectangle Lantern  //  Ficus Microphylla Leaf Polyester Wreath  //  Skoog Chevron Wooden Garden Bench  //  Gemmenne Tally Horizontal Lines Throw Pillow  //  Miley Composite Pot Planter //  Steinway Monogram Outdoor Door Mat

We live at the end of a private lane, so our outdoor space gets very few eyes on it, which is probably why we’ve given it no love until recently. Our front porch has a good amount of space and gets afternoon sunshine, but it needs some furniture and decor to make me want to start spending time out there. I love the modern/traditional blend of these items, which works for our country setting, as well as the simple neutral colors. I like to let my florals do the talking when it comes to outdoor color! Next step: convince the husband to let me paint the front door black 😉

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