Hello everyone! I’m Tucker and this is my first official blog post on my mom’s blog. If you have been following her on facebook or instagram (whatever those are?…) this week you have seen that she is in Chicago. She asked me to walk you through our new outdoor makeover while she is gone.
(The original inspiration and part 1 for this makeover is on the blog here.)
Since we are still fairly new to living in Atlanta, we rent our home. Mom and dad worked hard to find a house with a nice outdoor area and fenced in yard, the fence in my opinion is a bit insulting though…
We have a nice deck off to the side of our house that is perfect for a comfy entertaining space. We started off with a blank slate.
That’s Phoebe, my sister, getting in the way as always.
We added an outdoor rug from One Kings Lane to cover up the deck in desperate need of pressure washing. (As renters we take no responsibility for that…lol)
Then I helped mom place all of the furniture.
Mom loves her some pillows. I prefer when she piles them on the floor.
And voilà! Fancy Fancy. Looks almost too good to curl up on…but I will.
Cushioned ottomans can be great for extra seating and even used as tables. Add a serving tray to give guests an extra place to put their drink…at a perfect height for licking…
AND your ottomans don’t always have to go on the edge or front of your seat. We extended our sectional seating here using one of the ottomans in-between two of the regular seats. This gives guests more usable extended seating.
When you are laying out your ‘room’ indoors or out, think about how people will congregate in the space. Mom added a separate sitting area off to one end of the deck for those more ‘private’ conversations.
I’ll tell you a secret, the photo above is super cool because I am in it. My mom designed these chairs for Lowe’s Home Improvement, named the Tucker Bend Chair…not a coincidence that my name is Tucker too… :)
I am a huge fan of mood lighting outdoors, great to create ambiance and just enough light to spot and chase the squirrels trespassing on our property.
Don’t be afraid to mix it up! Your chairs don’t all need to match. Many of the big box stores are selling their furniture items separately now so you can buy single chairs and tables to mix-n-match. Get creative!
Don’t be afraid to mix your patterns either. I like to pick one pattern that incorporates all the colors I want to use, then build off of that. This suzani print pillow from Crate & Barrel was my main inspiration.
I pulled the navy blue from the ground of the pillow to coordinate with my navy and white rug. The other pillows use navy, teal and chartreuse in their own patterns. I even felt comfortable introducing a funky bug pillow with fuchsia as it’s ground because the chartreuse and teal from the main color palette were already used in the pattern. You don’t want it all to be matchy-matchy, you just want it to coordinate.
I love the grey wicker on this sectional, that and the warm grey cushions make a nice neutral palette to mix all of the different accent colors in with the pillows and accessories for changing seasons. Sectional is from Costco.
Mom designed three of the items in her space, can you guess which ones they are from her portfolio page? I’ll give you a hint, all three are pictured above…
Mom loves bringing in natural elements when she decorates outdoors. You ARE outside after all. ;) Flowers, flowers, flowers are her first choice! And to add a little warmth to the grey pebble coffee table she served some fancy cheese and pitas on a natural edge cheese board. (a wedding gift from my über talented cousin who owns and designs for Wood Studio in Alabama…furniture design runs in our family…)
Now I’m ready for mom be get home so we can enjoy this awesome outdoor room together! ~Woof!