During college I spent summers on Martha’s Vineyard, in Massachusetts. Memorial Day was always the unofficial start to the island’s busy season. Shops opened their doors, restaurants sat alfresco, and the ferry boats were chock full of summer residents and tourists alike. Now, as Californians, Max and I are instead preparing for June gloom. While our summer weather may start a tad later than that of New England, knowing we have an outdoor space ready to go makes it worth the wait. For those overwhelmed by June’s presence, I’ve included a look into our outdoor plans, in hopes it will help you make the most of the summer months ahead!
Before: The outdoor dining.
Before: The existing hanging chair inspired our design for the outdoor lounge area.
Before: The previous tenants transplanted their garden, leaving Max and I with a blank slate.
Knowing we wanted to hang an outdoor chair and having decided on the general layout of the space, I went on a bit of a shopping spree at Wayfair, one of my go-to decor sites. With a tight deadline of when I wanted the outdoor space resolved, Wayfair’s quick shipping made the process a breeze. I don’t know how they pull it off, when even Amazon is guilty of taking six days to ship two-day prime.
Sofa — Wayfair // Coffee Table — CB2 // Striped Pillow — Wayfair // Diamond Pillow — Wayfair // Hanging Chairs — Candelabra // Folding Chairs — Serena & Lily // Outdoor Rug — Wayfair // Dining Table — Ikea // White Papasan Chairs — Wayfair // Teak Stools — Wayfair // Vase — Rejuvenation
After drooling over these inspiration images from Sarah Sherman Samuel, I incorporated layers of texture into the design; making the space feel stylish yet lived in. I chose furniture in a coherent palette so pieces are more versatile and won’t feel hodgepodge’d together if/when I choose to switch up the layout. I am a habitual furniture rearrange-er, much to Max’s chagrin. Thankfully, he’s usually on board when all is said and done. Change is good and moving furniture is the most affordable way to achieve it. I would add it is also the easiest way, but seeing as I usually make Max do the heavy lifting, he may not agree with that statement.
Be sure to check back for the full reveal of the decorated outdoor space, including the changes I made to the original plan. Have any of you undergone a recent renovation or decorated an outdoor space? I’d love to see and hear about your favorite resources! Link to it in the comments below.
Special thanks to Wayfair for gifting some of the product that made my outdoor dreams possible.