Outdoor living: my favorite place to be

For many of us here in the northeast our winter looked something like this:

With a beautiful forecast on tap for the weekend, I'm hoping to spend as much time outside as possible, lounging on our deck. Since my husband built it last spring, it has made our small house feel just a little larger in the warmer months. It's also turned our yard from being a place I dreaded into a haven.

Like any real space, time and budget often dictate how "finished" and pulled together a new space is. The key pieces we purchased immediately were the sofa, cocktail table (Amazon believe it or not), and umbrella (Ace Hardware). I had given my husband the ottomans as a birthday gift and all the other items we already had at the time

The space evolved a bit throughout the summer and fall as the garden filled in. We used it a ton to relax while the kids played, entertain friends and family, enjoy cocktails, casual al fresco dinners and to stargaze.
Since I can never leave well-enough alone, I'd like to help it evolve this summer and 
pull it together even more.

Here' s what's on the list:
  • large candle lanterns to flank the DIY flag I painted (inspired by this post by Emily A. Clark), 
  • two chairs to complement the sofa that are closer in scale to the sofa 
  • an outdoor rug
  •  add more colorful/patterned pillows to the sofa (Insert my husband's eye roll here. I will never have enough pillows.)
  • redesign the firepit area (and get rid of the dilapidated benches surrounding it)
  • add some evergreens to the large pots on the deck
After a quick on-line search, I found a couple of accents that grabbed my attention:

26" Timeless Stainless Lantern, Silver

Pottery Barn


And here's a little preview of what it might look like:

And here are a few items I spied at T.J. Maxx the other day that I'm coveting for cocktails, barbeques and cool nights.

because even in the dog day's of summer, I need a blanket when I curl up on the sofa at night.

these pops of watery turquoise remind me of the ocean and summer skies

I hope you get outside this weekend and enjoy some sunshine and relaxation with your favorite people.  Do you have an outdoor space you love? If you need some help pulling yours together, I'm just an email away.