However, besides a good cleaning, a few updates were in order. Our old wood table had become wobbly, full of splinters and needed to go. We purchased a new table and 6 chairs.....2 years ago! And, if truth be told, it has been sitting in the garage for as long waiting to be assembled!!! I just figured there was no point while my husband was out of the country.
These days there are tons of styles of outdoor furniture at all price points to choose from. From Target to Janus et Cie. And plenty of choices in between! When it comes to purchasing outdoor furniture my perspective is one based on the reality of the situation. And, my reality is that it didn't make sense to buy expensive furniture for a deck that is so average.
|Janus et Cie-Georgetown store|
I also love rattan and wicker. We've had the rockers (above) for years and I still love them. But, for dining, this time around I really wanted easy maintenance and unlimited mobility. Without any effort or assistance, I wanted to be able to move chairs, tables, pots and umbrella at a moments notice. So aluminum and plenty of items on casters was the decision.
Want to see how stylish Sears has become? Let's see if you agree...
So finally, this past spring everything came out of the boxes. The assembly according to the crew was very easy...
Their supervisor kept a close eye on their work, while she patiently waited for them to clear off the rug...
Everything was wrapped and packed with great care. A repair kit with touch-up paint was included. I was so impressed! Garden Oasis table and 6 chairs ($500 on sale. Originally $850) from Sears!
The seating is crazy comfortable! Especially the 2 end chairs...they swivel and rock!!! I did not care for the rust colored tile on the table top and I can easily and inexpensively switch out the 15 tiles. It also came with a decorative metal inset to hold an umbrella.
I prefer to use a tablecloth most of the time and I like my umbrella to be mobile so here is how the table usually looks:
I purchased the Navarre 8x10 outdoor rug ($170-15% off) in chocolate from Ballard Designs:
Worth Noting: Even when it's not a sunny day as well as at night I always have the umbrella open. It gives your outdoor room atmosphere and intimacy. Think of it as the ceiling! And, truly bigger is better when it comes to umbrellas! Just be sure to purchase a sturdy stand that is weighted. I replaced my old 9 ft Pottery Barn market umbrella with a new gorgeous 11 ft. market umbrella ($160), and a stand ($47) with wheels, both from Costco:
And, from Target came possibly my favorite items. These 2 ottomans ($60 each) are for his & her feet! Not only do they double as extra seating or extra tables with their tray tops, but also can store newspapers, magazines, summer paperback and a throw for chilly evenings!
In addition, we have 4 large aluminum club chairs (I forgot to photo-oops!) with densely padded seats that bounce! They are definitely the favorite seats of family & friends and round out the furniture grouping for our outdoor living room.
I highly recommend the iron plant trolley ($20 each) from Lowe's:
here and wonder why I never did this sooner! It was a terrific starting point for this years update! Last weekend we found a local nursery that carries clay pots identical to the ones we already have. We plan to add 3 more next year for a total of 6 for a really lush feel. Plus they help so much in softening all the siding that graces the back of the house!
Now is the time to plan your outdoor rooms and shop for items...it's all on sale...ready to be stored in your garage! I'll be shopping for a new rug...I'm just not convinced this will look good next year...and besides I'm quite sure I will want to change things up a bit...stripes perhaps?
All photos courtesy of A&A.