Monday, March 8, 2010
As we've had a few days to taste warmer weather, my inspiration came to develop my dream outdoor space. The budget is beyond what I would normally work with, but this is just for fun. It can, of course, be modified to fit a real budget. Here's to warmer days, longer nights, and many memories amongst friends!
My inspiration began with the Andalusia Rug from West Elm, in Horizon. (9'x12' for $649)
As you lay that down, your space is created. No matter what you are working with outdoors, your inspired living has begun in that rectangle. You can and you will fall in love with your outdoor oasis.
I then set up my Riviera Sectional from Pottery Barn, in Stone. (4-piece for $2,092)
I chose the stone colored cushions so I could launch my color use with accents rather than furniture. I may choose a different color pallet in future seasons. This is a contemporary piece that has a depth of warmth because of the inviting cushions.
I also added the matching armless chair. ($349)
I do not always "match" furniture when creating a space. However, this was a great neutral find that still had personality. I will bring other visual interest in by mixing some other furniture and side tables.
In front of the sectional, I would place 2 of the Pottery Barn Capri Coffee Cubes ($299 each). By adding the element of wicker, with this piece, you have the interest of a different texture than the sectional. It is the same rich espresso color, so it does not create a visual conflict.
Topping the sectional and chair, I chose to bring color in by using Sadie Outdoor Pillows and Sunbrella Outdoor Pillows (in Peridot) from Pottery Barn ($32-49 each). I love the yellow from the West Elm rug. As that is grounding our space, it is a launching pad fro color. I will bring in several colors to add life by pulling from the Sadie Pillow pallet. The floral design will give us options.
Off to the side, I added the Portofino 3 piece Bistro Set. It's from Costco Online ($99). This will add functionality in a classy way and enable an eating area on those warm evenings! It is in the same dark espresso as our furniture.
Now to accessorizing!!
I chose to use 2 Gothic Lanterns from Pottery Barn ($269 each). The lines of this piece seemed to mimic the design in our inspiration West Elm Rug. By remembering the design of the grounding element in our room, and repeating it above, it will bring continuity to the space.
There is also the Bristol Floor Lamp from Costco Online ($259).
Flanking either side of the sectional are 2 side tables. The Martini Side Table in Persimmon ($129) and the Rustic Block Side Table in Chocolate ($99) from West Elm add surface and visual interest. By not matching exactly, they add an artistic flare without fighting.
The romance element will be brought in by the candlelight. Contained by the Recycled Glass ($19-39 each) are pillar candles in Pomegranate Quince,Lapsang Tea, and Rosemary. These are West Elm $6 each.
I also displayed candles in the Chloe Lanterns ($65) from Pottery Barn.
While this space is expensive, you can take one idea or multiple for your area. Even just changing up some pillows or adding a few candles can refresh you.
As this was my first time participating...I hope you enjoyed it! Please enjoy all the other participators and a BIG thanks to Sarah for hosting! Check out her blog and enjoy; it's one of my fav's!
This is linking up to Pewter+Sage Mood Board Monday!