outdoor essentials

I debated getting my outdoor furniture from mid level stores like PB, CB, and West Elm. But after weighing the pros and cons, I decided to go with the wallet friendlier option – Ikea. Ikea has some good budget options for outdoor living space. For the cost of a table at say West Elm, I bought tables, chairs, cushions, a bench, lighting and more. $$$ saved which goes towards my next vaca… big smile!  Pics to come once we have it all set up.

If  like me you dont want your home to look like a page from the Ikea catalog, then, you could paint the furniture with waterproof and weather resistant colors to create your own unique look. Or play with outdoor fabric options. Start with a mood board, or tear sheets from your fav magazines. Mix and match. And most important – have fun!

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images: Ikea

PS: I will update this post later with product names and costs.

Backyard Inspiration

Don’t you just love it when a home’s interiors transition effortlessly into functional outdoor spaces?  I am crazy about the homes use their outdoor spaces creatively. Gardens, backyard, patio terraces that facilitate a natural and peaceful place to unwind and socialize. A backyard retreat if you will.

How often do you use your backyard for suppers, weekend brunches, unwinding etc?

Here are some inspiring ideas from Domino mag and Dry Design.

DRY Design

Dry Design

DRY Design

DRY Design

DRY Design

DRY Design

DRY Design

DRY Design

DRY Design

Domino Mag

Domino Mag

Domino Mag

Domino Mag

Happy hump day