This post has been a long time coming…Almost 3 years, actually!  I’m excited to share with you today our Outdoor Living Area.  We are absolutely loving it and are spending so much time outside, we aren’t sure what we did before!

We have been in our home almost 12 years.  Three years ago, we moved out and completely remodeled.  The decor is still a work in progress (probably always will be!).  I’m sharing them with you as I get rooms “completed” like our Family Room.  We created a new deck and living area but didn’t completely furnish or get to the pool and landscape…life, ya know.  This spring we decided now was the time and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the result.

We’ve already hosted 3 “parties” and countless swim dates for the girls and family friends.  Truly, I don’t know why we waited so long.  It has changed a lot of the family dynamic as well.  Everyone spends a lot more time together just hanging outside and swimming almost every day and night.  Funny what the ability to look at a beautiful body of water will do!

The living area is intentionally focused on the fireplace and out door TV.  (Love how I forgot to take the cover off because it had just rained!) We use it almost year-round to watch sporting events and for family movie night.  The chat chairs and large outdoor wicker sectional are just what we wanted for this family spot.  I love the atmosphere provided by the string lights.

One addition we are thinking of making is a huge fan.  We do get a breeze here but keeping the air moving in the heat of the summer would be very nice, too.  In the fall and winter, this is a cozy spot by the fire for s’mores and movies.  The girls love to have friends over to hang out out here, too.

I added this stainless steel professional kitchen prep table as a Bar Table.  It is perfect a drink station and for our ice and drink tubs.  I keep an acrylic drink dispenser filled with iced water with citrus or fruit out here on days we have friends over.  Cute straws make it even more fun.  My girls love to have a few fun drinks to sip while sitting in the shade with friends.  It also makes it feel a bit more like a vacation destination.  I may even add another one of these tables near the grill as a serving table when we have larger get togethers.  It is a steal at $128!

The dining table (similar here) is the center of everything.  You know I love to plan a great menu and grill out.  This concrete topped teak table has really stood the test of time and looks the same as the day it was delivered almost 3 1/2 years ago.  The cantilever umbrella allows us to move it to provide shade on either the table or the second seating area on the deck depending on the sun.  It also doesn’t have to go into the middle of the table and obstruct views.  Setting a pretty outdoor table is fun with this new tableware from Juliska I’ll share soon!

A basket of fluffy towels and another of my favorite non-toxic sunscreens greets guest to remind them to protect their skin!

We also love to play games.  So for Father’s Day, we gave Scott this monogrammed Bocce set and Oversized Lawn Dice.  The guys have had a great time playing while grilling.  I’m thinking of adding cornhole, too!

The adirondack chairs with foot stools under the umbrella offer the perfect place to sit and watch the girls swim.  They are 60% off right now.  I have a pair in the front as well.  I love metal garden stools like this white one and the turquoise stools on the deck.  They are great for extra seating or as a side table for you iced drink.  Speaking of cold drinks, how cute are these personalized cups my BFFs gave us.  CCC is a bit of an inside joke…this certainly isn’t a country club but it’s our little slice of outdoor heaven.

I hope you enjoyed this tour of our outdoor living space.  If I’ve not answered all off your questions, please ask away in the comments below.  Writing this makes me realize that I need to do a post on the before and after of each room of our home with all the resources because I get so many questions about paint colors, hardware and other details.  Look for those coming soon!

Happy Weekend!

xo

Alicia

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Special Color Notes:

Outdoor Wicker Color – Driftwood

Sofa and Chair Cushions – Sunbrella Natural with Charcoal piping

Accent Pillows and Umbrella over Adirondacks – Sunbrella Aruba

Cantilever Umbrella – Sunbrella Cast Silver

Tableware c/o Juliska

Photos by Mary Summers-Hafner

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