We salvaged the two chairs by moving them to the front porch, but the sofa was toast. I also accidentally left the cushions out one day and those were chewed on. When it came to choosing new furniture I was at a loss and honestly just plain over it. So, I let my husband decide. He said he wanted adirondack chairs. I regretted letting him choose :) But in the spirit of letting go, I went for it.
Now, there are of course still some things I want to do out here, like putting back up the striped curtains, but wanted to share with you some of the progress.
Obviously the biggest change are the chairs. You guys, I actually love the chairs. They truly are comfy. We went with the Highwood Eco-Friendly Synthetic wood Folding Adirondack Chairs in Coastal Teak from Overstock so they could stand up to the weather and be easily sprayed off to look like new if they got dirty from the dog getting into them. But, I don't think that will be happening anymore. I made him a pretty sweet dog bed he's digging that I'll share later.
Now, I know a rug would ground all the furniture, but I'm not planning on adding one. For the same reason I don't have one in our dining room. As pretty as it would be, it just doesn't make sense at this point in time. Kids are going to spill food on a rug in the dining room and I'm going to be upset. Archer is going to chew up a rug outside and I'm going to be upset. It's just not worth it. I do plan on adding some pillows to the chairs, but those can easily be brought in when we're not using them.
Another change are the plants. The ferns I originally had flanking the fireplace weren't having any of it. It didn't help that I always forgot to water them. I'm trying out these California Elephant Ears that are suppose to be pretty hearty. Finger's crossed!
I also sat some succulents on the DIY coffee table. They serve a purpose much greater than looking pretty. It's to keep Archer off the table. He thought it made the perfect dog bed (you can see scratches in the wood from his nails). This bowl is too heavy for him to nose out of the way and he has stayed off.
So that's where we're at with the patio right now. I think it's actually a really good change! I'll share the finished version when I figure out pillows.
SOURCES: adirondack chairs // DIY outdoor storage coffee table // galvanized planters - IKEA, no longer on their site (similar here) // DIY rope mirror // succulent bowl - Homegoods (similar here)
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