Outdoor spaces are everything to me. So, we built a home that completely focuses on inviting outdoor spaces for early morning coffee and sunset dinner with family and friends. Each space has taken on it’s own personality and has it’s own perks. So, I’m excited to highlight all of them. But, let’s start with the main floor first. This outdoor living space is just outside of the living / kitchen area. There is nothing between the interior and exterior but a sliding glass door that spans the length of the house. So, creating a space that flowed from the inside color wise was important to me.
I gathered inspiration from the 2019 Southern Living idea home on Amelia Island for the dining situation. On a tour to the idea home, I completely fell in love with the idea of having pendant lights over a grand dining table on our front porch. These pendant lights delivered, and y’all…
They are worth every penny.
I’ve said it before, but lighting is the jewelry of the home. So, I knew I wanted a statement piece on our front porch. But, when I ordered these I was a little taken back by the price. However, when I unboxed them, it all made sense. These look like a wood or rattan material but are actually metal covered in a heavy-duty plastic covering. The way they attach to the ceiling was also impressive to me, and provides a very clean professional look for install, unlike some outdoor pendants which are attached by the electrical cord and a hook. I’m in love, and honestly get more compliments about these than most of the items in my home. They are everyone’s fave and at night they really set the mood, with a warm amber light from a vintage bulb I snagged. These were built to last, and I’m excited to have them setting the mood for years to come.
The dining table is Teak & Table. I adore them, and they have amazing customer service. Based in Charleston, you should definitely give their site a visit if you’re in the market for a solid teak table or furniture. Everything I’ve gotten from them has been super study, yet sleek and stylish.
I finalized the outdoor dining space with some Serena and Lily seating. I really love using them for a pop of personailty in the spaces I design, and this collection did not disappoint. The bench is perfect for a tight space and the other chairs provide more comfortable back support for guests who need that. It’s already been used for numerous sunset dinner and late nigh board game sessions.
Next up, I focused on rugs. Rugs really set the vibe for a space, and these did not disappoint. Ruggable is now my new go to, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thrown them in the wash. They make fashionable home decor with little people a success y’all. This pattern was fun and tied in perfectly with the pops of navy in our living / kitchen space.
I snagged pillows for our lounge setting (which sits opposite of the dining table on the front porch) from Amazon and a few throws from Homegoods for chilly nights. The lantern was a local antique store find. This cozy space is absolutely a favorite with guests, and we adore this couch from neighbor. It took a while to put it together, but it was not complicated, and it feels incredibly sturdy. The way it comes packaged, it could be transported to any apartment or rooftop space, which is amazing, and the customer service was above and beyond with them. They even emailed me personally to make sure the couch would fit our porch properly.
The drapes were an unexpected addition, which have made the space even more private and warm. They also block the sun in the afternoons, just creating the most magical spot for a nap! I’m linking them here, because the curtains and rods are both very sturdy and very affordable. I hope that this post inspires you to create an outdoor living space of your own, lighting and all!
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