Some Outdoor Furniture Picks

Thank you so much for all the how-to suggestions. It’s like doing 1/2 of the work for me. Now if i only knew how to use my new fancy camera (or was a normal person who read instructions…..)

In other news its perpetually summer in Los Angeles. When i first moved here from New York i was so bored by it, and now i love it.  Although you NEVER know what month it is, which is a strange feeling.

 My back yard is dying to be re-landscaped (pics to come, but trust me, its sad) and furnished so its on the brain.

I’ll probably end up going with vintage because thats how i roll (and there is a lot of awesome vintage outdoor furniture in Los Angeles) but for those of you who don’t have quite the access, here are some of my favorite online AFFORDABLE outdoor furniture picks.  

This set from West Elm is totally challenging my vintage desires. It’s just so goooood:

Or Here:

It’s half classic windsor chair, half mid-century and for outdoor furniture? its dope.

That bench is supreme ($329) and could live in an entrance inside as well. Link HERE. 

Lets talk more affordable, Ikea:

$59.99 Link, HERE.  These are inspired by mid-century folding chairs, that i love.  Two of these, with a drum table in between them and call it a day.  A summer day. 

Also, i love this chair inside:

I like this one, too for a more comfortable option, but not the biggest fan of the color of the resin rattan:

But for $89.99 you can paint that.  

How do you paint something for outside, you ask? Prime the hell out of it, and then use EXTERIOR paint. I know. Seems way too obvious. But i had to do some outdoor makeovers on a $1000 budget so i wanted to paint terracotta pots a fun color that would last outside. 

So i called my contractor and was like, “What, oh what, do i use to turn interior furniture into exterior furniture?’ and i was expecting a long ass answer about using oil based paint, sanding between coats, sealing with 4 coats of polyurethane and letting it cure for like 4 weeks.  

Instead, the answer was ‘Buy exterior paint.  Then paint it’. (Yes, you should prep it by priming and sanding ideally, depending on the surface). 

So picture this chair in a kelly green, hot pink or navy.  Now you are talking.  Link HERE. 

In general i like most of ikea’s outdoor furniture and for the price, its pretty tempting.  But i need to move on, this isn’t a sponsored post after all.

Oh, you are very cute.  It’s from Gallant and Jones, and the frame is $115, while the fabric sling is $330. But she is pretty adorable, and yes, less affordable but that is a very unique showstopping colorful fabric for that price. That particular pattern will always provoke good memories because i used it in the Glass House challenge on design star as fabric on the walls.  You can also buy its buddy:

OH, but i just found these two patterns as well:

 

Oh mah goodness you are very, very cute. Those pink and white stripes kill me, and i always have a soft spot for anything ‘retro tropical’ (which is why Florence Broadhurst is my favorite wallpaper designer ever).

Link for both all HERE. 

My inner cape codian prepster is loving Lands’ End updated classic adirondack chair in bright colors:

They are $250, and they have accompanying ottomans and also come in yellow and red (and smaller kids versions, too).  Link HERE.  

I shall sit in these whilst wearing tartan, unironically, and sip Sloe gin fizz’s.  

For a cheaper version (that doesn’t quite have as good of a shape) check out Cost Plus’s:

 $99.  Obviously its a massive savings, which is good, but it’s a ‘you get what you pay for’ kind of situation.  

They also have this chair, which is pretty adorable for $16

Stick four of those around a fire pit at a mid-century house and boom.  Cute and Chic. I do want to see this in person to make sure its not really cheap looking, but from a distance the shape and color are good.

And always a favorite, $180 from Two’s Company

One of thse is going inside at the lake house, by the way.  Nothing says ‘fun, casual lake house’ like a hanging chair.  Link HERE. 

Lastly, i love the color of these green outdoor chairs from Crate and Barrel.  $199 each.

Look at it inside, too. 

HERE.

I started shopping for rugs, but got overwhelmed  - there are a lot of good rugs and lighting out there right now for outside so i’ll do a seperate post for that. 

Meanwhile i really want to be here:

Or here:

And here:

Or here:

I mean. 

Question to you:  How do you feel about outdoor furniture inside?  Obviously it has to be the right piece, but i’m pretty pro it…Especially if its vintage wicker/bamboo or metal.  (i’m not talking sofas, just pretty chairs or stools….)

Thoughts?

  1. I love a nice outdoor garden stool indoors. So chic and I'm seeing it everywhere these days!
    Tiffany [thedesignerlifestyle.blogspot.com]

  2. Well, I'm an old sucker for Cape Cod Adirondack furniture in happy colors. I've a friend who painted hers periwinkle – sometimes it looks blue, others a soft purple, but the contrast in her green garden is just darling.
    I like outdoor furniture brought inside, in the right context. It's casual, relaxed, it screams "lazy summer afternoon". I like homes that make one feel relaxed, not worried about a wine stain or two and all uptight and stuffy. Home is home, we live here!

  3. I love outdoor furniture inside! As long as it doesn't have sharp wooden corners. I'm a total clutz and prone to injury. Sadly I seem to have some psychotic squirrels here in Dallas who scratch all my outdoor furniture and rip apart anything soft for their nests. Dumb squirrels.

    Is it wrong of me to give my suggestion for the styling posts on here? I'm late, but my brass bird is ready to go! (He's a hornbill I got for a dollar – his name is Nigel, and he's awesome!) I would love to see styling tips for bedside tables and shelves. Common and boring, I know – but everyone has them and almost everyone has no idea how to style them beautifully. Also, I'm clueless about what to do over my bed. I recently got sick of my generic prints in frames and want something new and different. And 'huge stretch of empty wall' is not the look I'm going for…

  4. I have outdoor furniture on the brain too. I love your inspiration pictures, esp. that west elm set. For this project our budget is small so I bought a wood table from Ikea and found a couple small wood benches on CL and spraypainted them and a couple old outdoor chairs I already had. That will have to do until I find new chairs. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

    Londen

  5. Karen

    At least its not just me who's obsessing about outdoor furniture right now! I just blogged about it on Friday (http://yearofserendipity.wordpress.com/2012/04/06/patio-dreaming-2012-edition/) I had been looking for a year for vintage furniture and had NO luck (that stuff doesn't stand the test of time in New England it seems), so I'm getting new pieces with vintage flare and mixing and matching.
    I noticed the IKEA chairs last week too- if they're as comfortable as they are pretty, I'm adopting a few for my yard. I can't wait to see what you do with your yard!

  6. Ang

    Crate and Barrel totally stole Orblando. Just sayin'.

    I love outdoor furniture inside, and inside furniture outside! Because it's unexpected. And amazing. Can't wait to see the before, during and after of your yard, Emily. Summer garden parties, here we come!

  7. Christa

    I wanted vintage blue fiberglass Bertoia chairs I found on craigslist REAL BAD so I got them and put them on my deck. I wax them with Turtle Wax every 3 months to (hopefully) keep them from rusting. Now I am seeking a good macrame hammock for a shady corner in my yard.

  8. scott

    i LOVE the vintage mix-matched chair shot! the ikea chairs are pretty rad too.

  9. I love this post and all of your outdoor furniture ideas! It's so ironic b/c I got a huge urge to bring my chinese chippendale metal patio set inside to the dining room on Saturday! I felt like I wasn't enjoying it as much outside until the rest of the backyard landscaping/hardscaping etc is complete (which might not be for awhile). I had it powder coated navy a few months ago and love it too much to have it live outside under a cover for so much of it's life. I actually sold my dinette set on Saturday too, so I've pretty much committed to having it stay indoors for a bit.

    Here's a link to the post where I wrote about it; but the room is a LONG WAY from finished!!

    http://www.thesundrenchedbungalow.blogspot.com/2012/04/look-what-made-its-way-inside.html

  10. Terri

    I like those canvas and wood chairs from World Market too and am currently redoing my deck. I looked on their website to find them and was sad to discover that the $16.99 is for the canvas and apparently the actual chair is not for sale anymore. So now I have to find a replacement for the image in my mind. I always get stuck because I have an idea in my head of what I want to find and then can never find it (at least not for a reasonable price). Can't wait to see more outdoor room ideas!

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  13. Sonja

    I love all the chair options you present here. It's great to see the real high quality pieces but also budget friendly options that can be just as nice. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Nice and interesting post. Collection of outdoor furniture is very nice and beautiful, minimalist design that is natural, unique, and very nice to add to a collection of furniture for the garden and outdoors. Nice .. thank you!

  15. This is so beautiful. It's exactly the look I'm going for. Luxury outdoor furniture is a hard thing to find sometimes. I want it to be just the right style but its hard sometimes. My options are so limited sometimes.

  16. Steven Jarris

    Thanks for sharing these pictures. The discount outdoor patio furniture is very valuable to me because I love it! Any salesman can sell them to me for expensive and I still fall for it!

  17. The post is very nice.Really nice outdoor furniture inside. thanks.

  18. Barry

    It is very interesting and helpful blog to find and know more about Online Outdoor Furniture. while i was reading your blog i was really very excited to know more and more about outdoor furniture.

  19. I WAS REALLY AMAZED WITH THE OUTDOOR HANGING BED IDEA. THAT IS SOMETHING I KNOW MY GRAND-DAUGHTER WOULD REALLY ENJOY. IT DOEN'T LOOK LIKE IT WOULD BE VERY HARD TO BUILD.
    THANKS!!!

  20. The West Elm outdoor dining dets are awesome. So classic and southern. I love em. Nice post!

  21. You can find some more ideas by browsing through the collections here http://www.caluco.com/10-collections
    It's stylish and comfortable outdoor furniture that is made of high quality materials and is extremely durable in any weather conditions.