12 Jun 2013

SUMMER PATIO - DINING AREA

We had lovely weather this past weekend and managed to finally get our outdoor dining and seating areas completed thanks to a great sale and our dining chairs being back in stock.  I got a little carried away with my photo taking so I had to divide the reveal into two parts so not to overwhelm you with all the pictures.  First off is the outdoor dining area!  

Some background on our deck:  The deck is pretty big.  It's approximately 16' x 40' (that's almost the size of our first condo in the city!). We have a sectional, lounge chair, barbecue and a table for 8 and still have room for Little Pilot to drive his Little Tikes Car around.  The deck was already there when we purchased the house, but was painted a dark grey-blue colour.  We sanded and re-stained it the first summer we lived here.  The colour we used was called "woodpecker" from C2 paints (opaque stain).  I chose the colour based on the bark of our walnut tree.  There's a bench that wraps around the entire deck and we painted the bench supports in a slightly lighter colour.  Oh, and, yes, that is a huge metal pole on one end that holds the laundry line.  It was like that when we bought the house and we left it since I love to hang my laundry to dry.  It's one of my favourite things to do for some reason?!

So now that you know all about our deck, let's look at the fun stuff. :)  This is our outdoor dining table.  Tech Guy built the cedar table for me last year.  We really couldn't find a patio table that was large enough and really had to make our own.  The chairs are all from Ikea.  We had the two end chairs already, but were waiting for the Urban chairs to come back in stock and were finally able to pick them up this past weekend. Yay!

The great sale that I mentioned at the beginning of the post was at Target  (50% off pretty much everything for outside).   That's where we were able to get the much needed umbrella and a bunch of throw pillows.  The price really couldn't be beat for the size and quality of the umbrella so I decided to go with it despite it being a non-neutral colour (i.e., minty aqua).  The umbrella along with some black and white yard sale pillows I already had dictated the colour scheme: black and white with accents of mint and yellow.  I'm really happy with how the dining area turned out and love the simple, clean lines of the chairs with the more rustic cedar table.  I think I will just let you take a peek at some of the gazillion photos I took and try to list the sources for everything I can remember at the end of the post.  Enjoy!

Little Pilot loves to entertain and he is always the first one at the table inviting everyone to come and eat.  I think he would love some company at his new dining area!

Sources 

Dining Table:  DIY from this plan
End Chairs:  Ikea
Side Chairs:  Ikea
Ikat Pillow:  Target
Flower Pillow(on lounge chair):  Target
Striped pillow:  made by me from a yard sale table cloth
Glasses:  Iittala Aino Aalto (I got mine here)
Tray:  Marimekko Unikko from HomeSense
Vase: Vintage
Plates and Napkins:  Marimekko Unikko and Kaivo patterns from Crate and Barrel last summer

Here's a sneak peek of the seating area which I am hoping to post tomorrow. 

Don't forget to come back now! :)

30 comments:

  1. OH ANU! This looks gorgeous! The whole thing together is so lovely! You really have an eye for these kinds of things. I love the big sunbrella in mint! I absolutely adore the table your husband built. and the chairs go so well with it even though they are completely different from the rustic look of the table. I guess I'm going to ask you over for a little holiday when it comes time to do something to our stuff. :D Beautiful! And YES putting your laundry to dry outside is one of my favorite things as well. I just don't have the chance or place here. I especially miss hanging our sheets to dry outside. I also have matontamppausteline (the rug beating stand) all Finns have but it's in pieces in the basement as I cannot put it outside here (stupid condo rules).

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    1. Thanks Ina! I would love to come for a holiday down your way anytime. :) And how lucky are you to have a matontamppausteline. We just drape the rugs, etc. over the banister on my mom's deck and give them a good "beating". :)

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  2. WOW it looks absolutely beautiful!!! I love your table and I love that clothes line on the wheel too. The umbrella is just such a great color for everything and those pillows. Love it all!
    I am up to my eyeballs over here sewing up pillows for my own outdoor space. Can't wait to be done :)

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    1. I love the clothes line too. :) I only sewed a couple of pillows for our deck. Can't wait to see all the sewing you've been up to!

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  3. So awesome! I'd be having dinner outside everyday! We're in the middle of building a deck almost the same size-now I'm even more excited about it :)

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    1. Oh, I can't wait to see your deck! We love our big deck. It's great with the little ones.

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  4. I love your deck! Your table and deck are to die for! I am totally loving that shade! The colour is fantastic! I can't wait for tomorrow's post!

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    1. Thanks Kathryn. :) I'm glad that we built our own table so we could get one large enough.

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  5. gorgeous! I love the mix of blues, with your gray deck and the natural cedar table. can't wait to see the rest!

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    1. Thanks so much! The blues were a bit of a happy accident after we decided on the umbrella. I was a little nervous at first with the umbrella being so blue/minty, but I think it worked out okay in the end.

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  6. Looks fantastic! Bravo. Love that table too. Michelle Hinckley @ 4men1lady.com

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  7. Patio dining is the best way to eat!

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    1. The boys really enjoy eating outside. Little Pilot, especially, finds it exciting. It keeps my dining room a little tidier as well . :)

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  8. what a great space! looks like such a fun place to hang out...and I love the color of the umbrella!

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    1. Thanks Gretchen. We have really enjoyed now that the space feels a little more complete. The umbrella casts a bit of a blue glow into our kitchen through the window which is fun too. :)

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  9. Beautiful! New follower here!

    Hugs!
    LBDH

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. So glad to have you follow along. :)

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  10. This space is fantastic. Of course your little one is the perfect accessory! Great job!

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    1. Thanks Heather. I'd have to agree that my little guy is just the right accessory. :)

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  11. Gorgeous! I love the wood table surrounded by white chairs. My favorite is the Ikea end chairs. Well done!

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    1. Thanks Jackie. I wasn't sure if the table would be too rustic for our tastes, but I think the white chairs really make the space look more modern.

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  12. It looks so, so beautiful! I love the colors you chose! {Looks like your little guy loves it too!} I popped over from Tatertots and Jello--thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

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  13. What a gorgeous space-gorgeous pictures too! I am sure you will enjoy that lovely area for many years to come.

    I just popped by via Monday Funday. Please drop by if you have a chance a Say G'day!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz
    www.natashainoz.com

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  14. Your patio came together beautifully!! I love the gray and white with the little pops of color. And the table provides great interest in tone.
    Thanks for linking up at Monday Funday Party!
    Wishing you An Extraordinary Day!

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  15. Leave it to Threshold to make a minty blue umbrella. Gorgeous. Love it.
    - Lora @ Craftivity Designs

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  16. I love everything about this!! SO inviting and pretty :)

    I've featured you today: http://www.52mantels.com/2013/06/summer-ideas-recipes.html

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  17. Everything looks amazing, Anu! You are so good at styling and that DIY table? Gorgeous! I'm including a link back in Monday's DIY highlights. :) Thanks for sharing your creativity!

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  18. Anu , love your blog ! I envisioned our outdoor space exactly the same as yours before even i saw it :) . love love love it :) Can you share how the table is holding up and how do you save it from extreme weather conditions ? You do an awesome job with all the spaces in your home !

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    1. Hi Dee, the table is made from cedar and we left it untreated since we were hoping for it to weather into a grey colour. It has held up really well so far. It was left outside over the winter last year and did fine. One thing that I need to be careful of in our yard is all the walnuts - their oil tends to stain anything they land on (deck, table, etc.) The power washer was great for getting the leaf/walnut stains off.

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