HAPPY FRIDAY!!! It's beautiful and sunny outside- what more could you ask for on a Friday in June? We will definitely be BBQing tonight! Summer weekends and beautiful weather always have me thinking about our outdoor space, because we love hosting a good BBQ/pool party (pool parties aren't what they used to be though - ours now consist of water wings, reapplying sunscreen 292187 times and "MOM! WATCH MY BIG JUMP" over and over again). Nonetheless, it's always a great time with family and friends. Since our work doesn't leave room or flexibility for vacations at this point, Kev and I decided we'd love to slowly work on our outdoor space/backyard as a little escape to enjoy right at home. I've also been working on styling our porch area where people come in - but it isn't done yet, so that'll be a post of its own later!
I've been really happy with little improvements we've made this year. Most of the outdoor decor I found this year was from our local Canadian Tire- I find their prices so reasonable, and honestly you don't want to be spending a whole lot on outdoor stuff in my opinion because (especially in the country) it can blow around, and is basically CONSTANTLY covered in bird shit. So without further ado - below are some pictures of our outdoor space in its current state (there are always plans in my head of things to change - but one thing at a time here).
We have a few different focal points in our outdoor space, but of course the seating areas are always big ones. This is normally what our patio set area looks like on a day to day basis (I've styled it a little differently in pictures below as well).
Here's the rundown:
Our patio set is a used set that my mom and dad gave to us!
Outdoor Rug: Wayfair Canada
Table Decor: Canadian Tire
Umbrella: Wayfair Canada
Here's the table styled a little differently, for hosting an event! I LOVE all the colours of these cute place settings! So summery and fun.
Outdoor Dining Set: Wayfair Canada (here's the link - and they're on sale!)
So I don't know about you but gardening is naaaat a strength of mine. I depend on our local garden centre to help me pick pots that are going to work in certain areas. Below, these are ones I picked out for on either side of our patio door, which happens to be under an awning so these are pots with plants that love the shade. I love them, and by the end of the summer they're normally HUGE!
Black Planter Boxes: handmade by my dad, painted by me!
Sunburst Mirror Wall Decor: Canadian Tire
Outdoor Lights: I believe these are from Lowe's Canada- but we put them up quite awhile ago so I can't remember forsure!
Also on our main patio area we have an outdoor fireplace. I'm not sure where it's from, this was generously given to us by a few couples as a wedding gift! It's close to our patio set so that when the get-together moves into the evening (kids are in bed, beverages are flowing, you know the drill) we can start a little fire to provide some heat! It's been awesome to have.
Finally, this year in our pool area, we added some lounge chairs. I am OBSESSED with these. We got an awesome deal on them, and they've been really great to have by the pool to add some extra seating! Also - as I said before - I am not a strong gardener so I stuck to ferns and plants this year. I will do this from here on out, not only because myself and flowers are not friends- but also for the fact that petals don't end up having to be cleaned out of the pool.
Lounge Chairs: Canadian Tire
Outdoor Pillows: Wayfair Canada
Black Bistro Set: Also a wedding gift!
Outdoor Lantern: Canadian Tire
And voila! Our outdoor space! I love it so far, I find it cozy and fun and it brings me happiness. Bring on BBQs, beers, and good memories with friends and family!