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May 10, 2021
It’s officially outdoor dining season! When we first moved in last year, I immediately knew I wanted to use our downstairs patio space for outdoor dining. It’s close to the kitchen and since we have two other outdoor spaces upstairs to enjoy for lounging, an outdoor dining set was the perfect solution. I got some gorgeous pieces and it slowly came together…right as the weather started getting cooler. So this year I prioritized putting the finishing touches on the space so it would be ready in time for spring. Luckily the construction on that side of our building has finally been completed and we can now enjoy our outdoor dining decor!
One of the first things we did was add a faux plant wall on the railing. The railing is black and not the cutest, so I just had to cover it. Not to mention the fact that it provides some chic privacy! We also added some white curtains for privacy since there is another building behind us. I searched high and low for some good quality outdoor curtains and finally found these at an incredible price. It seemed too good to be true at first, but they’ve lasted through plenty storms and have held up great! I ended up ordering 8 more for our other balconies! Of course, I had to get a gold rod to hang them and it turned out oh so chic!
Originally, Ryan and I had planned on getting a bar-height dining table for our indoor dining room. We could not find one anywhere, so the compromise was to get one for outside. I came across this beautiful farm-style dining table and fell in love instantly. The on-trend stools matched it perfectly and I unintentionally ended up with a sort of English Garden Party theme as pointed out by my friend Ashley. So I went with that as I continued to decorate the space!
I added the two trellises on the wall last year, but they sat empty for many months. My original plan was to put real plants there, but I very quickly learned that I have a black thumb (rip my poor citrus trees). So instead, I improvised with some faux plants. I added some faux succulents and then gathered all my small pots around the house and filled them with greenery. Since my real lemon tree died, I swapped it with an everlasting faux lemon tree in this gorgeous blue ming planter. Finally, I added some pretty faux florals in the center of the table for a nice pop of spring blue.
Dining outside just makes warm weather that much more enjoyable. I love sipping my morning coffee out here, bringing my computer and working, and of course, dining with my boo. I’m all about that outdoor living after being trapped inside for so long!
How would you style outdoor dining decor?
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Photos by Ryan Carpenter.