Things are finally heating up around here, which means it's time to sit outside with a cup of coffee and a good book! When I first rented my condo, I wasn't too motivated to decorate our back patio/porch. It became a catch-all for random unused items. However, I later purchased the condo, and immediately set about making it my own. I really wanted an outdoor space that was comfortable and cheerful. Outdoor living is fun because you can go extra bright and bold, trying things you may not do indoors. My inspiration was La La Land meets 1950s Palm Springs - which is pretty much how I want my whole life to look lately.
Below are some sad "before" images: basically a gray concrete slab with gray railing, gray wood, and a rocking chair that needed to be put to pasture.
The item that kicked off my design was this hammock chair. I literally scoured every corner of the internet for an affordable hammock chair and this one was shockingly budget-friendly. The only thing is that you will need to purchase hanging rope and hardware separately. Still, I managed to come out spending less than $40 total. It's at just the right height (after several attempts) to comfortably read and gently swing, and I prop my feet up on the woven ottoman that can also double as a drink table.
The next jumping-off point were these amazing chairs from Hobby Lobby that perfectly fulfilled my Palm Springs fantasies.
After that, it was a matter of filling in with pillows, mats, accessories, and plants in the same color scheme. On the plant side, I think my favorite find has to be the tiny pink pineapple from Ikea. I also really love the unique wind chimes I got at a local garden store. My macrame hanging plant, chimes, bright wreath, and zinc house numbers help give the porch life when viewed from the street, and then the comfortable seating arrangements and abundance of plants make it cozy from the inside. Several of these pics are actually from last fall when I first started this project. This summer, I may change up some of the plants and add even more layers to go full 150% La La Land. I'll keep you posted. What are your plans for outdoor decor this season?