Can you believe it’s already Labor Day Weekend!? This summer flew by!

Montana loves doing “man” stuff outside like cutting anything with a chainsaw, sleeping on the ground… you get the picture.  I’m outdoorsy in that I like to drink Mojitos on patios.

When we moved in to our house in mid April we immediately set about tearing out ivy that had taken over the fence line, digging up bricks that had been randomly half buried throughout the yard and doing general cleanup. As I’ve mentioned before we have big plans for redoing the patio area in the future when time and budget permit, but in the meantime I wanted to get some outdoor furniture that would fit our lifestyle and we could use now, but also would be nice enough to hold onto after we redo the patio.

We love to entertain at home and usually eat on the couch so decided that a lounge set was probably more practical for us than a table and chairs. We’re fans of eating outside, but unless the chairs are really comfortable, it’s not so great to hang out at a table for hours after you’ve done eating.

My search began in early May for a set that would be high quality, durable, and attractive.  Something like these would be perfect…

Pottery Barn Palmetto All-Weather Wicker

Crate & Barrel Ventura Lounge Collection

Restoration Hardware Majorca Collection

…but then I forgot to mention the last requirement. I didn’t want to spend twice our mortgage payment on some furniture that would sit outside. Seriously? Do people really spend over a grand per chair for their patios?  I must be in the wrong line of work.

So my search focused mainly on craigslist, Target, World Market and Pier 1 for a while. I found a few sets that looked like they might work such as this one from Pier 1:

It was a great price, but I didn’t like that the individual chairs didn’t have armrests. I thought they might be uncomfortable for sitting for long periods of time.

I almost pulled the trigger on this set from Target but was scared off because of the reviews saying that  it had arrive broken and returns were difficult. Love the general look though.

Well, I finally found the perfect set!  I don’t even remember what made me decide to look on Amazon, but wow am I glad I clicked over.  Introducing the new patio! It’s called the Strathwood Griffen All-Weather Wicker Set. The best part was that it’s Prime eligible! That’s right, free 2 day shipping!

Remember when we first moved in and our backyard looked like this?

It’s ok to shield your eyes. I’m so happy those days are behind us. More pretty pictures?

On the left side/corner of the deck are my last remaining veggies from this summer. We got a new addition to our family in June named Thunder and he likes to eat things.  Things = zucchini plants, green bean plants, melon plants, cucumber plants, and spinach. Apparently he doesn’t like Basil, Mint or Lettuce because that’s all he left us. Brat.

The wine barrel table was a gift from our neighbors after we helped them clean up the jungle of fallen trees in their backyard from the Derecho* that came through the Mid Atlantic the last weekend of June.  I asked them where they had purchased the barrel since I am on the lookout for them to build a rain barrel** and they gave us their extra half barrel!

The candles are citronella I found at Home Goods and the pillows are usually on our couches inside but are outdoor pillows from a few years ago at Pottery Barn.

We love it! Here’s hoping the humidty goes away for the fall sooner than later so it’s not so painful to sit outside!


*No joke…I’ve pretty much taken the derecho as a sign from God that he’s cool with us cutting down the trees that used to be in the backyard. That storm was no joke.  All our neighbors called us genius the day after.

**I’m still looking for wine barrels! If you hear of anyone in Northern Virginia selling them for under $200 each let me know! That’s the best price I’ve been able to find so far online.

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  1. I seriously almost bought the Pier 1 set last week, too. I’ll have to check out the ones you ended up with since they sound so great! 🙂

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