Outdoor furniture faves

Well the children and I have moved out of the “new old house” and it has been exhausting but good. Thank you for your prayers and support. Please keep lifting up my boys, especially my oldest.  Change is hard for a first born! But for now let’s talk something fun!

Our new home has a HUGE deck that is uncovered and a large front porch so like many of you do this time of year, I have been scouring the Outdoor furniture tab on many online sites comparing and contrasting the offerings.  And they are vast aren’t they?  And often expensive.  These are some of my faves!  Even the budget alternatives can really add up when you need 6-8 chairs etc but look what I found at Overstock and World Market!

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I just love the woven french bistro chairs.  I have sourced them to several wholesalers and craftsmen and the wholesale resources on these chairs will blow your mind with the choices and color offerings, and price.  They are not cheap but if you want the real deal look at TK Collections and others.  Or Serena and Lily has a great option in this look…but my budget is more overstock at the moment and these gray and red ones pictured above are Safaviah on overstock or wayfair.  I have heard people say they are finding these chairs at TJMAXX and Marshalls too…its a hot trend but a french classic. I love the bistro chairs paired with the red picnic table from World Market…it has matching benches and folds down for storage…no assembly either! holla! (yep i just said holla)..I have white adirondacks I need to sand and repaint. Nothing more outdoor classic and American than an adirondack chair..love them in mass and in all colors. And I am loving my favorite Les Indiennes print (elise) with this look though they are not outdoor pillows, I do have some that have been “loved a lot” that might work outside some or some cushions out of Ikea’s gray buffalo check.  Speaking of IKEA, this ad cracks me up.  Maybe its just my current situation but this ad makes me laugh.

Why yes IKEA, life is about impromptu gatherings where I just happen to have made scalloped table runners out of your black buffalo check and cut strips of fabric into a canopy! What is funny is I do have a scalloped white pleather tablecloth for an IKEA docksta table that Laura at LS Slips made for me..but it wasn’t impromptu lol!

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Kidding aside I do love that Sundero table shown above..its so cute with the little benches and the ENTIRE SET all together of course, which adds up to over $700..the chairs have a cute adirondack craftsmen look. And the grayish tone is nice. I just want IKEA outdoor furniture to be less than $700 you know.  But that is a lot of pieces for the price.

More loves from World Market, IKEA and Stars Over Texas!

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I also like the Sundero coupled with the gray outdoor wicker chair from World Market.  The little bistro set above from IKEA is VERY affordable and cute! Just a classic bistro look.  Coupled with a flag holder from Jimmy Don and you are ready for impromptu gatherings;;  Seriously, the pipe and wood outdoor table and bench top left (the KAIRI table) above is from World Market is very reasonable for what you get ..and they will have an outdoor sale soon I think if they don’t run out;;

A few more IKEA faves that would also work indoors.  These top chairs are so chic! And the white wicker below is much cuter in person.  The red bistro table needs no comment its just cute cute cute.

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So there you go?  Where have you found some good outdoor pieces? Have you used any of the above and have any reviews on how they have held up?  Enjoy this gorgeous spring weather and “impromptu gatherings!”;;

Oh and IKEA and World Market did not sponsor this post;

BEVOLO lights in NOLA

I have been obsessed with lanterns for ages and Bevolo in New Orleans (NOLA;;) has been making them since 1945!  That is good enough for me.  To me they are the standard for the best Southern lanterns and while I typically envision them in gas I am learning they can also do electric for inside over islands or dining tables or if you don’t want to install gas on your porch.

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My client Marla and I had a time trying to park to go into their neighboring stores on Royal St (they also have a store out in Mandeville) but it was worth the effort.  Their two storefronts side by side..one is a store and one is more of a showroom. Both charming and wonderful!

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Don’t go to their corporate office on Conti Street (though I am sure they are plenty  nice there too)…Of course most of the old buildings in NOLA go through to a courtyard and “way back” to little secret rooms and gardens to reveal treasures, Bevolo’s stores are no exception. You walk in off street through both store fronts to a courtyard and then back rooms..in the one store its more lighting and antiques…

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Wow that oval table! And notice they have other lighting not just lanterns, not sure how much of it was lighting they make and how much of it was antique lighting that has been reworked, but I did notice they make their own barn light! Would be nice if you wanted the copper finishes to all match on your house..maybe barnlights in back or on garage. I also loved the ceiling in this room..so cozy with all of the warm light.

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This pile of copper perfection was back near the front with books, and gifts, and antiques and other lighting.

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The store next door is a showroom and I love how they did it, Bevolo has displayed each of their lantern styles on a brick wall so you can see the mounts and how they will look.  You can also send them a photo of your house and they work with architects, home builders and designers to choose the best style and size for each home.  They are experts. They also show examples in the store and showroom of hanging lights and electric, etc.  If you are considering investing in them its really worth it to go to the showroom if possible. So glad I finally got to visit!

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When you back through the courtyard of this showroom space there is a workshop with a craftsman making lanterns and showing the process..fascinating to see how they are made and the care taken with each piece.

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And his workbench is wonderful huh! Love the framed photo of FDR!

Also notice how shiny the copper is compared to this photo below and to some of the other photos…it darkens and can take on a greenish patina but mostly just darkens I believe?

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Do you have Bevolo or copper lanterns?  How has the patina progressed in your climate??? Thanks again Marla and Rachel for making this visit to NOLA possible, I enjoyed being with your and seeing this showroom so much!

{This is not a sponsored post;; I just love wonderful American made products and Southern traditions!}

 

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