Now that the weather in New England is hot and sunny, we're spending a lot of time outside. Since my skintone falls in the pink to very pink spectrum, I try to be in the shade when outside (unless I'm slathering on the SPF 75). Luckily, we have a big covered porch out back. Making this area useable was actually one of my 12 Homey Goals of 2012 - to make an "outdoor living room".
Here's what we started with (photo from December):
We are about halfway to an outdoor living room at this point - we picked up a wicker loveseat and two chairs from CraigsList. It included pillows in a gross, brown pattern. I immediately hit up Fabric.com and searched for outdoor fabric patterns. They had a lot of great patterns, but I found this bright teal geometric fabric and made envelope style pillows...
Colorful update with comfy seating... a great start! Next we need a table for drinks and the days I choose to work from the back porch. I am also thinking about hanging up a curtain behind the loveseat to cover up that ugly steel box (which is the exhaust for the fireplace in our bedroom) and to give the area a more cabana-y feel. I need to get on that in the next few weeks before the leaves start changing and it starts getting cooler. Can anybody else believe it's August already?