I feel like this post should be titled “Where’s Waldo?”One of my favorite blog readers submitted a request for “ask Cindy” that hit a personal nerve with me. She recently moved and has been struggling to find patio furniture. As most of you know we sold our lake house and our personal home within a week of each other. Our lake house was sold completely furnished including our patio furniture. We did save two beautiful tables that were crafted by our friend Jim. We sold all of the chairs, ditto with our Chualar home except for the small table and four chairs in our new courtyard. Fast forward…I thought no problem, we will buy new chairs when we need them. It turns out they are ridiculously expensive, very hard to come by (most will not arrive until August, September or even October) and there weren’t many that appealed to me. Let’s take a look at what I am buying for my backyard town garden design.
Two things I don’t understand are outdoor swivel chairs (they can be problematic indoors I can only imagine adding saltwater, dirt, and moisture outdoor issues) and completely upholstered furniture that looks just like indoor furniture? Trying to keep an upholstered piece free of dust and dirt? No thank you. I have a hard enough time with my indoor furniture.
As I stated above, we have a beautiful dining table and coffee table that were crafted by our friend Jim. They are rather substantial so I needed chairs that would support the sizes of the two tables. Here is a shot of the dining table at our former lake house. The chairs stayed with the house. I loved the combination of the two but those chairs are not proper outdoor chairs. We took them in and out which worked fine there. In our new digs, I need chairs that can stay out all season and be covered in the winter. (FYI I will be painting the base of these tables a more neutral color).
I really wanted the manchester dining chair from Williams Sonoma Home, but I just couldn’t justify the price or the wait (September).
I liked all of these, from left to right, the frontgate hampton, the crate and barrel abaco , the serena and lily pacifica suzanne kasler for ballard, williams sonoma home san clemente , world market diani, pottery barn palmetto, and wsh armless san clemente. Honestly, I just couldn’t justify the prices since I don’t know if we will be staying here, or where we will be landing. We could live here forever who knows.
SHOP MY FAVORITE OUTDOOR DINING CHAIRS
I ended up going with the World Market Dianion sale for $209. I am very happy with them. I have not had cushions made for them yet, but they are comfortable even without cushions for now. This is a knockoff of the popular South African Malawi chair. I wasn’t crazy about the color black (Target had a natural version earlier in the season but it wasn’t comfortable).
If all of these chairs are too pricey (I think they are), I came up with a list of price-friendly alternatives. All are linked below the graphic.
SHOP CHEAP CHIC OUTDOOR DINING CHAIRS
I like a collected look in my outdoor spaces so I didn’t want a matchy-matchy look. I wanted to purchase two lounge chairs with ottomans. Here is a list of those that I considered. I liked all of these but of course price and delivery time were a big factor in my decision. All chairs are linked below the graphic.
SHOP CHIC OUTDOOR LOUNGE CHAIRS
The winner? The Susanne Kasler Harbour Chair and Ottoman. Ballard gives designers a substantial discount, I LOVE IT, and it is on sale.
Most of the back area is gravel. The gravel area is bordered by Italian cypress and germander on one side, the office area porch, a white border around the house, and the fountain in the center. These chairs will be situated against the garage area on either side of the chunky coffee table with the mirror above. Here is my inspiration board for the area.
SHOP THE TOWN GARDEN INSPIRATION BOARD
I have an old deacon’s bench that I will paint black that will go in front of the office area where I will place some big pillows and some old watering cans. I Like a collected look in my garden as well as my home so I wanted it to coordinate but not have a matchy-matchy look. Hopefully, it will all work out! It is all planted. I will post pictures as soon as everything arrives.
WHEW, this post took a long time to produce! I hope this backyard town garden design may help you source some outdoor garden furniture if you are on the hunt. Trust me I have seen them all! You might also enjoy my post Designing a small town garden here
WHERE TO BUY OUTDOOR FURNITURE AND ACCESSORIES
If money is no object, I think Williams Sonoma Home and Ballard have the best options right now. Ballard has some of its furniture on sale. I am sure WSH will eventually if you are willing to wait.
Have a great weekend! We are getting our sod today yippee! I will be back on Sunday joining Mary Ann and Annie for our Sunday favorites!