Welcome back my friends. I apologize for being absent the last few weeks, unfortunately my blogging has taken a back seat to life. It’s been a crazy year so far and it’s only April!
I lost my Dad in February and things have been tough. Such a tragic event threw me for a real loop and I found myself severely depressed. I am feeling better now and started an unconventional treatment for my depression. You can learn all about it on my Instagram stories as I detail my journey.
But enough about me, let’s talk about summer! Warm weather, drinks on the patio, soaking up sun by the pool, backyard barbecues, and good old relaxing and having fun with family and friends.
As you know, our backyard project is still going on…yup…not done yet! I mean it’s only been a year 🤦♀️ but I do see the end in sight. Up to this point, it’s been hard to really think about the fun stuff like using the space. I have been up to my eyeballs dealing with this never ending project. BUT, in the end I do believe it will be fabulous and worth all the frustration 🙂
Best Time to Order Outdoor Furniture
Let’s talk about outdoor furniture. The time to order outdoor furniture is now. The back log on new production of outdoor furniture is getting ridiculous, the supply chain is still not back to pre COVID days. Goods are getting more expensive and taking longer to manufacture. If you see a deal, grab it. If you see a sale and the item is in stock, take it. I can’t stress this enough..the wait is long and items are going quickly!
The season for outdoor living in our region is short, mainly late April through September. I have been looking and researching outdoor furniture for a while and have a pretty good idea of the direction I want to go. Let me show you…
Pool House Design Board
Design boards always help me make informed decisions whenever I am planning a new space. Visually seeing all the items on a mood board is so helpful for planning purposes.
I am basing my design around a black and white theme and these are the items I am considering and have already purchased many from Arhaus.
Sofa/Chairs/Rug/Swing/Coffee Table/Planter/Pillow(similar)/Hydrangea Tree/Coffee Table Bowl/Chandelier(similar)
Real Life Samples of Fabrics and Materials to Take Home
Whenever I am designing a space, I like to see the materials in real life…if possible. Taking a piece of our travertine to Arhaus helps to match up colors and textures. You are also allowed to check the items out and take them home for a few days which was helpful to put the items against the color of paint we will be using in the pool house.
Trying to decide between these two neutrals was tough. They both work with the stone but the fabric on the right was softer than the fabric on the left.
Even though the fabric on the left is a exact match with the stone, I chose the softer fabric for our sofa and chairs.
The rug is also a wonderful match and incorporates all the colors I want in the design.
Pool Deck Design Board
The area in front of the pool house will be left open for lounging chaises and umbrellas. This umbrella is 11 feet wide, enough to shade 2 lounge chairs. I love the scalloped design and the contrast of a black umbrella with white chaises. A small side table will be perfect to hold drinks and snacks.
I am leaving the walkway on each side of the pool open. Perhaps we will utilize the space for planters or lanterns lining the way…still working on the landscape design.
What do you think?
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6 thoughts on “Pool House and Patio Furniture Design Inspiration”
These are great and beautiful choices, Denise! It’s going to be gorgeous. I love the black and white. I found adding some pops of yellow with pillows and towels, made a pleasant addition to my similar color scheme.
The scalloped edging on your umbrellas is a perfect addition. Beware that the bigger the umbrella, the more likely it will topple over when the slightest breeze blows! I’ve already invested a small fortune in weighted umbrella bases.
Your magnificent pool area will make for a summer filled with enjoyment and celebration with your sweet family and friends.
Thank you so very much! I really love the black and white theme and you’re right yellow would be fabulous with the color scheme. I was a bit worried when I ordered the umbrellas because I did have a smilier issue before with very large umbrellas. I am hoping the 150 lb base will be sufficient to hold it…but it could be a problem for sure. Looking forward to the job being done! I’m so over dealing with all the issues and can’t wait for everyone to be out of my yard! Thank you for commenting, so sweet of you!
I’m sorry to hear about your dad, Denise. I remember you posting that both your parents had come down with COVID and then you didn’t post much for awhile, so I wondered…. Thinking of you and your family. Sorry I’m of no help with the pool house stuff.
Hi Joni, very tough time for me. Thank you for your thoughts and always your kindness. Hope you’re doing well!
Thinking of you Denise and your family. Yes fine here, getting my first shot next week….but we are in provincial lockdown again as cases are skyrocketing here.
Oh no! Sorry to hear that, hope you start trending downwards very soon! Good for you! I just got my first dose too, nice to know I will be fully protected very soon. Take care of yourself Joni