I gave the deck a sweep, added some stuff we already owned, and threw in some low-maintenance potted blooms. I do not have a green thumb and am incredibly impatient. There's nothing special about our outdoor furniture. I'm sure everyone owns some variation of this set. It was inexpensive, and as long as it can cradle our bums without collapsing, I'm not picky.
Why yes, I was going for the generic Starbucks patio look when we got our umbrella. I adore how it clashes painfully with the seat cushions. But the umbrella was cheap and can crank.
Our guests better appreciate the exhausting 15 minutes of work I put into this space. After getting the deck presentable (not perfect but it'll do in a pinch), I proceeded to devour that bowl of cherries whilst watching Mr. FC mow the lawn. Dude actually loves mowing the lawn. What. That's like saying "I love to vacuum." Weirdo.
Shannon asked: Now, these orbs, do you bring them inside when the party's over or do they stay hanging? I imagine I'd leave them out, then freak hurricane winds would arrive and all of a sudden, crazy glass death-balls would be flinging through the air into my neighbors window. Just curious ;)
@ Shannon: Hi, Shannanigans =] The orbs are glass & defintely a little fragile! I hung them using silver floral-gauge wire from Michael's. It's been slightly breezy here in Colorado, & though they sway a bit, they've held up just fine. However, I'd definitely bring them inside if there was adverse weather. Besides, I get scared when big fragile balls fly at me. OK. Awkward.
Sources:patio set/umbrella: Lowe's
striped cushions: Home Goods ($12/ea)
flowers/plants: Lowe's**(stuff I rummaged up from my "supply closet")**terra cotta pots: our garage
ceramic garden stool: Big Lots, May 2010 ($20)
milkglass bowl: vintage
hanging tealight globes: CB2 ($3.95/ea)
hurricanes: Target, 2009