#DeckTheOutdoors with Wayfair

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It’s only been a week since we chatted about my plans for our barren balcony, but I’m already back and ready to show you the updated space! When Wayfair asked if we wanted to participate in making over an outdoor space, I couldn’t write back “YES, WE ARE IN!” quickly enough. I mean…you guys saw the before pics. It was in need of lots of love and this would give me the kick in the butt to get it done.

Barren patio before the makeover. The only bad part…well it’s April and working on an outdoor space during this snowing-one-day/hot-the-next-day month can be a little challenging. But I’m happy to report it all worked out and the space is done and ready for everyone to see.

Before we get to the goods…let’s refresh our memory with how it looked before. Our boring patio before we did anything fun with it.

And now here it is!Amazing new patio decor from Wayfair!

Our new couch - part of our new patio decor from Wayfair. Check out all those fun throw pillow patterns!Finn & Casey on their balcony among the new patio furniture.

Love this little outdoor lights on our balcony, and the tulips make it feel like spring!The modern wicker furniture is perfect for our balcony setting. I love the greenery and the banana leaf throw pillow!

To say we’re thrilled…would be an understatement. Finn & I are so happy to have a little outdoor oasis. Outdoor space in a city like Chicago is a hot commodity, and even though our little balcony/deck is small…it’s still a nice retreat to get some fresh air. Plus, it sits off our master bedroom, so it’s almost like an extension of that space when it’s nice outside.

Now, let’s discuss all of the goodies we added out here! Here's our classic striped rug we got from Wayfair - the foundation of the space which lets us go crazy with patterned throw pillows.

Let’s start with the rug. Since my initial inspiration was to do black/white/palm print…I knew a classic striped rug would fit the bill. This outdoor Wayfair rug was a great choice for us. We only needed a 5×7 to fit our awkward triangle-shaped balcony, and it fit the wide portion of the deck perfectly. Here's a shot from above! We love the new wicker furniture and striped rug we bought for our balcony from Wayfair.Don't you love this leather sandals?

It’s crisp, clean, and adds a classy touch to the entire space. I highly recommend adding an outdoor rug to your patio. It instantly makes the space feel more complete. Even if you have to get a new one every summer, it’s well worth it! Plus, they’re usually not that expensive so you won’t feel bad getting a fresh one each season.

The "F" throw pillow on the wicker chair is for Finn of course! And how cool is that side table?

Finn and I went back and forth over what kind of furniture to get for the space. We both agreed that we wanted to have as much seating as possible, and we’d prefer a lounge area over a dining area any day. Here we are, loving our new outdoor patio furniture! The couch is comfy and fits our space perfectly.

I’m not a huge fan of the “matchy-matchy” look when it comes to furniture sets and originally went in thinking we’d buy an outdoor couch, and then choose different chairs to accompany it. However, it’s much more economical to go with a set. Seriously…like hundreds of dollars cheaper. So ultimately we decided on a patio set and holy moley..I was eating my words when it came. (Sorry I don’t have a link to the exact set…but this one & this one are both similar) 

The wicker chairs from Wayfair came as part of a set with the couch and table. I thought it was going to be too matchy-matchy, but once we set everything up I realized it was perfect.First of all, I love how petite it is. I was worried that a couch, table, and 2 chairs would overwhelm the space…but these pieces didn’t at all.Our new patio furniture from Wayfair includes a couch, two chairs, a table, some great end tables and many throw pillows. Aren't the wooden legs on our wicker coffee table great? I love how it all looks with the classic striped rug.I also love the sleek wooden legs, and I think it gives it a different, less-bulky feel.The classic look of the rug let us mix and match patterns more freely, like these palm frond and buffalo check pillows!

We went with the color “natural” for the couch & chair cushions and I’m so happy that we did. It looks fresh & beachy, and also allowed me to add more color with pillows.

Speaking of which…And "F" monogrammed throw pillow for Finn.

I love them! This “F” monogrammed pillow is from Wayfair and it’s specifically for outdoor use. Love that it’s okay if it gets a little wet. A palm frond throw pillow with outdoor fabric, perfect for the balcony!The palm print ones are Etsy finds in the size 18×18. Again, I chose an outdoor fabric so they’ll stay nice. Got these palm print frond pillows off Etsy for our new balcony decor!

Since I don’t have much of a green thumb, and these palm plants will surely turn brown soon, I at least have these pillows to add some “greenery” to the space.These palm plants are lovely! I wonder how long they will live on our balcony...

Beautiful tulips for our spring day outside on the balcony! I picked up the white garden stools from HomeGoods and love that they’re so versatile. This amazing white garden stool from Home Goods is so versatile - I love the way it looks as a side table.They work wonderfully as side tables, but can also be used as extra seating when we entertain. Gotta love functional decor. Another shot of my favorite monogrammed "F" pillow! Along with our adorable wicker chair and white garden stool.

The view from a distance of our new balcony furniture!

The string lights are still up, and they’re so pretty at night. We just attached them to the railing using black zip ties. They stayed up all winter long, and still look as good as they did when we hung them last fall! We’re looking forward to lots of warm nights out here with the glow of these bad boys. Love the romantic ambiance they bring to the space.
We attached these little lights with zip ties, and they add so much to the romance of the balcony space!Because it’s only April, I don’t have many plants or flowers out here. But that will soon change! My mom’s rule of thumb is to never plant anything in Chicago until at least Mother’s Day, or else there will be a cold night and your hard work will be ruined. So mid-May, I will get to work adding more fresh blooms & plants to this space. I’m thinking some hanging flower boxes would look really nice along the railings. Plus maybe some big planters to fill in some of the dead space and create more privacy up here. We’ll see how it goes…Finn and I are super happy with our new balcony decor! Can't wait to hang out here all summer long!

And I must let you guys in on a little secret….we actually took all of these photos when it was SNOWING outside! Yes…like legit snow….in April (ohhhhh Chicago.) Surprise! It was snowing when we took these photos of our new patio decor from Wayfair. Can you believe this Chicago weather?Bridget & I kept running inside whenever the flakes would come, and then when it would stop we’d run out, wipe the snow off the sofa, and snap away! Poor Finn was a trooper! We were both freezing in our warm weather wardrobe…but we tried to make the most of it and smile while we froze. Holding the cold lemonade was particularly challenging. Again, “husband of the year” award! You'd never know by how much fun we were having that it's snowing outside!

So let’s hope that we will actually be able to enjoy our new patio when it gets warm & toasty here in the Midwest. Cheers to warm days ahead!



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