25 July 2009

outdoor living

all things outdoors are on our mind, as we are helping a client with a "budget freshen up", of their large classic california bungalow style front porch, just in time for summer entertaining...
we ordered some classic cabana stripe outdoor pillows from pottery barn ($29.00 w/free shipping, m21 couldn't have them made for less- a true bargain), and they will sit on a vintage white wrought iron sofa purchased off craigslist (!), as well as on some inexpensive white adirondack chairs ordered from the home decorators collection (kinda cheaply made, and have some finish problems, but for the price? not so much of an issue).
the house is almost a century old, so we want to keep the styles classic, yet eclectic- kind of a summer house vibe where the furniture is a accumulation of generations, hence the wrought iron/wood mix. the key here, so things don't end up looking all junkedy, is to unify all the disparate styles and materials by keeping the furniture all white, and keeping all the upholstery to a simple, classic white and blue theme.
we are also looking for a chic white and blue outdoor rug- something similar to this striped number from shades of light, but m21 is a bit concerned about about the wide white stripes in a high traffic area (even a scrubbable, hoseable polypropylene rug could look dingy fast), so we'd like something in the white and blue theme, but perhaps with a smaller stripe, or all over navy/white pattern, or best, a varigated blue/white outdoor version of a classic braided rag rug. any readers out there know of some outdoor rug options that might fit the bill?
last, we saw these outdoor sconces from pottery barn that we'd love to use, but unfortunately won't be able to on this project. we think they look far more expensive then their $169.00 price tag, and we love the puddles of light created created by using downlights outdoors (with a low wattage clear incandescent bulb only, please), so we are keeping them on file for the future. we LOVE when a mass marketer like PB gets a look right, bringing style to the masses that looks far more exclusive then it's price tag would indicate. m21 wouldn't blink if he saw these somewhere far more upmarket, like the urban archeology catalog, for many times the price...

speaking of pottery barn, paloma over at la dolce vita, recently had a thought-provoking post on pottery barn bringing "found" vintage items into their mix, as opposed to vintage reproductions. the post and resulting comments are an interesting discussion we thought, so y'all should hop on over and check it out...

7 comments:

Tracy @ comfortandluxury said...

Love those stripedy pillows and am so with you on incandescent bulbs... one of these days I'm pretty sure the light bulb police will be here to fine me. Try frontgate.com for a rug. They have loads of them for outdoors. And I did see Paloma's post on PB... in fact, I commented... and I think you and I pretty much agree about their place in the design food chain. Even my friends who'd NEVER pick up a shelter mag have seen countless PB catalogs so have received a bit of an education by osmosis and the catalog has been a good jumping-off point for discussions about interior design.

Anonymous said...

Hi M21,
Have you tried OutdoorRugsOnly.com? Found a navy braided that might work for you (http://www.outdoorrugsonly.com/detail.asp?id=4975&sku=TO-2250-03&mode=ADD&prc=P000).
JP

Cote de Texas said...

I love PB - the new stuff is great. I really enjoyed Paloma's article too. But still, I enjoy the direction PB is going. And RH too with the new Bobo things (which I just learned from Velvet and Linen that it WAS Bobo! - fabulous, no???)

CSN has those lights for pennies. They are so cute. Hope we get to see the fnished project.

JOni

maison21 said...

tracy- you and i are very much in sync on the pottery barn, no? our industry is kind os built on the idea of exclusivity, so i understand when people poo-poo "for the masses" design, but i think industry insiders don't get that "for the masses" design is like a playground pusher- the first taste is free, but soon you'll be wanting harder and harder stuff, and before you know it you'll be hiring a decorator so your home looks like the one's in the magazines (and catalogs).

thanks for the front gate tip- i'll check them out.

anon/jp, off to check out braided outdoor rugs at outdoorrugsonly.com as i type- thanks!

thanks joni- off to checto k out bobo @velvetandlinen, and CSN to get those lights for pennies!

and yes, i'll snap some pics of the project- i think it will be inspiring for people who are trying to create something on a budget.

Suzy said...

Junkedy - what a great word!

Concrete Halethorpe, MD said...

Love those pillows!

<3 Lindsay

Nichole said...

Nice selection.!! I love outdoor living and always keep my eyes out for such beautiful stuff. Well, I too just got a set of patio furniture from Home Decorators.