Saturday, June 14, 2014

Outdoor Summer Retreat


Though its been in place for a few years now, I haven't officially shared our outdoor summer retreat.  With warmer temperatures upon us, I thought I'd do so now.

Please follow me into the backyard...

First stop is inside the "cabana" for a look at the dining area.
 
I change it often, but right now the table is set in red to coordinate with the cushions on the chairs out on the patio area.
 
 
 
It is fun to have another space to add décor to! You will also notice I like to move the furniture around a lot too!
 
Originally, the decking was only under the cabana-dining-area but 2 years ago, Mr. Delight extended it.
Here's how it looked before.
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Nice but small...
 
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We are glad we expanded the area.
 
 
Last summer, I found these chairs at Home Hardware.  I liked that the footstools fit inside when not in use.  Less of a tripping hazard!
(You can see I was still deciding whether to keep them in this pic by the tag on the side of the table and the wrapping around the legs)
 
The other seating I have are two of these great Adirondack chairs that my dad made for me. I found these brown cushions at Walmart last year. (Eventually, I'd like to paint the chairs a beige or tan colour as I find the white quite stark.)
 
Off to the side of the cabana/patio area, are two zero-gravity chairs which are perfect for relaxing. I love how easy they are to press backward and lounge in and they have a built-in adjustable pillow.
 
Another great addition to our backyard retreat has been this firebowl.
 
At night, it provides great ambiance and warmth.
 
Mr. Delight built a wooden cover for it to keep out the rain and also converts it into a table.
 
Here's how he hid the "mechanics" of it.
When the firebowl is in use, the wood topper is moved to the side table which is covering the propane tank.
 
 
We also like to have some "real" fires and for that, we have a chiminea. It opens on two sides, perfect for roasting wieners and marshmallows! This area is off to the side of the cabana area.
 
Back to the cabana deck area...
 
I'm still debating on getting some kind of outdoor rug here.  We are not going to stain the wood as that gets to be high-maintenance, something we are trying to get away from.  However, we get a lot of rain and I'm just not sure a rug is a good idea.
 

 
Here's a look at the space at night...
 
The white mini-lights and chandelier add a lot of ambiance to the space.
 
With our varying work schedules, it is wonderful that Mr. Delight and I can retreat to our backyard for a mini-vacation on a moment's notice.
 
Even a simple breakie of fruit & yogurt tastes better out here on summer mornings.
Click HERE to see another post about our cabana set for Canada Day.
 
Thanks for visiting!
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14 comments:

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

I love your outdoor retreat. I wished we could have one, but we have the strongest winds at our house. I had a heavy swing in the backyard a few years ago and we had a strong wind come through and it just tumbled over.

Debi Thurow said...

I absolutely love the chairs with the hidden footstool. I would love to have those for my deck. This looks like a wonderful space and I am sure you will enjoy it all summer. Have a great weekend.
Debi

Deb said...

What a great space and ingenious way to work the fire pit!

the cape on the corner said...

what an absolutely wonderful space! i love all the seating options. we just did a patio about the size of our table and chairs, and i am in love with it. it's just been accessorized with a rug and pillows, so you know it feels even snazzier now. enjoy your space!

Judy Biggerstaff said...

I am so glad you shared your outdoor space with us and what a treat. All so relaxing and calming. Perfect place to relax after work or on the weekend. I love the furniture and the footstools and the chairs your Dad made are a treasure.

Alycia Nichols said...

Gee wilikers!!! What a great space to entertain or to just hang out for a mini vacay!!! I agree with you...extending the decking makes a magnanimous difference!!! I would LOVE to have something like this in our back yard space! We just have this huge expanse of grass that has to be mowed and fertilized and dethatched and weeded and...!!! I think we'd much better use of the space like this!

It's great your husband is so handy! That saves a lot of money to spend on other fun things!!!

Pinning!!!

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

great outdoor space!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Such a beautiful outdoor space. I love how you have so much seating and plenty of space to eat also. Very well done. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home said...

You have a wonderful outdoor space! I love your cabana and your two fireplaces...perfection!

Thanks for visiting my blog!
Penny

Pondside said...

What a pretty outdoor space you have! I like the way you've worked the fire pit into the arrangement - very clever!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

I love dining outdoors, and I'm sure your pretty space makes it a favorite of yours, as well. We NEVER tire of spaces to decorate, do we? ;)

Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. Hope to see you each week.

Have a great weekend.
Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

Ivy and Elephants said...

What a fabulous place to retreat! I love it. I would love it if you would share this fab post at our WIW linky party. I hope you can join us!

Paula
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Jenn Lifford said...

What an absolutely beautiful space! Thanks so much for sharing at our Fun in the Sun party. Hope you have a wonderful summer! Pinned! :)

Heather SettingforFour said...

I love your cabana and all of the beautiful decor you added to your outdoor space! Thanks so much for sharing at the Fun in the Sun Linky Party! I featured you today! http://www.settingforfour.com/2014/06/fabulous-diy-home-ideas.html