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Let’s Do Whimsical Outdoor Dining

“Whimsical.” I resisted that descriptor for a long time, but you know what? A little whimsy is fun! I’m embracing it.

I’ve been noticing several styles of fanciful outdoor dining chairs lately. Sort of a modern take on the ornate cast iron Victorian garden furniture, and I’m into them. So let’s play a little game! Which table, chairs, and planters would you pair together for a whimsical outdoor dining space? I’ll show you my choices below.

Whimsical Outdoor Dining Spacea

  1. Kronos Planters, CB2

  2. Blue and White Chinoiserie Planter, Ballard Designs

  3. Peacock Outdoor Dining Chair, CB2

  4. Swoop Black Outdoor Dining Chair, CB2

  5. Treviso Outdoor Round Dining Table, Arhaus

  6. Bombay Outdoors Sherborne Dining Table, Overstock.com

  7. Sayulita Dining Table, Pottery Barn

  8. Askholmen Flower Box, IKEA

  9. Concrete Fluted Planters, Pottery Barn

  10. Nola Black Scroll Dining Chairs, Pier 1

  11. Läckö Dining Chair, IKEA

  12. Suzanne Kasler Orleans Round Pedestal Dining Table, Ballard Designs

  13. Sand Ball Planters, Crate & Barrel

  14. Clinton Planter, Rejuvenation

  15. Lulu Planter, Grandin Road

Ready to see which ones I’d pull together, along with the accessories? Here we go…


From above, I’d pair numbers 3, 6, 9, and 11 (renumbered below to make things extra confusing). I love the look of both CB2 chairs together (numbers 3 and 4, and also the featured image), but I wish the more simplified version was armless, so I’d go with IKEA’s Läckö chairs along the sides. Bonus: that combination lowers the price substantially at $30/chair instead of $269! More money in the budget for pretty string lights, I say.

Whimsical Outdoor Dining

  1. Concrete Fluted Planters, Pottery Barn

  2. Cargo String Lights, Rejuvenation

  3. Bombay Outdoors Sherborne Dining Table, Overstock.com

  4. Peacock Outdoor Dining Chair, CB2

  5. Läckö Dining Chair, IKEA

  6. Blush Pink Cafeteria Tray, Schoolhouse Electric

  7. Tablecloth Bagatelle, Roberta Roller Rabbit

  8. Roz Small Pink Planter, CB2

  9. Galvin Black Flatware, Unison

  10. Intagande Light Pink Glass, IKEA

Which ones were your favorites? Tell me in the comments!

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6 Comments

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    Jessibee
    May 1, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    I would do 7, 9 and 11. I’d like to do 4 but you said it…arms! I love those concrete planters!

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    AshleyM
    May 2, 2017 at 1:51 am

    Not so whimsical, but I picked up those pink glasses at IKEA and I almost couldn’t put them down. Sometimes IKEA makes a product that just brings me so joy, and those glasses are on that short list.

    I also love that black and white planter! So great!

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    Laura
    May 2, 2017 at 9:29 am

    2, 7, 11. I like pattern and color, but not overly ornate things. I’m definitely not into Victorian, although I love seeing what you do with your home.

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    Danielle
    May 2, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    This feels like something out of a secret garden!! 4, 7, 15 are big favorites, but it was hard to choose!

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    Lini Antony
    May 15, 2017 at 4:19 am

    I would like to do 13 and 14.

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    HomesAndWeddings
    June 29, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    3, 4 and 11. Gosh these are cute.

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