Well-Traveled Outdoor Space

My thoughts always turn to outdoor spaces the minute the weather starts to warm up. We’re still a little chilly here in Chicago, but it will be nice out soon enough.

I imagine this as a tucked away corner in a lush garden, up against a wall covered by plants growing in wooly pockets. The bench looks weathered and modern at the same time, and I’d use a ceramic garden stool or two as extra seating or a place to set a drink. Candles in lanterns overhead and an outdoor rug define the space and add to the traveled feeling.

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  • Teresa
    May 3, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Oh, this really is a lovely palate…makes me long for an outdoor area! Congrats to Ms. Eleanor on her recent 2nd birthday :)

  • kate so
    May 3, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Love the rug. We have a screened in porch that needs a little attention. The siding is white, the wood surrounding the screens are a deep red, and I’m thinking of painting the floor a nice greige to match the limestone detail we have on the front of the house. The rug might be just what we need.

  • Ryan
    May 3, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    I saw this run in the catalog and fell in love. I wish it came in an indoor version! I considered using it in my dining room, but judging from the close-up photos it’s definitely very outdoor material.

  • homestilo
    May 3, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    This will make for a very exotic corner in Chicago- love it!

  • Holyoke Home
    May 3, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Oh crap.

    Now I have to buy a rug.

    Thanks a lot! <-(totally fake annoyance.)

  • Gwendolyn
    May 3, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Those lanterns are great!

  • Elisa @ What the Vita
    May 3, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    I’ve been drooling over that rug ever since I saw it in the catalog and you’re paired it nicely with all these other things! I bet that rug would look cute even indoors.

  • Marcia V. of Precious Style
    May 3, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Oh yes, I love this concept. The rug, stool, and lanterns are so up my alley.

  • Dayna
    May 3, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    I love the outdoor space you put together! Especially that Ceramic Stool from Overstock.com. Oh how I wish they shipped to Canada. I have been eying that CB2 Casbah rug too and luckily they do ship up North! Hmmm….

  • lauren claire | on the park
    May 3, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Fellow Chicagoan here– I’m glad you’re more optimistic about our weather than I am. All of the warm patches we’ve had here and there have been so cruel, especially with today’s gray chilliness!

    I LOVE that cb2 rug. I’ve actually been thinking about it for our kitchen. We have awful linoleum tile in our rental kitchen, and I want something large enough to cover up the majority of the floor. I’m thinking an outdoor rug would be good for the inevitable cooking spills!

  • Julia
    May 4, 2011 at 3:27 am

    Love love love the bench and the wallypockets! Awesome!

  • Laurendy
    May 4, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Love, love, love that Dextor bench – so much so that I included it in one of my own post. It’s nice to see it in different setting (moodboard-wise, that is)

  • Cat
    May 4, 2011 at 10:23 am

    I LOVE wally pockets. I just ordered a few. SO gorgeous.

  • Ashley @ DesignBuildLove.co
    May 4, 2011 at 12:34 pm


  • jbhat
    May 4, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Very nice. I am picturing all of that on our long front porch. Wonder if that rug comes in runner size.