May 29, 2010

Go Figure.


We’ve worked so tirelessly to get the inside of our house feeling good and now all we want to do is go outside.
Summer’s here (ok, maybe not really, but it totally feels like it) and it’s time to break out the sprinkler for the little guys to play in!!  I found this awesome vintage (I think) set of black iron outdoor patio furniture this week at Lucketts and I can’t wait to bring it home in our truck today!!  It’s really not at all like this one from High Society below (it has  much straighter lines)  but its’ the first thing I thought of (and my husband too–  poor guy has an awesome memory & I’ve been filling his head with decorating!!) when I saw the set.
It has kind of a modern retro-chic feeling that will work really well with the exterior of our {not-so-pretty}70s house.  Here’s a photo of it when we first moved in last year. (below)  Enough good things haven’t  been done to it yet to warrant an “after” picture.  (But we have moved the neon playset into a less conspicuous area until we can get the wooden one we’re after, and the tree debris & drain pipe are gone.)
…The back and sides of our house are still beigey/ “nude” (I love to say that about our house…  it cracks me up) while the front is now a rich gray.  (Still??  Yes, still.)
{My little fern hanging on for dear life}

…  I know the neighbors much just love us…  but hopefully they won’t think we’re as worthless as we look once we paint the sides & back of the house as SOON as Dave off of work for the summer.  (High school English teacher 🙂  I can’t wait!!  (Both for summer vacation and a fully-painted house.)

Anyway, the patio set is kind of a combination of these (in black iron) but doesn’t have pillows that we can use:

{vintage set}
{image from Maas Brothers recoating…  It has a simlar ‘X’ back but with a large “O” in the center which is almost exactly the same as the caged lantern in our front entry.  (see photo of entry a few pics up)}
{Crate & Barrel via Hooked on Houses…  It has similar straight, spare lines but it’s black. }
I LOVE its size (a massive 3-seater sofa, a chair and a chaise!!) and it has awesome lines, but the paint is peeling off and of course we need to have cushions made.   I can’t get the High Society cushions off of my mind but might  go with a solid fabric and do pillows.  (I wouldn’t be going pink out there…  but possibly an enlarged “grandma” floral…  I’m also thinking about orange as I love it with the gray on the house…)

We’ve also got plans to work on the shed/ playhouse this weekend…

Below is a photo of the ceiling all primed & ready for paint…
I set up a Facebook Page for Pure Style Home last night & posted a couple more pics of the shed as it is now.  I’m not quite sure how to really work facebook yet but hopefully I’ll get the hang of it.  I’m thinking I will post little updates & progress on projects there.  Not as exciting as “voila” before & afters but I know some of you like to see behind-the-scenes & “progress” pictures.
Hope you have a happy Memorial Day weekend & get a dip in a pool!!!  If you have some time, check out the new facebook page & send me some thought/tips/ideas!!  (I’m so slooooow with computers/ technology!!)  I’d love to know what you’d like to see on there.
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