Our Back Patio Brings Exactly Two Boys to the Yard.

At last! Our back patio. The post on our back patio. My back patio post.

Our Back Patio with Article! / Bev Cooks

I’ve been soooo excited to share all of the beautiful outdoor furniture pieces and patio accessories that my lover Article gifted us last month. You know I wanted to get this up earlier, but it’s been raining for 57 months straight, so I had to wait for that TINY SLIVER of time to get out and photograph it all before the monsoons come again. Which is now until the end of time apparently.

Let’s talk about outdoor living and style and all the things! And how I style (do I sound like a d-bag saying that?) my patio space, because it’s TINY, and I desperately need it to feel somewhere between the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, and your grandma Gladys’ sun room. And we’ll get there. It’s only May, so chill your face.

Our Back Patio with Article! / Bev Cooks

This is my view 96% of my spring, summer and fall life. When it’s not raining. Don’t hate me.

Our Back Patio with Article! / Bev Cooks

Let’s start with the table and chairs! That TABLE, every time I look at it I weep. It’s called Teaka, and it’s certified teak with zero chemical sealants. I looooove the light, faded wood tone. When it rains it has a warmer, deeper color, which is stunning, too. And it SMELLS good. Maybe that’s just in my head.

Before this table, you might remember I had a darker wooden patio table with a hole in the center for an umbrella. This table doesn’t have a hole in the center, so remember that if you need shade. But under this pergola that Aaron built last summer? GOOD LAWDY LOU, I die. Just perfection.

(However, Article does carry umbrellas and umbrella stands, if you’re in need.)

Our Back Patio with Article! / Bev Cooks

And the chairs. They’re steel, yes, but not metal-y! They’re called Caya Dining Chairs in Dahlia white and I’m OBSESSED with their clean, polished, but breezy patio look.

When Aaron sat down in one the first time he goes, “Okay yes. These are real. Heavy duty. But still easy to move around. I’m gonna love these. You look radiant by the way.”

Just kidding on that last part.

I put simple white cushions on mine, just to soften up the look, but honestly they’re boom dig without. If you’re into sheepskin pads, they’ve got these!

Our Back Patio with Article! / Bev Cooks

And we need to discuss these mustard ottomans.




I didn’t realize I needed patio ottomans in my life until I rested my legs on one to read a book outside I nearly bawled my face off with glee. And they’re weather resistant! And the kids are obsessed. Win.

And I love little cozy accents like a soft ALPACA throw on an outdoor sofa. And while I don’t typically go for darker, bolder colors, I actually think it works with all the softer neutral tones. LOOK AT ME ALL DESIGNERY LIKE. (in my head)

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Okay so this was morning time ^^. And you can’t see it with the naked eye, but the sun’s about to come up just over the trees in the upper right hand corner of this photo, and the light was so soft and warm and glowy and I had to photograph it! (<—said like Julie Andrews when she’s telling the Reverend Mother how the mountains were calling to her and she just had to be a part of it! Just like that. I’m sure you got that.)

Our Back Patio with Article! / Bev Cooks

Let’s talk about this baw-daw lantern. You know mood is essential to any outdoor living. GIVE ME MOOD OR GIVE ME NUTTIN’. (I’m not yelling at you.)

This is the Bori Natural Lantern and I.just.love.it. It’s a stylish rattan weave (which is so hot right now) and you can move it around any-old-where you want! Hang it. Place it on the ground. Take it with you in the yard. Take it with you in the bathroom. Listen, you do you.

It’s battery operated also, hollaaaaa.

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Here I am doing what I do. Pouring rosé. Lord help us all.

So I want to talk a little bit about color. (don’t x out!) I’m personally a fan of warm, earthy monochromatic tones. I want the overall look to flow, but still have a bit of whimsy and quaintness to it. (seriously don’t x out!) So when I look for planters and table accents, like at thrift stores and estate sales and garden centers, I like to find pieces with a matte finish. Nothing overly shiny. Unless it’s a worn brass or gold. Or a tiny pop of shine here and there. It has to be just right. I’m picky about shine, leave me alone!

Our Back Patio with Article! / Bev Cooks

And you can’t evaaaah go wrong with wooden stools outside. This one is the Tana Stool and it totally matches the Teaka table and I cry.

I put it right next to the pergola beam because it offers some height dimension for all my plants. You know me and plants. GIVE ME PLANTS OR GIVE ME NUTTIN’. (I’m not yelling at you.)

Our Back Patio with Article! / Bev Cooks

Look, they totally hugged on their own!

No, really! A non-prompted hug between siblings, caught on camera!

Right there, in front of your very eyes!

. . . probably not though.

Our Back Patio with Article! / Bev Cooks

The rug I found at World Market, and what I did was pull colors from the Article accessories (like the mustard ottomans and the blue-green alpaca throw) and tie it with the tones in the rug. So like, when you have that much color going on in the rug, even muted, underneath everything, I like to go neutral everywhere else. Neutral for the BIG stuff, and then pops of earthy tones everywhere else. And plants. Always decorate and pimp your space out with plants.

But that’s just me and I clearly have jungle issues.

Our Back Patio with Article! / Bev Cooks

Wait, kids – you forgot the scissors!

Our Back Patio with Article! / Bev Cooks

And there we have it. I feel like for a small outdoor space, we really nailed that charming lush but clean garden slash resort slash grandma sun room feel. And I’m never leaving it. Wanna come over? I’ve got rosé.

(Massive thank you to Article for gifting us such timeless, natural outdoor pieces that fit our space and lifestyle so beautifully. If you want to see more of what I’ve partnered with Article on, you can peep our bedroom, and our much-asked-about Sven leather sofa!)

(And another thing – they’re having their annual Memorial Day sale through June 2nd. Loooots of fabulous outdoor goodies up to 25% off. So peep that!)

And if you have any questions about anything, ask Aaron because I’m on vacay. I KEED I KEED.

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33 Responses to Our Back Patio Brings Exactly Two Boys to the Yard.

  1. heather May 21, 2019 at 11:07 am #
    Literally the one thing you didn't cover so of course, someone annoying like me has to ask. What twinkle lights do you have? It's so hard to find the perfect ones and i LURVE these. Bless.
  2. Rebekah S May 21, 2019 at 11:55 am #
    Absolute perfection. Our back patio is about the same size and I've been waiting for this post for inspiration. Thanks!
    • Bev Weidner May 21, 2019 at 1:11 pm #
      Ahhh yes! I hope you find some inspo. :)
  3. Angelina Caliguri-Schrand May 21, 2019 at 1:38 pm #
    I love your writing & your style. Always & Amen. ♥️
  4. Tracy May 21, 2019 at 3:43 pm #
    So I adore the rug and would love to put one under the table on my deck! But is it outdoor? What about all this darn rain in KC? Do you have to pull it inside all the time? Love your patio!! I want it!
    • Bev Weidner May 21, 2019 at 3:58 pm #
      The rug is outdoor! Once all the rain passes, I'll drape it over the fence for a few hours to REALLY dry. But that's it!
  5. Claire May 21, 2019 at 3:51 pm #
    What about the lovely, breezy curtains? Where did you find them??
    • Bev Weidner May 21, 2019 at 3:58 pm #
      Got the white curtains at IKEA! They're like, 70% polyester, so I feel like they're great for outdoor use. And inexpensive!
  6. Amanda May 21, 2019 at 8:32 pm #
    This is amazing! Curious do you store the pillows and decor in bad weather? How do you keep it looking white and fabulous!?!
    • Bev Weidner May 22, 2019 at 1:18 pm #
      So yes! I usually bring in all the throw pillows and ottomans in when it rains, and leave the rest out! SOMETIMES I bring in the white sofa pillows, too. They do zip, so if I need I can strip and wash. But most of the time, a wet rag does the trick!
  7. Becky May 22, 2019 at 10:38 am #
    Very cool sponsorship for you guys with their nice products!
  8. Trisha F May 22, 2019 at 12:32 pm #
    Looks AWESOME! Coming over for that rose... :)
  9. Angelina May 22, 2019 at 3:15 pm #
    Question: Does Aaron want to come to Detroit and build me a pergola? You can come too, we'll have wine. :)
  10. Aunika Pierce May 27, 2019 at 1:02 pm #
    Do you take your couch pillows inside when it rains? Are your couch/bench cusions water proof?
    • Bev Weidner May 27, 2019 at 2:20 pm #
      Yep! I definitely take in the pillows and throws when it rains. Everything else (cushions, etc) is outdoor, and dries within hours!
  11. Ciara May 27, 2019 at 4:58 pm #
    Love it! Looks so cozy
  12. kristin June 10, 2019 at 2:28 pm #
    qwerrrrrrstion: did your hubby use any specific plans for the pergola??? thank you in advance!!!!
    • Bev Weidner June 12, 2019 at 9:58 am #
      So he found a loose plan on Instructables! And then tweaked it to fit our style. :) Good luck!
  13. lisa November 16, 2019 at 6:08 am #
    Love the addition of the soft furnishings mention in your blog. Sometimes forgotten, we think its a beautiful way to soften this look and add a bit of texture and comfort with a few cushions and pillows.carpet cleaning company
  14. jack November 24, 2019 at 7:28 am #
    I loved hearing which projects were worth doing again!! I hope that you are able to have your little boy or girl (I’m hoping for a little lady for you :) ) before they have to induce. But either way prayers for a healthy and safe delivery!rug cleaning fayetteville nc
  15. Ivana December 31, 2019 at 1:46 pm #
    Are you able to share where you got the cushions? I am having a hard time finding the right size and I don't like sheepskin for hot summer days. Thanks.
  16. Amanda April 17, 2020 at 5:44 pm #
    What a gorgeous space you have created! Can I ask where your outdoor sofa is from? I didn’t see it linked anywhere but maybe I just missed it. ?
    • Bev Weidner April 18, 2020 at 8:06 am #
      Why thank you! It's from Hayneedle a few years back!
  17. lisa May 5, 2020 at 10:31 am #
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  18. kate May 12, 2020 at 8:09 am #
    I just bought these chairs and I would love to know where you got your cushions! I can't find any the right size!
    • Bev Weidner May 12, 2020 at 9:25 am #
      Hey, Kate! You talking about the dining chairs? I got the white pillow cushions at IKEA about a year ago. Hope that helps!
      • Kate May 12, 2020 at 3:06 pm #
        Thank you! Yes, the dining chairs are an odd dimension. I will try IKEA!
  19. Shefy June 4, 2020 at 8:28 am #
    Hi Bev! This looks gorgeous and we are doing something similar to our backyard. Thank you for the inspiration. Quick question, do you have a link to those gorgeous white curtains? Thank you!
    • Bev Weidner June 4, 2020 at 12:37 pm #
      Sure thing! They're from IKEA. Here ya go! https://www.ikea.com/us/en/p/hilja-curtains-1-pair-white-50430818/
  20. Linda September 14, 2020 at 9:51 am #
    What are those cute shoes you're wearing?


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