New Colours for our Outdoor Room

With Spring just around the corner, I decided it was a great time to start a plan for our outdoor spaces.
Late last summer we built our patio and bought a sectional set and gazebo to make better use of our backyard. I've collected some fabics, dishes and accessories to add some much needed colour this year.  Our new patio and furniture last year:

Inside our home we use lots of neutrals with blues and greens being our accent colours. I was going to play it safe and use neutrals outdoors but decided some brighter colours would be fun.The principle of using similar colours and materials both inside and outside will, I think, help to make our new outdoor 'room' look like it belongs with the rest of our home. These colours will go well with our exterior house colours too.


I bought these fabrics for $4, $7 (half price outdoor fabric) and $5 a metre. It is decorator fabric and nice and wide. Three metres for a less than 20 bucks. The safe me first chose the stripe and then the paisley. Totally me. The other floral is really stepping out of my comfort zone, but I love the aqua blue it adds. My plan for now is to make some pillows for the sectional and Muskoka chairs. 

We don't want to spend too much so I shopped the house and in ten minutes came up with a few accessories that we can use for relaxing or entertaining.

This dinner set is from The Evelyn Collection by Tracy Porter and I found them on sale at Canadian Tire last year. I love the floral pattern and the wavy edge of the plates. 

I will add big pots of plants and maybe some small shrubs to the patio. Lots of candles in mason jars and hopefully this year when we set up the gazebo we will remember to add some mini LED lights.

We have a ton of spring yard and garden work to start, but for now our lawns are too soft and wet. By late April and early May our garden centres will be full of beautiful plants, shrubs and accessories. I would love to buy it all, but I will keep our budget in mind as I make choices. With the patio as inspiration this year, I think that will be harder than ever. I can hardly wait to get started! I'll have to see what else I can find in our basement to use in our new outdoor room. We also need to come up with some kind of small table and chairs for dining. I'm not overly fond of traditional patio table sets and would like to use a real table. I'll have to see about that though. Have you started planning or sprucing up your outdoor spaces? 

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  1. Those colors will look so pretty in your lovely gazebo. Love that china! laurie

  2. Well you certainly have some wonderful inspiration going on! With all those pretty colors and fabric choices, it sure will be fantastic! thanks for the drive by:)

  3. I am sure your back yard and gazebo will look nice when you add those fabrics and those dishes are so pretty and summery.

  4. I love your blue & green fabrics! Blue & green are my favorite colors & I'm wondering why I don't have more blue & green in my home!

  5. We're planning, hoping to add another vegetable garden this year. We have a lot to do to the facade of the house before we can update the patio and deck area.

    The paisley would be more out of my comfort zone but I really like that one! And those dishes, from Canadian Tire? They're quite lovely, and perfect for outdoors!


  6. Beautiful fabrics for outdoor living! You have so many nice pieces to go with your beautiful new fabric. I need to make a new seat cushion for my swing. I love your colors, they are one's to consider!

  7. Thanks for commenting on my blog. I love the brown sofa and all those colors. They are just delicious!

  8. ooohhh!!! I love those colors and I have a serious thing for stripes!

  9. Hi Elizabeth,
    Oooh, I love those colors. They are the ones I use on my deck dining area as well! I wish I could find fabric for those prices, lucky you! Everything I looked at yesterday was $20 per yard or more, not in my budget, and I really need to make new pillow covers for the wicker chairs. They are painted apple green, the same as the green in your fabrics. I have the new foam inserts (my old ones were squashed flat from overuse!), just no fabric.
    I know your patio will look great once you have it all together. The dishes and everything else you picked out are so pretty!
    Thanks for visiting, I hope you'll come back soon! Have a great weekend.
    Heidi - Heart and Home

  10. I love those colours as well. I even have a tablecloth in a very similar pattern to your floral (you can see it in my "I love Blue" post, here http://gracie-senseandsimplicity.blogspot.com/2010/03/i-love-blue.html). I think your porch is going to look so homey and welcoming. Too bad you don't have more of those turquoise glass jars in the copper pot that you inherited - I keep thinking about them since you told me that story as I'm a bit obsessed with them these days. I'm looking forward to seeing your backyard transformation.

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  12. Very pretty fabric. Please share where you purchased it as I am on the lookout for decently priced outdoor fabric. For point of reference, I am in Mississauga. Thanks.

  13. Oh, this is great Elizabeth! Thanks for leading me over here. Now I am truly inspired :).

  14. OMG! I'm drooling over those fabrics and dishes. Glad I found your blog.


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