Project Backyard

When Ollie turned 4 years old, all he asked for was a backyard for his birthday. It broke my heart and made my smile at the same time. We were living in a concrete jungle surrounded by some of the most incredible parks in the world – which we took full advantage of, but there's just something about being able to swing open the back door and let the kids burn off energy. The fact that we actually do have our very own backyard is nothing short of magical.

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I can't believe we've been residents of the PNW for nearly nine months now! Summer has exceeded my wildest dreams and to say that we are loving this sweet suburban life would be an understatement. Backyards and bigger closets are right at the top of suburban luxuries that we can't seem to get enough of. 

After living through a record breaking rainy winter here in Oregon, we were committed to making the most of summer. That included a few yard projects that would promote as much time spent outside as possible. Once our yard (two thumbs up for artificial grass!) was put in, we were after a few finishing details that would make for some epic dinner parties and play time outside for the kiddos.

I used the Wayfair app to pull our space together using the "View in Room" tool and it was perfect. One of the most important priorities for me was to find an outdoor dining situation that was completely weatherproof. I didn't want to have to worry about bringing any furniture inside for the rainy months, so I was specifically searching for pieces that met this need. I also wanted a table with bench seating. Our patio space isn't huge, so I needed something that would be efficient. I also think bench seating is ideal for little ones. Since we plan to use this outdoor space for more than just eating (like midday lego building), I wanted it to be extremely kid friendly. Once I narrowed down my options, I created a "Patio Project Board" and began inserting each contender in the app where I could view how each piece would look in the actual space. Not only was this helpful, it was a ton of fun as well! It's extremely user friendly and addictive. Here are a few screenshots of what different tables looked like on the patio.

Option #1

Option #1

Option #2

Option #2

Option #3 (THE WINNER)

Option #3 (THE WINNER)

Ultimately the material of the table was just as important to me as the design. I loved how Option #3 reminded me of a modern version of a picnic table. The scale was perfect for our space and the reviews were great as well. When the table arrived I was thrilled to see that the planks on the top of the table were really similar in color to our decking. It was a perfect fit for our outdoor space for so many reasons. After deciding on the table I saved the image and began inserting other products like a rug, planters, outdoor bean bag (!!), and accessories. This helped me to feel like I was pulling a cohesive look together. 

We are thrilled with how things turned out and have been using the space daily. I can't recommend the Wayfair app enough and especially the "View in Room" feature. I plan to use it for any unfinished projects on the inside of our house (there are plenty!). 

A big thank you to Wayfair for providing these fantastic products for our outdoor space and giving me the tools to pull it together with their app. Wayfair has generously passed along a 10% off promo code for anyone that downloads and signs up for their awesome app. They're having a great summer sale right now, so it's perfect timing to do some browsing and play around with placing products in your space with the "View in Room" feature. Happy decorating!