Wednesday, May 9, 2012


Lately I have been scouring all the catalogs and websites to find the best deal on some patio furniture for Melrose's backyard project. The hubby has me on a tight budget so in order to fit everything in, I have to find a steal! I'm looking for a long table that can accomodate six guests and then some sort of "lounge seating" in front of the fire place. Of course, I gravitate more towards rustic, gray toned pieces, but I am open to anything right now! Here are some of my favorite options that I have found:

The more I re-visit this set, the more I love it. I really like the gray toned slats and overall simplicity. It reminds me of something you would see along the coast of Nantucket by a quaint cedar shake house.

And we could place a few of these around the patio and by the fireplace to "relax":

Another favorite option is this white washed, cottage chic set from Ballard Designs. I want to say they are having a sale right now and their outdoor furniture is discounted even further so that is nice!

Another dining set in the running is this collection from World Market. They are always running a special so I do think we could get a good deal, my only question is quality. I am drawn to the simple, refined lines and gray tone - plus, it offers a variety of seating which is fun.
 world market laguna dining collection: $800

This matching deep sofa looks so cozy for in front of the fire! Stack up a few pillows and a good book -- what a perfect Sunday afternoon.

Have you checked out the Smith and Hawken line available at Target? I did for the first time and it has some gorgeous (and expensive) items. But, this dining set actually finds itself in the somewhat affordable range! 

This set is a little too funky for me, but it does have a retro vibe that could be really fun. And you can't beat the price! This collection has a lot of chair options that you could mix and match too (two featured below).
ikea applaro arm chair and side chair

These are just my personal favorites, but check out more options on my pinterest board. Do you have a favorite or another dining set you have found? 


  1. I think they are all great choices but I like the light, natural wood pieces the best. I would also look for cushions to add some comfort.

    1. Thanks Doug! I agree -- cushions would definitely help make ANY set more comfortable! I will be on the lookout for sure.