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Perk Up Your Patio

Guest blogger Kirsten Grove of widely read home/design blog simplygrove.com treats us to a spring celebration of style … her patio picks will inspire you.

Sadly, my patio has been neglected since last fall. I’ve been using random furniture for it, including wicker chairs I got when my husband and I were first married … 13 years ago. They’ve definitely seen MUCH better days. It was prime time to update our patio furniture!

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I’m all about having a comfortable outdoor space that’s inviting enough to just sit and relax with a drink in hand. Though I love outdoor dining spaces, I wanted to create a really nice living space. When I first saw the Zuo Modern Tulum Outdoor Loveseat, I gasped with pure delight. It’s super sleek and modern but uber comfortable. The lines are clean, which is important to me for my patio. In the summer I have a lot of great greenery and flowers growing everywhere so I need my furniture to be a simple so it doesn’t compete with my landscaping.

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We have guests over a lot during the summer, so I needed some extra seating besides the loveseat. Armen Living’s 3-piece Rattan Set is the perfect solution for cool seating and table space. You can use the set for an eating area, or divide the set, like I did, and use it for seating. These pieces are super light which makes moving them around a piece of cake. I’ve already used them for different purposes all over my patio.

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If you’re trying to create the look of an outdoor living space, an outdoor rug is essential. It brings the pieces together and makes the space look more cohesive. I chose this blue Thom Filicia by Safavieh Durston Rug. I’m totally in love! The pattern is exactly what I wanted for my space. I get more compliments on this rug than any other piece.

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I love mixing rustic elements with modern, so I’m using a wood bench that my father-in-law made for me as a coffee table. Mixing wood with rattan gives off such great decorating vibes. And if you’re wondering what to accessorize with for your outdoor space, I love adding potted plants, fresh flowers, and even fruits and veggies. Anything living will make for great details in your outdoor space.

- Kirsten Grove, Simply Grove

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