A few months back we moved out of our home that’s currently being renovated and into a temporary rental house. We had initially planned on staying in the house during renovations, but after deciding to do the whole thing at once, we took everyone’s advice and moved out (and after a few check-ups on the house, we’re sure glad we did!). Our realtor helped us find an adorable carriage house downtown that sits on a beautiful historic garden. We got even luckier with the owner of the property/landlord being incredibly kind and gracious, and allowing us to use the garden. But one of the reasons we love this space so much, even though it was smaller than we had planned for, is the private courtyard that it came with. Outdoor space, even just a little bit, is so important to me. After living in San Francisco for six years and having zero outdoor space, I treasure even the slightest bit of green we can have. So I was sold once I saw this space and knew we could do something really fun with it for the year that we would be living here.
We didn’t bring too much stuff with us to the rental house (we put most of it in storage) because of space. But one thing we did bring with us were our plants. Before we had moved out, Thomas and I (but mostly Thomas) had spent a few weekends planting a sea of different flowers- from hydrangeas to roses, herbs and lots of perennials. We kept them all in pots so we could transport them with us and bring a little bit of our home to our temporary ‘home’. We knew they would bring some life to the small brick courtyard and create the feel of a garden. So we decided to partner with Frontgate to add some outdoor furniture and accessories to our courtyard so that we could create a space to relax outdoors. Before telling you all about the pieces we picked out, I have to tell you about the great deal Frontgate has going on now – 25% off plus free shipping with code HAPPY4TH on select items from now until 7/4 (11:59 PM ET). See below for Offer Terms.
The first thing we picked out were these larger blue and white pots from Frontgate, as soon as they arrived we made a second round to the garden center and picked up even more seasonal flowers to plant. These blue and white planters come as individuals but we decided to get all three sizes. What I love particularly about these planters is that they are great for adding height. Their large width and depth also allow you to plant larger plants, like small trees, adding even more height. We could have a full-on garden party over here! Quick note for anyone that buys the larger planter sizes, you can fill the planters halfway or more, depending on what you are planting, with non-biodegradable packing peanuts, then cover with gardening fabric and soil, otherwise these planters will be too heavy to move around.
Since we use this space so much, we really wanted to make it functional and practical and get pieces we could also bring back to the house with us. It all started when I fell in love with these blue and white bistro chairs from Frontgate. They remind me of all the Parisian cafes in Paris and I knew the “capri blue” color would be perfect. They also come in five other colors, like red, navy and black, as well as an armchair version. After measuring the size of the space, we decided to go with this small round table from Frontgate to not overcrowd the area, but it’s still big enough to have four people dine outside. We also added this fringed umbrella to add a bit of shade from the summer heat for both ourselves and our hydrangeas. And my favorite piece we got is this blue and white striped loveseat that’s my new favorite spot to curl up and work from.
Lastly, some accessories like this blue and white garden stool and some outdoor throw pillows add the finishing touches. It’s amazing how a space can come together with just a few pieces and lots of greenery. Even though this is only our temporary home, we feel settled and adjusted to this weird in-between. We’re using this time to enjoy life downtown, which comes with many perks of its own. Like getting to walk and explore the beautiful South of Broad neighborhood, easy access to King St, lots of food options right near by…!
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