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This outdoor furniture is beyond perfect and gorgy gorgeous. You’ll want to hug it and call it Betty Boomchakalaka.

Article outdoor furniture

Okay.  Guys. I have to tell you something.

I have been trying to master the art of outdoor SLOW living for 457895747 years, and guess what happened?  It sucked, I cried, had a temper tantrum and a much needed stiff cocktail.  People should seriously stop expecting normal from me. We all know that it’s never going to happen.

peaceful backyard space

Sometimes there’s a totally logical reason for changing up your back yard. Sometimes it’s just like, my life and backyard suck and I really just need to switch things up.

Get ready.   

This is all based on a mostly true story. Some of this actually happened. Pure factual happenings. Nothing made up, nothing exaggerated, gospel truth, nothing fabricated. You can even ask Michael if you doubt me. I’m holding THE TRUTH GOBLET IN.MY.HAND.RIGHT.NOW. By the way, what is a truth goblet?!!!  If the truth goblet is red wine, I’m definitely holding it.

My life was an absolute shit-show-shitastrophy last year.

Michaels terminal cancer was at its all time worst. Our contractor also decided that he wanted to ruin our life for 34793574 days straight. Like hey, as if the kitchen disaster wasn’t enough. I’m still not sure if we should redo the kitchen or just burn it.

And.you.think.I.joke.

Yeah.

And it got worse.

Our local township forced us to rezone our treehouse + cabin retreat property and make unreal-off-the-charts-like-dig-up-the-entire-foundation-changes. I think I stared a nervous break down right in the eyeballs. It was next level, crazy pants life mayhem. I almost drove off a Thelma and Louise cliff.

Rant over.

You’re like, thank gawd.

Life is good now. So is our backyard.

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Backyard LURVE

Before I even begin this blab fest, I have to tell you something. My love for Article is years strong.   Redonk love. When they reached out to me to see if we could work together, I practically handed them my house keys. My heartbeat definitely fell through my butt.

Dear Article,

Hot damn, your furniture is so pretty!!!  It cuts my grass, floats my boat, and butters my bread with happiness. Rock me Amadeus.

PS. I love you. The end.

Sponsored but not really

This is technically-not-so-technically a sponsored blog post. Some items I purchased on my own. Some were gifted from Article.  I didn’t receive any payment to say anyfiiing.  Nuffffing.  This blab fest is totally my own. I paid for all the accessories, all the hard work, all the everything (except some of the Article furniture.) I did all my shopping online…. because hey, that is what living in the middle of nowhere is all about. Article is online only. All blood, sweat, and tears are embarrassingly my own too.  My gift to me.  Sometimes, when I am super busy (hello Treehouse + Cabin Retreat season) I like to compound that by taking on new projects that have absolutely no meaning to anyone else. Except my own head.

Oh hi, awesome pics

*I need to add a disclaimer right here : many of these photos are amazing and therefore not taken by me.  I specialize in yellowish-blurred photos and drive by shootings out the car window.  Yes, I always clench my teeth. Because, hello bugs. 

If you spot the crap photos in the post, those are mine.  I can take a photo, but I’m usually running through the fields in my flannel jammies, tripping on my slippers and spilling my coffee down my shirt while teetering an iphone and using the least amount of fingers possible.   I know jack squat about how to coordinate pajamas, coffee and iphonography.

The photos of the Article furniture in this post are by Toronto photographer Tyler Bowditch.  

Hellooooo gorgeous styling…

Beeee teeee dubsss, it runs in the family… my daughter @TristanJayne is a stylist extraordinaire ! Need help styling your space? She’s your gal!! She styled theeeeee entire poolside space, because I was still breathing down the dragons neck of a nervous breakdown.  She loves to style.

Brace yo’self.

Get home. Take bra off immediately. Shop at Article.

 

10 Lessons I learned while creating a cozy outdoor space, because I’m a dork.

That, and cozy is my jam.

1.

I obvs love backyard twinkle lights (OmgOmgOmgOmg), comfy loungy sectionals (holy cow) and throw pillows everywhere (dear lawd). It’s so wonderful and beautiful and I can’t talk about it a second longer or else I’ll bawl my face off with happiness.

2.

Make it all super comfy cozy.  Like seriously. COMFY <– I hollered that.   I bought a lot a lot a lot online at H & M home.  If you tell Michael, I will plead innocence.

He’s like… hun, is that a new blanket at the pool?

Me :  What, that old thing? We’ve had it for years (translation: I bought it last week)

I buy all my linen bedding there too.Obsessed. Unless Michael is reading this.  I never buy linen. I’m totally holding my truth goblet right now.

Question: Will a liars pants really catch on fire?  Asking for a friend.

3.

Lighting will light up your life: Twinkle lights will cause you to hang out more in a space. See what I did there? I freaked my ish when we hung the string lights. I use incandescent edison style bulbs because because LED makes me barf in my shoe. LED is fugly with a capital F.

We also put the twinkle lights on dimmers. Because hey. Wrinkles.  The struggle is real. Didja know you could put dimmers on string lights? I didn’t. Do it. So good. So so so good.

4.

Aesthetically, I dig the design style of less is the new more.  Unless you are talking about throw pillows. Then all bets are off.

5.

The rug. It will floor you.  This one from Article is made from recycled plastic. How insanely funky is that?!  An outdoor rug just grounds the space. Excuse the pun.

6.

BLACK.

Paint.

I mean painting seems easy enough, right? Right. I got this. Stop rolling your eyes.

Can we talk about paint for a sec ?

I used to paint everything white from top to bottom forever and always, and my friends and family would have a bonafide conniption watching me paint anything that stood still long enough.  They all gave me the EYES.  The ‘erhhhmergerd, what on earth are you doing wrecking things‘ face?!!!

Well, Coal Black Fusion Mineral Paint is my new BFF.

I’m talking way too much about paint right now. If I told you that I haven’t brushed my hair in a week, would that make things better between us?

7.

I got super duper supercalifragilisticexpialidocious inspired (shocker!) when we visited here last year.  I’m telling you. Black mixed with whites and neutral jute and earthy tones... well… they gobsmack me.

It’s my new obsession. Ugh. Dead.

Naturally, everything in my house, life, cabin, treehouse, poolside area, panty drawer, trunk of my car… well…. it’s all black, jute and rattan… mixed with love, wine and popcorn.  Popcorn?! Did someone say popcorn?!  *_*.  This has nothing to do with anything, but I love this popcorn maker with all my heart and soul.  Legit. I’d put a ring on it.

8.

Make it realistically (is that a word? who cares) cozy & liveable. Like, if someone sat on your outdoor furniture, soaking wet, with a glass of red wine in one hand and a bowl of buttery popcorn in another ( who would do that? Not me. Totally me) … then your furniture has to be durable enough that you won’t feel the sudden urge to throat punch your guests. Or kids. Or me.

Outdoor furniture needs to be water friendly, pack-of-beer friendly, spilly-mother-in-law friendly, pool friendly, all the friendly.

ALL OF IT.

9.

Set your goals high and your expectations low for getting it done.  I had high goals for gorgy gorgeous furniture.  I had low expectations that I would get it assembled. Didja know that with Article you can get that included in your delivery?  I almost smooched the delivery men when they assembled the 473057459457 screws and bits and thingies to assemble the furniture.

Furniture assembly normally means I need a cigarette and a nap and I don’t even smoke.

I swear I’m almost done with poolside photos! For the day. Hour. Second.

 
10.

P.S. You can’t fix ugly. Buy only what you love.  Keep the things in your home that you really really really love. The outdoor furniture. I’m in love with it. I want to name it Betty, stuff it in my bra and keep it for forever. It fills me with a deep quiet satisfaction.  It’s intoxicating.  Weird, right?  Don’t answer that. It wasn’t a real question.

SHOP THE POST

Mission Style Fireplace Screen //  Mudcloth throw pillow // Article Ora Sectional Sofa  // Article Ora Chair // Article Ora Sofa  //  Article Stria Outdoor Rug //  Article Small Walnut Table // Article Large Walnut Nesting Table // Black sun umbrella //

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Tell me your summer plans! Tell me your backyard faves. I need these details to thrive in life. That, plus I go to bed at 8:30 pm every night, like a 89 year old.  If you even try to convince me to stay up later ( or use LED light bulbs ) we will need to talk.

ps.

Has anyone else ever happy danced it out so hard that they knock their sunglasses off their face with their cha cha flailing arms? Just checking for a super cool friend.

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Cheryl

Hi Lynne. I am inquiring about the contest for the $500 to Crate & Barrel. It said it runs from June 10-14, but I can’t find a place to enter.

Michelle

Stunning !!!!!!!

Mom

oh my gawd….Im in style again lol. Remember when you painted your kitchen doors black, and table legs etc. Well, of course I painted my window frames black, my doors black and all sorts of cool trim (even furniture.) Remember when you did that years and years ago before your white-out days. Well, truth is, everything is still black (although I have changed wall colours in my bedroom and living room to white-ish/soft cream/pale pale green……and Im working my way to the kitchen…..anyways :o) next year, true to form, I’ll paint everything white. LMAO. And your new furniture. Holy stink,… Read more »

Kevin Ross

Thanks, Lynne. You are an inspiration!
Best to you… Kevin.

Soo pretty backyard!

Shelley

We are in the midst of a total backyard re-do. Thanks for the inspiration!!!!

Your designs are a reflection of your well being !

Very very creative to say the least – love your concept.

Kristen

My backyard is rocking peeling teak 10 year old furniture, and reaaaally needs an update. I want to buy everything!

Chris Gilmour

Oh so glad you love Article (me too but wasn’t sure about the quality) – and black/white/rattan are my summrr-jam (well and raspberry…) Thanks for the awesome contest!

Chris
Reply to  Chris Gilmour

Oooh – summer plans are to sornd time decorating my brand-new scandi-modern house! With Article furniture, she said hopefully!

Corinne

Summer plans: paint, rip out ancient hottub (that breaks down all.the.time) head to gulf island, jump in the ocean, drink fun drinks and dance to the wee hours (or 11pm- cause I feel old and I have a 10yr old)

Wendy

First thought hmmm ???? new deck for the beautiful outside furniture to reside on – yeh .. not this year but that’s SOOOOOO okay because I get to see my son marry the girl of his dreams this August and I am mega excited, because as well as having THE best son in the world I gain the best daughter in law too. Wait a minute …… that furniture would look awesome on their deck though hee hee. Love your blog Lynne have a ‘cool’ summer. Cheers ????????

Danielle

Bom chicka womp womp! Your treehouse is the poster child of sexy. I’m a big fan of the Daisy lounge chair on the site… I can foresee myself mucking popcorn from our new popcorn machine too!!!!! We are off to our honeymoon soon. We will start in Austria and Germany to eat all the schnitzel and then let our barrels out in the Amalfi coast to finish. Thanks for all the beautiful inspiration. We’ve had trials and tribulations ie. some SHIT GO DOWN just like you but your positive outlook on life resonates through your posts. You’re killing it- keep… Read more »

Eileen M Serletic

I’d love to take a nap on the Sol daybed.

Kelly

Love how the outdoor living space turned out!!
Our summer plans include getting a bedroom ready for our new baby girl coming in December.

Barb

Just trying to stay cool and hydrated at the moment! Took a trip to the Midwest to visit relatives and now home and trying to make the backyard a bit more pleasing as a hangout since it is cooler outside than it is inside at times this summer. Trying to keep the a/c at a reasonable level is hard!! Using a pretty hand held fan that I swiped from my GD and drinking lots of water with lemon slices!

Kiyomi

This is the giveaway for me! We’re spending the summer DIY’ing a new deck and screened in porch since we have little ones and need enjoy the summer stuck at home while they sleep. We need some bug protection and some comfy lounge chairs or sofa to relax with!

Jen

We plan to camp this summer! Outdoors it is! Love EVERYTHING Article!! Have the Triplo sofa <3

Maggie

You are such fun! I wish I could meet you………..

Jane
Reply to  Maggie

Maggie said it all. Lynne keeps it real, makes me smile, and has amazing ideas to make a house a fun home.

Jan

I’m loving the Ora sectional sofa- It’s be perfect around my fire pit. Your yard is gorgeous!

Shannon Hughes

I plan to spend most of the summer at my family’s cottage near Bracebridge. I love Article’s outdoor rugs.

Shannon
P.S. you are hilarious.

Cindy

Holeee sheeeet! (Can I say that if I exaggerate and misspell it?) Your place is gorgeous- it looks like a resort. I had to go back to reread it cuz I’d misunderstood when you said you didn’t shoot it; I thought it was Article’s catalog shots. Already an Article fan- their stuff is all so stylish and lovely. (I dream away on insta mostly) would love a chance to make dreams come true. Summer plans are mostly on the fly- our backyard is beautiful (although sans super stylin’ furniture) rustic stone patio and firepit on a treed lot. We spend… Read more »

Lynne, Been getting inspired from your style. We are doing a reno at Riverbend and the #NordChair in light brown leather is exactly what will finish off the living room. Can’t wait to show the before photos now that an after is about to happen. We have pink…yes pink counters in the kitchen, burgundy carpet faded to brown in spots and pink in some closets. And don’t forget the stencils. It’s going to look fabulous when completed.. Article has great items that will help modernize it. That chair is so fantastic. Say good-bye to the 90s!!!!!

Julia Blythe

Love your blog and that you say exactly what you think! I want to create an amazing backyard experience for my husband and unicorn riding, mermaid loving 9 year old daughter.

LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! your blog, your thoughts, your humor!! I love your stuff and your style and you make me laugh and yes you also make me really jelly of all your coolness! Thanks for sharing YOU!! And so happy to know about ARTICLE…what cool stuff!!!

Donna Marchlewski

This Sofa wants me to be her mother. I’m not kidding! She needs to come home RIGHT. THIS. MINUTE!
Love,
Her Mom

Kim

I just put up twinkle lights in my backyard and now I want twinkle lights everywhere!!! When not staring at twinkle lights I plan to spend some time on hay bay this summer.

Erika Pawlowski

What backyard isn’t better with twinkly lights? All the lights!

Plan on spending my summer between the backyard and Lake Erie

kathryn gordon

I love your blog, it’s fun and your taste is exquisite!

Bianca

Looove article! We have a few pieces inside and they are ahhmazing quality and beautiful. Outside stuff would be amazing since our summer plans are backyard hangs with our new baby and not much else!!

Cathy Griffice

Beautiful and looks really comfy for a couple of ol” pharts….

That Stria rug would be perfect on our dock! I love everything about your space & your blog!

I spent a few days in July at this amazing treehouse/cabin where everything was so amaze-balls! It was so relaxing and enjoyable I couldn’t control myself. Oh wait….. that was your place! Seriously, we can’t wait to go back.

Rebecca

I’ve spent the summer pool-hopping with my two 5 year olds in tow. It’s great to have friends with pools…less great to come home to my inflatable kiddie pool! At least I have fired up my warm glowey outdoor lights a few times this summer – provided the cintronella candels were wafting in my general direction.
I’m mostly keen to check out one kickass Article-surrounded pool in a wee town called Durham next month aka The Pool-Hopping Championship Finals!

Angela Kirkpatrick

Hellooooo Lynne….funny, sarcastic, hilarious blog goddess! I just had knee surgery after I thought it would be a good idea to somersault myself down a mountain trying to impress a boy…stupid me, who knew I would tear my ACL trying to look cool and failing miserably. Anyway….my summer will be filled with me lounging around the house in yoga pants (because they’re the only pants that fit under my ginormous brace, it’s super sexy) rather than me summiting mountains and glamping in the great outdoors so the only outdoors I’ll be enjoying will be my backyard in serious need of… Read more »

Leah

Such beauty! Love all the inspiring spaces shared here <3

Marsha

Bra off….ooops ……now back on. Your outdoor is b u tiful! Oh yeah girl.. your own little corner of sometimes sanity in ur ????. Hoping that things are better for y’all.
Keep workin ur magic! ????. Digging that outdoor fireplace!

Rachel Harwood

Love Love Love the Treehouse!!! Please let me know if any openings come up this summer 🙂

Lynne
Reply to  Rachel Harwood

Rachel – there’s an opening this weekend and next week too ???? The only dates left for the summer xx

Marsha

Bra off….ooops ……now back on. Your outdoor is b u tiful! Oh yeah girl.. your own little corner of sometimes sanity in ur ????. Hoping that things are better for y’all.
Keep workin ur magic! ????

Cynthia

Just soaking in all the wonderful memories to give comfort in the rainy winters on the coast. Oh – and I’ll also be trying to convince my husband that we reeeeeeealy need that Sven Cascadia sofa.

Sending mad love and admiration to you, Lynn, for your boundless energy and positivity. Big cyber hugs!
ps my favourite way to knock my glasses flying off my face is hugging or kissing my too-tall family members…makes me look like a gd lunatic every time!

Sara

Lynne – your backyard has inspired me so much! Would love to do something even half as awesome as that. This summer has been about spending time with my kids. So great!

Summer plans… hmmm for me, It’s actually getting some downtime on the weekend! Work has consumed me, so I’m hoping that I can get in some pool time, and a nice tan!

Carolyn Freedman

Summer plans: mountains, lake, deck. Rinse and Repeat

Tamara Creel

Lovin your digs!
The furniture from ARTICLE ain’t bad either.

Cindy

Favorite Article outdoor product – It’s so hard to pick just one item!…but I am really loving the Ora sectional in either slate gray or beach sand.
Summer plans – enjoying time with the kiddos before school starts back up again. Anything and all things outdoor!!

Jessica Allossery

LOVE the black charcoal. What a fresh change!!!! <3 <3 <3

Mari-Lynn Wells

Lynne! Your poolside/backyard is gorgeous and inspirational. Oh how fun it must have been to decorate that space! The soft curves in the Article outdoor furniture are unique. Makes you want to curl up with a glass of wine. Or two! ????????Thanks always for sharing your amazing stories and design projects.
Summer plans…enjoy my first summer in retirement, ????BBQs with friends and family, readings TONS of books and gardening.
ML ☀️

Eleanor Stemple

By the way, ALL of the furnishing you post are amazing! I loved the ARTICLE website too. I can’t have it all, but my dreams don’t have a budget.

Eleanor Stemple

In all honesty, I have danced so hard that I ended up making out with my nebulizer after a self induced asthma attack! So yes, I have danced that hard! In fact, when no one is home, I blast some old 80’s, 90’s music and dance my heart out in the kitchen. My kids don’t know I can dance because I act so goofy. But if I am ever privileged to go out with them when they are adults, I plan on giving them a run for their money! So turn up the music and keep dancing like no one… Read more »

Jana Caissie

Amazing space! Hoping to visit someday. Taking the summer to enjoy and reboot my soul. “The cracks we get in our hearts will now allow sunshine in and sadness out. ” My new mantra in life 🙂

Mary Moreau

WOW, that is seriously one of the most beautiful spaces I have seen. So inviting, so relaxing, so inspiring.
Thank you for sharing. I hope you and your husband do spend lots of time there because it looks like it
would have a restorative, rejuvenating effect on your soul and calming effect on the nerves.
I would take my laptop, pen & paper because it would be a great place for the creative juices to flow.
It would be hard to have to leave that space.
Mary

Lonna J Peters

Summer plans – wine, lake, garden (not necessarily in that order!)

Definitely just want to spend more time by the beach and visit Toronto a couple times this summer! I mean I can use as much family and friends time 🙂

Natalie

I love the Loopi pebble sand rug!

Our porch desperately needs new chairs!
Summer plans…hmmm.. more days trips…sunshine..and food!

Kat

Moved into a new place with a deck, but it is just there empty, sad, not being used because I haven’t found the right furniture! Beautiful summer evenings going to waste because I have nothing on my little deck to sit on. Sigh.

Colleen Lucas

Well..I thought I could get away without saying or writing anything here. But the computer forced me to tell you that I love seeing all the items you put in your outside space. And the photographs are fabulous. Thanks and have a great summer.

Pam

I love your space way more than I should. I apologized to my outdoor space. I would love to have the Moda dining table from their catalog. Oh, and by the way, I had my arms so happy dancing once above my head I knocked my husbands glasses off his face. Oops…..

Ariana

Dream color combo right there. Bought a house about a year ago and still trying to get the inside just the way we like it. We’re talking bathroom remodel, all new floors, paint (I made it through one room on my own before hiring a painter) and furniture. The last thing on our list is the backyard and your post has given me so much inspiration!

One question however…are these dog friendly? I have two amazing puppers who would love to relax and be lazy with us in the yard.

Shelly Murre

I love your blog! Love your style and that Oro slate grey couch???? Also, would love to win this contest!????

Stacey Vass

I love all of the photos! Next summer we would love to install a pool and I am inspired by you!

Lisa

Looks incredible! When I manage to stay up, I like a lux super soft throw around my shoulders, hot cacao (even when it’s 40 very humid degrees) and staring out at the tree silhouettes and night sky with of course mood lighting! I’m all about solar powered candle lanterns right now but also LUUUUUV twinkle lights. A girl’s gotta have a little sparkle 😉

Meagan Williamson

I would really really really like to win this. Thanks. Love you.

Pam

I have not been able to make a decision regarding which chairs I want for my sad, little deck. I’ve searched high and low, but, just like Goldilocks, I am looking for the one that is “just right”. I must have simplicity, but it must be unique! I must have comfort, but it must be sturdy! I must have a wonderful piece as an inspiration for planning the rest of my sad, little deck’s renovation! I have finally found that one in a gazillion chair, I’ve found my Muse!! It’s Article’s Teaka Lounge Chair! And now, all is right in… Read more »

Jen Gillies

Ok. Your blog & insta never ceases to make me smile and inspired!!! And you teamed up with Article which we loooooove….our living room may be allll article????????! We’re renovating our deck and I have my eye on the Ora Chair…or two…or more????.