Empty Nesters: Decorating a Non-Existent Patio

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Home and Market Editor Lisa Freedman and her husband just bought a house two hours outside of New York CityYay! The only issue? They don’t have anything to put in it. Follow her as she shops, tackles some DIY projects and works her decorating magic.

Backyard cookouts top the list of my all-time favorite things. I love everything about them: the way cooking on a grill makes all foods taste better, sitting outside, drinking wine out of a shatterproof cup, eating burgers... the list goes on. We’ve had a few impromptu cookouts this summer, but we’ll have to wait for next summer to really do them up right. Why? Well, we don’t exactly have a patio yet.


Here’s where said patio will go eventually (see above). We want to clear the entire area from the right of the porch to the end of the house and put down pavers. (Actually, there are tons of giant stones around the property, which we’re hoping to reuse for this purpose.) Then, we need a new screen door (one that actually closes) to protect the awesome Dutch door that leads into our family room. And then the area will be ready for our furniture and grill.


Of course, I couldn’t wait for all that to happen before I started shopping! We got this Peacoat Beer Garden Dining Table and Bench from World Market. For the side across from the bench and the heads of the table, we picked out two pairs of metal chairs (these and these) from Overstock. We've been setting it all up on the grass for now (see above) and it has been a totally fine (temporary) solution. Oh, and that green cafe set you see is from Target. I got it thinking we'd sit there and drink coffee in the mornings, but we've been pulling it over and using it for overflow seating during parties.

We also obviously needed a grill. After lots of back and forth, we decided on the Gas2Coal hybrid from Char-Broil. I cook a ton but neither my husband nor I have a lot of experience grilling. So we thought it'd be best if we have the option to use charcoal or gas, which this grill offers.


Hopefully, by next summer, we'll be all set up. (Have I mentioned that I hate doing yard work?) But until then, I'll probably be sitting at this table... in the grass. Check back soon to see what else we've been up to.