Drape + Dapper »


Hello friends!  Summer is flying by and we may be enjoying ourselves a little too much (thus the lack of blog activity).  We recently took at road trip to the Wisconsin peninsula, known as Door County, to help design and style an outdoor space at our friend’s lake house.  We collaborated with the talented group at Branching out and Co to help style this outdoor oasis and of course invited some extras to break in this serene little space. 

It was a fun + challenging project putting the pieces together and the planning started back in February (see patio layout at end of post here).  The patio space is actually a balcony on the 2nd level connected to the indoor living area.  Our friend wanted a functional space for entertaining + relaxing.  Since the patio is long and narrow, we decided on two separate seating areas to maximize the flow without sacrificing the breathtaking views.

Style, comfort and quality were priority when selecting the outdoor furniture, along with items that were low maintenance.  The seating pieces are Brown Jordan found exclusively at The Home Depot and they go together effortlessly to create a casual, coastal-chic look.  We also love the fact that pieces are sold individually; that allowed us to really customize the space and create an eclectic look . The all-weather woven loveseats are part of the Northshore Collection and the lounge chairs are from the Form Collection.  All of the Brown Jordan collections found at The Home Depot come in a variety of Sunbrella fabric choices, making it easier than ever to create a unique look!  We then added some textural accent pieces and budget-friendly pops of color with orange side tables and colorful toss pillows to tie everything together.   As you can see below, the space is tester-approved!

Hope you’re enjoying the great outdoors and if you’re still in the market for outdoor furniture – don’t delay! There are lots of deals going on now – especially online.

 *More details and product info below.


enjoying the space with good conversation and cocktails

Northshore woven loveseat (with harvest color cushions in sunbrella fabric) // coffee table // orange side table (sold out but avail in white) // rug

Lanterns – Anthropologie (sold out similar here here here). Hung with twine and S-hooks for easy removal in windy conditions.

Make sure the twine is strong enough – we had a few casualties!  Thin string/rope works well and achieves the same look.

Outdoor poufs 21″ (so versatile for extra seating)  // vases, planters and succulents Branching out and Co // blue toss pillow // natural pillow // striped orange pillow cover and tan stripe pillow cover – ONLY $5.95! 

Wind chimes – Anthropologie 

Meat and cheese platter prepared locally – Door County Creamery

Form Lounge chairs (can be used with or without seat cushion – and have motion!) Shown with sparrow colored seat cushions on back chairs.

 // side table also doubles as ice bucket or planter // firepit

Gorgeous greens and planters by Branching out and Co // diamond stripe pillow – on sale! // natural pillow – on sale!  // blue coral pillow

Thanks to Brown Jordan for this sponsored post 

This front porch turned bright + cozy sunroom is the perfect example of drab to fab!! Our friend Jenny moved into this 1920’s character home last year and has since been pouring her heart and soul into making this little gem her own.  A fellow style-obsessed gal with a knack for making things pretty, she’s not afraid to get her hands dirty.  Most of the updates she has done herself (her boyfriend may have helped a tad along the way) and she focuses on projects that are impactful yet affordable (paint is her best friend).  She’s also a bargain hunter and finds most of her decor at places like Target and Home Goods.

With spring fast approaching, Jenny knew she wanted to do something with the unused front porch space.  She lined the perimeter with ceiling height sheer curtains for privacy while still allowing light to filter in, creating a light + breezy feel.  This helped streamline the look and is the perfect backdrop for this cozy setting.  She placed an old indoor couch at the far end of the room with pillows in fun pops of colors, a hand-me-down coffee table and little woven bistro chairs for a cute sitting area.  On the opposite side she used a slender custom made console as a bar/entertaining area and across, a bench for extra seating (which happens to be her pooch’s favorite spot). Poufs provide additional impromptu seating and tuck away easily, while adding some extra color and pattern to the mix.  And we can’t forget about the accessories;  lots of greens, some textural driftwood elements and candle lit lanterns add to the eclectic, beachy vibe. Such a  fun + easy update, we hope you enjoy the view!   


before + after

rug west elm (old) // chairs gordmans $20! // curtains home goods // garden stool home goods

fiddle leaf fig tree // mirror gordmans

tray lily pulitzer target // candle gordmans // terrarium hobby lobby // planter and succulents Branching Out & Co

driftwood candle holder – home goods

pillows – cream ikea // yellow + navy –target // light blue stripe – dash + albert

before + after

lantern gordmans // console – custom // poufs –one kings lane also here // ahoy sign gordmans

lanetrns gordmans / tray home goods


Some of you may not know that by trade, I’m an Industrial Designer (aka Product Designer). I design outdoor furniture and accessories for Brown Jordan.  We make specialty furniture and also design and manufacturer for some of the big name-brand retailers.  If you’ve ever been in the market for patio furniture, you’ve probably seen some of our products!

One of my most recent designs is a collaboration with Brown Jordan and The Home Depot called Form.   This was such a fun collection to design, because my typical design style is more traditional/transitional, and maybe a tad feminine. This collection was a nice departure for me into something more sleek and modern. I love all things mid-century and some of the styling and elements of this collection have undertones of that era.  The faux burnished brass accents are my favorite element and were really fun to develop, I think it adds warmth to the collection and lends to the vintage-inspired look.

Here’s a little behind the scenes of the design process posted on the Brown Jordan Blog.

I know it’s really hard to think about patio furniture right now when it’s below zero here but spring will be right around the corner (I hope).  The Form collection along with five other Brown Jordan collections are available now – check them out in stores and order online (free shipping!!).

Stayed tuned for future posts on patio furniture picks and styling ideas! I’m helping a friend put some options together for her patio this summer – check it out at the end of post.  So much fun!

Photos courtesy of Brown Jordan.

  I love how all the styles and elements of furniture work together effortlessly and the added pops of orange and blue.  Oh and the kids Tamiami chairs (upper left) I’m dying over these and all the fun color combos!

Starting left to right:  tamiami kids chairs // form lounge chair // firepit 1 // firepit 2 //  toss pillows // rug // orange cube  // northshore sectional // lanterns // coffee table // stool