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Cozy Outdoor Seating Area

The weather finally got really warm and I got inspired to set up our cozy outdoor seating area! Our backyard frustrates me a lot and I really get anxiety if I think about it too much. That sounds silly I know! We are still renting this home, while we are looking for a house closer to my work which is also my girls school.

So, at first, I didn’t really want to set up anything this year. I am so fed up with the whole situation out there, that I am just hoping we find something before the summer officially starts. And can be out of here real soon. But we are not really finding anything we can see ourselves living in. That can change real quick, I know. But when the weather got so nice this week, I really couldn’t help myself. I started to set up everything outside. I had it all stored away, since our terrace isn’t covered. Which is one of the things that drives me up the wall. But hey. It’s just a terrace and it’s just a backyard in the end, right? I mean, we can still enjoy ourselves out there while we hunt for the right place for us!

So that is my idea for now. Just make the best of what we have right now, which is really not that bad at all. I don’t mean to sound ungrateful. I’m very grateful to have our rental home and for the family moments we get to spend here by the sea. So until we finally find that forever home and make it really ours, I plan to enjoy a lot of fun moments out here with the fam.

Using What You Already Own

Alright, so I tried to make a cozy outdoor seating area for us, don’t mind the floors, walls and whatever strange thing might catch your eye. This is how it looks right now and everything I used, I owned already. I changed up a few items with spray paint and just switched around cushion covers. I did buy two new plants, that’s about it.


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This year I really like the darker shades, black and whites and some pops of mustard and green in form of plants. I was surprised how many items I found in my already existing decor stash that would fit in with this colour scheme!

The black candle light holder on the side table was part of my Christmas decor as well. Now it looks great out here too.


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I spray painted the bottom of this little tin pot white to give it a new-ish look. I like it and it was so easy!


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cozy outdoor seating area northernfeeling.com


Same with this big lantern. I don’t know if you remember, but I found it last summer at a flea market and had spray painted it bright yellow, which I loved! But this year, I love it in black too! It got a little makeover in minutes, using a can of spray paint. It looks shiny here on the photo, but actually isn’t at all.


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cozy outdoor seating area northernfeeling.com


cozy outdoor seating area northernfeeling.com


cozy outdoor seating area northernfeeling.com


cozy outdoor seating area northernfeeling.com


Well, that’s our backyard situation right now and I don’t mind it! Usually this sofa is crowded with kids and bunnies having snacks and playing UNO or with the Ipad (the kids, not the bunnies 😉 ) And that’s all that matters!

Thanks so much for stopping by, I really hope you got a bit of inspiration today and come back real soon!

Make your own basket planter real quick yourself!

How To Turn An Old Lampshade Into A Basket Planter northernfeeling.com


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  • Reply
    Naomie Moore
    02/05/2019 at 6:14 pm

    Beautiful! I would read, nap and spend lots of time lounging around with all my pets! You did a great job! 🌞

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      03/05/2019 at 6:44 am

      Naomie, Thanks so much, yes, that is what I’m planning on doing too 🙂

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    Michelle Leslie
    07/05/2019 at 8:35 am

    It looks like an awesome place to just relax and unwind Katrin. All those big pillows and soft, soothing colors are perfect for the spot, no wonder the kids spend so much time out there. Hope you do find your own home that you can go crazy decorating the way only you know how. I’m sure it will happen soon

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    08/05/2019 at 5:15 pm

    Love your outdoor space. So relaxing and inviting.

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    09/05/2019 at 5:09 pm

    This looks so lovely, Katrin! It’s like a backyard oasis, and I love that you’re making the best of the place you’re living in right now! I’m a firm believer in making something pretty, even if you’re just there for the short term – amazing what it can do for your mood!

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    Julie Briones
    12/05/2019 at 6:07 am

    So fresh and cozy, Katrin… and love that black lantern! So blessed to have you at Homestyle Gathering, friend!

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    14/05/2019 at 7:25 pm

    Very cozy and super cool too Katrin. I think it is a great place for a siesta too on a warm summer day!

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    16/05/2019 at 12:25 am

    Love these ideas! Your outdoor area looks so pretty. We are getting ready to do a few updates to our pergola area outside as well. We would love for you to share this post at Celebrate Your Story. The link-up is still open! Have a great one! Hugs!

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