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Creating an outdoor living area around our pool was a priority this year. Many of our days are spent poolside during the summer and last year, my mom and I decided to chip in together and purchase a few new lounge chairs, cushions and seating. If you purchase a little each summer the economic burden isn’t that bad. Although, that is a benefit of our multigenerational living arrangement. My mom loves to chip in for decor!I was a little slow this year getting motivated to setup the pool area but when Mohawk offered to send me two complimentary outdoor carpets, I thought, “it’s time to get motivated Jess”.
No worries, all opinions are 100% mine. I don’t endorse, nor would I ever put something “unattractive” to my eye, in our home!
I was pleasantly surprised with the selection of their rugs, in fact, I may even order their gorgeous brown and green chevron rug for another space. For our poolside area, I chose this vibrant blue geometric patterned rug. Mohawk flooring, the nation’s largest flooring retailer, just launched a gorgeous new line of indoor/outdoor rugs that are trendy and stylish.
Can I just tell you, it is super soft and gorgeous in person. We have had two rainstorms since laying these rugs poolside and I am happy to report, they dry quickly!
We are fortunate to have a beautiful green hedge (which is a pain to keep trimmed I might add but it’s still pretty) as a backdrop so when setting up your outdoor space, I would suggest to try and aim for a natural green backdrop if possible. This doesn’t mean you have to have a hedge but any shrubbery or greenery will work.
For me, I like to use my rug as a foundation and a starting point when decorating. Sometimes I can get so overwhelmed with pillows, cushions, patterns and colors so I try to pick my rug first. Mixing in inexpensive plant stands to incorporate a varying height of flowery plants is also another way to add flowering greens.
Did you know that you can leave knockout roses in large oversized planters? I had no idea! The woman at the nursery suggested that I dig a hole and plant them (in the planter) for the winter and then remove next spring. I will definitely try this as I love the look of flowering shrubs “in a pot”.
We still have some work to do around the pool area regarding clean up but the space is waking up, thanks to our new rugs from Mohawk! My mom is so pleased with the addition of the rugs and how the space turned out.
I used our outdoor pillows that I made last summer featuring orange, yellow, green and pink. I decided to mix the geometric rug, flowered pillow and a solid green pillow to tie in the green in the hedges and flower pillows. Geometric + a flower pattern + a solid = coordination, “the easy way” in my book. I am far from a professional decorator so I try to keep it simple.
All opinions are 100% mine.
What started as a hobby, Jessica’s blog now has millions of people visit yearly and while many of the projects and posts look and sound perfect, life hasn’t always been easy. Read Jessica’s story and how overcoming death, divorce and dementia was one of her biggest life lessons to date.