Big Blue


Posted by Rebecca, June 27th, 2011

Our umbrella has arrived! Okay we’ve had it since last week, but we needed a base for it. We checked Target during one of our many visits there and they had nothing. In fact, most of their outdoor area is already on clearance and it’s not even July 4th yet! On Saturday we made a spontaneous trip to the Crate & Barrel outlet and were lucky enough to find an umbrella base there, among other things. That place was magical on Saturday. Anywho, back to that umbrella!

It’s definitely larger and prettier than I imagined. The patio just feels so classy now 🙂

The blue breaks up all of the brown we have going on with the stained stairs.

The umbrella base we found worked out perfectly. I really wasn’t going to be picky about a base, since no one is going to see it and it will mostly be kicked, but I love the one we found. Most of the others I saw in my brief search were black and had a wrought iron type of design.

In complete Pottery Barn fashion, the umbrella opens by a rope and pulley system rather than a crank thing. I still have yet to figure out what to do with the rope when the umbrella is fully extended, so for now I’ve just been wrapping it around one of the metal parts. I’ll have to check the PB images to see what they do.

All of the inner parts of the umbrella are wood, which is probably my favorite part. I’m looking forward to hanging some laterns all up in there 🙂

Thank you reward points for a free umbrella! Okay I guess we technically paid for it, the least Pottery Barn could do was throw in an umbrella with our patio furniture purchase. Nothing is really free, right?

The backyard is slowly coming along. Last weekend Mike seeded the freshly cleared part of our backyard, but nothing has grown yet 🙁

That green stuff you see around the sprinkler? Weeds. Why is it that they always grow and grass doesn’t?

I picked up some $4 planters at the Crate & Barrel outlet, but other than that, we don’t have much else planned for the patio at the moment. Summer is quickly running away from us and we have so many weekend commitments that I’m not sure how many patio projects we can fit in. It looks like our built-in grill plans will actually be pushed back to next year. My bank account is very thankful 🙂

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19 Responses to “Big Blue”

  1. Cait @ Hernando House says:

    Yay, loving the new umbrella!

    I think PB disguises the extra rope with lanterns and buoys. 😉

  2. ALittleBite says:

    It looks great! And I hear ya on having so many weekend commitments for the summer already… I think the only free one we have until the end of August is the weekend after the next. But it’s fun, right?

  3. LD says:

    Looks great! It really brightens up your space. Also, the blue umbrella will be like a mini sky that further shields the UV business from the actual sky. 🙂

  4. Bruna says:

    Wow Kari! I’m enjoying the idea beihnd this you’ve inspired me to be a little more aware of the potential savings on my purchases!I’ve always prided myself on finding the best deals but you are totally showing me up right now! )Keep it up!

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