Takin’ It Outside

April 8, 2018

It won’t be long before we’ll be moving outdoors for our morning coffee, a sunny lunch or relaxing dinner.What could be more simple and welcoming than a long planked table and bench cozied up to a sprawling banquette? I’ve been inspired by this photo for so long, I’m thinking it might be time for a little weekend DIY before the weather breaks.

Photo: http://remash.tumblr.com

 

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Heads it’s black…

April 6, 2014

tails it’s white. You might have to flip a coin to make this decision. After fifty plus years as an icon of modern interior furnishings, the Saarinen table is now available for outdoor use. As the white top/white base configuration of the  1957 original has been my all time favorite, I can’t see changing things up now…or can I ?

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photos via http://hivemodern.com/pages/product7267/eero-saarinen-outdoor-dining-table-knoll

 

Did someone say picnic?

August 22, 2013

It might have been me. That’s what immediately came to mind when I spotted these concrete  tables and benches in a local park. I had never seen anything like them before… old, weathered, yet with a decidedly modern edge.  Picture it…racing through the ” golden arches” in a ’65 Corvair convertible and stealing away to the park for a  little lunch…a little sun. It’s still summer people, slow it down.

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Dining Out

June 27, 2013

Mid Century master Marcel Breuer designed this concrete block and stone patio table sometime in the middle of the last century. Now, re- imagine  it  for al fresco dining in 2013.  A little planning, a trip to the Home Depot, Lowes or a local garden center can outfit you with the requisite concrete blocks, concrete block or paver adhesive and a big ol’ 4 x 8 sheet of marine ply to top it all off. Using this picture of the original, you can spin the basic concept off  in any direction to get a modern look that is uniquely yours. This could be a great weekend project before the 4th, eh? Then all that’s left to do is fire up the grill.

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