This post is sponsored by AE Outdoor
I've been wanting a new outdoor furniture set that is large enough for my whole family for a while now and last week my wish came true. I partnered with AE Outdoor and received their Hampton 8 Piece Sectional set for an outdoor living space makeover. The moment it was delivered, I went to town turning our deck into an outdoor holiday hang-out.
Who says outdoor living spaces are only for the summer? Here is where we will be sipping our eggnog this Christmas...
We may not have snow right now, but it definitely feels like Christmas out here!
Take a look at our deck before the makeover...
In anticipation of winter, we packed everything on our deck away that was not suitable for cold weather. It left the space feeling empty and lonely. Now that we have an all weather furniture set, we can take advantage of this space year round. It's already become a favorite family hangout.
Before I selected the Hampton 8 Piece Set, AE Outdoor sent me free fabric swatches to preview. This allowed me to view and touch the fabrics and also get a head start on planning the design of my new outdoor space. Here is a look at the real life mood board I created using the fabric swatches…
It's hard to believe that these fabrics are intended for all-weather outdoor use. They are so soft and beautiful, this set really brings the same importance of the inside living room to our previously barren and negelected outdoor space.
For the holidays, I added fresh cedar garland and white twinkle lights to the railing.
I brought out some indoor decor elements to use while we are entertaining. Like a giant fur blanket, red velvet toss pillow and a wool rug.
I placed vanilla scented candles inside lanterns, then filled them with coffee beans and a few festive ornaments. When the candles are lit, they warm the beans and the smell is divine.
To finish off the wintry look and lend a nod to the surroundings I added a few natural elements such as pine cones, birch logs and antlers.
The new furniture set provides plenty of seating for my whole family with some room to spare. There are many different arrangement options. For now, I have it configured as a large sectional sofa with the coffee table in the center and the two small cushioned stools on the side to use as extra seating or end tables.
What I love most about this set is how versatile it is. Each piece is completely independent of the others. It's very easy to change up the look and function by reconfiguring the arrangement. As a matter of fact, it's so simple to move these pieces around that we can easily move our family hangout down to the firepit.
Take a look…
One cold day after school last week, my daughter and I decided to have a fire. On a whim we grabbed a few sections of the furniture and moved them to the fire pit area and created a romantic, cozy, fireside retreat.
Here is what the fire pit area looked like before...
And here it is after...
Our Holiday entertaining space just grew by two "rooms" thanks to these two outdoor living space options we have from just one furniture set.
As much as I love the way the set looks on our deck, I'm also smitten with the look of the set in the woods. The beautiful green fabric looks gorgeous against the wooded backdrop.
And the herringbone patterned wicker construction is the perfect compliment to the natural surroundings of our fire pit area.
I can see our holiday party happening in two phases, starting on the deck and moving down to the fire pit after dinner for hot cocoa and s'mores.
Thanks to AE Outdoor we lots of options for creating a cozy, outdoor living area for our family to enjoy year round.
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Happy Holidays everyone!
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*AE Outdoor provided me with an outdoor furniture set to facilitate this review post. As always, all opinions are my own.