We’re in the home stretch of what we plan to complete this year for our backyard patio; with summer winding down, we’re calling this round one. After last week’s heatwave, the nights have started to cool off (good sleeping weather, as Scott would say), and I hate to admit that I craved my first pumpkin drink of the season, so we’re hustling to get to a point that we can call ‘done for now.’ And the latest addition to our backyard? Wicker!
After seeing this adorable photo pop up in my outdoor inspiration search, I asked, do we need wicker in our yard? These are words I never thought I’d say – I’ve always been impartial, I suppose? – but I showed Scott, and he agreed. Yes, we absolutely need some wicker in the yard. And so the search began!
I quickly learned that not all wicker is created equal. I would fall in love with a chair, only to find out that it wasn’t outdoor rated, or I’d find The One, and dive into the reviews, only to second guess my decision. In our case, we wanted two chairs to flank the heads of our soon-to-be dining table, and Scott was staying firm on a low maintenance buy. Nothing too precious, he said. In other words, we didn’t want to worry in the event of an unexpected rain shower. There are pricey options, and there are affordable options just like anything else, but after a few days on the hunt, I found myself jumping from leggy chairs to stubby chairs, grey wicker to white, or rattan to bamboo and back to wicker again. To my over-researchers out there, do you feel me? (Hear, hear!)
I went back to our inspiration photo to try and place what made me love it so, and I noticed how the wicker wrapped its way down the entire length of the chair, exposing only an inch or two of the feet. Bingo. With a clear mind, I could eliminate a lot of my options, and I quickly found a pair of these for a steal!
We swapped the tan cushions for these Sunbrella striped box cushions, elevating them from plain-ol’-wicker-chairs to hey, now!-wicker-chairs. It’s the little things! As a side note, this is our third purchase of nice Sunbrella cushions – our front porch swing, the built-in bench and these chairs – and the extra cost is worth it. They’re so well made, virtually fade proof and dry quickly after rain showers.
Until we finish building our patio table, we’re using them to cozy up around the fireplace, which, you guys, is so exciting! We just completed the conversion of our wood burning fireplace to propane, and I’ll be sharing that makeover soon. In the meantime, and because we considered All the Wicker, I wanted to share some favorites with you! Keep in mind that many of these are intended for indoor use only, which had me wishing for the space to add a pair to our own dining table. They add so much warmth! For all the wicker lovers in the world (consider us converts), this one’s for you.