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Friday Favorites: Our Fave Outdoor Spaces

Check out our Friday Favorites and see what we’re each shopping for this week! Today is all about our fave outdoor spaces.

We’ve had a busy but short week around here with celebrating the Fourth of July and spent lots of time enjoying the outdoors!

So today we’re sharing our favorite outdoor spaces and some of the items we can’t live without.

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It always seems like one of us or actually, more than likely both of us, are in the middle of a project.

Whether it’s a room makeover, testing a new recipe, or planning an event.

And the more we work the less time we have to browse around a store and shop in person.

To get all the things done each week we both do a lot of online shopping.

We shop for décor items, kitchen supplies, and everything in between.

And since we already love to share budget-friendly ideas with you, we thought it would be fun to show you what we’re shopping for every Friday!

We may even share some personal favorites we love too.

An awesome outfit or makeup product we find along the way!

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AnnMarie’s Faves This Week

Cantilever Umbrella

seating area on patio with umbrella open over area

My favorite time of the year is summer but dang does it get hot down here in the south.

A huge umbrella is our best friend when we’re sitting down by our pool patio.

This offset umbrella is perfect to provide some much-needed shade from the hot sun in between cooling off in the pool.

Want to see the rest of my pool patio? Check out this post here.

Metal Pergola

patio with pergola and outdoor lighting strung from top. ferns and other flower pots around outdoor rug and sofa sectional. stone fire pit area with Adirondack chairs behind pergola area

Another outdoor space where we love to hang out is this patio on the side of our house with our DIY fire pit and seating area.

See how I styled this area in this blog post.

The metal pergola has a removable shade cover that adds some extra shade to the seating area when we really need it out there.

But my favorite part of this outdoor area is the amazing string light sets we received from AQ lighting.

Learn how to easily hang these lights here and get our discount code below so you can grab a set or two for your backyard.

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Storm Shell Outdoor TV Cover

tv hanging outside on back of house outside in protective cover

As you can probably tell already reading this post we really love our outdoor spaces.

Since a covered screened porch isn’t an option for us, we decided to somehow make our back deck work better for our family.

So, last year we decided to hang a television on the back of our house. Check it out!

And since this area isn’t protected from the elements, we bought this storm shell cover and it’s worked out perfectly for over a year.

Trex Bench

side view of small front porch with bench to side of door

Although, our front porch is a bit small we’ve been able to enjoy some serious porch sittin’ with this Trex bench.

I love that it’s made of Polywood which makes it so simple to take care of…just a quick cleaning every once in a while and that’s it.

See how I gave my little porch a refresh here.

Anne’s Faves This Week

Wood Gazebo

Costco cedar gazebo on a patio next to a pool with a house behind it.

A few years ago we added this wood gazebo on the patio next to our pool behind our home.

Honestly, I wasn’t thrilled with the idea when my husband, Kevin, first mentioned it because I didn’t think we had enough space.

But it’s become my absolute favorite place to hang out!

I even love to sit out here in the winter with a cozy blanket & a fire going in the fire pit while watching a movie on our outdoor tv.

Come look at my gazebo all dressed up for the holidays here.

Outdoor Roller Shades

Costco gazebo with overhead ceiling fans, string lights, and rolled down roller shades on a paver patio next to a pool. Cushioned chairs sit under the gazebo with potted ferns.

We tend to sit under the gazebo in the late afternoon and by then the sun is setting behind our house and hits us right smack in the face.

And then it gets pretty hot with that sunshine beaming in!

So, we found these awesome outdoor shade rollers and hung two of them along the inside top beam of the gazebo.

Now, when that pesky sun is at a bad angle we just pull down the shade!

Outdoor Ceiling Fan

Two overhead ceiling fans suspended from the ceiling of an outdoor gazebo with string lights

We also added not one but two outdoor ceiling fans under the gazebo.

And wow, what a difference they made!

Between the shades and the fans, we feel so much cooler back here even on the warmest days.

Get all the details about making your backyard gazebo more comfortable for summer here.

Front Porch Rocking Chairs

Our front porch is one of my favorite places to decorate each season.

And these rocking chairs provide the perfect spot to add a pop of color for the season, like this red on my patriotic-themed summer porch.

The rockers also give us a fun spot to sit during a summer shower and watch the rain come down.

What have you been shopping for this week? Have you found anything amazing?

We’d love to hear about it….just leave a comment below!

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