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Indian Summer With Ikea

September 27, 2015 • Home Decor

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we’ve been experiencing a wonderful end of summer here in switzerland, with sunny mornings and balmy afternoons. which is always nice of course, but especially if your home has an outside area to enjoy those last beautiful days of the season. when we originally moved to geneva, we were incredibly lucky to find an apartment with a gorgeous balcony, so when we moved last year (almost a year ago – time really does fly!) we were really hoping to find a similar place in our new hometown. we hit the jackpot when we found our current apartment, which has a supernice terrace. it is partly walled off, as if it were more like an outdoor room than a terrace, and i really liked the idea of decorating the place like it was an actual extension of our open plan living room.

after our fun collaboration for JULIET’S NURSERY, i decided to team up with IKEA again for this project. ever since seeing the patio make-over on A HOUSE ON THE HILLS using those gorgeous ikea loungers, i couldn’t get them out of my mind. so obviously, they were first to end up on my shopping list. i love how they add a kind of mid-century vibe, but are still quite minimal pieces that don’t overpower their surroundings.

next was a dining table and chairs, and that is where i messed up a little bit. we decided to order our furniture online and have it delivered to our home, so as not to have to load up our car ourselves – which is a bit difficult with a baby car seat in the back. i originally ordered a huge table of 2 by 1m, because we both love having friends over for dinner and imagined enormous feasts taking place on our terrace. when the furniture was delivered however, i realized i had been a tad optimistic taking our terrace’s measurements. the table took up the entirety of the space, and the chairs could barely fit around it. #epicfail much?

thankfully ikea has a really good return policy – they take back products that are in pristine condition and their original packaging. so we loaded up our car after all, and went to exchange the table and chairs. we looked around for something a bit smaller, and finally noticed our ikea location still had some of the very cool ps 2014 picnic tables and benches in stock. they were the very last pieces, and i scolded myself for not thinking of them earlier. so easy to pack up, easier still to assemble and so pretty – it now is my favorite place for sunny lunches and some quiet alone time with coffee and a magazine. i love the minimal look of the benches instead of chairs, too. if i want to make them a bit cozier, i just put some pillows or a nice throw on them.

to really make the terrace feel like a living area, i spruced up the lounge corner with some greens and an outdoor carpet. simple details perhaps, but they really tied everything together. add to that the SERAX planters from our wedding and the string lights we had put up last year for the holidays (and i had refused to take down), and it really has become such a cozy and warm place to spend quality time with friends and family. we inaugurated the terrace when belgian photographer (and blogosphere friend) KELLY STEENLANDT came over to take some family pictures. obviously we had to celebrate with some veuve clicquot bubbles and a summery lunch of parma ham and melon parts. it was a beautiful weekend i hope to share more about very soon.

greens, carpet, table, benches, lounge chairs and cushions from IKEA // grey tableware by VIPP // cement plant pots on the table by SERAX // morrocan throw bought on ibiza // juliet is wearing an EMOI EMOI romper and HAPPY LEONIE headband // i’m wearing a striped G-STAR top // photos by stephanie duval

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