I eventually added a bamboo hedge in front of the fence because I clearly needed something to grow tall quickly to shield us from that unfortunate plastic carport and all the other various "junk" in the neighboring yard.
I definitely unleashed my inner gypsy with the fabric colors and patterns ... dare to mix!
I love the look of the extra fat welt I had my upholsterers use on the edges of the papasan cushion ...
This fabulous carved-top coffee table was sort of my own "invention,"made from a Pier1 piece intended as wall art! (sources below)
See how the striped rug functions almost as a neutral in combo with all the busy patterned pillows? People think stripes will be visually chaotic, but they're actually a great backdrop that can ground a space without competing if you're using lots of other pattern.
The string lights go a looong way in creating ambiance, especially for evening entertaining!
Now it's a backyard hang-out that I truly love, not to mention a much more inviting entrance and overflow seating zone for my little design studio ...
SHOPPING & SOURCES
-papasan loveseat: Craigslist (Pier1 sells them new) with custom cushion in Waverly sun-n-shade
-throw cushions: all made of fabrics from my remnant stash
-fretwork wood chairs: vintage with cushions in Swaying Palms indoor/outdoor fabric
-striped rug: Overstock.com Safavieh indoor/outdoor rug in Terra Cotta
-green serving tray: Pier1
-rattan side table: thrift store
-faux bone inlay side table: my DIY project
-glass pitcher and blue glasses: Pier1
-Moroccan lanterns: Pier1
-bent wood lantern: Pier1
-string lights: commercial grade (highly recommend for durability)
-bench beside studio door: vintage, with cushion in Premier Prints Jiri
Now be sure to go check out what the other bloggers have done with their outdoor projects ; )