Make fun of me if you must, but transitioning to this house wasn’t exactly pie.
I know what you are thinking….but Katie, this is your dream house with all the space you’ll ever need, in a safe neighborhood and with great light and wonderful neighbors. To which I reply….how do you know my neighbors? Are you watching me? Right? Now?
It’s true. I have all that. But you must remember that we bought this house not necessarily for the house itself…(we had a great house that we loved!)….but mostly for the lot. The other house had an average sized lot compared to the 5 acres of this property….and the other house had a good sized backyard but not necessarily an entertaining style space….and the other house had a normal deck that was elevated above a sloped backyard….versus this house that has an elevated deck and an underneath shaded patio that is open to the flat backyard. Small differences…but to me they are HUGE.
This is part of the underneath patio that is the scene of the crime (it is a punishable crime to not have seating down here). Especially with my transplanted bushes doing so well. And me, being the law-abiding citizen that I am, decided that I needed furniture pronto Tonto. (ten thousandy points to Lone Ranger fans out there)
Enter this little advertisement below thanks to Target….
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I looked at tons of different sites….all putting their summer furniture sets on sale in early June (that’s like how Hobby Lobby already has Christmas stuff out – CRAZY!). I looked at making my own furniture (see the Ana-White window open?!) but in the end, I decided that I would love to construct some pieces for down there but the chairs and their cushions would cost me just as much to DIY…so buying big-box it is!
Now this is the part where I tell you about how I got a great deal. It’s called the Nornie Method. That’s right. My baby sister. Long story shorter, I saw the online price (the lowest price of the season per their homepage) and wanted an additional 5% off (all I needed was a Target Red Card)….so I drove the twenty minutes into the nearest Target, applied right there in the store, got my temporary card, was told it would be easy to order online and went home. Four hours later, I was crying in a panic while simultaneously getting heart palpatations from talking to a I-barely-speak-English customer service assistant who shuffled me back and forth to different departments all of who told me mixed messages and repeated the same answer no matter the question. Basically there was no way for me to get the additional 5% off. And I learned that day that I love my Target branch manager and hate the corporate Target customer service protocol. In the end, I called my little sister – told her the first-world-drama that I was tearfully experiencing and she whipped out her Red Card (and found an online coupon to boot for any orders over $50) and got me the discounted price.
When Nornie called me back – she had saved me over $65 additionally from the sales price….not too shabby…and that is almost $600 off the regular price (!!!). I got 2 chaise lounges, 2 armchairs and a loveseat all from the Belvedere collection from Target.
A couple weeks later, our furniture finally arrived. Our porch was a little cluttered till Jer arrived back from work. And then it was on like donkey kong.
This furniture was super easy to assemble but there are a few simple things that can make it easier.
For one, lay your furniture pieces on a big blanket. It will help it keep the coated wicker from getting roughed up.
Secondly, use a rachet with an attachment for monkey wrench head.
My last tip is to not follow the directions. Attach the seat piece to the back piece first. It says to do it last. Don’t. Do it first.
So after I assembled the chaise lounges, I waited for Jer to finish up the loveseat….and took random photos.
I have no idea what they were doing.
And as much as I hate that this photo was out of focus, I still love it.
Ready for my new patio furniture? Here are the lounge chairs…
And the two armchairs…
And the whole set…
Eventually we will move the chaise lounges up onto the deck…and build a coffee table and a console and some outdoor storage.
Oh and did I mention we have plans for a table? Yup. After scoping out tons of DIY plans – we are gonna build a 14 person table for under the patio. It’s gonna rock my world. No literally. If it fell over, the hugeness would probably shake the entire earth.
We already have the wood. Consider me excited.
So that’s the patio furniture news. Seriously life-changing. I have spent almost every non-rainy day outside lounging and enjoying the best part of this property. It’s been amazing. Ever buy something that literally changed your life in such a positive way? I know it sounds crazy but being able to enjoy watching Will play in the back yard while relaxing my bulbous belly in the shade is priceless.
p.s. Today I hosted my first mommy&me playgroup! It was soo so fun! My dear ole mom even did a music class for us and literally it has me so excited for the rest of the summer.
p.p.s. ANOTHER BIG FIRST – Jeremy felt the baby kick for the first time today! It was really really crazy active and he felt little Kevin (or Kelvina) Bacon Bower roundhouse hello a few times. It makes it so much more real!