Bring something old and something new together to create an inspired outdoor space. Blogger and vintage enthusiast Coley Arnold combined found pieces, antiques, and Hayneedle furniture and decor to revamp her backyard. Get the look and shop Coley’s Styleboard.
We use our outside space as an extension of our home. As a mom of three boys that are constantly running wild, I needed a place where I could let them run free, as well as a place where I could kick up my feet and stay awhile. I transformed our backyard and translated my eclectic vintage interior style to the outdoors.
Originally, the space was cold, flat and uninspiring. When we moved in, we focused on the inside and ignored our outside space. However, after our first summer in the home, we realized we would be spending a lot of time out there as a family. We had no outdoor furniture to sit on, so this love-seat and couch was exactly what I had been looking for. It’s made with marine grade rope, metal that looks like wood so it will sustain and comfy Sunbrella cushions that wear well in the harsh climate. The shape is so beautiful and unique, and with the addition of vintage pillows, pots and baskets I was able to make myself the perfect place to relax poolside.
I created another corner on the other side of the pool with wooden lounge chairs. I also tried to cover the blank white surfaces with different vessels for plants. These corten steel planters were perfect because they have the industrial look I was looking for. They rust perfectly to look aged like they had been there forever. I added some vintage baskets and an old wooden cubby for cacti, succulents and other desert friendly plants.
I love the trend of rose gold and copper metallics. This hammered copper fire pit was just the ticket. I also found a hoop log rack to store all of our firewood. To anchor the space, this indoor/outdoor area rug was perfect. I don’t like matchy-matchy things, and I love that it adds a pop of color to the space.
— Coley Arnold, Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market