The stylish patio lounge furniture we are considering for the area around our recently built plunge pool includes mesh chaise lounges. We got the inspiration from the pool we enjoyed on our last Palm Springs vacation.
Also, I am showing a colorful Florida home not too far from us now, a great book, and what to cook. It’s Five Faves time with Annie and Cindy!
1. Stylish Patio Lounge Furniture Inspiration
This was one of three pools at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas from our recent desert vacation. We lounged at this pool the most (so did Tori Spelling and her five kids).
What I like about the contemporary chaise lounges (or chaise longue in French) was that the white color feels fresh and the mesh upholstery was breathable. Actually comfortable even without cushions…and would be easy to keep clean.
Also, the outdoor lounge chairs aren’t too heavy to move with aluminum frames. But having wheels would be even better for us (to move around the deck or bring in for storms).
Cute scalloped outdoor umbrellas were in Sunbrella fabric.
2. Pool Lounge Furniture We Are Considering
Since our backyard outdoor space is so small, I want to make it fairly neutral to expand the eye. This is the patio furniture we have so far. An outdoor sectional and coffee table from West Elm in performance fabric and a Pottery Barn table that we used in San Francisco.
Since the dining table has an x base like a picnic table and is covered, we decided to use it here and get a bigger table with leaves for the dining room.
My outdoor decor has a beach vibe. The candle sticks are from Serena & Lily.
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Modern Outdoor Lounge Furniture Mock-up
Below is an example of what I am considering from online retailer Wayfair (sort of a one-stop shop).
We could use two durable chaises (these have hidden wheels), and a well-priced umbrella (lots of colors) with a heavy base with wheels. A small concrete outdoor side table (out of stock but this is similar) would be nice too.
I plan on ordering the assembly option from Wayfair since there is free shipping and I’m not that handy! I also like Wayfair’s customer service. I always read the reviews before purchasing from them.
This makes me excited for the warmer days ahead! Our kids are coming for the Fourth of July.
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3. Florida Beach Cottage Style
Although we’ve lived in Florida twice before (in central and southern Florida), I would say my decorating style is more California Beach Cottage (collected, globally inspired with neutral and saturated colors like blues, greens, and terracotta).
Floridian cottage style is more tropical (think Palm Beach)…and I like that too. Both coasts like the use of texture. This small home in Jupiter, Florida was just in Canadian House and Home (May 2023) by Gail Marshall Interiors.
Love the simplicity here and the white window treatments.
The pink shades with the faded tobacco color in the wallpaper are soothing. I could see this style below on either coast.
This could just as easily be in Southern California.
I get Canadian House and Home digitally through Apple News. But I think I will subscribe to get the hard copy!
4. What To Read: Demon Copperhead
This is a long, sometimes difficult-to-read book…but excellent! I really recommend it…loved it on audio.
You may have heard of it as it is…”A NEW YORK TIMES TEN BEST BOOKS OF 2022, An Oprah’s Book Club Selection • New York Times Bestseller • Wall Street Journal Bestseller • A #1 Washington Post Bestseller.”
“Damon Fields, nicknamed Demon Copperhead, came into the world already behind the eight ball of life, and before long he’s in foster care placements that resemble work camps more than loving homes. Throughout this coming-of-age novel, the rug is constantly pulled out from under him but Demon has reserves of Olympian endurance.” ~Amazon Review
5. What To Cook On A Weeknight – Pepperoncini Chicken
Howard looks forward to his Bon Appetit hardcopy subscription. This fave recipe is from a few years ago, He made it this week when we had our friends, Mark and Mercedes over for dinner.
“This one-pan chicken dinner gets two times the flavor from using both the peppers and the pickling liquid in a jar of pepperoncini. The chicken roasts in the spicy pickling liquid, while the potatoes cook away nestled among the bright, yellow peppers. Once the potatoes are done, just toss them together with crisp, raw vegetables for warm potato salad vibes”. —Grant Melton (author)
- 2 lbs. skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs (6–8
- ¾ tsp. Morton kosher salt, divided
- ¾ tsp. freshly ground pepper, divided
- 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 1 lb. fingerling potatoes, halved lengthwise
- 10 pepperoncini, plus ½ cup brine
- 2 garlic cloves, finely grated
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- ½ medium red onion, thinly sliced
- 3 celery stalks, thinly sliced (about 1 cup), plus celery leaves for serving
- 2 Tbsp. chopped parsley
Preheat oven to 425°. Sprinkle chicken thighs all over with ½ tsp. Morton kosher salt and ½ tsp. pepper. Coat a large cast-iron skillet with 1 Tbsp. oil. Arrange chicken thighs, skin side down, in pan and place over medium heat. Cook, undisturbed, until skin underneath is browned, 14–16 minutes
Meanwhile, toss potatoes, peperoncini, garlic, oregano, remaining ¼ tp. kosher salt, and ¼ tsp. pepper in a large bowl. Set aside.
Turn chicken over. Add potato mixture to pan, arranging snugly around thighs. Pour peperoncini brine around edges of pan and give pan a shake to evenly distribute. Transfer skillet to oven and roast until chicken is cooked through and potatoes are tender, 40–45 minutes.
Remove skillet from oven and transfer chicken and peperoncini to a plate. Place skillet over high heat and cook potatoes, stirring often, until coated in drippings and glossy, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in red onion, sliced celery, and parsley.
Place chicken and pepperoncini on top of vegetables and scatter some celery leaves over.
We put the skillet on top of a trivet on our dining table and served the chicken family-style.
That’s it for modern outdoor furniture, and what to read and cook this week.
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