Welcome to the 333rd Metamorphosis Monday!
When my son and daughter-in-law moved into their home a couple of years ago, they inherited a beautiful backyard. The older couple who previously lived there were avid gardeners and they had created a secluded paradise that was the talk of the neighborhood. The cares of the day vanished the moment you entered this lovely garden.
Nancy and Chip’s backyard is completely enclosed on all sides by walls of lush, green trees and hedges. They provide an amazing amount of privacy. I have serious garden envy each time I visit!
Recently, I was offered a set of beautiful Oleander Savanna Outdoor Dining Furniture, currently available at The Home Depot. It’s one of the many outdoor dining collections offered this year by Martha Stewart. Though I loved it and knew anything coming from Martha Stewart was going to be top-notch, it was the wrong shape for my small octagonal-shaped decks.
Just as I was about to sadly decline, I remembered that Nancy and Chip were in need of outdoor furniture. When I saw the Oleander furniture here in their garden, I knew it was meant to be!
You may remember when I shared this “before” picture earlier last week. When I took this photo, I hadn’t yet attached the two long side braces that go down the length of the table. The assembly was straight forward with easy-to-follow directions. The only part where a second pair of hands was needed was when it came time to place the tempered glass on top.
Martha Stewart loves rattan furniture and owns quite a few pieces herself. Her own rattan furniture collection, as well as the lovely outdoor bistros often seen in Paris, were the inspiration behind the Oleander outdoor furniture.
When you sit down at the table, it feels very solid and stable. I really like the glass top because it feels nice when resting an arm or elbow, something that’s always bugged me about my current metal set.
Rosma Gutierrez, a Director with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia said, “We love the look of rattan furniture, but it can’t be left outside for extended periods of time. These pieces have a similar look but with almost no maintenance because of the materials we used.”
A lot of thought went into the design of the Oleander Outdoor Furniture Collection, exactly what we’ve come to expect from anything with the Martha Stewart name.
I love the cushions that came with this set. They are heavy and finished off beautifully with bright, white piping around the outer edges.
I clipped a few peonies from the garden for our centerpiece. You can’t see it right now since it’s hidden by the flowers, but the table is designed with a capped opening to allow for the use of a patio umbrella when needed.
Every garden party needs something cool and refreshing for sipping.
If you missed it, I shared the recipe for these yummy Watermelon Mojitos a few days ago in this post: Watermelon Mojitos for a Summer Party
A variety of old fashion root beers were chilling nearby.
Every secret garden needs a garden bench. The Oleander Bench worked beautifully nested into this spot. Its thickly padded cushion makes it super comfortable. I actually dozed off while sitting here one afternoon, it was just so relaxing listening to the birds and enjoying the warmth of the sun.
The day I was putting the table together, I discovered there are bird lovers living nearby. I was amazed by how many birds were singing in the garden that day as well as the following day when I was busy taking pictures. Then I spied a neighbor just a few feet away. He was filling the feeders he has hanging down along the lower part of his property.
How nice it is to live so close to a birder, such a blessing to have a neighbor helping provide birdsong for your secret garden.
Thanks so much to Martha Stewart Living and The Home Depot for the gift of this beautiful furniture from their Oleander Outdoor Furniture Collection. If you would love the Oleander Collection for your own secret garden, you’ll find it available at The Home Depot here: Martha Stewart Living Oleander Savanna 7-Piece Outdoor Dining Set and here: Martha Stewart Living Oleander Outdoor Bench
Looking forward to all the fabulous Before and Afters for this Met Monday!
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