Outdoor Living: Eco Chic Style

This is where I have been relaxing and hanging out the past few weekends as well as in the evenings enjoying the nice weather. It is my little piece of paradise right outside my back door.

Patio decorating ideas

Since I do so much painting and “make-overing” in the house ( I just made that a word), I like to have some place to go in the warmer months where I can go to get away and relax, read, have a drink and dine alfresco.

A place that feels like I am taking a little vacation from all my projects, especially on the weekends.  I try to create this in my back yard.

Outdoor furniture made out of recycled milk cartons

Last year I decked my deck out with outdoor Polywood rockers made with recycled milk jugs.  Ed and I loved them so much we even used one in the family room during the winter, but what I loved most about them was that they are super comfy, well made and low maintenance!

When it came time to replace more of our outdoor furniture this summer we decided to go with poly furniture from the Amish furniture makers DutchCrafters.


We replaced two chaises we never used with two Amish Poly Wood SeaAira Adirondack Chairs and ottomans along with a conversation table from the Finch Poly Furniture Collection.

Outdoor Polywood Furniture

Poly furniture is made with modern, eco-friendly poly material that utilizes post-consumer recycled plastic, turning what would normally be waste, into beautiful furniture! It is manufactured and engineered to resist fading, cracking, splintering and developing mold and mildew – all it needs to clean is a hose :-)

The material also allows your furniture to survive the harshest winters, leaving it free of chips, splinters, cracks or dry rot when the season is over.

The other thing I like about the furniture is that it is made right in the United States in my home state in the quaint heart of Pennsylvania’s Amish Country and is delivered straight to your backyard wherever you live.

I also like the the fact that our outdoor space is becoming more respectful to Mama Earth for style that is simple, sustainable and fills our needs beautifully.

Driftwood finish outdoor furniture

It was hard trying to choose what color I wanted for the new outdoor furniture as there are so many color options on the DutchCrafters site – over 18, plus you can also choose to combine colors on each piece. I decided to get the furniture made in Finch Weatherwood.

Outdoor decorating ideas using candles

It looks like driftwood, which makes me feel a little bit more like I am at the beach :-) It also goes best with the outdoor dining tables I have already.

Driftwood finish Polywood outdoor furniture

I am excited to use the round conversation table to stage all the chairs around when we have friends over. A comfy place to sit and a place to set food and drinks as we enjoy each other’s company.

Dutchcrafters outdoor furniture

The furniture is sturdy but easy to move. I ordered the optional add-on ottomans for each Adirondack chair to make them more versatile. I have used them to stretch out my legs to get a little sun on them while reading a book…

Polywood outdoor furniture

and also removed them for classic Adirondack style comfort.

Outdoor furniture made out of recycled milk cartons

I even brought out a snuggly throw blanket to use at night when I like to come outside with a cup of tea to stargaze before I go to bed.

Now my only wish for my backyard would be a view of a lake or ocean…it will have to remain a dream for now.

To find out more about Poly furniture and DutchCrafters, check out the entire Finch Poly Furniture Collection along with the wide variety of styles and colors they have to help you make your backyard a comfy and stylish retreat.

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  3. Joie Gahum says:

    Your place is totally chic! I love the view and the relaxing country/eco vibe your place has. Where did you get your chairs? It looks so relaxing and I would want to have on the terrace of my room. I do notice your patio doors though. I just feel that it would look better if it has blinds. The view is great definitely but you could enjoy a little bit more privacy indoors though. Transition roller blinds would look great on your patio doors and will not mess with the sleek décor your door has. The pool area on the other hand is one of the best ECO inspired pools I have seen so far. You could either read a book or simply soak under the sun while enjoying the view outdoors. I wish I had a place like yours!
    I saw this page this page that might give you an idea about transition roller blinds for your home. http://www.blindsonline.com.au/transition-roller-blinds

  4. Love the wood tray! Where did you find that at?

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Darcy – I have two of the trays. One small and one large. I bought them in April at Ross. They were very inexpensive.

  5. Nice backyard! I think everyone should strive to have a little slice of paradise in their own backyard or even balcony. I love beautiful yards and gardens! I just recently posted this inspirational outdoor space myself:

  6. Very good style! I want this :)

  7. Christine says:

    sooooo gorgeous!!!!!

  8. Stephanie @ Casa Watkins says:

    Looks amazing Diane! I really need to get waterproof furniture for my deck. I bought a wooden set and it did not last long at all.

  9. Julia@Cuckoo4Design says:

    Love your backyard and pool and that set is perfect for it.

  10. sharon / theprincipledtype.blogspot.com says:

    let’s call a spade a spade . . Chic! yup ☆

  11. Sheryll & Critters. says:

    You do have a beautiful back yard and it is so well kept too. That furniture is gorgeous. I actually broke one of the legs on my glass topped round table while trying to start my lawn mower…. boo hoo. I am going to try and glue (yes glue) it back on. I have had good experiences with Loctite PL 3 X Premium, so I will see.

    I like the color as well. Oh and I spotted the Mouton Cadet immediately! I am wishing for this nice furniture now.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Sheryll – Loctite is one of my favorite glues to use. It should work well. I hope the table is back in service for you soon. XO

  12. Beautiful furniture! You may not have a lake or ocean view but you have a pool with a beautiful yard behind ringed with trees. That’s a gorgeous view too!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi CeeGee – I do love my backyard and enjoy the view of my pool. It is water view that I don’t take for granted. :-)

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