The warm July sun is here and I’ve decided this weekend to enjoy some of my favourite things: tea, friends and, of course, paint! This summer, we are all in need of a little break. So naturally, I cracked open a fresh new can of paint, did a little antiquing and put together a scene in my backyard especially for drinking tea and relaxing in the backyard.

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This sitting area can be completely personalized to you and your outdoor space. For me, my focal point was this beautiful re-purposed bench made from an antique headboard by a local artist. I love the detail in the bench, and it was the perfect piece to add a fresh, bright whimsical element to this area.

Since the bench was a beautiful bright creamy white, I wanted to incorporate some more colour in the little setup. I had this side table and suitcase tucked away in the back of the store, so I pulled them out and gave them a fresh paint job in the colour “inglenook” from our Fusion Mineral Paint line. This colour added such a bright, fun element to the backyard and is one of our favourite summer colours.

 I had been on the hunt for a tea cart for a while, and after a last-minute trip to Dundas with my mom, nieces and two daughters, we found this little cart that we  knew would be the perfect teacup display. We had a great day of antiquing, and  found many hidden gems at one of my favourite antique shops, Valley Antiques,  including this cart as well as the door we painted on CHCH Morning Live (if you missed it you can watch it here).

Tea cart

 After tucking a beautiful antique chair next to our side table, I began my favourite  part- accessorizing! Since this is a “tea party” set up, I began placing our vintage teacups on the cart, and added a teapot full of my favourite red rose tea. And of course, tea would not be complete without a plate full of pink macarons from our favourite patisserie, “Saving Thyme“. It didn’t take too long until they were all gone!


I added a mason jar full of some roses and lots of whimsical greenery to bring even more colour, and began cozy-ing up the space with a soft floral quilt and a cozy pillow that reads “so many books, so little time” (fitting, since my summer reading list is ever growing).

Pillow closeup

And that was all! After a little bit of paint, antiquing, and a sprinkle of rose petals, I had this beautiful setup in my backyard by the pool to enjoy with friends and family. Luckily, the weather cooperated and I was able to enjoy the sunshine and the sound of kids splashing in the pool. The perfect summer day- “a good laugh is sunshine in a home”.


I hope this inspired you to create some memories this summer, and create a space outdoors where you can do all the things you love. If you’d like to get even more pure-spiration, follow our blog and check out our social media links down below. We’re always looking for inspiration and looking for ways to inspire you!