Spring is in the air here in Upstate New York. We had a gorgeous week last week, followed by some sunny, but very cool days this week. As in frost on the ground in the mornings cool. But that’s ok, the folks of Upstate are pretty hearty folk (or maybe just stir crazy after the winter)–when we decide it’s spring we’ll act like it’s spring regardless of what the weather is actually doing.
That means we are all spending more time outdoors, walking instead of driving, preparing gardens and flowerbeds for planting, using the grill. Wearing flip flops and sweaters instead of boots and jackets (even if we really shouldn’t be!)
Walmart’s also getting ready for spring–and they asked me to head on into the store and take some pictures of their outdoor living selections to share with all of you.
Everybody knows that Walmart has a little bit of everything–I’d be surprised if there was anyone out there reading this who didn’t know that Walmart carries a large assortment of solar lights, fountains, cushions for deck furniture and garden ornaments in the spring.
They also carry a nice selection of patio furniture (and don’t forget–there are even wider selections of sets and styles online). I noticed that this year the trend for dark brown furniture continued (remember when it was all forest green?) and that the reds and rust colors seem to be very popular. I like that the manufacturers seem to have figured out in the last few years that quite a few of us like to eat dinner outside in the summer, and started including large, rectangular, dinner table sized tables in their sets (instead of those dinky circular ones that used to be the only ones you could find 10 years back or so). There also seems to be a trend for more full, comfortable cushions.
Another style I really like is the faux wicker. I have real wicker on my front porch which we repaint every year (there’s a post coming on that soon)–but it does degrade over time. We managed to kill our love seat last year, and our two chairs are starting to have some of the wicker break. When it goes I’d love to replace it with something like the faux wicker sets you see above.