Rolling Out the (Soda Pop) Carpet

As the weather warms up and the days grow longer, I look forward to setting up the outdoor furniture. We bought a cute little set from an import store a few years ago when we added a front deck. The furniture is comfy, cozy and easy to keep clean. Setting it up feels like playing house. I’m not sure I ever really grew up. 😉

At the time we bought the set, we also picked up a grass-styled mat to unify the pieces. After three summers of outdoor-living, the mat is looking tired. We could certainly make do for one more year, but while shopping for summer dresses I found this:

striped garden mat

Outdoor Rug by Gaiam

The mats are hand-woven from strands made with recycled plastic. They’re reversible, too! The materials mean they are rot and mildew-resistant. Simply clean them with a hose.

The all-weather ‘rugs’  come in five different styles and two sizes. I hemmed and hawed over two of them, but finally settled on Tropical Stripe. Woodland Forest was the first-runner up.

Unexpectedly, the mat arrived with a burlap storage bag. I have a thing about bags, so it tickled my knees when it slid out of the box. It really is the little things that make our day, don’t you think?

I can’t wait to roll out the soda-pop mat, then gather our furniture around it. All summer long friends and neighbors stop by. I linger on the deck to open the mail or to read my book. We sit out there in the evening with a glass of wine or tea.

Counting the days…

What symbolizes the changing season for you?

12 thoughts on “Rolling Out the (Soda Pop) Carpet

  1. I need to get one of those for my deck. Spring usually means giving the 40+ year old lawnmower hubby paid $500 for 15 years ago the onceover.
    (Horrible sentence but I’m leaving it as is LOL)

    Spashionista (Alicia)


    • Wow, that is quite the lawnmower! I used to have a push mower and a weed whacker thing for the edges. We now have a friend that takes care of our lawn which is such a treat. Mowing (or more accurately edging) were my least favorite chores. I like pruning, weeding, digging, planting, watering…but I hate edging. Not sure why.


  2. Great colours! That’s going to really anchor your patio so nicely. I’d love to have a rug out on the deck here, especially since it’s not in very good shape paint wise. But I guess I should wait. mmmmmm….to be outside on the patio, feels good….well I’m there in my heart anyways.


  3. Repairing the lawn mower and tidying out the barn is always ours. I love that mat, fab colours and it’s great that you can just hose it down to keep it clean. I have 2 mats that I got from Ikea that are similar but they too are really tired looking now. Sadly, last time I went to Ikea they had stopped selling them so I think a search on ebay may be in order!


    • Don’t you love eBay and the like? There is no end to what you can find it seems.

      I ordered this mat online as well…nothing like it in town that I’ve seen. Our sales tax is so high in the Bay Area, that ordering online, even with shipping, is often a bargain.

      Repairing the lawn mower and tidying the barn. That sounds very woodsy and lovely. Ah, to have a barn. Wow!

      Thanks for commenting, Eleenie.


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