Everyone needs a little design refresh every now and then. It happens to the best of us. Even our favorite hangouts.
I was SO. EXCITED. when I got an email from my bffs at Jonathan Edwards Winery this spring. Their patio and deck needed help. The tired old furniture just wasn’t making the grade anymore. It was time for a refresh! If we’re being honest here, I’ve been dying to get my hands on this space for a while. It is really thrilling to be actually working on it!
Here’s what we were working with:
(photos via Jayme Designs and Jonathan Edwards Winery)
The patio has had a lot of amazing work done to it already. (Believe it or not, what was once grass and dirt is now a beautifully landscaped stone patio). Obviously, all that hard work (the landscaping, the stone work, the custom built tasting bars) would stay. What had to go? The weak old furniture. Though lovingly tended to and carefully repaired, the old iron furniture was on its last legs. Dainty and delicate-looking, it wasn’t letting the patio live ups to its potential. I won’t mention the silver mesh furniture on the back deck that I’ve been fighting with for years. The existing furniture and layout read “mismatched”, “unorganized”, and “wobbly”. (Sorry guys, it’s true).
The mission? Replace that old furniture with something that completely matches, is modern, and serves a better function. Seating more people in more defined, yet transitional spaces was key.
We immediately knew that we wanted to replace the round tables with square ones. This will allow the space to be rearranged into larger tables without the awkwardness of two round tables being pushed together. We also knew that we wanted the majority of the tables to be the same size for the same reason. A new and fun idea that Jon (Edwards) had was to add in large square tables that could seat 8. Large groups tend to congregate on the patio. These big tables will be a cool new way for them to hang without needing to move tables around (which can be both loud and dangerous).
We created a new layout that allowed us to fit in larger tables with a few more seats than were existing before. But, we needed a new “wow” piece. Something custom and unique. Enter: the new bench.
The space was previously home to two small tables. But it was begging for something more. We decided on a custom bench made to match the existing tasting bars. It provides an easy place to pop down and enjoy a glass of wine for those who don’t need a table. We added in arm rest dividers to create both visual and physical division. It’s a perfect new place for couples to sit and relax. (Plus, it’s in the coveted shady-spot of the patio.) It was custom made by neighbor/fellow farmer/friend/crazy-dancer, Brian. Isn’t it a beaut?
The final piece of the puzzle was something for people to talk about. Something to make people say “wow”. Our answer? Fire pits.
The amazing firepit tables that we selected double as coffee tables during the day and ‘wow-piece’ at night. Fueled by propane and filled with sparkly glass, they’ll be easy to care for and amazing to sit by.
Doesn’t it look a million times better, already? We broke it in last week with a bottle of wine and cheers all around! There’s more to come on this amazing project in phase 2. Stay tuned!
Thanks to Jonathan Edwards Winery for collaborating with Jayme Designs on this amazing project. In New England and want to check out the new patio and have some amazing wine? Check out JE here. You’ll probably see me there.