2021 OUTDOOR FURNITURE GUIDE

It’s almost Spring and this is the time we usually start thinking about our backyard. What are we going to do next? Should we get new furniture? There are so many options out there and we have a few on our wishlist. If you are planning to give your backyard a new look for this Spring/Summer and are not sure which direction to go, we have put together an outdoor furniture guide to help you choose the best style and the right material for you.

When shopping for outdoor furniture, you’re probably going to look for similar characteristics as you would when looking for indoor furniture — durability, style and comfort. You should also set a budget for yourself. One thing about outdoor furniture is that it needs to tolerate exposure to the weather outside. Although there isn’t 100% weatherproof outdoor furniture, there are differences based on the materials used.

There are some factors to consider when choosing the right material for your outdoor furniture. We are here to help you understand the strengths and weaknesses of different material options.

OUTDOOR MATERIALS | FACTORS TO CONSIDER

Outdoor furniture needs to maintain its structural design and appearance throughout the different seasons and weather conditions.

RAIN + MOISTURE


If you live in an area with high humidity or frequent rain, you should keep in mind that mold/mildew, corrosion, and warping may occur. You would want to make sure your furniture is resistant to damage from different water-based issues. Mold and mildew may not damage material, but can cause respiratory problems and other health issues. However, rot can lead to decomposition of the material.

Rust and corrosion may occur to outdoor furniture made out of metal. Rusting is common in coastal areas due to salt in the air and water. Metals that contain iron or steel are vulnerable to corrosion, which causes metals to weaken and rust. Materials that allow water penetration can dry unevenly and result in warping. This causes distortion, misalignment, etc.

SUN + TEMPERATURE


Fading, cracking and heat retention may occur in areas that are constantly sunny or where there are dramatic climate shifts. You should look for material that can tolerate harsh UV rays and extreme weather changes.

Constant exposure to the sun can cause material to fade, uneven spotting, color change, etc. Outdoor furniture in the sun can also heat up, making it uncomfortable/unsafe to touch. Drastic temperature changes can cause cracking, and dry air can also cause furniture to bend and crack.

WIND


In extreme windy areas, you want to make sure your outdoor furniture is heavy enough. The last thing you want is your furniture to tip over or blow away 🙂

COST + DURABILITY + CARE


It’s important to stay within your budget and know your priorities. It’s also important to understand how expensive materials are in the long run. You may want to ask yourself the following questions — How often will I be using? Would I need to replace frequently? Does it take a lot of time and effort to maintain?

Some outdoor furniture may last for years and some may need to be replaced more often due to weather conditions. Another thing to think about is how often you will be using your outdoor furniture. The more frequent the use, the more durable the materials should be.

Caring for your outdoor furniture … Aesthetic and functional durability is also affected by how well you take care of your outdoor furniture. Some may require more attention than others. If your time is at a premium, you may want to opt for lower maintenance materials.

In the end, choose the right material that fits your lifestyle. These are some key factors to consider when evaluating your material options for outdoor furniture.

MATERIALS FOR OUTDOOR FURNITURE

We are giving you the pros and cons of different materials such as wood, metal, resin, plastic, concrete, etc.

WOOD


TEAK

Teak (Tectona Grandis) is a tropical hardwood tree, from the plant family Lamiaceae. Teak is the most popular wood choice for outdoor furniture. It is incredibly strong, repels most water, and has high natural oil content, which makes it resistant to damage from rot and decay. It is said that teak could last up to 75 years.

THE PROS – Durable, strong, resistant to weather, insect resistant, no cracking, no warping, and easy to care for.

THE CONS – High-Priced

ACACIA

Acacia wood is native to tropical and subtropical regions, particularly Australia and Africa. It is durable with proper care and an affordable alternative to teak.

THE PROS – Affordable, durable, and sustainable.

THE CONS – Sensitive to heat and requires more maintenance.

SOURCE – TARGET | PHIPPS ACACIA WOOD CHAIR SET

EUCALYPTUS

Eucalyptus wood shares similar characteristics as teak and at a much lower cost. It is less durable than teak, but its oil acts as a natural insecticide and contain water repelling properties. It is recommended to lightly sand once a year to smooth out the surface, and to apply a sealant to maintain the wood’s health for a longer life span. Eucalyptus wood could last up to 25 years.

THE PROS – Durable, cost effective, insect/rot resistant, and eco-friendly.

THE CONS – Cracking may occur if untreated with sealant.

SOURCE – WEST ELM | PORTSIDE ROUND DINING SET

METAL


ALUMINUM

Aluminum is the most popular metal for outdoor furniture and is relatively inexpensive. It is lightweight, strong, and requires low maintenance. Even though it is highly weather resistant, a polyester powder coating is recommended to help maintain its color. Aluminum also heats up like most metals, so it is best to have seat cushions.

PROS – Strong, durable, lightweight, weather resistant, inexpensive and low maintenance.

CONS – Retains heat and lightweight for very windy conditions.

SOURCE – ARTICLE. | OSTARA ALUMINUM OUTDOOR SOFA

STAINLESS STEEL

Stainless steel is the most expensive choice for metal outdoor furniture. It is extremely strong and endures extreme temperatures better than most metals, so they are less likely to rust and experience corrosion. If you are living in an area with salt air and water, it is recommended to powder coat for extra care.

PROS – Strong, durable, easy to clean, and resists rust.

CONS – Expensive and retains heat.

SOURCE – ARTICLE. | HALDEN ROUND SIDE TABLE

WROUGHT IRON

Wrought iron is the heaviest metal, and it has been used for many things throughout history. Wrought iron outdoor furniture can be difficult to move because of its weight, but a great option for those living in windy areas. Wrought iron requires more maintenance and can be an uncomfortably piece of furniture without seat cushions.

PROS – Solid, durable and a great option for windy environments.

CONS – Rusts easily, requires more maintenance, retains heat and cold, and difficult to move.

RESIN + PLASTIC


ALL WEATHER WICKER

Most outdoor wicker furniture is made from synthetic polyethylene resin. Natural wicker is made from a variety of organic sources such as rattan, seagrass, and bamboo. These plant-based wicker is sensitive to rainy weather, moisture and humidity, so it may not be the best option for outdoor furniture.

There are high-quality resin that are resistant to weather damage and are eco-friendly. High-quality resin is also very dense. High-density polyethylene does not release any chemicals, is very strong, and can be exposed to UV rays for decades. Lower quality synthetic wickers are made from polyvinyl chloride, which makes the material brittle and will crack over time. A lot of outdoor wicker furniture is constructed of an aluminum frame, which helps with the weight.

When you are purchasing wicker furniture, make sure they are well crafted. You don’t want any loose areas where it can eventually damage the furniture.

PROS – Weather resistant, durable, and easy to clean.

CONS – Can be uncomfortable and may run into issues if wicker is not crafted well.

SOURCE – SERENA + LILY | PACIFICA SOFA

SOURCE – ARTICLE. | ORA WICKER CHAIR

PLASTIC

Outdoor furniture made out of recycled plastic are eco-friendly and is a great option for stylish outdoor furniture. They are extremely strong, durable, and moisture/mildew/insect resistant. It is very easy to clean and doesn’t require much maintenance.

There are other types of plastics such as, Polyethylene and Polypropylene.

Polyethylene – is the most common form of plastic used and is cost-effective. It is durable and weather resistant.

Polypropylene – is lighter weight and resistant to heat.

PROS – Strong, low maintenance, does not crack or peel, and is weather and fade resistant.

CONS – May be light for windy environments.

CONCRETE


Concrete furniture is very popular in minimalist modern environments. It is sturdy, strong, can resist harsh weather for years, and can be formed in many shapes.

PROS – Long-lasting

CONS – Too Heavy

FABRICS


ACRYLIC FABRIC

Acrylic fabric is the most popular fabric used for outdoor furniture. They are strong, weather resistant, and mold/mildew resistant. Acrylic fiber is more breathable, which allows it to stay cooler in hot weather. It is very easy to clean with just mold soap and water. It is the best all-purpose textile.

PROS – Strong, durable, easy to clean, doesn’t fade, weather and moisture resistant.

CONS – High-Priced

Sunbrella is the most popular choice for outdoor fabric. Their fabrics are durable and easy to clean. They have been around since the 1960s and have only improved their fabrics for a longer lifespan.

POLYESTER FABRIC

Polyester fabric is synthetic and is usually coated with acrylic or vinyl to protect it from weather conditions. Polyester fabric is strong, resists water damage and staining. Non treated polyester fabric fade faster than other synthetic textiles.

Acrylic coated polyester works well for accents and pillows. Vinyl coated polyester is best for self-supporting sling seating like poolside loungers, paring dining chairs and bar stools.

PROS – Strong, dries fast, comes in bold colors and patterns, resists tearing and water damage.

CONS – Fades faster than other fabrics.

Textilene mesh is made of tightly woven polyester. Each strand of polyester is coated with poly-vinyl chloride and heat set. It is extremely durable.

Batyline mesh is an extremely durable and high quality material. It consists of polyester fiber covered by a coating of PVC.

OLEFIN FABRIC

Olefin is another solution-dyed synthetic fabric. It is durable, fade resistant and quick drying. It is mold and moisture resistant. It is less expensive than acrylic fabric. Olefin is not as soft as other textiles, but is lightweight and easy to clean.

We hope this post helped you understand the different types of material and fabric there are for outdoor furniture, and will guide you to purchase the right outdoor furniture for your home.

MADXSON + CO. CANDLES | ROMANCE + WELLNESS COLLECTION

We are so excited to release some new scents for 2021. We are launching two new collections on January 25th — Romance Collection + Wellness Collection. Here is an early sneak peak of our new scents.

Our Favorite Picks | Threshold Designed w/ Studio McGee | Spring 2021

We love Studio McGee and we are thrilled with their new spring collection at Target – Threshold Designed w/ Studio McGee. We just grabbed a couple of items from their new spring collection and wishing we could grab more! Today, we are sharing our favorite picks and how/where you can style them at home. If you haven’t yet, hurry and check out their new items before they’re sold out!

CONSOLE TABLE / ENTRY WAY

LIVING ROOM

KITCHEN + DINING

OFFICE

Home Reno Reveal: A Walk Through Master Bedroom Closet

PHOTO BY: MADXSON + CO.

During the summer, we hired a general contractor, architect and engineer. We made plans to build an extension to our original master bedroom. Note — We have two master suites. We wanted a walk in closet and personal office space. However, things changed and we decided to turn the playroom (the second master suite) into our new master bedroom.

This was our chance to learn and build on our own. So, we decided to DIY!

Since we started a small business, we needed more space for an office and craft room. That is why decided to give up the playroom and have the kids move into our old master bedroom. We then take their old bedroom and turn it into our office / craft room. They can still have the same amount of space to play and store their toys.

BEFORE.

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PHOTO BY: MADXSON + CO.

A before photo of the kids playroom with and without toys. Our demo to do list:

  • Closet
  • Carpet
  • Baseboards
  • Trims

DURING.

PHOTO BY: MADXSON + CO.
PHOTO BY: MADXSON + CO.

We ran into a problem after we removed the carpet. The floor wasn’t leveled. So, we had to self level. We used Mapei Self-Leveler Plus and it can be purchased at Lowe’s or Floor & Decor.

Once ready, we began building the wall for the closet and re-painted the room white.

PHOTO BY: MADXSON + CO.

PHOTO BY: MADXSON + CO.

AFTER.

PHOTO BY: MADXSON + CO.

PHOTO BY: MADXSON + CO.

We decided to purchase the PAX CLOSET SYSTEM from IKEA. It was affordable and easy to install. You can also design your closet on their website using their free Pax Planner.

Once you install your cabinets and shelves, you will have a ton of unused pre-drilled holes. Ikea sells cover plates to fill in these holes. Here is the link — Variera Cover Plate / 100 Pack White.

We also suggest using their Click & Collect service. You can buy everything online and pick up once it’s ready.

For the handles, we purchased from CB2 and they’re on sale right now! They come in different sizes and colors. We went for the 6″ brushed brass. We absolutely love them and the quality is great.

Contour Handle Brushed Brass 6″

We are happy we decided to go this route. We learned a lot during the process and still got the closet space we needed, as well as the design. Even if you’re not building a walk-in/walk-through closet, you can still give your existing closet space a make over. Stay tuned as we work on new content on closet inspo and ways to give your closet a make over.

Also, we will reveal our faux concrete wall soon and a complete master bedroom reveal.

FESTIVE FRIDAYS on INSTAGRAM

To celebrate the holiday season, we are hosting a special sale or giveaway every Friday until New Year’s Day. Follow our Instagram — @madxsonandco to see what sale or giveaway is going on 🙂

@MADXSONANDCO

Minimalist Thanksgiving Table Settings

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Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays. We reminisce about everything we are thankful for, feast on amazing and delicious food, and are surrounded by our loved ones around a festive and gorgeous Thanksgiving table setting.

You may be overwhelmed with all the food preparation and think you don’t have time to decorate and set the table, but you can always go the minimalist route in still creating a beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape.

We are sharing our favorite links and also created a “where to shop” section to help you shop the look on some of these beautiful ideas.

A Neutral Fall Tablescape

BY: HOME + HALLOW

SOURCE/CREDIT: HOME + HALLOW

Berry Bliss

BY: MYDOMAINE.COM

SOURCE/CREDIT: MYDOMAINE.COM

Sweet Clementine

BY: JANE AT HOME

SOURCE/CREDIT: JANE AT HOME

Cotton + Plaid

BY: CRAZY FOR US

SOURCE/CREDIT: CRAZY FOR US

Dark + Fresh

BY: HAPPY GREY LUCKY

SOURCE/CREDIT: HAPPY GREY LUCKY

Warm + Bright

BY: LOOM BRAND

SOURCE/CREDIT: LOOM BRAND

Simple + Elegant

BY: LIFE WITH MAR

SOURCE/CREDIT: LIFE WITH MAR

Spots + Stripes

BY: BECKI OWENS

SOURCE/CREDIT: BECKI OWENS

Boho Picnic

BY: PLATTER PANTRY

SOURCE/CREDIT: PLATTER PANTRY

Outdoor Living

BY: HAPPILY EVER AFTER ETC.

Where to Shop

MADXSON+CO x CRAFTS BY CHANNY GIVEAWAY

We are hosting our first Instagram giveaway with Crafts by Channy. Check out our latest post on Instagram for details 🙂

Target Holiday Home Decor Ideas

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Is it just us, or is November flying by so quickly? Thanksgiving is approaching and we usually have our Christmas tree and decor up a few days before. However, we are in the middle of home reno and it is extremely hard to decorate the house. We are hoping we can move into our new master bedroom right before Thanksgiving.

Home reno isn’t stopping us from all the holiday home decor. Our favorite to go to shop for the holidays is of course, the one and only … Target. They have the cutest items and definitely affordable. We are sharing our favorite holiday home decor ideas you can get at Target right now. Click on a photo and it will direct you to the product page. What is your favorite home decor this holiday season?

Madxson + Co. | Winter and Holiday Candles 2020

We finally launched our hand poured candles for Winter and Holiday. You may now purchase them on our Etsy shop.

OUR CANDLES.

•       Made in USA | Hand Poured in Orange County, Ca. 

•       Coconut Soy Wax + 100% Natural Soy Wax

•       Dye + Phthalate Free

•       Non-Toxic + Paraben Free

•       Premium Fragrance Oil 

•       Natural Cotton Wick

•       Lead + Zinc Free

•       Burn Time: 40+ Hours

•       8 Oz. 

The following scents are sold out, but we are looking to re-stock around Thanksgiving.

Farmhouse Christmas

Eucalyptus + Spearmint

Holiday in the Sun

Wildberry Chamomile (limited)

PHOTO BY: MADXSON + CO.

We are also launching our first Holiday Gift Set with four mini 4 oz candle jars. The scents in the gift set are:

Cozy Cashmere

Alpine Cheer

Chestnut + Brown Sugar

Holiday in the Sun

Follow our Instagram @madxsonandco to stay up-to-date on our latest candle collection.

PHOTO BY: MADXSON + CO.

PHOTO BY: MADXSON + CO.

Last Minute Minimal Halloween Home Decor 2020

HALLOWEEN IS FOUR DAYS AWAY!!! We have been so busy with home renovations and preparing to launch our winter and holiday candles, we lost track of time. Eek! However, we were able to gather some quick and easy ideas. If you are looking for minimal Halloween home decor, you’ve come to the right place. We are sharing a couple of DIYs and linking you to some of our favorite products. We hope you find this very helpful and that you and your family have a fun and safe Halloween!

WALL BATS.

Super easy and fun. Our kids enjoyed sticking them onto our barn door and in their room. You can do-it-yourself, buy them on Amazon or both! We bought a pack from Amazon because they were pretty cheap, good quality, and shipping was fast. Good news, some are even on sale right now!

120 Pack Halloween 3D Wall Bats

100 Pack 3D Bats w/ Spiders

60 PCS Halloween 3D Bats

Photo By: Madxson + Co.

To do-it-yourself, you will need the following:

  • Printer (to print out stencil)
  • Black construction paper / cardstock paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil or White Color Pencil/Crayon (to trace)
  • Double Sided Tape
Image Credit: One Good Thing

CLICK HERE for a different bat template.

PUMPKINS.

You can’t go wrong with pumpkins. Real or fake. Carve or no carve. There are a whole lot of ideas out there. We bought a couple of decorative knitted and raffia pumpkins this year from Target (our favorite holiday shop) to put around the house.

Photo By: Madxson + Co.
Image Credit: Target
Image Credit: Target
Image Credit: Target

Image Credit: Target
Image Credit: Target
Image Credit: Target

If you feel like being creative, you can always purchase real pumpkins and do one of these simple ideas we found on Pinterest.

Image Credit: Martha Stewart

Image Credit: Her Happy Home

Image Credit: Homey Oh My

HALLOWEEN GARLANDS.

Image Credit: This Mama Loves
Image Credit: Vicky Barone
Image Credit: White House Crafts
Image Credit: Target
Image Credit: Amazon
Image Credit: Amazon

BLOGS TO FOLLOW.

Image Credit: Lady Decluttered

Image Credit: Sher She Goes