The last days of summer have us thinking about the ideal ad-hoc dining space; we think this set-up in Sweden, featuring a mix of inexpensive DIY tables and benches and a spare palette, has lots of good ideas to steal.
The patio is of the Vidar house, co-designed by the Leva Husfabrik team, which is made up of an interior designer, architect and developer, motivator, and gardener. The structure is meant to adapt to a variety of living situations and can function as a home, hotel, or schoolhouse. Get the look of Helena Bloom's design and styling with our sources below.
Above: Do like Husfabrik and combine 2-by-4 studs to create an instant bench. Premium Kiln-Dried Whitewood Studs are $2.73 each from Home Depot. For the table, source a large board from Home Depot or a local hardware store.
Above: Create a table base with the Signature Development 29-Inch Sawhorse is made from solid pine; $18.98 each from Home Depot.
Above: For holding branches, the square ceramic Burlap Pressed Pot mimics the textures of burlap; $18 from Terrain.
Above: Huset Gotland Sheepskins from the Swedish island of Gotland are $350 each.
Above: Skagerak's Teak Folding Chair is made from 30-to-50-year-old plantation grown teak trees and kiln-dried for three to four weeks; $342 from Horne.
Above: The New Pot 50, designed by Paolo Rizzatto for Serralunga, is a large-scale planter (the smallest size measures 19.5 inches by 16.5 inches) made from roto-molded, recyclable polyethylene that is water and UV resistant; $270 from Design Within Reach.
N.B.: Looking for more patios? See 378 Decks & Patios in our Gallery of rooms and spaces.