Danavee Long’s love for all things antique and vintage runs deep, so when it came to furnishing her outdoor antiqued brick patio, she went 100% vintage. She scoured Facebook Marketplace and took home two unique outdoor patio sets and she thrifted many of her outdoor accessories from thrift stores and garage sales. But it’s not just about snagging a deal for Long. “Durability and quality come to mind,” she says. “These pieces were well made and are still sturdy, and they have so much more character, too.” Long explains. She also loves that she gets something one-of-a-kind. “In the end it comes down to being unusual and different. I love having pieces that not everyone has. Pieces that are nostalgic, cozy, welcoming—feels like grandma's backyard when you were a kiddo,” says Long.
If you want to go the vintage route for your outdoor space this summer, Long suggests taking your time curating it and to try mixing different pieces together to get a unique set. “Be patient! I collected mine over the course of a few summers. Be open minded about color—metal is easy to update. Be okay with snagging a table here and a chair there. You can put an eclectic set together over time,” Long says.