They say in design you can’t have good, fast and cheap. You pick two, which in turn means sacrificing the third. I learned this the hard way when sourcing outdoor furniture for my sun room. The good stuff wasn’t cheap ($3,000 for a wicker sofa) and the cheap stuff wasn’t good (In fact, it was utter garbage). I was almost ready to admit defeat when my sponsors (saviors) at Article introduced me to their expanded outdoor collection.
With three distinct looks (Garden Scandi, Industrial Pop, & Boho Patio) Article is taking the guess work out of updating your outdoor space. Stick to one style for a streamlined look or mix and match pieces for a more custom feel. Did I mention they check off all the boxes? Modern furniture at fair prices that ships at a flat rate. I think I just COMPLETELY debunked the good, fast, cheap theory.
Bringing the Outdoors In
If you’ve been following along with my month of reveals, then you’ve already seen the guest bedroom and kitchen. And you know that I’ve been gradually transforming my rental home into it’s true Coastal Cottage potential. But what I failed to mention is that I saved the best room for last: The Sun Room. Full of natural light, this space was built for Sunday morning coffee, mid-afternoon naps, and late night girl talk.
After a fresh coat of paint, I knew this room could function as the front porch I always wanted but never had. So I decided to bring the outdoors in by incorporating pieces from Article’s Boho Patio line. (And plants, lots of plants!) The mix of rattan, streamlined black, and wood accents spoke to my soul. How is it possible that a furniture collection could feel so me?
My main struggle was keeping the space cohesive with the rest of the Coastal Cottage which feels soft and charming. So I chose sunwashed woods and surf inspired artwork to balance out the bold bohemian vibes. (Stay tuned for more on the peel and stick floor tile!)
Good, Fast, and Cheap
To be honest, despite my greatest efforts this room still feels completely different from the rest of the house. But that’s okay! How boring would life be if we were all one dimensional? The sun room reflects my creative side and it’s the perfect place to read, write, and find inspiration. All while drinking a glass of wine, of course.
Remember when I said you can’t have good, fast, and cheap in the world of design? Well fast wasn’t an issue when it came to delivery. The Arca Sofa and Medan Lounge Chair arrived a week after placing my order. And the Tana Stools followed shortly after. Article provides an estimated delivery on each of their product pages to avoid unwanted surprises. Everything was unboxed and assembled for me as I walked aimlessly around the house trying to look busy. (What else do you do when workers are in your home?)
The real question is: Is it good? Quality – that’s the most important factor, right? I’m happy to report that Article lives up to the hype! We’ve all heard about the Sven and even saved photos of it to our Pinterest boards. However, there’s a big difference between pinning and buying something sight unseen. (This coming from the queen of online furniture shopping.) That’s where Article’s 30-day return policy comes into play. Whether you measured incorrectly or just dislike the color, they’ll take returns no questions asked.
But I promise you it won’t be due to poor quality. Just look at that Arca Sofa with it’s solid teak frame and deep bench cushion. Paired with the west-coast inspired Tana Stools and powder coated Medan Lounge Chair, they’re a match made in Boho Patio heaven! Keep in mind, although my pieces remain indoors they’re all naturally weather-resistant and easy to clean with a damp cloth.
Let’s talk cheap, a word that instantly makes me cringe and stirs up memories of drinking Burnett’s vodka in college. Now that stuff was cheap. (And also disgusting.) Which brings me to an impasse. Can something be cheap and good? In design, you can have both when you cut out the middle man and take on a project yourself. In furniture shopping, it’s not that simple. Cheap means sacrificing quality. But thanks to Article’s direct-to-consumer model (furniture delivered straight to your door) they’re able to offer fairer prices that work for all budgets. So don’t let anyone tell you good, fast, and cheap isn’t attainable!
Now who’s coming over for Sunday morning coffee?