HOUSE: New Mexico #2 + I Love the Internet

UPDATE: Patio chairs! Rejoice! Plan!

Small Patio Plan -

The internet, man. I love it. Five days ago, in the midst of a patio chair crisis*, I posted a list of my requirements for potential seating, and BOY—you all really came through for me. So many suggestions! Many of them wouldn’t have worked for my limited space (and limited budget), but if you’re on the hunt for patio furniture of your own, check the post out—there’s some GREAT stuff linked in the comments. THANK YOU.

*”Patio chair crisis” being the critical phrase here—yes, I recognize that this is not an actual crisis. Please allow my hyperbole in these trying times when finding the right chair in which to enjoy my outdoor porch before the planet implodes due to any number of various threats feels more important than perhaps it should.

Anyway, just when I thought all hope was lost and was absolutely certain I was destined to spend my summer mornings sipping coffee on an old sheet, reader Diane left a comment that she’d noticed there were suddenly and miraculously exactly two Luna chairs in stock at Article. OMFG.

I didn’t stop to think, I just zipped over to the website, placed my order, paid with PayPal (no time to fetch my wallet), and exhaled. Folks, I have NO IDEA why there were suddenly two chairs in stock—maybe they were returned, maybe someone canceled their order—but I’m choosing to momentarily suspend my atheism out of a newfound belief in the God of Chairs. THANK YOU, CHAIR GOD. THANK YOU, DIANE.

Here’s the catch, though: There were still two chairs listed as being in stock for about 48 hours after I placed my order. So I know this could all fall apart due to a glitch in the inventory or what have you, but it’s been three whole days since I placed my order and no one at Article has emailed me yet to dash my dreams, so…well, what the Chair God giveth, the Chair God taketh away. I’ll keep my fingers crossed. Supposedly they’ll be delivered the week of June 19th.

Small Patio Plan -

In the name of tempting fate, I went ahead and put together a little montage of what I’m picturing for my little patio/porch hangout.

1. Luna Lounge Chairs / Article
2. Chile Ristra / New Mexico Catalog
3. Rattan Stool / Target
4. Vintage Teak Serving Tray / EMOharra
5. Textured Dot Outdoor Rug / Target
6. Corowa Bell / Target
7. Rattan Lantern / Target
8. Potted Succulents
9. String Lights / Bulbrite

Heavy on the Target, yes, because Target has been NAILING IT lately. By the way, everything I’ve linked to from there in this post is on major sale in the stores right now. I don’t know why the prices aren’t the same online, but I only paid $29 for that rattan stool (which I’ll be using as a side table) yesterday. The outdoor rug (which looks much cooler in person than it does in photos) was a similarly good deal. Oh, and I know those commercial-grade string lights are kind of overkill for such a small space, but I bought them in 2014 with the intention of putting them up in the Newburgh garden (and never got around to it…sigh), so I’d rather put them to use than continue to have them sit in storage. If the string is too long, well…I’ll figure it out.

Let the countdown to the week of June 19th begin!

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  • Reply lisaanne June 12, 2017 at 3:46 pm


    • Anna @ D16 June 12, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      Did you have a question about the stool, Lisaanne?

    • lisaanne June 12, 2017 at 5:21 pm

      I’m sorry 😐 I did not…
      the 12 year old in me was breaking out!
      I do think your patio & chairs are really lovely by the way

    • Kim B. June 13, 2017 at 12:14 am

      that is hilarious!!

    • Deborah June 22, 2017 at 3:55 pm


  • Reply Stella June 12, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Am crossing fingers Anna. Can’t wait to see it finished.

  • Reply Diane June 12, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Let’s just hope that their inventory system was temporarily sluggish and that those chairs show up and are THE BEST THINGS EVER!

  • Reply Meg June 12, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Huzzah! So exciting! Also, man I love your little porch!

  • Reply Kim B. June 13, 2017 at 12:15 am

    Hooray! I too hope the Article gods are smiling on you and that the chairs will arrive next week. Nothing else was seeming to be exactly what you wanted/needed. Love your inspiration and of course the string lights will be perfect, I’ve never heard of excess where those are involved, especially in the New Mexico night!

    Hurray for Diane’s eagle eyes and you for seeing her comment in time!

    • Kim B. June 13, 2017 at 12:16 am

      p.s. and of course a RISTRA — you are in a very specific context, after all!

      This little porch is going to be VERY inviting.

  • Reply Judy June 14, 2017 at 9:12 am

    This porch is going to be so lovely! I had to stop at Target for groceries anyway, and after seeing your list here, I took a look around at the sales. I believe your rattan stool was around $25, so readers should check their local store if they’re looking for one. You are so right, they are knocking it out right now. Thanks for the reminder. 😀

  • Reply rowan June 14, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    Anna, thank you for being present in our everyday lives and reminding to enjoy right now! Hangin’ on our patios!

  • Reply Rosie June 17, 2017 at 7:15 am

    Seeing this has motivated me to get my patio together this year… I’ve been lagging and it went to heck over the winter. Thank you for this post.

  • Reply Mommy June 18, 2017 at 8:53 am

    But … don’t you have some Bertoia chairs? Your porch is so pretty! Is there enough sun nearby for a bougainvillea?

  • Reply Mommy June 18, 2017 at 9:03 am

    The chairs you have decided on will look great. I seem to remember now that you are using the Bertoias in your dining room. I still haven’t had the one you gave me powder coated, so I can’t put it outside yet. Just ring that bell and I’ll come down to sip iced tea with you! Do you remember my cow bell?

    • lisaanne June 20, 2017 at 3:52 pm


  • Reply Deborah June 22, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Did they arrive!?!

    • Anna @ D16 June 22, 2017 at 5:53 pm

      They’ll be here on Tuesday!

  • Reply Lori June 26, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Did you get your chairs? Are they awesome & comfortable? I am dying of curiosity!

    • Anna @ D16 June 26, 2017 at 9:04 pm

      They’re coming tomorrow, Lori!!

    • Lori June 27, 2017 at 9:35 am

      Whoohoo! BTW, I can’t believe how invested I am in the outcome of this chair search. Facepalming a bit.

  • Reply lrm June 27, 2017 at 12:40 pm


    you know we need an update post, right?

    • Anna @ D16 June 27, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      THEY ARE HERE. They arrived a couple of hours ago, but I’ve gotta get my work done before I unwrap them. 😉

  • Reply 'col July 1, 2017 at 5:50 am

    But they arrived! Huzzah! The internets rejoice! (The internets also want to know if they look as cute in person as they do on the website.)

  • Reply Beth July 5, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Looking forward to the patio unveiling!!!!

  • Reply Pam July 11, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    The suspense is killing me!

  • Reply Lori July 12, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    The suspense is killing me! LOL

  • Reply Jemma July 18, 2017 at 1:03 am

    Just came to see how the chair situation was developing because I saw these and it reminded me…glad you got them delivered and it wasn’t some weird internet glitch!

  • Reply lisaanne July 21, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    el suspenso me está matando

  • Reply Caitlin July 28, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Wait, did the chairs get delivered? I’m so curious to see the final reveal.

  • Reply Pat August 1, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    oh! I saw a peep of the chairs on your Instastory (Instastories? Instagram stories? what ARE those things called?). Beautiful desert rain! try to send a little to us in Phoenix, it is needed here.

  • Reply ruth August 7, 2017 at 1:45 am

    Unrelated to chairs or patios…just an overdue shout out of support for your refusal to back down about your politics, or to apologize for (gttttttt…. cat walks on keyboard) posting about weighty issues on your blog. YOUR BLOG! I love your opinion and support your voice. We can love a good interior and have a political opinion. We SHOULD! Here in Australia we have a horrendous refugee policy and today our conservative party are voting on whether to tackle gay marriage. Dark ages. I increasingly feel powerless and i think many of my 40-something peers feel the same. Anyway….like I said….unrelated, but thank-you.

  • Reply Pam September 12, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Please post pictures of your patio with the chairs! Curiosity has been slowly killing me!

  • Reply Trofmok September 25, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    I miss your posts. They were lovely. I hope you are well.

  • Reply bjean November 19, 2017 at 10:36 am

    You say you love the internet but you remain AWOL for months. Your readers helped you get the chairs you wanted for the patio but then you stop and don’t even show a photo of the patio redesign. It is sad when bloggers have so little respect for their readers. Just stating the facts.

    • Christa November 19, 2017 at 5:34 pm

      Replying here to share my own fact: pretty much every time I’m picking out paint, I search “doorsixteen white paint” to call up the exact color and finish posted on this site. Thanks, Anna, for all of the amazing content and stories you’ve developed for us over the years. I’m quite certain my house wouldn’t look the same if you hadn’t taken the time and energy to share.

    • Nena82 November 19, 2017 at 9:50 pm

      It’s hard to put yourself out there and get these kind of responses… for what it’s worth, you are a constant source of inspiration. I love my black walls!!! Keep doing what you do, when you want to do it. Kind Regards from Mexico!

    • Christine November 20, 2017 at 6:49 am

      Yeah, Anna. How dare you come and go as you please. On YOUR blog??! Some nerve. You know we all read this for free, right? Like literally ALL of the content on your blog is provided and maintained and no cost to us, your readers, and you have the fucking balls to not update us at the exact intervals of our own personal preference.

      You’re a monster. Hope this helps!

    • Katie June 30, 2018 at 7:42 am


  • Reply jacobspence November 29, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    we don’t need (whilst we may want) or deserve to know the contents or intricacies of your life. just know you’ve made a positive impact on all of ours.

    hope all’s well in d16 land.

  • Reply Melissa February 19, 2018 at 12:47 am

    I love how green your patio is and I can only imagine how all of these, put together, will make it even more amazing. Please, do put up the photos when you arrange it.

  • Reply Perimeister March 27, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    Miss reading you. Hope all is well.

  • Reply doorot June 20, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    Miss you Anna, hope you’re A-ok 😉

  • Reply Beth July 6, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    Now that you’re back…. dear GOD can we please see the dang patio?!?!?!? I’ve been waiting over a year for this reveal!!!!

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