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Guest Curator: A Vintage Summer Patio With Modish

Jul 14, 2010

by modish handmade and vintage goods


Summertime has finally hit Portland and all I want to do is lounge around in my backyard, plant some flowers and have a yummy cocktail at the end of the day — with fresh mint from the garden. We just bought our house and the yard is still a work in progress, so I compiled some fun stuff from Etsyland that would make our outdoor space the perfect place to spend a summer day. Hopefully some of these goodies would be a great fit for your yard/patio/rooftop as well!


For our patio, I would love a cute little vintage bistro table like this one from The Vintage Supply Co — it’d be so bright on a gloomy Portland day! And on top we could set a pretty blue ball jar from Vintage Jane filled with flowers from the garden, and around it set these nautical style candle holders from Green Cricket. I’d have to find some white patio chairs and then could use these pretty outdoor pillows by Nenavon to add some comfort.



And for some patio decoration, we could have a plant stand, like this vintage one from Magark, and some planters from Haven Vintage, both in yummy minty green. And in them I’d plant some colorful succulents from Succulents Galore — I love their beautiful forms!



We could eat breakfast out in the morning air and sip coffee from LoucheLab’s teacups. I’d flip through a magazine and wear this adorable hat from Tree and Kimball to keep the sun out of my eyes. For lunch we’d eat piled-high sandwiches and serve them on these Melmac plates from icanhaskitsh. And of course, we’d need some lemonade, served with tons of ice in this pitcher from Jadite Kate.



After lunch we’d sleep off our food coma in a chairs like these from Diantiques — they have a removable footrest, too cool! And these little cocktail hour glasses from Lagelle would do me just fine with something cold and rummy inside.

Jena Coray is a full-time blogger at Modishwhere she shares her favorite handmade and vintage goods, indie fashion, style muses and personal inspirations daily. She’s a little more than obsessed with thrifting and opened her Miss Modish Vintage shop here on Etsy to put that passion to good use. She also has fun with the team at Aeolidia, offering marketing and copywriting services to their clients to help grow their business.

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  • avantanthologue

    avantanthologue said 9 years ago


  • VeronicaRStudio

    VeronicaRStudio said 9 years ago

    LOve all the picks! My patio is a work in progress as well and there are some beautiful ideas here. Thank you so much!

  • modernemotive

    modernemotive said 9 years ago

    Love the vintage jars! Nice curation.

  • SusanKJewelry

    SusanKJewelry said 9 years ago

    I absolutely love these picks. Especially the cocktail glasses!

  • zwzzy

    zwzzy said 9 years ago

    Those rainbow chairs make my heart skip a beat!

  • StudioZen

    StudioZen said 9 years ago

    I love all these fantastic vintage finds!

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural said 9 years ago

    i think we had some rainbow chairs like that growing up - used them every summer camping in Maine. they would, i agree, be beautiful on a patio too - as all these picks would be. we are delighted to see our gingham picnic blanket included... thank you!

  • LoveandDream

    LoveandDream said 9 years ago

    I love vintage!

  • DansbyRoad

    DansbyRoad said 9 years ago

    Awesome picks!

  • ShellysVintage

    ShellysVintage said 9 years ago

    Love the rainbow chairs! That's all I want to do during the summer months too...lounge and work in my garden...but we get so busy...:)

  • Emmamaha

    Emmamaha said 9 years ago

    I love the images of the teacups, the hat, the melmac plates..all the plants and bistro furniture..all bring back summers out in the garden. So pretty, thanks Jena!

  • Addy

    Addy said 9 years ago

    Love the pillows and plant stand! Awesome colours!

  • pamwares

    pamwares said 9 years ago

    miss modish...a delight of picks!

  • hypericumfragile

    hypericumfragile said 9 years ago

    Beautiful colors. Great and inspiring finds!

  • poplovedesigns

    poplovedesigns said 9 years ago

    Love your choices (and your blog), it's going to be the chic-est backyard in Portland! <3 Andrea

  • f2images

    f2images said 9 years ago

    Ok, seriously want EVERYTHING shown!!!!! I cannot get enough vintage. And those succulents....gasp!!

  • harmoniepark

    harmoniepark said 9 years ago

    well done, jena! so nice to see you here. :)

  • HeyChica

    HeyChica said 9 years ago

    Love all your picks, the teacups and tablecloth are gorgeous!

  • AZCreativeStudio

    AZCreativeStudio said 9 years ago

    Great picks! Love the colors!

  • lovesmenot

    lovesmenot said 9 years ago

    sounds like your backyard/patio is going to be lovely! there's nothing like brekky out in the yard on the weekends. or a nice mojito after a long day... gorgeous picks!

  • GloryBDesign

    GloryBDesign said 9 years ago

    You have several of my favs listed here! Love the plant rack, the retro flower pots and the succulents! Great job!

  • birchandbird

    birchandbird said 9 years ago

    Some fabulous picks...thanks for sharing!

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 9 years ago

    goodness gorgeous finds :) I definitely love the color pallet, the sea greens, and fresh citrus!

  • thevintagecup

    thevintagecup said 9 years ago


  • KristyLynnJewelry

    KristyLynnJewelry said 9 years ago

    Oh My Gosh!!! So many cute finds!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 9 years ago

    gotta love a vintage party!!! and outdoors to boot! love all your picks!

  • ValentinaBlossom

    ValentinaBlossom said 9 years ago

    Great finds! Love them all! I wish i had a patio... or, at least, I wish it was summer here! I'm frrrrrrrozen.

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 9 years ago

    All that vintage takes me back to my childhood summers...

  • urbanknitfits

    urbanknitfits said 9 years ago

    So pretty- and Love that lemonade colored table!!! If I had a yard or patio, or room in my apt!?! Would look cute with a big piece of glass on top and in the kitchen....

  • beautifulanodyne

    beautifulanodyne said 9 years ago

    Love the summer yellows included in this one. :)

  • coolranchstudio

    coolranchstudio said 9 years ago

    love the lounge chairs with detachable foot rests! great finds. :)

  • ZenAndCoffee

    ZenAndCoffee said 9 years ago

    Soooo in love with the citrus coasters! Great picks!

  • LuRuUniques

    LuRuUniques said 9 years ago

    Love all the summery things. Always room for more vintage things.

  • Retro2GoGo

    Retro2GoGo said 9 years ago

    You have amazing taste..

  • breadandroses

    breadandroses said 9 years ago

    Summer perfect picks! I love vintage Ohio pottery and the aqua planters are beautiful c1940 examples by Robinson Ransbottom Pottery Co., Zanesville.

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 9 years ago

    Such a comforting nostalgic collection! Wonderful finds!

  • 2ndcoming

    2ndcoming said 9 years ago

    wonderful picks as always Jena!

  • brideblu

    brideblu said 9 years ago

    Love these finds!!!! So bright and colorful...perfect for enjoying a little r&r outdoors :)

  • honeyddesigns

    honeyddesigns said 9 years ago

    Love your blog and your wonderful Etsy picks!

  • thelittlemarket

    thelittlemarket said 9 years ago

    Wonderful finds full of color!!!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 9 years ago

    Great pieces for your summer days! Love vintage!!

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 9 years ago

    ...miss modish makes me proud to be a portlander! thanks for the great article & fun going to go check out her blog right now! XO

  • eccoxile

    eccoxile said 9 years ago

    I was already craving a croquet set...this isn't helping! Also love the summery drinking glasses, so bright and cheery!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 9 years ago

    Great pics!

  • thirtyonedesigns

    thirtyonedesigns said 9 years ago

    Gorgeous yellow table :) WOW!

  • thepinkmartini

    thepinkmartini said 9 years ago

    What a treasure trove, some of these would be perfect for my patio!

  • thepinkmartini

    thepinkmartini said 9 years ago

    These are all great vintage treasures! Love the stripey glasses!

  • santosleather

    santosleather said 9 years ago

    Very cool vintage stuff ! So much to look, click, click...

  • VictoriaE

    VictoriaE said 9 years ago

    Hooray for Modish! I'm a big fan of her blog & Etsy shop. This feature is fantastic :)

  • lindaketelhut

    lindaketelhut said 9 years ago

    Beautiful items in so many wonderful cool summer colors. The backyard is such a fun extension of the house to decorate.

  • GraceFilledHands

    GraceFilledHands said 9 years ago

    Great picks! Reminds me of the summers of the 50's. Love them all!

  • vintagehomerecycled

    vintagehomerecycled said 9 years ago

    Fun stuff. I love those rainbow chairs, we had some of those back in the eighties.

  • flamingofancy

    flamingofancy said 9 years ago

    Such a great collection, makes me wish it was summer down here in Aus. Thanks :)

  • akcArt

    akcArt said 9 years ago

    Great stuff! Reminds me of my childhood summers!

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 9 years ago

    Love the summery accents! My family still has those rainbow chairs too!

  • OpusMagnum

    OpusMagnum said 9 years ago

    Adorable. Now where do I sign up for a patio?

  • etaletc

    etaletc said 9 years ago

    Time to find yard.

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 9 years ago

    you have an eye for great vintage stuff - wonderful choices above. and i also visited your blog, the fleamarket pics are to die for.

  • StarletGlamBathBody

    StarletGlamBathBody said 9 years ago

    Lovely finds. I Love Summer items! Summer is my fav.

  • EyeCandybyChristi

    EyeCandybyChristi said 9 years ago

    Beautiful! If I had a patio like that I'd never go inside :)

  • pinkchristine72

    pinkchristine72 said 9 years ago

    Wow...what a great guest curator presentation. Just lovely! and so many things to click on indeed!

  • zuppaartista

    zuppaartista said 9 years ago

    all so beautiful! makes me want to rethink our patio area! :)

  • vintagemimosette

    vintagemimosette said 9 years ago

    Laughing at OpusMagnum's post....I want to sign up for a patio, too! (or maybe an air conditioned sunroom would work better where I live). My parents have the BEST vintage iron patio furniture from the 50s , and they won't let me have it! Maybe I should cry and plead....

  • MustLuvVintage

    MustLuvVintage said 9 years ago

    Love all of the picks!! I've been infatuated with outdoor living this summer...I'm even going to have a new porch to furnish. yay!!

  • RetroLane

    RetroLane said 9 years ago

    love the plant holder!

  • felicitycrew

    felicitycrew said 9 years ago

    Very inspiring, and just perfect for this hot day.

  • hollypaints

    hollypaints said 9 years ago

    This makes me really miss having my very own backyard or patio space.

  • tortillagirl

    tortillagirl said 9 years ago

    Gorgeous picks - Jena always finds and puts together the most fabulous things.

  • Threepennybit

    Threepennybit said 9 years ago

    great artical, i love anything vintage and sell vintage so all the items were things i loved.

  • ShebboDesign

    ShebboDesign said 9 years ago

    I love all the pics! Especially rainbow chairs :)

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 9 years ago

    beautiful picks I too want to be outside in the summer, been thinking about taking the wheel into the garden!


    LALSART said 9 years ago

    very attractive. perfect for the summer.

  • ABoxForMyTreasure

    ABoxForMyTreasure said 9 years ago

    What a divine collection - makes me long for an outdoor space.

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 9 years ago

    Love all of the finds! I have a weakness for vintage aqua anything!

  • steinschmuckdesign

    steinschmuckdesign said 9 years ago

    Wonderful, I could get it all, Jena :)

  • turskaj

    turskaj said 9 years ago

    The tabel is awsome!!!

  • Dryw

    Dryw said 9 years ago

    Lovely picks!

  • corrnucopia

    corrnucopia said 9 years ago

    Wonderful! Vintage planters make me swoon!

  • MagicMarkingsArt

    MagicMarkingsArt said 9 years ago

    I would love to join you for a cocktail in those awesome retro glasses served on that bright yellow table and surrounded by succulents to toast your new house and the community of neighbors on this site.

  • pinkphile

    pinkphile said 9 years ago

    Love them all~ =)

  • UniquelyYoursbyCil

    UniquelyYoursbyCil said 9 years ago

    I love your vintage taste - just my style- Awesome!

  • janicewd

    janicewd said 9 years ago

    Very nice garden items. I especially like the green planters. I bet they look wonderful with the plants growing in them.

  • sherbetwithsprinkles

    sherbetwithsprinkles said 9 years ago

    I have so many wonderful memories of spending my summer outside in the yard with items just like these. Thank you for sharing!!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 9 years ago

    I'm lovin' the patio table!

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 9 years ago

    Love the table and the dogs! Really nice collection.

  • VintageHoneysuckle

    VintageHoneysuckle said 9 years ago

    Ahhhh, so relaxing! I'd love to lounge around outdoors... if only it wasn't so hot and humid here in TN!

  • goingplaces2

    goingplaces2 said 9 years ago

    Hooray! Summer has finally come to the Northwest! I use the vintage blue ball jars on my desk to hold glue sticks, pens, business cards and other items I need for putting together my dog prints. Easy to achieve & inexpensive Pottery Barn style.


    TGCBC said 9 years ago

    I looove these! And I own those Ball jars. Beautiful!

  • jennifermorrisbeads

    jennifermorrisbeads said 9 years ago

    gorgeously adorable curation as always from jena! i always love her taste. xo

  • CustomDogBandanas

    CustomDogBandanas said 9 years ago

    Great items for summer! I love all of them! :)

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 9 years ago

    Adorable finds! I love the pastels, light & refreshing!

  • mountainvintage

    mountainvintage said 9 years ago

    Love vintage items to decorate the patio. Plants stands are my current weakness.

  • ATasteForVintage

    ATasteForVintage said 9 years ago

    Gorgeous, and almost exactly like a treasury I did recently, which featured that gorgeous yellow table!

  • ATasteForVintage

    ATasteForVintage said 9 years ago

    Gorgeous, and almost exactly like a treasury I did recently, which featured that yellow table!

  • YedOmi

    YedOmi said 9 years ago

    Love your pics Jena!!! Succulents Galore is heaven!

  • beevintageredux

    beevintageredux said 9 years ago

    Awesome! For my sister's birthday last year, we had a lawn party with vintage cocktails, croquet, and we all dressed up. So much fun!

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 9 years ago

    Love it! That yellow table is amazing.

  • AutumnJo

    AutumnJo said 9 years ago

    Oh I have a bistro table so similar to that one! Makes me want to paint mine yellow :)

  • atelierpompadour

    atelierpompadour said 9 years ago

    I'm in love with that yellow table!!

  • SaraBJewelry

    SaraBJewelry said 9 years ago

    i, too, love that table! and i love your blog Jena! thanks for sharing this fabulous vintage loveliness!

  • GardenAngels

    GardenAngels said 9 years ago

    I love vintage!!! So much fun!

  • slumptown

    slumptown said 9 years ago

    Great collection. Love the yellow table and those teacups are a must have.

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 9 years ago

    This could not have come at a better time. We're moving into a house in a couple of months and we're so excited about how to fix up the back yard. I love that patio table.

  • seaoats

    seaoats said 9 years ago

    you have such amazing taste....i want it all!

  • designMatter

    designMatter said 9 years ago

    Awesome things!

  • HeartandCrafts

    HeartandCrafts said 9 years ago

    yay Jena! Love this post and all of your picks!

  • modish

    modish said 9 years ago

    Thanks so much everyone! Glad you like the goodies!

  • olive34

    olive34 said 9 years ago

    this is great!

  • FryShopping

    FryShopping said 9 years ago


  • hottinroofneworleans

    hottinroofneworleans said 9 years ago

    Mmmmmmmm!! Love all the aqua-y drink-y things! Makes me want to go make iced tea!

  • chinmayo

    chinmayo said 9 years ago

    Nostalgia ... yeah.

  • elisawalshdesigns

    elisawalshdesigns said 9 years ago

    i love the turquiose pillows and the tablecloth .Very 70's. Your patios sounds like an awesome place to hang out and have a drink!

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