Outdoor Lighting Inspiration

Now that the weather is ridiculously amazing in Northern California right, now my mind keeps shifting to all the outdoor projects I want to complete. I swear I have design project ADD. That's just my personality when  it comes to my home, I love my entire home inside and out which means I'm in a constant state of fluffing pillows, obsessing over fabric possibilities. Basically my home will never be 'done.' 

In our backyard just off our laundry / mudroom (mudroom update coming soon!) we have a large patio that we covered with a classic style pergola. For me, its makes our backyard & patio. One of the elements I would love to add to our pergola is lighting! Currently on our patio we have to light sources. One light right off our back door and another light in the corner of our house. Just like lighting adds ambiance inside, I want to layer in lighting outside to add ambiance to our pergola. I'm dreaming up two ideas, I'm obsessed with bringing in large baskets and turning them into light fixture and I also like the idea of swagging cafe string lights on our pergola. Perhaps a mix of both are a must.  

My style indoor & out is California casual meets modern with a dash classic, I love classic textural feeling of using baskets outdoors as lighting. My inspiration pictures, have me swooning over the possibilities. PLUS I love how bringing light fixture outside & using unexpected ones helps create a whole outdoor dining / lounging environment. 

image via  Honestly WTF

image via Honestly WTF

I've been basket stalking Target. If you been in Target anytime on the last 2+ years then you already know they have a booming basket selection that's constantly changing. I saw a few basket options online that I'll be picking up this week to try out at home. I pinky promise to share pictures. 

This lighting project will be simple and easy DIY. My plan is to weatherproof the baskets and use a indoor/outdoor lighting pendant kit and hang the basket lighting from the pergola. I'm also wanting to hang cafe lights draped on our pergola for added ambience.  

image via  Country Living

image via Country Living

Below are photos of our pergola and patio area, taken around this time last year. Not much has changed in this area. Right now, we're in Spring clean up / clean off mode. Cleaning up our patios and washing away all the dreariness of Winter. Which is why it's THE perfect time tackle adding lighting to our pergola. 

Can you totally picture two super large pretty woven baskets hanging from our pergola above our dining room table? I think they'll be a perfect addition to our outdoors. We also plan on finally finally adding patio furniture to our patio, so the current placement of our patio table + grill etc may change. 

What style lighting do you love outside?