Asking for a Friend: Patio A or Patio B?

Patio Decor from Red Barn Mercantile in Alexandria, VA

There are endless options for home furnishing out there. When you hire an interior designer, you are paying for someone to wade through the sea of possibilities so you don’t have to. With too many options, it’s easy to suffer from analysis paralysis. Trust me, I know. Two years ago, we renovated our patio and I have yet to make a decision on what type of furniture to put out there. With a myriad of options and an infinite way to combine them, it’s even hard for me to decide what to do. While I continue to work on my patio, I thought I’d show you just how changing just a few elements in a design make two different statements.

I took common elements – the dining table, the white sofa, umbrella, (the coolest ever) fire pit, and a pair of lounge chairs – and made two different looks using color, accessories, and material finishes. Most of these pieces fall squarely in my own personal dilemma and can be ordered through Red Barn Mercantile. Which one speaks to you the most: A or B? Asking for a friend. 😉

Where do I want to make a statement, where do I want to investment, and where do I want to save because I know I may not like it three years from now? All of these are questions we have to ask ourselves when making big décor decisions. These are also the types of questions that an interior designer can help you with. If you need help, our Design Collective is poised to help you. Simply email us at to get started!


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Owner Amy Rutherford started Red Barn because she wanted to deliver a service — to provide both old and new in one place. No longer will busy shoppers be limited to reproductions or forced to shop multiple flea markets for the look or gifts they want. The trick in blending old and new, vintage and modern, classic and quirky, is balance. And Amy’s knack for mixing rustic antiques with urban chic has created a look that is both fresh and familiar.

Red Barn Mercantile opened its doors in September 2007 with a single vision in mind: providing old and new to offer our customers signature whole-room designs at great prices.

We’re more than a furniture boutique and provide more personalized service than a big box retailer. We work hard to bring you the highest quality furniture and gifts, the most unique conversation starters, wall hangings and accent pieces, whether they come from off-the-beaten-track flea markets, or the latest designers.

1117 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314



  1. Avatar Jerri Ginman says:

    Unless you are a huge fan of blue and will never be tired of it, then “A”is the choice as it is timeless. “A” offers good texture, style, and pattern, with a lot of visual interest.


  2. Jerri, I totally agree with you — but Amy is a HUGE fan of blue, thus why she, I mean, “her friend,” is having such a hard time!

  3. I like a blend of both, the chairs from A, the planters from B, layer the rugs and pillows! It’s the best of both worlds black and blue!

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