joss & main outdoor dining tablescape by mStarr design

one of the draws when we bought our house was the amount of outdoor space it has. there is a decent size front yard, 2 side yards, a small back porch {where we keep our bbq}, and a large fenced-in backyard with brick patio space. well the patio has become a catch-all for tables/chairs/kids toys/smoker in the past couple years but this is the year we finally are getting our act together and first up are a quality dining table and chairs. enter joss & main!





we moved in july of 2014 and with all the other expenses of first-time home ownership, we didn’t spend a lot on outdoor furniture. instead we got an affordable table and chair set from ikea that were nice enough looking and served their purpose but didn’t last long. this time we wanted to get something of higher quality to withstand the unpredictable new england weather and after perusing joss & main, i was immediately drawn to this solid teak style table with matching chairs.

joss & main outdoor dining tablescape by mStarr design
joss & main outdoor dining tablescape by mStarr design

i love that the table is plank style but the spaces between them are thin. it’s a beautiful teak color that will naturally age with time {did you know that teak will eventually turn to more of a grey color?!}. however i might get a cover for when the weather is particularly bad as i’d like to keep some of the natural color! the design is perfect for casual dinners outside but can also be dressed up for nicer occasions or used as a buffet or drink table.

joss & main outdoor dining tablescape by mStarr design
joss & main outdoor dining tablescape by mStarr design

BONUS assembly of the table was a breeze! the top is hinged so when winter comes, we can remove the legs and support beams and fold the top right up for easy storage. the chairs are simple but stylish and also fold easily. win win.

joss & main outdoor dining tablescape by mStarr design
joss & main outdoor dining tablescape by mStarr design

add some simple + versatile pieces and voila, instant tablescape!


this post is sponsored by joss & main. opinions are always my own.


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farmhouse kitchen by boston based designer mstarr design

note: this is a post written in conjunction with the hubs. so you should totally read it...

our home is a lovely one, full of charm. and also full of quirks. that’s par for the course with a house that’s almost 200 years old! in the past several months, we’ve noticed some things that either must be fixed or replaced {storm doors, porch paint} and some things that we’ve talked about updating on a bigger scale {appliances, new fencing}. while a bit overwhelming, it’s also given us some time to think about what we want for the house in 2019!

as the primary design decision maker in the family, i thought it would be fun to get bill involved a bit more. as in this post. not in the design decisions, ha ha. anyways, i decided to ask him what he loves and dislikes most about this little house of ours, and what three things he’d like to see updated this year.



1/ the kitchen… “i love a big open kitchen“

2/ the playroom… ”i think it is so cute, a great use of space, and i love that max is proud of it”

3/ our underused dining room + bar area {the underused part is legit…due to a lack of storage, our dining room is often a catch-all for items that don’t yet have a home or things that are in transition. but i’m working on it and since we never made any major changes to this room, i’m also working on making it a space i want to spend more time in…think wallpaper or paint, new dining table, chairs etc.}


1/ the stairs… “too old, steep and scary”

2/ lack of closet and storage space

3/ the downstairs bathroom is right off the kitchen

*for the record, i agree with all of these*


1/ backsplash in kitchen {it’s happening! will share more soon but it involves fireclay tile and herringbone brick. insert happy face emoji}

2/ new appliances {our current appliances came with the house and are perfectly fine. we have a gas range and stainless finishes but they’re older and we now have a dishwasher that’s falling apart and an ice machine that doesn’t work consistently in the fridge. and let’s be honest, they’re not the best looking.}

3/ a major yard overhaul including cleanup, mulch + new fencing {we are so lucky to have a monstrous back yard with a good size front and side yard. it’s a lot to keep up with and the winter weather over the past couple years has wreaked havoc. we’re excited to focus on this!}


and how do they compare to my lists?


1/ the charm, from the ceiling beams to some original flooring

2/ max’s room. it’s the perfect mix of whimsical, calming and sophisticated {in my opinion}.

3/ that we finally put central AC in last year!


1/ the mudroom is in the front of the house. we use the door in the back of the house. you can see the problem.

2/ lack of closet and storage space {see we agree! and it truly is the biggest problem we face.}

3/ the kitchen being separate from the dining and living rooms {BUT, i also like that rooms are separate because it’s more authentic to the old house. it just can be difficult when one of us is cooking and the others are 2 rooms away in the living room.}

EMILY’S TOP 3 THINGS TO UPDATE OR CHANGE IN 2019 {ok it’s kinda more than 3}

1/ kitchen updates {backsplash, appliances, new cabinet fronts, new counters}

2/ finally figure out storage for the downstairs bathroom {bill uses this as his closet} and storage in the entryway/landing/hall spaces. a trip to IKEA is in our near future.

3/ the outdoors {repaint the back porch, clean the yard, organize the sheds and garage, new furniture etc. etc.}

truthfully, we have no idea how long we’ll be here. it was built in the 1830’s and has been well-maintained over the years but i’m not sure it could ever be our forever home. if we want to stay in it for the next several years however, we’ll need to renovate as space is tight for our family, and will be more so as max gets older. lucky for us, the previous owners left behind renderings for some options they had drawn up before selling! for now, we’ll make our updates, big and small, and enjoy it.

bring on the warm weather!