SUMMER! Today is my absolute favorite day of the year and I can hardly contain my excitement about it! I am a summer person and while all of you spring and fall people can judge, I wait all year for summer and try to soak up every second of it. Maybe it’s because I live in Seattle or maybe it’s because I got very used to sunshine from my days living in LA, but whatever the reason, I look forward to summer like nothing else. And to top it off, today is my son’s birthday (nine already!!), which makes it extra special and fun.
To celebrate the start of summer, I’ve put together a plan for our upcoming deck refresh. Our deck is right off our main floor and during summer it becomes the most used space in our home. We haven’t made any updates in the past few years and let’s just say I really need to up my deck game. I’ve been working on putting together a plan to blend some of our existing outdoor pieces with some new ones in more of a refresh than a total overhaul. So here’s the plan for our happy, laid back deck style:
It will be a nice switch from the very bright look we’ve had on the deck for the past few years. Remember this post where we updated it with super bright colors?
That old vibe was VERY bright and energetic, which was fun when our kids were really young and I was all into aggressively cheerful spaces, but now I want to tone it down and go for more of a laid back vibe while still keeping it happy and welcoming.
The one big piece that’s staying is our existing outdoor sectional. We’ve had it for seven years or so and it has held up great to kid antics and a million spills. The only exception is that with each year the foam inside the seat cushions retains water more and more, which takes it longer to dry after a rainstorm. Our solution is that we now take the cushions in whenever rain is in the forecast. It’s annoying but cost effective. So I’ll be adding a bunch of throw pillows to spruce it up.
As for what’s new, we’re adding a new dining table and chairs, umbrellas, lounge chairs, accent tables, rugs, throw pillows, and planters. Whoa, that sounds like a lot. Can I still just consider this a refresh? Because that’s how I sold it to my husband. And really, considering we’ve had no new changes for 7 or so years, I think we’re due. Our old outdoor rugs just haven’t lasted and our prior outdoor dining table/benches/chairs (here and which we loved!) started looking a little scrappy after my husband began using them as makeshift sawhorses when sawing boards.
I have spent the past couple months searching around for outdoor furniture, which is no easy task. I wanted more real wood, an overall brighter look, and things that will last for years to come.
My go to place for super stylish yet reasonably priced furniture is Article and luckily they had several options that really fit what we’re looking for. So we’re scooping up these dot chairs (they stack!), the Medan white lounge chairs, and this very fun side table and coffee table. I picked all of this out and then was lucky enough to have Article agree to partner with me on this project so I am thrilled because they are the exact products I would have purchased anyway.
The table was tricky to pick because we’ve been wanting something narrower and longer. We have lots of dinner parties in the summer but also just eat outside as a family regularly so this Ikea table seemed perfect – it shrinks/expands, is wood, and priced right.
I’m kind of on the fence about this rug. I love it in person but it is a thick fabric/woven material which I’m worried will retain water. Because of the fairly dependable Seattle rain, the plastic-y outdoor rugs tend to hold up best as they dry out so quickly but I’m taking a chance and going for this more one and we’ll see how it goes.
Everything has been ordered and most items have started arriving (maybe you caught the dot chairs from Article I shared on my Instagram stories!). We’re out of town this weekend but I still hope to get the deck put together and shared with you next week. Until then, here’s where we’re at with just the new table and one of the new umbrellas.
Lot’s more to come…
P.S. Thank you so much for all the comments on my last post saying you are good with words and not just pictures. I clearly took that to the extreme in this post. More pictures coming next week…
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