Just in time for summer we finished our happy, laid back deck refresh! After sharing the plans with you last week everything came together pretty quickly, as you may have seen on my Instagram stories. While there is still lots left to do out here (like painting our house trim – who chooses brown on brown on brown??) I’m really liking this refresh already. So here’s a look at what we’ve done with sources at the end.
For the refresh we focused on upping the functionality of the deck and just making sure it fit the vibe of our house more. Our deck is not particularly huge and is slightly awkward as it is built around our jutting out breakfast nook. So to maximize the space we have a lounge zone and a dining zone.
Working with our existing outdoor sofa (more brown on brown, why??) we wanted to brighten up the lounge area with lighter, happier furniture and pillows. We added in the coffee table and fun and funky side table from Article along with the two white Medan lounge chairs. I secretly hate going shopping so shopping online from Article makes my life easy and their pictures/details make it so clear to know what I’m getting. And the $49 flat fee delivery doesn’t hurt either. I know I’ve said it before but it’s worth repeating, Article just really has good-looking, original, mid-century/contemporary, high quality furniture at such a reasonable price point that it’s my go to source time and again. I love that the tables are teak and the white chairs are made of super weather-proof, modern/advanced wicker. I couldn’t be happier that Article agreed to partner with me on this project (especially because the chairs are super comfortable and the coffee table is perfect for drinks, snacks, or kicking up your feet).
We also added in the lounge area a pink kilim indoor/outdoor rug and various pillows to keep the vibe happy as well. The pillows in the lounge area are all outdoor except the ones with the zigzags, which are from Zigzag Studio (and those will come inside except for sunny days). All in all, we’ve already been enjoying this cozy spot it’s the first place we go when we walk in the door at the end of the work/camp day.
For the dining area, we added in a large, inexpensive outdoor rug to anchor the space, this long, narrow dining table from Ikea, and these white Dot chairs from Article. Dining chairs are often so expensive but these Dot ones are high-quality recycled polypropylene that clean easily and are at a price point where you can order 8 (or more!) for the price of 1-2 chairs elsewhere. While we’ve set up the table and chairs for 8 now we can collapse the table down to seat 4 and the extra chairs stack away for easy storage. But for now I’m leaving this area set up for outdoor entertaining this weekend…
And let’s talk plants. For the first time I actually added decorative plants to our deck! I’m pretty into my indoor plants but not great at the outdoor ones, so we’ll see how this goes. So far they seem to be surviving which is better than expected. I’m even growing limes on one of them!
Oh, and what exactly took me so long to add a buffet? We entertain so much that having a serving area is a big bonus. I’m imaging it filled with snacks/drinks all summer long. Our kids hilariously love to set up “kid snacks” for their friends so I’m pretty sure this area will be stocked with goldfish, applesauce squeezers, and granola bars often. And the bottom shelf is great for holding extra pillows/blankets for those cozy but chilly summer nights in the northwest.
Okay, so that’s where we’re at now. This summer I’m hoping to work on painting the exterior trim but even if I don’t get around to it I’ll be happily enjoying our deck and maybe even spending some time watering plants.
Cheers friends and happy summer!!
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