When the snow finally melts off the deck and your living / entertainment area expands by 100 sq ft, that dingy deck in your back yard all of a sudden looks like an urban oasis. Then, as time moves on, you are disgusted by the amount of toys you see, and wonder why you can’t have people over for a BBQ as the summer temperature rises.
My ideal vision for an outdoor living space involves lounge chairs, cold drinks, reading books, and possibly a swimming pool with the accompanying pool boy. Seeing as how that isn’t happening any time soon, my realistic goal for this space involves making it function a bit more for our entire family. As much as my ideal situation involves cabanas and lounge furniture, the more practical purpose would be a pair of smaller club chairs or possibly a dining table.
While shopping at The Home Depot last week for a new light for our bathroom, I spotted in the corner of my eye a patio furniture set with cushions that were a striking shade of jade blue / green color – the likes of which I have never seen before on patio furniture. I instantly started dreaming about how it would look on my deck and what I could do to make it look less daycare and more like a stylish family home.
My husband might kill me with the projects I have in store for us, but here is what I think could be a realistic design for this space.
1. A pergola. This adds some dimension to the back of the house as well as gives me a place to hang plants, string lights, etc. I can see some great dinner parties under that beauty. (Here are some kits and project ideas for you).
2. Seating Set – I love this seating set for a place to sit and read while the kids jump on the tramp. The colors are my favorite part. If I had room for this and a Dining Set I would choose this.
3. Outdoor Rug – this one is so bright and fun.
4. A Fire Pit for smores, camp fires, and making memories. Hanging flower pots for adding some color and height.
5. Throw Pillows to add more pattern and visual texture. So many great choices to choose from.
6. Large scale Wicker Planters for my plants and succulents.
What plans do you have for your outdoor space? Tell me I am not the only one with major patio projects that need to be done.