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Monday, April 23, 2012

Flip Flop Hooray - Our Outdoor Living Room

Happy Monday peeps!  I hope you had a great weekend.  My dad, who lives in California, flew in Saturday afternoon and will be staying with us for almost 2 weeks!  I love having him here with us.  I only get to see him a few times a year, so I absolutely treasure the time I get to spend with him.  That being said, I didn't get those dang sliding doors painted as I had planned!  That February list is going to be the literal end of me people!  I had good intentions, but Friday the weather was so great I just had to spend it outside.  I can't paint them on a cold or rainy day because I need to leave them cracked open to dry.  Wouldn't you just know it rained and was too cold on Saturday and Sunday.  So here we are on Monday morning and they still. aren't. painted.  Oh well.  It will happen.......eventually.



Right outside these sliding doors is my deck that looked like this on the 4th of July last year.


I made a little furniture flip flop with my patio underneath.


This was taken last fall - if the pumpkins don't give it away.  ;)   Anyhow, I've decided to use the deck as an outdoor living room and make the patio the dining area.  I'm still not done with the patio set up, but the deck is done for now.  Our future plan is to replace this old wood deck, put a roof over it, and screen it in, but until we've collected the dough to make that dream happen.......here's how were rollin'.


I really love having this set up as an extension of our family room right inside.  It's so much better for entertaining too.


It feels more inviting.......like it's calling me out to grab a glass of wine and a good book.  What does it say to you?  ;) 


Right inside this sliding door you see in the above photo is our kitchen which is why I wanted to keep the grill up here on the deck.  

I reused everything I already had.  Besides a few plants and lanterns, the only thing I purchased this year was an outdoor rug from Target, which I love! 


It's amazing how this rug made the whole space feel more like a room.  It makes the seating area feel so comfy.  

A few of the terra cotta pots I painted last year........


were looking a little weathered; but I liked the scruffy look so I didn't bother repainting them. 


I also picked up this little outdoor side table this year at Marshalls.


It's the perfect spot to set up the iPod.  


This is now my new favorite spot.........even if I do need a new basketball goal.  ;) 


Little things like this Pier 1 lantern (they have the best affordable lanterns in my opinion)  and the beautiful blooms on this tree make me ridiculously happy. 



I'm also slightly obsessed with this blueish purple flower.  Anyone know what this girls name is? 


And who's surprised to see red flowers out here?  No one.  


Mandevilla is one of my favorite climbers.  It does very well in hot, humid climates, and it will hopefully climb the lattice nicely.  I'll take an end of summer picture to show you how my red climbers do- that is if I can remember to water them.  

I'm so ready to sit back, relax, and smell the flowers........


right after I get those sliding doors painted!   

What did you do this weekend?  

P.S. The galvanized clock and thermometer came from Lowes.  ( I bought them with a store credit, so they don't really count as new purchases - right?)  And for those that are new here, the outdoor wicker chairs and coffee table are from Target.  I bought them almost 2 years ago on clearance at the end of the season.  





*Linking up at The Nester's Plant Party

26 comments:

  1. Your desk is STUNNING!!! I'm drooling over that rug. I've got to pick one up ASAP!

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  2. Great idea to flip flop the spaces. It does look so inviting. That rug is sweet!

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  3. I like the change up that you did in your outdoor space. It was so nice on Friday we pulled out the patio furniture set up the grill and started to enjoy what we thought was the start of summer. Well today I woke up to snow. Guess I will have to wait a little longer for summer. Enjoy your new set up!

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  4. That blue flower is lobelia. Everything looks lovely!

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    1. Thanks for the info! I need more of those pretty flowers!

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  5. I can totally see myself enjoying a glass of wine & a good book on your patio!! What a beautiful space!! LOVE the outdoor rug!!

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  6. Lovely space! I'm especially fond of pops of blue, and your pillows (and the lobelia) make the patio stand out.

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  7. wow- carmel the deck looks amazing! i love the new arrangement. i can also see myself there with a glass of wine in hand. :) malbec, of course. and thank you. thank you for blessing me with hip hop hooray in my head. ;)

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  8. I'm loving your space! Would you want to come over and help me design/decorate my porch now?! No, I'm serious! I love that you used what you had and that's the same furniture I've been eying at Target lately. I'm trying to make myself wait until the end of the season sale but it's hard!

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  9. I'm pretty sure the blue flower is lobellia. I love it too. It is my favorite color. And the deck looks great!

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  10. It looks so inviting. I need a space like that. Great job!

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  11. That space would be calling me morning, noon and night! That fabulous rug is the perfect piece to give it a nice finshed look!

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  12. So gorgeous! I love that we have matching pillows. That rug is great and I love the furniture. So funny. We flip flopped. We traded ours in for a table as we needed that more now. So I will have to just pop on over to relax and have that glass of wine out there. Enjoy the visit with your dad.

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  13. Carmel, I love it! What a great idea to swap things around. What a perfect place to sit and sip. ; ) We have a sunroom that I can't wait to use again. I'm in Calgary, AB (Canada) and it's just starting to feel like Spring. I'm going to get out there today to sweep and clean it out. And I'm excited that we have a better TV for the space now. The old one is black and heavy. Yuck. We love spending as much time as we can outside when it's warm. The warm seasons go by way to fast here.

    Have a great week! If you'd like, pop by and check out our sunroom.
    http://catiescorner2.blogspot.ca/2011/07/outdoor-livin_123.html

    ~ Catie =)

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  14. Love it! Yes, I'd love to have wine and read a good book out there. It's very inviting!! All of your outdoor spaces are. I need to pick up some tips from you. :)

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  15. Ahhh I love it! A lot! It looks like a Pottery Barn catalog : ) So inviting... have me over any time! I'll take a margarita on the rocks, extra salt (minus the tequila, ha).

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  16. I love it! That is the most beautiful patio I've every seen! And it definitely looks like a living room extension!

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  17. I love that you flip flopped the spaces! It looks so inviting! I would love to curl up out there with a good book and a glass of wine on the weekend!
    Great job!

    P.S. I saw that fab ri at Target the other day! I love it too!
    xo-Lisa

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  18. Um, that was supposed to say fab rug! Oops! :-)

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  19. Looks like you have some flip flop weather going on there too! :-) It looks totally fabulous Carmel and I'm only a teeny bit jealous that you have 2 awesome usable spaces like that. ;-) PLUS, this post completely solved a problem we are having with our deck which is to get some privacy on the one side that is exposed to neighbors. I'm totally gonna do the trellis like you have yours!! Thanks for the inspiration my friend!
    Vanessa

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    1. The trellis works so well for privacy and there are so many wonderful climbing flowers!

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  20. Beautiful outdoor entertaining/relaxing areas! I'm still waiting for spring to really get here. For real. You've done a beautiful job - such an inspiration. Now if the weather would just cooperate! ;)

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  21. I have the same outdoor pillows! Your deck is calling to me for either wine and a book (great solitary pursuit) or maybe sangria with a girlfriend, ideally while my kids are napping, sleeping, or on a playdate:)

    Jessica
    stayathomeista.com

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  22. Love it, craving summer so badly.

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  23. I am in love with your fall decorations. Fall is my favorite season and I never even thought of decorating my outdoor living space for the seasons. I need to add a fire pit so we can enjoy the cool fall weather.

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