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