Modern Colonial Deck and Porch Furnishings

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Summer is here, and I need a few new furnishings for my deck and patio so I can enjoy as much time outdoors as possible. Today, I’m walking you through some of my plans for my deck and side porch.

As I slowly settle into my new house, getting furnishings for the outdoor spaces is high on my priority list. I know how quickly the warm summer days go by, so I’m moving as fast as I can to get these areas in order.

Today, I thought it would be fun to share the plans I have for two of the spaces. If you follow @inspiredbycharm on Instagram, you got a few sneak peeks this weekend. I was putting together some pieces and setting others in place. It’s my hope that within the next couple of weeks, everything will be ready to go.

In terms of style, I’m calling this Modern Colonial Deck and Porch Furnishings…with a twist! My overall aim for the house is to be true to its style while adding a few modern touches and conveniences. So what’s the twist? Whatever I want it to be. However, I’m leaning toward a rustic/folksy/country vibe. That probably makes no sense, but hopefully, it will become clear as my home comes together.

With all of that as the backdrop, let’s take a look at my plans.

To start, here’s what I’ve designed for the deck:

Design Plan and Furnishings for a Modern Colonial Deck

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Black Metal Chairs / Weber Grill / Farmhouse Outdoor Table / Black Armchair / Outdoor Chaise / Rattan Chair / Metal Side Table

Keeping my overall design in mind, this plan started with the black metal chairs I got from Target. If you remember, I used them when I shared my backyard table setting on a budget post. With these chairs, it was love at first sight. They are a crisp, modern take on traditional. Plus, they are affordable and seem to be well-built.

I also wanted loungers on the deck and was lucky to find these at Pottery Barn for a steal. (They are almost 50% off right now.) I’m also going to use my round rattan chairs (I found them at HomeGoods last year, but the linked ones are similar.), existing side tables, and other decor items I already own.

I would love to figure out how to hang string lights over this space. I have a few ideas, but it has happened yet.

For planters and plants, I found a fabulous collection of white ceramic planters at HomeGoods. They always seem to have the best styles at unbeatable prices. For the actual plants and flowers, I’m sticking with a mostly purple, pink, and green color palette.

My idea for the deck is to make it an eating and lounging area. Though I may throw on a couple pillows, I picked items that can handle the rain *fingers crossed*. That meant no cushioned furniture or anything that isn’t likely to weather well.

For the porch, I went with a similar feel and aesthetic but with cushions.

Design Plan and Furnishings for a Modern Colonial Porch

Planter / Teak Loveseat / Candle Holder / Rug / Teak End Tables / Tan Pillow / Star Pillow / Lumbar Pillow / Gray Throw / Outdoor Bar Cart / Armless Chairs / Black Side Table

Teak furnishings with comfy white cushions will take up the bulk of the space. A loveseat is pictured in my design, but I’m actually doing more of a sofa. There will be a left arm seat, center seat, and right arm seat. These pieces are interchangeable, which I love. Since the patio is an odd shape, this will give me flexibility should I decide to change the layout.

From there I added more contemporary touches with an interesting side table and modern bar cart.

For plants, I’m going to stick with mostly greens and whites in here. I’ll be accenting with navy and possibly hanging an American flag on my white brick wall.

So those are my plans! What do you think?

I’m looking forward to seeing these spaces come together and then sharing them with you. Let’s hope this will be sooner rather than later!

Also, just in case you missed it, I gave my front porch a refresh which you can check out here. In that post, I’m also giving away a $100 HomeGoods Gift Card, so be sure to enter to win!

Have a great week, my friends!

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  1. Love the simplicity to your choices! I’ve been looking at a lot of deck builders lately as I’m preparing to renovate our old deck but now I’ve transitioned to looking for decorations and furnitures! I really like some of the stuff you have here, I’m feeling inspired.

  2. You are right – warm, sunny and sunny days pass very quickly because in your current situation, I would also be as quick as possible, because all those days you could still enjoy the terrace. You have chosen a very nice furniture and can not wait for the entry with the already finished exterior of your home. He will see the insta, but I am surprised that I have not done it yet. Best wishes and good luck!

  3. Hey Michael, Nesting With Grace had a great idea on hanging lites on a deck recently. Love your new home and can’t wait to see how you “michaelize” it. Love your blog!