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:
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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.
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!
Have a great week, my friends!