The deck is officially open for business. Yes, after several rainy weeks here in Central PA, I’ve finally managed to make progress outside. So, grab a drink and let me show you the changes.
Initially, I wasn’t sure how this space would function, but when I had my friends over a month or so ago, I learned pretty quickly how I wanted things arranged. Instead of opting for a dining set-up with a table and chairs, I decided to keep it a bit more conversational in style. Based on the furnishings I already had and with the fireplace being nearby, this just made the most sense.
After a little research and measuring, this sectional from the Allen + Roth collection at Lowe’s proved to be the perfect fit. I ended up ordering two sets of the chairs, one corner chair, and one ottoman.
Assembled, the set tucks beautifully into the corner of the house and the privacy wall. I think this makes for a very inviting entry onto the deck as well.
To tie in the red color of the fireplace, I also picked up several outdoor pillows. With the help of flowers too, the bold red doesn’t seem so out of place anymore. I also used a few of these Allen + Roth pillows with a black pattern to tie in the black elements of the space.
As I said previously, I wanted to incorporate the thrifted wicker furniture I found. With a coat of black paint (more on that project next week), they have a new lease on life and look great on the deck. Do you agree? I’m especially pleased since they only cost $50. These red pillows add a pop of color and comfort to these madeover beauties.
Since the two sets of furniture are a bit different in style, I swapped the coordinating ottoman / table. As you can see, the wicker table became the coffee table for the sectional and the ottoman (with the help of a tray) became a side table for the wicker set. I think this is a great way to blend different styles for a cohesive eclectic look.
I’d still like to tweak a few things here and there (because a decorating project is never complete for me), but I’m happy with the way this space came together.
Within the next month or so, I plan to give the wood a coat of stain to protect it. I’ll pop back in then with an update. I’m also considering a rug. What do you think?
Now, drop what you’re doing, and get over here to help me enjoy this space. I’m making s’mores!