Welcome back! Hope you are enjoying summer!!! It's been busy around here. First the family reunion, then we celebrated a friend's birthday, and then another friend's birthday, then Mr DN had a birthday, all mixed in with the the 4th of July - but even with all of that we finished staining the deck. I just haven't had time to post.
I would say we finished the deck but that would imply that I am done doing things to it which is seldom the case around here. Although I may move onto something else there is always something to be added or changed. So here it is in its current state.
I finally get to use the new cushions and pillows I picked up in Greenville, SC back in May. I wanted something in the neutral line so I decided on these cushions with a subtle stripe and then added the pillows to mix it up a bit. I especially like the pillows with the polka dots.
I originally had planned to make my own rug. But - as luck would have it, I found this the other day. As quickly as summer is slipping away - and with more travels coming up - I didn't mind spending a little extra on the rug. It has great texture and is neutral enough to allow various color schemes.
Of course - you know how these things snowball - once the deck was stained - it was finally time to paint that faded back door. Oooops - I guess I deleted the before picture (but trust me it was faded).
Next came the fun part - adding some summer accents. First came the potted plants, palms are a necessity in my book, they sway gently in the summer breezes adding movement to bring this area alive. Then came the smaller accents. I really like the dark color and texture of the wicker against the texture of the white starfish.
In keeping with the starfish and palms, most of the accents are in the beach family. The glass pattern on the table tops mimics a water element for displaying the beachy accents.
Take a closer look at that sailboat - isn't it cute...on our way home from the family reunion we stopped at an antique shop and I just had to have this little sailboat. It is actually a glass ashtray with a sail - how cute!
This guy (although a little weathered) returns to takes his place adding sunshine to one of the side tables.
At the other end of the deck there is a small bistro set. The table and chairs recently got a fresh coat of oil rubbed bronze and that creamy vase is a thrift store find that was clear red glass until I got home. In years past, we had a full-sized table that took up much of the deck. With the grill on the patio - we found we usually ended up eating down there. Soooo, that's when we decided to make the deck more lounging friendly. The small table provides additional seating on the deck while keeping the option to have breakfast, lunch or dinner here. The table also gives me a good place to sit and work on the laptop. I am planning to make some cushions to make it more comfy but for now...
With everything in place (well almost) and evening closing in - it was time to sit down and relax. That's when I realized, the placement of accents worked well for sitting and enjoying my morning coffee; but for now, I needed to make room for some of the other necessities. Move over river rocks; make room for a magazine and a slushy refreshing drink!
That's what I'm talking about - our areas have to be flexible enough to enjoy all of our activities. I am happy to have the deck furniture back where it belongs and freeing up the patio. There are patio improvements on my list that were temporarily delayed while waiting for the deck to be stained - with this project near completion I am ready to move onto the patio projects. Fun, fun, fun!!!
I am off to find out what I can get into next - hope you have a great day!!!