Happy Memorial Day weekend! I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to three days off! Even though some rain is in the forecast, we have a 50th birthday party at one of my favorite restaurants, a holiday picnic, and a baseball game with the kids. I also have some free time carved out while J is golfing to just putz around the house and I love that too.
The last few weeks I’ve been trying to get the deck ready for the summer season. I got my flowers last weekend and they are potted and ready to go. We ordered this zebra rug from Wayfair and it is perfect to slide under my outdoor sectional that we brought over from my home. Finally, we pulled the plug on the awning purchase and that should be installed in about two weeks. I am so excited for the addition of the awning because I think the deck will be used a heck of a lot more with protection from the shade. The deck is in an all-afternoon sun area and often is way too hot to enjoy.
The existing deck was composed of brown tones similar to the picture below. To pull everything together and to keep it from looking one-dimensional, here is my vision…
I incorporated lots of neutrals (blacks, browns, tans and whites) with pops of green, coral and pink. A few years ago I purchased an elephant garden stool very similar to the one in the picture above from a flea market. It made its way down to J’s house along with the sectional and it fits in perfectly. I love him!
The house is covered in tan siding and the deck is brown, so to add some contrast we went with a black and tan striped awning, rather than plain black. I thought the stripe added a slight touch of pattern without being overwhelming. And of course I’m a sucker for a good animal print, so this rug fit the bill to pull the deck together.
Here are some other snapshots of the flowers and pots…
Sometimes it is difficult to envision everything put together and these vision boards always help me see the whole picture. And J too! This weekend my plan is to set as much up on the deck as possible, minus the awning. Once that is installed, I’ll be sure to do a complete post on the final product. I’m fairly certain everyone in the family is going to love it, including me with a glass of wine and a good book. xo