This summer has been a little bit crazy. It feels like it has been a loooooooong time since I have had the chance to share an actual space from our home with you. Perhaps the last time was our Summer House Tour back in June?
I meant to share our deck makeover with you looooong ago – and then somehow this whole project of completely renovating another house has gotten in the way of my timeline. I can’t believe we are already half-way through July!
Well, without further ado, here is our summer deck makeover reveal…
Our deck has changed quite a bit this year- in fact, we invested in a major new piece for the deck at the end of last season. Our GIANT outdoor sofa. I. LOVE. IT. We got it on clearance- obviously the reason for the “end of season” timing, so we didn’t get a lot of time to enjoy it last summer. We bought it to replace the old wooden set of benches that we had on our deck last year. Did you ever see that space?
It was fun and bright and cheery and full of thrifted finds, but I have to admit that the furnishings weren’t as comfortable as we wanted. The benches were originally intended as part of a outdoor dining set and were a little more “upright” and a lot less cushy then you want if you are looking for a true lounging space. Although I loved our deck space last year, I find that we are actually USING our deck a lot more this year with the investment in our new outdoor sofa…
We absolutely LOVE IT! We have spent so many more mornings out there having coffee and so many more evenings lounging and visiting outside instead of retreating to the living room couches. Who knew?!
Some of the cushions are the same as last years – I kept my yellow chevron and the dark blue geometric greek key pattern cushions. But I whipped up a few new floral pattern DIY Envelope Pillows in this gorgeous turquoise print I found at my local Fabricland.
Of course the best part of spending time on our deck is this amazing view that we are so blessed to have from our “backyard”…
We also upgraded our outdoor eating table and chairs this year.
I am completely in love with this square table and chairs/benches that we picked up at Ikea. We found them on a recent trip there (it is a few hours and a ferry ride away from where we live). We had gone to buy countertops and other materials for the big house renovation that we have going on right now – and somehow managed to fit in the outdoor dining set and chairs as well. Praise to the Sienna minivan!
They table and chairs were such an amazing prize that we couldn’t pass them up. We sold our other set through an online garage sale.
They look like Teak but aren’t really, so we will need to store them undercover for the winter to keep them in good condition. We also used a couple of the same benches as our coffee table in the couch/lounging area as well.
The big windows that were added to the house during our kitchen renovation take up most of the upper wall space on the deck now. We added this old window frame mirror to the leftover bit of wall, to reflect back the view of the lake, and the vintage waterski was picked up at a second hand store. It has been living in our garage for a while, waiting for the right space to use it.
We also picked up this cute this BBQ cart at Ikea, but I am using it instead as a bit of a display area. It would also make a perfect outdoor drink station or buffet for gatherings or parties.
Do you remember my post about making this DIY Pallet Anchor Sign? I love how it is such a strong, crisp, graphic shape that it is even recognizable from down on the dock!
You always need blankets close by and handy for those cool evenings. And I store my DIY Nautical Rope Coasters on this cart, ready for action.
Because we are out of our house a fair bit this summer and renovating the other house, I didn’t want to go crazy with a lot of high maintenance annual flowers. Instead I kept it pretty simple with ferns and succulents, just to add some fresh greenery.
And here is my husbands favourite spot to relax after work in the evening… the Papasan Chair that I made over with a new DIY Papsan Chair Cover. I will be sharing how I made the matching outdoor Pouf really soon as well.
Find a little inspiration to decorate your own outdoor space?
As I said, we are out of our house and staying at the renovation house this week- but will be back at our lake house next week and I can’t wait to take a break and spend some evenings lounging away in this outdoor space!