We love eating outdoor on our deck. When the weather warms up we head outside to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all enjoyed out on the deck.
This Spring we partnered with PhiVilla US for patio furniture. We needed a smaller dining table for our deck. This deck is narrow and runs the length of the house, so furnishing and designing this space can be a challenge. We decided to break it up in sections. This created options for seating and entertaining as well. This particular set came with four chairs and a table.
We slid the table all the way up next to the house near the kitchen window. It feels like an extension of the kitchen, our own breakfast nook. Two chairs fit perfectly on either side of the table but also left enough room to walk past. If we needed we could pull a third chair up to the table. Not everyone in our family eats breakfast at the same time so the space doesn’t feel limiting with only two chairs.
Of course I needed to add some pops of color to the table. Certainly, creating atmosphere and peaceful spaces makes my heart happy. But don’t worry there is plenty of space to eat too. Decorating the deck spaces makes it an extension of our home and not just the outdoors. We want our family and friends to gather in our spaces with us and feel welcome and comfortable. I decided on things that I may find outdoors and hanging around the yard. The antique box adds warmth and nostalgia, lemons for the pop of color, painted terracotta pots and succulents to add the element of gardens.
Tips & Tricks
There really isn’t a wrong way to decorate your outdoor space. Below are a few things I like to keep in mind…
- Check your fabrics and make sure they are weather proof. Even if they are placed under a covered porch, the wind can still move pillows and cushions. The rising and setting sun can also hit your fabrics.
- Stay away from lightweight objects as they can blow away.
- Watch where you place objects. Don’t block walkways. Check for tripping hazards.
- Use outdoor rugs when and where you can.
- Add additional lighting for ambiance. Bistro lights, hurricane lamps, candles, fairy lights are all fun to add to your outdoor spaces.
- Add blankets. When the sun goes down and the lights turn on it can get chilly.
We then took the remaining two chairs and added them to a sitting area at the end of the deck. This is a perfect spot to sip lemonade in the afternoons or evening and catch up with a friend or one of our kids. It’s also a quiet spot that I can catch up on my reading or a phone call with my mom. Having a quiet spot to gather thoughts or just listen to the birds chirping is never a bad thing.
Whether it’s a dining space or sitting area, outdoor spaces can provide a fun environment for growing closer to your family. We love hanging out on our deck and in our yard. Are you utilizing your outdoor spaces? Do you use them as extensions of your home? We’d love to know what elements of decor you like to place around your porches, patios or decks. Leave them in the comments!
Joleen & Jess