Monday, May 6, 2013

Home: Outdoor Space

Good morning! How was your weekend? Mine, well mine was absolutely fabulous. The cat's out of the bag now, Caitlin's surprise location bachelorette party was in Newport, RI and it could not have gone any better. Details to come on Wednesday! Think I'll add Weddings to my Wednesday fashion rotation.

So let's get to today's post. More home planning!

As I mentioned last Monday, one of our priorities in our new home will be to reface the deck. We are very thankful that the frame of our future deck is in great shape, but the deck itself has started splintering and rotting. We'll be refacing it as soon as we can once moved in.

I'm not sure if I've mentioned this yet on the blog, but our next home has an in-ground pool off of the deck. I am SO excited for this! Don't worry, I've already hired a pool boy. Having worked for a pool company for a few years during high school, J's resume checked out. He's totally qualified for the job. :)

With that said, having an outdoor space to entertain is extremely important to us! As in, we'll be spending our money on outdoor furniture before addressing a guest room most likely. I am really hoping we'll be spending many weekends hosting friends and family to pool parties and cookouts because A) we'll be broke from the move and won't be heading to the bars and B) I want everyone to feel welcome at our pool any and every time they'd like to come by! All seriousness there.

So, here are some ideas for our deck, where we hope to be dining and lounging for the next 4+ months.

Outdoor Space

1. Dining Space - we'd love to buy a 7 piece set. Even though a table that seats 6 wouldn't fit our extended families, I think it would be a great size for us.
via Pinterest / original source Home Depot

2. Outdoor Couch - wouldn't this be perfect? We are searching high and low for an affordable outdoor lounge set. Ideally, I would love a couch/loveseat and two chairs but this post really makes me want a huge sectional... 
via Pinterest / original source: Denise McGaha

3. Greenery - I honestly have no idea if I'm a gardener or not. I can't say that I've had all that much experience outside of helping my mom weed once and a while growing up. I am horrible at keeping house plants alive, but I'm hoping I have better luck outdoors. I am dreaming of the day where we have fresh herbs and tomatoes growing on our back deck, and possibly a small vegetable garden at some point down the road. How gorgeous is this terrace space?

4. Shade from the sun - this one is a someday idea....but we would love to enclose part of the deck into a screened porch. We will be living in a fairly wooded area...meaning lots of mosquitos. Help me! But until that day, how about a DIY pergola to shield some of the deck space from the sun?
via Pinterest / original source Houzz
via Pinterest / original source The Handmade Home

5. Lights - I love those string globe lights. Hopefully we'll be able to incorporate a few strands into our outdoor space.
via Pinterest / original source Home Depot
via Pinterest / original source unknown

What about you? What would you include in your ideal outdoor space? 

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  1. hi, i'm following the "collective blog hop" and i would love for you to visit my blog and follow if you like it.

    new follower bev

    1. Hi Bev! Thanks for the follow! I'll be following right along!

  2. Oh I love all of this outdoorsy inspiration! I can't wait until I have a yard big enough for some of these ideas. Love your blog!

    Don't forget to enter my sunglasses giveaway!

    1. Thank you Rebecca! I hope I'm ready for this! The deck in our new home is just about the same size as our entire condo in the city. Yikes! Ha. So glad you stopped by! I will definitely be checking out your giveaway.


  3. I found your blog on the collective and started following on google friend connect. It looks like your house is going to have some really pretty spaces for entertaining!

    Ashley @

    1. Hi Ashley! Thank you so much for the follow. Your blog looks great - following along! I so hope I'll be able to create some great spaces for entertaining when we move!



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