You know how they say "every cloud has a silver lining?" Well, our future outdoor living spaces is proof of that! We experienced a bad hail storm a few months ago-it shredded our window screens and my freshly, planted flowers (yeah, I'm still bitter about that!) Damaged our siding, roof, fence, and deck. It pretty much beat the crap out of our backyard.
I mean look at this sad state of affairs! Womp, womp.
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Sooooo...you may be asking where's the silver lining in all of that? Well, we're getting a new roof, our deck and fence will be repainted, the siding will be fixed AND best of all? It was the total kick in the pants we needed to start focusing on our patio and outdoor "rooms".
We've lived in our home for a little over 5 years and I've spent about ten minutes of those five years working on our patio decor (see underwhelming picture proof below)🤣 I mean even before the storm damage, this space of ours was rather depressing. I didn't even move the slip n' slide to stage these photos because this is reality when you have kids, right? No place is safe from all their toys!
My philosophy has always been finish the interior first, worry about the exterior later. Anyone else share that same thought? But all this focus on fixing things up made me realize I wanted to get a lot more use out of our backyard NOW, and so for the past few weeks I've been gathering inspiration and shopping for patio decor to help spruce up our outdoor spaces.
Essentially there are 3 different outdoor zones I'm working on. Today I thought it would be fun to share what I'm envisioning for the smallest area of the 3 zones; our second-story deck.
This is the view our back kitchen door opens up to.
Because this deck is small and even more limited on space thanks to my husband's 4 grills (Insert eye roll). Just kidding, honey, I LOVE your grilled food! My main focus is to just create a cozy, welcoming spot to sit down and maybe enjoy a fresh lemonade (or in my case, a black cherry White Claw, anyone else obsessed?) It would also be nice to have a spot to park to keep an eye out on the kids when they're in the yard, with out always having to go down to the ground floor patio.
So these are the pretty items I have my eye on! I'm super excited to get started.
I personally love the idea of designing your outdoor spaces to be an extension of your indoor living, so it should be of no surprise that I'm aiming for a blue color scheme.
Natural Wood Umbrella Frame | Natural Cotton Umbrella Canopy | Outdoor Goose Neck Light | Blue Deck Planter| Woven Texture Outdoor Pillow | Stackable Outdoor Wicker Chair | White Outdoor Side Table | Blue Glazed Planter | Large Blue Glazed Planter | Blue Diamond Outdoor Rug
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We're still waiting on some final quotes and confirmation before they can start working on repainting the deck (there's also the part where I need to pic a new color and we all know how I LOVE making decisions!) As always, I promise to share our progress and final outcome when it's all said and done. I often share sneak peeks of our projects on Instagram first, so if we're not hanging out yet, come say hi!