With the majority of main projects crossed off the to-do list for inside the house, I’ve been focusing more of my attention outside recently. I love the concept of “outdoor rooms” and am trying to make our deck feel like one, essentially an extension of the house — inviting and purposeful, kind of like this. Here’s a run-down of how the deck has progressed this past year:
A few months later the deck finally got some furniture! We waited until fall when patio furniture went on sale and picked up this dining set (complete with cushions) for around $300 from Menards (orig. $519).
Fast forward one year. I added lattice panels to the back of the deck (original inspiration taken from here) and turned mason jars into tea light holders to hang on them. And oh hey – does that cart look familiar? It’s currently holding a basil plant, but it has served as a great outdoor entertaining cart to hold drinks, glasses and the like when guests are over.
Here is a closer shot of the panels:
The ball jars were less than $1/ea from Hobby Lobby and I used picture-hanging wire (and this tutorial) to hang them on the lattice. I considered growing vines up the back of the panels (and maybe will in the future) but opted for the candles as a quick and easy way to upgrade them. Plus, it gives a really nice ambiance for dining when they’re all lit up!
Next on the list of things to do is stain the deck (happening this week). I’d also like to add an outdoor rug and maybe some cafe lights to string along the railing.
What are some things you’ve done to make an outdoor space feel more inviting?