As promised, I'm back with the second half of our patio/deck. Yesterday, when I showed you the dining area I left you off with this sneak peek of the seating area:
We purchased the outdoor sectional already last year, but didn't get around to finding an umbrella and the other finishing touches such as the pillows until this year. I think being preggers, working and running after a toddler took up most of my energy last summer. The sectional worked fine last year, but the shade from the umbrella really helps from the morning to mid afternoon when the deck gets a lot of sun.
Opposite the sectional is the Ikea lounge chair. I loved this chair so much that we also got the armchairs for the dining area. The chair got a lovely planter as a side table. You can actually use the bench on the deck for a place to put things down if you don't want to get your glass all covered in
Here's another view of the sectional and all the pillows. The small black and white pillows were part of a set that had two bench cushions and a square tablecloth. The set was a nice yard sale find from a couple of years ago. I used the tablecloth to make two larger pillow covers (one on the sectional and one in the dining area).
One end of the sectional has another planter side table. The stacking planters I picked up from Costco and I planted Dahlias in them. Can you spot Nalle in the photo below?
Here's the other end of the sectional. The square ottoman floats around and is often used as a coffee table. I leave the cushion off of it since Little Pilot is always climbing on it with his muddy shoes. This side also gets an official side table. Yippee! Whoever sits here actually gets a place to put their Birch Beer. The side table was another yard sale find at, wait for it.... $1.00! I don't think it's meant for outdoors, but at a dollar, I don't mind using it outside.
Little Pilot woke up from his nap while I was taking the photos and quite enjoyed my set up on the side table. :) He's recently gotten into "reading" text. He runs his finger across the words to pretend he's reading. Pretty good print awareness for a two year-old. No? It's also a good thing he doesn't know how to open bottles or he would have downed that birch beer in a second!
I thought I'd add this photo to show you how long our deck is. It's really hard to tell in photos, but it's about 40 feet. You can also see where the garden that we are working on is (on the left) as well as all the exterior stuff we haven't tackled yet:
- paint back door and trim
- paint garage door
- paint or remove shutters (any opinions?)
- something to dress up the plain brick walls (trying to figure out some kind of art that would work outside)
- Is there a way to camouflage those mechanical pipes?
- etc. etc...
The sectional in action with all my human boys... Nalle must be there somewhere or maybe he was off chasing another squirrel. :)
Oh, and on another note. Co-pilot is 8 months now. I still need to get to editing his photos to share here, but here's one that I quickly chose to share.
Life is really full right now in the best of ways. I hope you're enjoying your late spring - almost summer and finding God's blessings in all the small and big moments. I really appreciate you taking the time to visit my blog today.
In case you are interested, here are the SOURCES:
sectional - Home Outfitters *they don't seem to have the exact same one this year, but something very similar the "glenna"
lounge chair - Ikea
umbrella - Target
white planter - Ikea
black and white stacking planters - Costco