Sunny Seating Area
Here's my 'new' deck. It is a fairly long and narrow space. I decided to divide it into two areas. One as the main seating area and the other as the dining area. I love the canopy umbrella but am not fan of the metal pole. As a distraction, I placed Ficus trees around it. The trees create a natural divider and helped the seating area feel cozy. I love the happy yellow!
I placed a long console table on a diagonal in front of the Ficus trees. The low table straddles the base of the umbrella. The base is massive and weighted and I wanted it hidden. The table further divides the deck and functions as an end table for the settee and chair. The table was a freebie a seller bequethed me when she moved.
My goal was to stage using mostly what I had. I only purchased a few items for this makeover. The rug is poly vinyl from World Market. I looked at many outdoors rugs and fell in love with this one even before I saw the $15.99 price. The yellow cushion on the settee I stumbled upon at Pier One. The manager knows me and sold it to me for $45 (I saw a dirty corner!). The yellow Sunbrella cushion, also from World Market, is new and was on sale for $19--more than I wanted to spend but I had to have it.
Perched Among the Trees
The wrought iron Bistro set is old and weathered but one of our favorites. It provides an extra seating area across from the settee. Our deck is on the second story. Our friends say we live in 'a tree house'. That is one of the charms of Casa Beam.
These bentwood chairs have been in countless houses I've staged. I just retrieved them from a house that sold. They are stylish and comfortable. This vingette creates yet another seating area adjacent to the settee and next to the Bistro table and chairs.
The double windows are from the kitchen. The French doors lead into the Family Room. The flow from indoors to the deck is optimal for entertaining--everyone is within line of site.
Sad, Pitiful Before Photos
Here are the "Before" pictures of the of the deck. It definitely needed attention. It was 100 degrees the day I took these shots, hence the condensation on lens.
Husband (he was wearing Cowboy boots when we met, so I call him,"Cowboy") and I were sitting out enjoying our new deck. Cowboy says, "Everything looks so nice. We really should stain the deck." Umh, been waiting on that for years.
I said, "In the words of Carole King, "It's too late, baby. Now, it's too late."
Maybe it will get stained next year...
I love our new space. Hope you enjoy the new staging too!