It’s part-two of our outdoor reveal! This deck was made for entertaining. After Max and I moved in, we quickly got to work pulling up weeds and planting a mostly native and drought-tolerant garden. A week or so later, we found ourselves back in the weeds, pulling up bolted arugula and the stumps of basil plants the critters couldn’t resist. While we grappled with the garden, the decor came together quickly and painlessly. No green thumbs needed!
The sofa was my starting point. Since the deck is visible from our bedroom, I wanted to look out onto a relaxing lounge area. This petite sofa from Wayfair does just that. The solid teak works with the wood-heavy aesthetic of the deck and its lines modernize the space. Its petite scale feels proportional with the deck and doesn’t overwhelm the eye.
From there I chose a neutral palette, adding visual interest with texture while allowing the natural elements to make a statement. While I hadn’t planned on incorporating a pop of color, I love the pizazz these Block Shop pillows add. I swear, I keep leaning away from color only to be pulled back in by Hopie and Lily’s bursts of it in their designs.
Teak and rattan are a match made in heaven. I love how they compliment each other yet bring their own interesting texture to a design. To add some contrast, we paired the warm woods and fibers with a concrete slab table. I had originally looked at a rectangular table but decided instead on this oversized square table because of its height. As a general rule of thumb, you want a coffee table to be within 4″ of your seating height. This one is perfect for resting your feet, drink, or board game on.
When I first considered the outdoor space, I figured filling the garden beds would be enough greenery. But after doing so, it felt like something was missing. While I originally overlooked having potted plants, they are one of the easiest accessories for outdoor living. The additional foliage framed the sitting area, making the space feel complete.
Ok, total disclaimer: this hanging chair is not suited for outdoor weather and is really meant for indoor or covered patio use (aka a sunroom). But I just love it outside so much, so that is where it hangs. We found it at the Serena and Lily outlet and the thought of it aging doesn’t bother me as much since we paid a fraction of the retail cost. Hopefully, with our minimal rainfall and its location out of direct sunlight the chair should holdup just fine.
Sofa — Wayfair // Indigo Pillows — Block Shop // Neutral Pillows on Sofa — Ikea // Side Tables — Crate & Barrel // Vintage Vase — Elsie Green // Coffee Table — Houzz // Hanging Chair — Serena & Lily // Pillow on Hanging Chair — Wayfair // Folding Chairs — Serena & Lily // Throw Blanket — Block Shop // Striped Pillow — Wayfair // Vintage Oil Bottle — Elsie Green // String Lights — Target
Special thanks to Wayfair for gifting some of the product that made our outdoor dreams possible.