Friday, April 15, 2011

My Deck Needs a Make-Over!!

This post brought to you by Pier 1. All opinions are 100% mine.
My parents, God bless them, gave us an outdoor set when we first moved in six years ago.  Unfortunately, we haven’t kept it in the best shape, leaving it on the deck all year ‘round.  Consequently, the bolts have rusted through and now the backs of the chair are swinging in the breeze!
Now I’m looking around at outdoor furniture (with COVERS this time!) and I love many of the lovely outdoor items I’m seeing while prowling around the Pier 1website.  You know, I am such a plain Jane all the time (food, clothes, etc) I am really trying to make an effort this to branch out and use more patterns.  It makes it easier to decorate in the long run, with more colors to choose from in a multi-color pattern, like Pier 1’s Angelique pattern.  Soooo cute!! I am really drawn to more old-fashioned patterns.  I can’t say “retro”---it makes me think of the 70’s!  I’m thinking more: what was in Grandma’s kitchen?  No, not the olive green. Or maybe the olive green but with a lot of other colors thrown in!  And so much easier to grab a bunch of cushions to get the latest patterns and colors rather then trying to revamp your whole outdoor setting, you know, like we’re going to be trying to do!  

But what really surprised me when I went on Pier 1?  Their big papasan chair!!  I immediately remembered those from vacation at the beach when I was little.  I was kind of surprised they had them because even then we didn’t think they were that fashionable but you know what I else I remembered?  Sinking into that chair and curling up with a book.  And fighting with my sibs over who was going to sit in it every evening for TV time!!  And then I thought about that papasan  on our nice long deck in the morning sunshine or breezy afternoon shade, with a book, curled up while my kids play and thought, “That would be soooo nice!”  And if I could figure out a way to hang a swingasanfor my kids? Perfect!!! Hey, maybe we could hang that under the deck….hmmmm.  A thought for the patio we’d like to create on the underside of the deck in the near future!

Right now, we have that uncomfortable set of table and chairs (I should have just called this post, “Sorry I didn’t like the table and chairs you got for us, Mom and Dad”!  Oy.)  and the idea of furniture out there that is beautiful, has style and comfy cushions….ahhh.  I cannot express to you how fantastic it would be to have furniture out on the deck that we would actually USE!  You know what I love, when I watch HGTV?  When they go to those foreign countries and they have double sets of sliding glass doors that open all the way, so they merge indoor and outdoor?  Rugs on the deck, side tables, cushions---it looks just like my living room, only out in the sunshine!! Expanding my living space, that’s what I like to hear!  I have a large family and if I could utilize that deck when we have people over in the summer, that would be great!  They have these large, brightly colored metal beverage tubs($69.95) that I just LOVE and would be so convenient to put out there with some drinks.  I really need to stop looking, my wish list is getting longer and longer!
 And frankly, something that is easier to take care of as well.  I really like the idea that a lot their furniture is indoor/outdoor, so I could always bring it in for extra seating in the winter, without having to figure out how to get it from our second-story deck down to the front of the house and into the garage!   Things you don’t have to put into storage but can just rearrange every season? Sold!  NOR would I have to purchase covers and then [have to badger my husband to] go out and put them all on at the end of the season [only to end up doing it myself!].  I’m all about easy!
Did I mention that bright morning sunshine?  They have these awesome fade-resistant umbrellas.  I love the one pagoda umbrella!  (see?? I’m not a plain Jane after all---there is a funky, artsy, ethnic-pattern-lovin’ decorator trying to get out!!)  Fade resistant and all!  Plus, it’s not attached to the table or even the separate base.  We have our deck on the second floor up on the back side of the house (built into those PA hills!) and so I need something I can pull down quickly and get inside when it’s super windy and stormy.  This looks to be about perfect!! Actually, I’d go so far as to say, if I got nothing else, I’d get an umbrella this season, so we can use our deck more without forking out $2,000 for an awning.  But that’s just me!
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What are your plans for your outdoor spaces this summer?  Have an event you’re sprucing up for?  Share!  I demand it!  
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