February 2015 | Live Pretty on a Penny

Project Deck-orating: Part Two

Today I am back because I wanted to share some of my deck ideas with you all. I have been dreaming up deck ideas literally in my sleep. It gets creepy at times :/ However, its still fun imagining all of the potential of my deck, and I look forward to enjoying it during the warmer months. I believe we want this space to be an extended family dining/ living area, complete with furniture, pillows, decor, pretty flowers, etc. Of course I am aware of my limitations, so all these pictures are what inspire me. I look forward to making them work for my home.

If you remember from my previous post, my deck is definitely looking forward to a little sprucing up.

Thanks to The Home Depot, I have several plans to make this space pretty.

1) Stain: In my opinion, the deck has never been stained. If you follow me on IG, then you see that was one of the first things that I addressed. Still working to complete it, but a rich chocolate color was a must!! Here are a couple deck stains that inspired me.                                                                                                             

2) Lighting: During the day this isn't a problem of course, but if we want to remain on the deck through the evening, lighting definitely needs to be addressed. I loved the look of these lighting images because of the warm glow that they provide.


                  Simple Lighting Idea For Outdoor Deck

Color: Color and pattern will are sure to be infused through fabrics, along with flowers. I love these images, even though I won't be able to incorporate it all, they still inspire me. Let's be real...there is only so much you can do on a average sized lifted deck before it becomes overkill, lol. 




Outdoor Living Decks With Little Deck With Wooden Light Brown Chairs And Wooden Brown Table And Wood Deck Flooring

I look forward to you guys following along in the journey. I am so excited to get started!

Until next time.

Project Deck-orating: Part One

As much as I love to focus on the inside of my home, I had to face the harsh reality that my outdoor deck looks like crap. I mean, its not biggest or most grand, it doesn't have the prettiest views, but still I realized that I should show it some love this year and make it a space that my family and friends could enjoy in the warmer weather, right?

 Well I think that the good folks over at The Home Depot must have heard my internal cry because shortly after I thought about all this, I was invited to participate in the 2015 Patio Style Challenge!!! If you follow me on Instagram, then you saw my post upon receiving my Style Challenge box in the mail.

My mouth literally dropped when I received this invitation because I have admired the past participants over the past couple of years.The Home Depot Patio Style Challenge is where a selected number of bloggers receive a patio set from  from The Home Depot's 2015 outdoor collection, and they are asked to design a space around the set. Umm, of course! I could never pass up on on an opportunity like! There are several other bloggers participating which I will share later. There posts are sure to create lots of outdoor inspiration for this coming Spring. Speaking of Spring, I wish it would hurry!!!!!

Now to air my dirty laundry. Here is my deck in its current state..

This is the view walking out from the kitchen.

This is the view looking from the right railing. The green cover protects my grill.

This is the view looking from the left rail. That was an additional grill we had, but we have since given it away.

So there you have it. I will be back soon with some ideas that I have on beautifying this space. I can't wait to get started. I am so excited:)