Okay. I’m going to start by saying that I’ve never had an outdoor living space in my adult life. So I’m really really excited to be sharing inspiration for creating my outdoor living space. My deck! I haven’t come up with a clever name yet as I have in the past for the Hallway Refresh or Office Overhaul. If you want to help me brainstorm a cute name feel free to leave a comment below. Deck Dreams? lol, I don’t know.
Like everyone else during the lockdown, I’ve been binge-watching a lot of things. Alias Grace, Outlander, The Dublin Murders, Little Fires Everywhere, Handmaid’s Tale to name a few. I’ve also been watching a lot of music videos too. I’ve watched Dwight Yoakam’s entire catalog of music videos. I have also watched a lot of episodes of The Buck Owens Show. So don’t be surprised when I tell you the color palette inspiration came from Buck Owens and The Buckaroos western suits in a 1966 episode. It’s true. I have problems. Pink, white and black everyone.
I made two design boards for what will be the living room area and what will be the dining area. This is the first time ever that I have been into the idea of black being an accent color but I really loved the way it looked. Thanks Buck!
Here are some before photos.
I’d really love to put up some outdoor curtains to cover the back wall that divides the deck from my neighbors. That would also allow me to hang some plants from the curtain rod. I’ve looked up some options and it seems doable. Covering the brown wall with white curtains will make everything look a little more cohesive and bright since I can’t repaint the deck.
The Living Space
Here is my main inspiration image for the back of the deck which will be the living area. Obviously a different color palette but pretty much how I imagine the setup being. Also, LOTS OF PLANTS. YES! Big couch and two deck chairs that actually came from my old living room design. I loved the style so I bought them and used them inside but now they save me a little money since I no longer have to buy chairs.
I went back and forth about whether I was going to get a large coffee table or two smaller ones. But I went with two metal stools because I liked the option of moving them around as needed. The perfect pop of black to tie in the end chairs in the dining area. That pink/terracotta rug is everything. Jute poof to add texture and to pull in the jute of the rug from the dining area.
There is a break in the windows which leaves a bit of wall in between the living and dining areas. I imagine that being a bar cart area. WITH MORE PLANTS.
More before photos.
The Dining Space
Here is my inspiration image for the dining area. I like the idea of walking out of the house into this space as an extension of the existing dining space in the house. I’m dreaming of having my morning coffee here. I loved the idea of four main chairs that matched and two matching end chairs. So I went with pink metal chairs for the main chairs and black rattan chairs for the ends. A simple light wood table and a jute rug to pull it all together. Also MORE PLANTS.
All items linked below, Pinterest board here and can’t wait to keep updating you on the process of my outdoor living space.