Deck Updates- Easy Ways to Make Outdoor Spaces Cozy

June 6, 2021 at 8:04 am (Home Changes and Additions, Seasonal Decor) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Summer is finally on the way! And we’ve been getting the deck and yard all ready.

Last year getting the deck built was our project. This year making the deck cozy and entertaining worthy is my mission. So we added a few things. Not done yet, but progress!

Plenty of cushions and a new rug make it cozy! Rug is from Mark and Day, our favorite rug place! (You can still use my code at Mark and Day too- JESSI10). AND, they are doing a free rug pad promotion right now too!

Some cushions and Walmart and Dollar General, but old, and the two darker green are new from Target Dollar Spot. Scotch Guard them to keep them longer, and I take in or put in a deck box when weather is bad. 😉

The other cozy trick is to add little areas. When we have company, chairs can get pulled anywhere, but they start out set up in cozy little spots. These stackable chairs we got to have extra seating, are from Best Choice Products. Different rugs also help tie different conversation areas together.

Another easy thing to add for coziness is plants. Plants bring brightness and life to spaces, and same with outdoor spaces! You don’t have to have a green thumb, mine mostly isn’t 😉, even fake plants do the trick.

I like my plants colorful! Plus, remember the rule of three, add a centerpiece, and outer plants that will grow and hang and you will be potting like a pro. These were all recently planted, but will soon be big snd overflowing! 🤩

One more cozy add is lighting and sound. This can be super simple too. My lanterns are all inexpensive and have solar lights in them. We also added this umbrella light from Brilliant Evolution recently and it adds such a beautiful glow in the evening! You can use code JESSICA15OFF on their lighting too!

The quickest, easiest DIY to up your outdoor game!

Right now I use a simple Bluetooth speaker sat on the table too, but we are in process of installing a whole system with speakers on the house wall. Either way, tunes add to the vibe!

What else would you add?!

XX,

Jess

Permalink Leave a Comment

Mid Century Bug

June 5, 2009 at 11:04 am (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I have it- the mid century bug- that is!  I am usually into vintage and antique just a bit older than MCM style, but lately I have been crazy for some of the furniture styles.  I’d like to think that I am a good enough stylist to incorporate a bit of many styles to make an eclectic, yet cohesive home.  A few things that I am loving:

The Marcel Bruer Wassily leather lounge chairs are calling my name!

This Barwa lounger would be so comfy on a patio or in the backyard, even better if it wasn’t purple!

This guy would be perfect painted black and sitting next to my new-old patio set in the backyard.  Then I would have a place to lounge in the sun!  (I am actually really thinking about this one!)

This is my all time favorite couch.  I want one someday so bad I can smell the leather!  😉

I love these Platner style outdoor chairs.  Actually, I like anything wire mesh or Bertoia-esque. 

An a bit of an older note- I am still on a hurried hunt for a couple of these old style metal lawn chairs.  Ebay is a bit too pricey, so if anyone out there knows of any for sale…keep me posted!

Any style, any color, as long as they are similar to eachother, because I am going to paint them red anyway!

Also, do you notice a trend with me and chairs?  And currently with me and outdoor furniture?  I really need to expand what I look at! 😉

Permalink 4 Comments

More Party Ideas

June 2, 2009 at 11:28 am (Wedding Plans) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

It is still raining here in Illinois, and I am still tired from a busy weekend of graduation parties.  So, we have no progress, no news, no excitement.  But, I have seen a few more party ideas that are inspiring me to be a bit more creative when planning for the upcoming engagement party…

I love when details in party decor match or have the same vibe.  We are going with a lot of red for the party, so not only is this bowl of drinks our color, but it just feels like our style.  We are working on a similar idea.

Ki at Junk Camp made this condiment holder with vintage industrial light cages.  I would love to be able to find enough things to make on of these in time for the party.  Isn’t that adorable!?

Silverware in cans would mean less plastic garbage and an easier way to carry them all outside.  I was also thinking about using our vintage picnic basket. 

Galvanized buckets have a charm to them.  These bottles are even pretty!

These last two vintage inspired photos by photographer Philip Harvey are just so pretty.  I love the bright colored chairs under the trees.  This will be more what our space will look like.  The beach scene makes me want to some how hang a canopy over the tables…

Permalink 2 Comments

Chandelier For The Porch

March 24, 2009 at 8:12 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Here it is.  This is the fancy project I completely with the ugly, little, pink basket. 

Here is the before picture:

basket-bench-0011

Here is what I made:

006

005

I took a 75cent basket from the Salvation Army and spray painted it black.  I hung crystals and beads on it and added a length of chain.  I added some mini candles in jars and viola!  We now have a chandelier above the ice cream table on the porch!  I found this idea on Apartment Therapy and think its super cute.  What do you think?

007

008

Permalink 3 Comments