August 18, 2014

Easy Outdoor Living

I've already told you how I daydream about outdoor living. Now we FINALLY have our own deck and backyard to spruce up. I will share a few before/progress pics of that but before I do I wanted to talk about a design board I recently created. This client asked to remain anonymous so let's just call them "A". A wanted me to help her set up her deck for the summer and entertaining. (And by the way, summer is NOT OVER YET) Everyone is talking about Fall but they will soon be regretting that when there is snow on the ground again...grrr.

She already had these lovely yellow Adirondack chairs so of course I used those as inspiration.

Here is some key info that I used to create this design:

-family loves to entertain
-wanted a conversation space for adults
-wanted table that could multi-function for crafts and dining
-grilling area
-transitional style
-bright colors
-low maintenance



A also sent me some measurements and asked that I help her layout the seating more efficiently. She also sent me pictures so that I could see how the railings and levels are.

I hope that she sends me "after" pictures as well!!

Now completely unrelated (although in the same color scheme) I will give you a sneak peek of our outdoor living!

Before:
(this was my first pic of the backyard-before we even bought the house)

 Only before pic I could find of the red doors




Progress:


(added lattice, repainted the deck, bought furniture and umbrella, painted doors, new grill, landscaped/cleaned up yard, new string lights, power-washed siding)

It's coming along...don't ya think?? I would love to see your backyards or "outdoor living rooms" haha!

Linking up w/ Meg for Mingle Monday

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95 comments:

  1. Love the yellow chairs!!!!!!!

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  2. Haha I'm super jealous of everyone with an outdoor space! *Sigh* Downside of apartment living :) We do have a little balcony so we make use of that whenver we can! My dream is to one day have a big patio where we can host family & friends!

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  3. We don't have a lot of outdoor space where we are renting but I can tell you that many of the ideas you have are ones we plan to put into place when we buy a home or move back to OH.

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  4. I love the lights and the pop of yellow. How fun! Stopping by from Blog Love on FB!

    Alison
    Nancherrow

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  5. Wow looks awesome!! You have done a great job here :)

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  6. LOVE what you have done here!! :)

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  7. Thanks girl!! SO honored that you stopped by :) I LOVE your blog!!

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  8. Awww....I felt that way for about a year and a half in our apartment but trust me it's worth the wait (and a yard and deck is a LOT of work!) p.s. you are the best commenter EVER!

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  9. Awesome!! I would be happy to make a design board for you when the time comes :) Hope you had a happy Monday!

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  10. Thanks girl!! Chairs are from world market and lights are from Target!! SO glad you stopped by :)

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  11. I love those mercury glass string lights - I really need them! I also love how much color the yellow chairs add.

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  12. I love the bright yellow chairs! They're so festive!

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  13. The yellow chairs are perfect idea!

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  14. come to my house next? hahaha

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  15. Love those chairs! We still haven't really done anything with patio. It's on my to-do list!

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  16. Found you on VA Bloggers. I love this makeover! The colors are very cute and I just saw similar string lights on QVC (I'm a little addicted to that channel) this morning, and was thinking how cute they would look outside.

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  17. I love the transformation. I just like pops of color in any decor and the chairs adds a sophisticated and fun flair to your deck. I can't wait to see how this space will look when it's completed.

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  18. I love this! It looks so good! Makes me want to redecorate !!

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  19. Your porch is so so cute! I love the yellow chairs and the lights :) I can't wait til I have a backyard to decorate!

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  20. I'm kind of dying over the cute yellow chairs! I've never thought of putting this much time into a backyard space, and now I'm ready to rethink my own!

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  21. I love the plans for your porch!! I have a really nice deck that's covered with fans and everything but I've done very little with it the past 2 years that I've lived in my house. This genuinely inspires me to fix it up a bit! i also reallllly want a nice grill

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  22. I love it!!! One thing that I hate about living in an apartment is not having a backyard!! You are doing an awesome job :) The blue and yellow are so georgeous together!

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  23. I love the bright chairs and I love everything about it! It's really cool that you could do the floor plan! I also really like the pictures and ideas that you put in your collage!

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  24. Looks nice! Love the lights and pop of yellow in the chairs.

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  25. LOVE your deck! I live in Phoenix and sadly not many houses have those here! I dream of one day living somewhere where we can sit out on the deck and drink coffee while the kids play! Yours looks great!

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  26. Too beautiful! The yellow really makes it. I would love to do something like this in our backyard, but we're renters, so I try to avoid too-permanent modifications since I won't get to keep them.

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  27. ADORING your deck right now, lady!!! I can't wait to decorate our (tiny) outdoor space. We live in Phoenix, so not many houses have decks in the area-- I'm from the Midwest where just about every does! When we move into a house, a nice deck may have to be built on. :)

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  28. Cute Cute Cute! All I need is a coconut rum! I love how you added the pop of colors!

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  29. I love it! so bright and cheery! the pops of yellow really make it so much more inviting :)

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  30. Thanks girl!! Those are my favorite parts too :) Will be sure to stop over to your blog !

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  31. Thanks girl!! Now I hope we can put it to good use :) Hope you had a great Monday

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  32. Thanks!! World Market had a lot of yellow chairs to choose from so it was tough. I would love to see your bench :) Yellow is my 2nd fav color!

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  33. Thanks!! I thought the mercury glass string lights were very unique! They are from Target but not sure if they're still available.

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  34. Thanks girl! They sure do brighten my day :)

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  35. Thanks girl!! I wanted something fun and cheerful :)

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  36. Of COURSE!! I can create a design for any room in your house :D http://designerinteal.blogspot.com/p/design-services.html

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  37. Thanks girl! World Market has THE BEST outdoor furniture :) Can't wait to see yours!

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  38. Thank you!! The mercury glass and the filament ones are both from Target but I'm sure there are plenty like them. You should get some!! YAY VA Blogger :)

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  39. THANK YOU!! You are too sweet :) Let me know if I can be of any assistance http://designerinteal.blogspot.com/p/design-services.html

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  40. You are welcome back anytime :)

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  41. So glad you stopped by!! I am actually sharing the whole deck transformation tomorrow so be sure to come back :) Thanks for all the kind words!

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  42. THANKS! So happy that you stopped by :D Those are my favorite parts as well! I'd be happy to help you when you do have a backyard!

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  43. This is such a great space to have friends over for a cookout. I love it! You did a great job putting everything together.

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  44. Oh wow. It is coming together nicely. I love the yellow chairs so much. They bring so much color into the backyard space. Very pretty!

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  45. Wow! You are so sweet :) Backyards can be overlooked but if you use it a lot you should treat it like any other room! Let me know if you want help designing it!!

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  46. Thank you!! Wow a covered deck with fans sounds really nice :) I would be happy to help with some design inspiration!! And a nice grill is a great investment!!

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  47. THANKS! Yes we had the same problem in our apartment (although we did have a community pool) So glad you stopped by :D

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  48. YAY! Thank you...that is so sweet :) I love doing the mood boards for clients and for my own home!!

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  49. Thank you....I think the yellow chairs were the most important piece!! And awe don't worry soon enough you will have a backyard of your own and it will be AMAZING!! Hope you had a happy Monday :)

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  50. AHH So excited that you stopped by my blog girl :D I LOVE your blog!! AND you are SO sweet! I would love to see your outdoor space (who knows, maybe I can help with the design?!) A nice deck is essential but wouldn't it be too hot to enjoy it there?

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  51. Wow, you have done a great job with your backyard! The deck looks gorgeous!

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  52. Swooning over the yellow chairs and twinkle lights! Love the space!

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  53. Holy makeover, Batman! That's adorable!

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  54. I am partial to yellow so I love those chairs.

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  55. It looks so cute! Love how the yellow chairs look with the blue doors!

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  56. Both of these designs are so cute!! I cannot wait until we have a deck (or a backyard)

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  57. OMG your patio is darling! I am in love with the yellow chairs and the cafe lights. You did an amazing job!

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  58. Love all of this, the lights are my favorite! And the colors together is so cute.

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  59. Wow! You did an amazing job at sprucing up your backyard and patio! I have been procrastinating big time on decorating our patios!

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  60. I love love love how fantastic it looks!

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  61. I love it! Looks like a fantastic space to enjoy family dinner!

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  62. What a great patio! Loving it. I cannot wait for a home that I can do fun things like this with.

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  63. The patio chairs are perfect! The yellow complements the lights~

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  64. I love the yellow chairs, they're so bright and cheery, perfect for that space. I like those lights too, such a nice touch for the evenings.

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  65. It looks great. I wish we had a bigger backyard. There are so many things I'd like to do if I had more space.

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  66. Your outdoor space is oh so cute

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  67. Wow, what a great project! It's looking absolutely fabulous!

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  68. It's looking great! I love your backyard. It reminds me of the cabins we try to stay at in the winters.

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  69. Thanks!! that was my goal!! So glad you stopped by :)

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  70. Yes! We have had a few friends over but I am hoping to do a lot more entertaining back there! Thank you. :) You are so sweet!

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  71. Thank you so much, Stefany!! The yellow chairs are definitely my favorite and seem to be a hit with everyone else too :)

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  72. Thanks Carly!!! You are so thoughtful :) So glad that you stopped by! Have a great night!

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  73. Thanks girl!! I think every backyard needs some color and some twinkle lights :) So glad you dropped by!

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  74. Haha! I like that expression :) Gonna use that! Thank you so much

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  75. Thank you Ayana!!! It is pretty much complete for now. I just wrote progress because there is always room for improvement and I am constantly coming up with ideas!

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  76. Yellow is my 2nd favorite color and I knew it would compliment the teal :D

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  77. Thanks! Its my favorite color combo....that's why its everywhere in (and outside of) my house!!

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  78. Thanks! It was probably confusing to put the 2 in one post since they are 2 separate projects. I would be happy to help you design yours when you get one :)

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  79. Thanks! That is such a sweet compliment :) I love that its woodsy and private!!

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  80. THANK YOU!! I am happy to be finished with it for a while and able to use the deck!

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  81. Aww thanks! I sure do love it :)

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  82. Thanks!! you say that but its also a lot more work. i.e. raking, mowing,etc but otherwise its nice :)

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  83. Thanks Rochelle! The chairs and the lights are definitely my favorite parts!! I could sit out there all day and evening!

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  84. THANKS!! Yes I love the glow they create...its a nice warm light! So glad you stopped by

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  85. THANK YOU! It is fun owning a home but it takes a lot of time and energy!!

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  86. Yes it is! I just have to hose myself down with bugspray first :) But we love to grill out there!

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  87. Thank you....that is so sweet. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great night!

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  88. Thank you Avie!! Hope this motivates you to start on yours!!

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  89. Thank you Lauren!!! Those were both definitely essentials for the perfect backyard :) So glad you stopped by and thanks for running grow your blog!!

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  90. Thanks Jessica!! They are very happy colors :) It will be nice and cheery when winter rolls around!

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  91. Thank you!! Everyone seems to love the yellow. SO glad you stopped by. Have a great night!

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  92. The lights are my favorite, too!! You are so sweet. Hope you have a great night!

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  93. ahh, I didn't get confused but I would totally love that! Of course it may be far in the future from now but I would LOVE that

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