The Deck of My Dreams

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  • Beautiful deck with Martha Stewart Living furniture | create the patio of your dreams with these easy ideas

    Pull up a seat, relax and enjoy our new deck with me! Honestly, I’ve never been a huge fan of decks. My dream house had French doors that led to a beautiful brick patio overlooking an expansive yard. Trying to convince myself that this house was the one, was a little difficult. The back of the entire main level is a sunroom, which we’re using as a breakfast room, a screened in porch and a deck in between. Sounds like a dream, right? Well, not exactly. That also means that it limits the light and views from inside our home. Unfortunately in Missouri, that’s 6 months of our year. Rather than use the sunroom occasionally, we made it our breakfast room to enjoy the views on a daily basis. We’ve transformed the screened in porch into an outdoor dining room {more coming soon} and I’m using the same strategy for our deck. I’m incorporating concepts that I love to make the most of the home we have. I have to say, I’m glad I let go of my dream to realize a much bigger one!

    Beautiful outdoor living space with Martha Stewart Living furniture | create the patio of your dreams with these easy ideas

    For our imaginary brick patio, I envisioned natural wood furniture with turned legs and ivory cushions. Somehow that just didn’t seem to work with what we had. I decided not to fight with the deck and conflicting styles, but embrace it. We started by using a solid stain in a slightly darker, beautiful cream that we painted the house in, even between the slats. It defined the deck as a “room”. Suddenly the rails felt less obtrusive and more like windows to the world.

    Beautiful outdoor living space with Martha Stewart Living furniture | create the patio of your dreams with these easy ideas

    To create a relaxed Hamptons feel, I selected Martha Stewart wicker furniture available at Home Decorators Collection in nearly the same color. I debated over a contrast versus “matching” and am so happy that I chose the latter. It created a tranquil space and works effortlessly. It was important to me to choose furniture that would stand the test of time in both durability and style. I spent nearly a month weighing the options. The love seat and chairs have already endured golf ball sized hail, significant rain storms, lots of greasy little fingers and looks brand new. The cushions are water resistant and stains wipe easily.

    Beautiful outdoor living space with Martha Stewart Living furniture | create the patio of your dreams with these easy ideas

    Beautiful outdoor living space with Martha Stewart Living furniture | create the patio of your dreams with these easy ideas

    Beautiful outdoor living space with Martha Stewart Living furniture | create the patio of your dreams with these easy ideas

    I feel patio furniture is the exception to the rule on “sets”. Indoors, I avoid purchasing a set of furniture, trying to thoughtfully collect pieces that work well together to create interest. Outdoors I want it to be as serene and cohesive as possible. I broke it up a little using plants and a brass side table. I plan to add an additional side table, throw pillows, a rug, copper lanterns and a couple pieces of art soon.

    Beautiful deck with Martha Stewart Living furniture | create the patio of your dreams with these easy ideas

    Would you like to see a before? This photo is from MLS.

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    Beautiful deck with Martha Stewart Living furniture | create the patio of your dreams with these easy ideas

    Beautiful deck with Martha Stewart Living furniture | create the patio of your dreams with these easy ideas

    Beautiful deck with Martha Stewart Living furniture | create the patio of your dreams with these easy ideas

    Most of my patio plants are temporary as I’m waiting for my favorites to become available – large lavender, lemongrass, and catmint. They’re all mosquito deterrents and extremely easy to care for. The plants currently on our deck are actually going to be planted in our yard. I look forward to sharing the final deck with you – if there is such a thing!

    Beautiful deck with Martha Stewart Living furniture | create the patio of your dreams with these easy ideas

    Beautiful deck with Martha Stewart Living furniture | create the patio of your dreams with these easy ideas

    I wish I could have you all over this afternoon!

    Beautiful deck with Martha Stewart Living furniture | create the patio of your dreams with these easy ideas

    Beautiful deck with Martha Stewart Living furniture | create the patio of your dreams with these easy ideas

    Beautiful deck with Martha Stewart Living furniture | create the patio of your dreams with these easy ideas

     

     

    Product was provided by Martha Stewart Living. As always, all opinions and ideas are my own.

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