Outdoor Living

LAST UPDATED: Jun 18, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Jul 09, 2015 | By: Julie Blanner

Beautiful outdoor decor ideas | Outdoor living room

While the inside of our home is in a state of disarray due to construction, it’s so nice to enjoy a little outdoor living. The past few weeks we have been enjoying unseasonably cool weather and the patio has become our living room. I look at it as an extension of our home and living space and decorate it accordingly, but the decor has to be flexible and durable given the extreme weather conditions we experience in Missouri.

Outdoor Living | Beautiful decor ideas and how to define your deck or patio as an outdoor living room

For years I have been admiring the classic designs of Dash & Albert. I associate them with timeless, traditional style. At our prior home, I desperately wanted a rug by the kitchen sink, but worried I would be washing it tirelessly. I purchased a striped Dash & Albert rug and was pleasantly surprised, so much that I was willing to commit to a “white” outdoor rug.

Outdoor Living | Beautiful decor ideas and how to define your deck or patio as an outdoor living room

A rug defines a space and gives it immediate warmth. I wanted to transform our deck into an intimate outdoor living area, so I chose a beautiful ivory rope rug to embrace Hamptons style and add texture. It is incredibly soft and extremely easy to wash. If only everything in our home could wash clean with a hose! I ordered an 8.5×11 so that it consumes the furnished area of the deck, just as I would in the living room. The front feet of all of our furniture rests on the rug.

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Outdoor Living | Beautiful decor ideas and how to define your deck or patio as an outdoor living room

I added plenty of pillows for added comfort and style. I love mixing and matching patterns in the same color palette for to keep it serene, but visually interesting. The Flora Crewel, stripes and mangled patterns play nicely together in various shapes.

Outdoor Living | Beautiful decor ideas and how to define your deck or patio as an outdoor living room

A soft throw makes crisp, cool evenings curled up on the sofa even more enjoyable, allowing us to spend even more time outdoors.

Outdoor Living | Beautiful decor ideas and how to define your deck or patio as an outdoor living room

Of course we couldn’t leave out Dusty! His gorgeous striped Wouf can be used both indoors and out. We place it in his favorite perch for watching the deer who frequent our apple trees.  I’ll be honest, the kids love it as much as he does! It is apparently a great place to read a book or snuggle your pup.

Outdoor Living | Beautiful decor ideas and how to define your deck or patio as an outdoor living room

Outdoor Living | Beautiful decor ideas and how to define your deck or patio as an outdoor living room

I think lighting is also an important element to decorating. Our new copper fixtures are the perfect compliment to the blues and creams, don’t you think?

copper lanterns add character that will only be more beautiful with time

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I am so thankful that we recognized the value of our deck and decided to invest in it. Honestly, I wish we had done it a year ago! If you need me, you know where to find me!

Psst… check out this post with 10 easy steps to create an outdoor living room if you love your outdoor spaces as much as we do!

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

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