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.
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.
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.
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.
A soft throw makes crisp, cool evenings curled up on the sofa even more enjoyable, allowing us to spend even more time outdoors.
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.
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?
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!
I partnered with Dash & Albert on this project. All ideas and opinions are my own.
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