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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!

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I partnered with Dash & Albert on this project. All ideas and opinions are my own.

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25 comments on “Outdoor Living”

  1. Gorgeous Julie! I’ll have to check out Dash & Albert’s collection. 🙂

  2. It looks beautiful! Can you please tell us the name and color of the rug you chose? Thx!

    • Of course! It’s a Dash & Albert Rope Ivory Indoor/Outdoor rug.

      • Hi Julie,

        We are having a deck built and want to paint it white… I saw that your deck LOOKS white… it’s one of the few white wood decks I can find a picture of. Is it white stain/paint that you used? I saw that you wrote something about Benjamin Moore beige?
        Would appreciate any tips you can give!

        Thank you!

  3. I love your outdoor living space!! Beautiful details make such a difference and you have definitely created a space to be relaxed in! I especially love your wicker furniture and of course the Dash & Albert rug!

  4. Julie, I envy your fabulous outdoor space! Perfect gathering space for friends, family and pups!

  5. This is a beautiful space, Julie. Very calming and relaxing.

  6. Gorgeous Julie! It looks so inviting and relaxing! I also love those lanterns. Can you share what they are and where you bought them?

    • Hey, friend! Great to hear from you! I had them made by Northeast Lantern. You can customize their lanterns in different metals, patinas (I purchased raw to let them naturally weather) and candle options!

  7. So gorgeous! I love the rug, the pillows, everything…so cozy! I’ll have to check out Dash & Albert rugs!

  8. where did you purchase the deck furniture..so pretty!

  9. I agree with you that it’s good to enjoy a little outdoor living. Honestly, I think I like spending time in my yard, more than inside. I’m always looking for more outdoor decor ideasl. I’m going to take your advice and add some more pillows to my furniture. It will add some style.

  10. Love it all … Especially the blue throw! Will you share ?

  11. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful patio pictures. Your style is very clean and unique and I’m very glad you took pictures it just shows the great space you have been able to create for yourself! WONDERFUL POST!

  12. Can you tell me where you got the wicker patio furniture? I love the neutral color 🙂

  13. Hi! Your deck is gorgeous. We are just building ours and I am looking at stain colours. I absolutely love the white (or it looks white) but I am wondering if it gets dirty easily and how you manage to keep it clean? I painted our stairs white, and it’s a nightmare to maintain. Thank. You 🙂

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