Deck Dreaming & Spring Cleaning {Outdoor Living Ideas!}

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Great ideas to makeover your deck and patio for fabulous outdoor living this summer!

Spring was in the air today, for a moment, and it was delightful! Each year as spring approaches I survey our winter ravaged deck and today was no exception. You’d think we’d learn to clean it up in the fall, but truthfully I fight winter so much I stand my ground  and stubbornly leave out our furniture in the hopes of a warm day mid-winter which never seems to materialize.  As spring rolls around, inevitably we face a major spruce-up to get our beloved deck back in shape.

It’s been covered in snow for so long, we didn’t see how badly the squirrels had ripped up one of the rugs (actual squirrels, not my kids, though if I hadn’t seen those rodents with my own eyes I might have tried to blame my it on The Wrecking Crew). Disgusting, right? Who lives here?

::: hangs head in shame :::

Great ideas to makeover your deck and patio for fabulous outdoor living this summer!

Great ideas to makeover your deck and patio for fabulous outdoor living this summer!

We need a huge clean-up over here, this is a far cry from our bountiful vertical herb wall and our {previously perfect} vivacious planters!

Great ideas to makeover your deck and patio for fabulous outdoor living this summer!

Of course the next step will be to clean and sand/stain the deck. That’s going to be 75% of the work here. But then… the fun part! I’ve been scouting out ideas and pictures for the vibe I’m going for, and it looks a little something like this:

Great ideas to makeover your deck and patio for fabulous outdoor living this summer!

sources: outdoor rugs / wooden lanterns / outdoor sofa / blue umbrella / hanging planter / outdoor pillows / outdoor clock / outdoor string lighting / framed succulents /

My husband has been asking for an outdoor daybed type deal, and after lounging in them on various vacations last year I agree– we want a deep outdoor sofa with ottoman to lounge on during weekends and watching outdoor movies and sipping cocktails at night. Something along these lines, but not the $3000 version:

Great ideas to makeover your deck and patio for fabulous outdoor living this summer!

All Weather Wicker Fire Pit Chat Room via Hayneedle

This outdoor day bed is almost too outrageous, it’s hard to see from the photo but the ottoman is more like having two twin beds attached to the couch. My margaritas would spill ALL OVER IT as I tried to get up. If we had the room I’d get it in a heartbeat, dreaming of nights under the stars (and kids napping after running-through-the-sprinkler-sessions!)Great ideas to makeover your deck and patio for fabulous outdoor living this summer!

source: Outdoor Patio Daybed via Wayfair

This outdoor sofa from Tar-jay is more budget friendly, but not as deep:

Great ideas to makeover your deck and patio for fabulous outdoor living this summer!

Find more summer lovin’ ideas over on my Outdoor Living Pinterest board.

Follow Carrie MakingLemonade’s board home ideas: outdoor living on Pinterest.

Lazy days. Who’s ready?

Not my deck. YET. Stay tuned. 😉

Great ideas to makeover your deck and patio for fabulous outdoor living this summer!

Here’s the rest of the Deck Diaries series, including the final reveal!

Deck Dreaming (Design Board and Plan)

Part One: Deck Staining 101

Part Two: Vertical Herb Garden

Part Three: How to Hang Outdoor Lights

Part Four: Our Outdoor Living Room (DIY Deck Makeover Reveal!)

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2 Comments

  1. Oh no! But I love your rug idea … A great outdoor rug is an easy way to spruce up the space instantly.

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