One of the major selling points for our house was the double level deck. I knew I wanted to make one of the levels more of a lounge area and the other a dining space. Today, I’ll be sharing the work we did on the lounge area—the “lower deck” as we like to call it. As you can see, we started with a blank slate.
The sectional really makes the space. The lower deck isn’t huge, so I knew the furniture had to have a smaller profile. This Mercury Row sectional fit the bill—both in size and in price. I really wanted a white cushion, but I knew that between the weather and the wine, we’d never be able to keep it white. I’m glad we went with the navy, though—it has really held up and, because I use a lot of blue in the house, it makes the outside feel like an additional room.
I’ve been obsessed with banana leaf print lately, and I loved that these outdoor pillows had some navy in them to tie into the sectional. I wanted to make sure the sectional looked like a piece of indoor furniture, so I did some pattern mixing to make the space feel more collected. The rug was a Groupon Goods find.
One of my other favorite details is the stump end table. I made it from a log I found on the side of the road, stripped the bark, and sealed it. I also love my pot head on top—pun intended.
The lights were easy to hang. I cut a few pieces of plumbing pipe and secured them to the deck with a bracket. I put a small hook into the siding to attach them to the house. They add a perfect bit of whimsy to the space.
It’s not completely done, but that hasn’t stopped us from enjoying it. While I don’t mind the pipe, when the weather cools off, I want to build a privacy screen that I’ll attach the lights to. I’d also like a add something decorative to the brick, but I can’t quite figure out what yet.
We love the space. It’s been a great place to hang out with friends and feels like we have a whole other room to entertain. Some of my favorite memories this summer have been having a drink under the lights, technology free, watching the fireflies. When did I get so old?