21 May 2013

We Are Finally Able to Eat On Our Deck!

When we last left off talking about the deck we had sanded and stained it, and it was a great big blank gray deck just waiting for some furniture.  Well, I am happy to say our deck now looks like this...

Deck @ aswellplacetodwell.com

Well, obviously not exactly like this all of the time.  I rarely keep glassware and wine bottles on the table with a very busy toddler running around, but I can pretend that this is my life for a little while, right?  Mr. Swell thinks it's very odd that I take such joy in setting a table for nobody.  I think it's sort of fun to shop around our house and figure out what I can move from room to room.

Deck @ aswellplacetodwell.com

This year we've only purchased 4 new things for the deck.  

The big umbrella is from Ikea. 

Deck @ aswellplacetodwell.com

It's the big brother to the Baggon Umbrella, but I can't seem to find it on Ikea's website any longer.  We spent way too many hours looking at umbrellas at different stores (a toddler and umbrella shopping are not really the best of friends!!), and found the Ikea umbrella to be the best deal without being total junk.  It's actually not junk at all for $89.  

I love that it covers our whole eating area. 

Deck @ aswellplacetodwell.com

The only thing that it didn't come with was a heavy base, so we had to buy 4 cement pavers to hold it down, which were another $30.  Still less expensive than umbrellas at many of the other big box home improvement stores.  Although the pavers take up a lot of room, I actually prefer it to a heavy base as I can move it around easier when Mr. Swell isn't home.  It doesn't do really well in wind (the actual shade part flaps around quite a bit), but then again, what umbrella does?

The outdoor rug is also from Ikea.  It's the Springkorn rug, and it comes in a multitude of bright colours, but we both really liked the teal.  The Ikea website says it's $49, but our local Ikea had it on for $40.  Strange.  At $49 it was WAY cheaper than any other rug that I could find.  We've tested it out quite a few times and it washes down really easily - even blueberry smoothie came right out!

Deck @ aswellplacetodwell.com

The placemats were $2.49 each at Target and I love how they bring together all of the colours in the rug.  A total steal. 

Deck @ aswellplacetodwell.com

Deck @ aswellplacetodwell.com

The last thing I bought were the flamingo napkins.  I am not sure if napkins count as something I bought for the deck, but I did buy them with drinking outside in mind, so I guess they sort of count.  They are also from Ikea.  

Deck @ aswellplacetodwell.com

I really wanted the flamingo glasses that they have that match, but I couldn't justify the purchase as I have nowhere to store them.   

Fin really liked the glasses too. 

Ikea madness

This is how we roll at Ikea.  Immerse yourself completely in the scene.  

I plan on putting some flower pots with herbs on the cement pavers, but for now a few of my garden-y type things are holding down the fort.

Deck @ aswellplacetodwell.com

Deck @ aswellplacetodwell.com

We have a long way to go with the back yard still, but at least the deck is looking about a million times better than it was.  For 3 summers we have hardly eaten out on the deck, and this year I think we've managed to eat out there at least a couple of times a week.  I love being able to take messy snacks (aka blueberry smoothies) outside and then just hose down the rug afterwards.  

Anyone else working on a deck?  Anyone have those flamingo glasses and want to bring them over to my house?  I'll fill them up with a cocktail for you and then keep them.

22 comments:

  1. Well look at that. Awesome! Looks great!
    I love those colorful placemats.

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  2. I really like the rug, I have to stop by ikea for some bins... now I might have to take a stroll in the rug department.

    nice job!

    //justynn

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    1. Thanks Justynn! You seriously can't go wrong for $49 for such a huge rug. We figured even if it only lasted one season it was worth it. Have fun at Ikea - don't go too crazy :)

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  3. I love the rug! And the umbrella looks pretty awesome too. Great job!

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    1. Thank you. We are pretty happy with all of it!

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  4. So fun and colorful! Love the rug...so wish we had an IKEA closer to us!!! ;) Jesse @ Scout & Nimble

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    1. Thank you. Sometimes I think it was better when we actually lived further from one. I'd research and plan and then go with a purpose. Now we just go for dinner there and end up wandering around - it's not really ideal :)

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  5. Kelly,

    I'm totally with you! I think it's fun to style a new area of the apartment and to set a table for nobody! 100%!

    And the flamingo napkins are amazing!!! Definitely a purchase for the deck.

    The finished product looks great!! I hope you enjoy many a dinners on that deck this summer.

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    1. Thanks so much Stacey....glad that I am not the only one! I am still thinking about going back for those flamingo glasses....good thing we haven't made it back to that area of town yet!

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  6. Don't you just love this time of year when you can finally get outside and enjoy it! It's always nice to create a welcoming outdoor space to entertain or just hang out. Love the bright pops of color!

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  7. It looks great!!Imagine, being able to eat on your deck..such a novelty!;) I love the shade and how to decorated the table. It looks so nice and cozy!

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  8. Nothing nicer than sitting outdoors on a summer night! I'm sure you'll really enjoy the patio this year - looks gorgeous, and I love the rug.

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  9. Your deck looks great Kelly - you really scored at Ikea (and Target), and if I had those flamingo glasses I'd mail them to you for sure!!

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  10. That looks so great! I love your owls! That umbrella is amazing, I guess it's time to go shopping!

    ~Laurie @ Vin'yet Etc.

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    1. Awe, my owls. It was my Mother's Day gift from my Mom to me last Mother's Day, which was my first. I do have the best Mom!

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  11. Hooray! Absolutely nothing better than being able to eat and drink outdoors in comfort (and style too!).

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  12. What a perfect, relaxing outdoor spot! I was really interested in how you liked that Ikea umbrella! We've looked at a bunch too and ikea was the best price but we just weren't sure how well it would hold up. Glad to hear it's working for ya! We'll have to go back to ikea and reconsider. (We'll HAVE to go back to ikea. It's a sacrifice I'll just be forced to make.)

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    1. I know exactly what you mean. We wondered the same thing, but finally just decide that for the price, even if it only lasted a year then it was worth it. I read the reviews of the $400 ones and they weren't any better than the Ikea one, so we went with the least expensive option.

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  13. Fabulous umbrella! Isn't food so much better when you eat outside? Enjoy your pretty deck xox

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  14. Looks so bright and sunny! Love it! When can I swing by for a glass of wine?

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