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...
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.
This year we've only purchased 4 new things for the deck.
The big umbrella is from Ikea.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.