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July 11, 2017

7 Ways to Update Your Deck for Entertaining

I recently made a few purchases for my deck and have been playing around with accessories.  This past weekend's sunny weather made it feel like the perfect time to take a few photos and share some ideas with you!

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Here are 7 Ideas to Update Your Deck for Summer Entertaining:

Deck Decor for Entertaining

1. Power wash and re-stain as needed.  

Cedar Deck Before
Yes, you can see, our deck definitely needed it!  When building our deck many years ago, we thought it would be "nice" to go with a cedar deck.  Not the best idea for a deck that gets full sun - all day!  We have ours power washed and re-stained every other year, although, it probably needs it every year!

Cedar Deck After Staining
My little "dog model" insisted on showing how much she loves the new color!

2.  Make sure you have plenty of flowers or plants scattered around.

Summer Flowers
Even if you do nothing else, having some live flowers and plants around will make your outdoor space feel like summer!

Petunias in outdoor urn
I have been faking a green thumb for a few weeks now but I fear that my black thumb will emerge any day now.  Better enjoy these while I can!  This urn was a Homegoods purchase but I found this similar indoor-outdoor urn which is pretty and lightweight as well!  This urn would also look great!

Pink Petunias

3.  Have a few outdoor seating options.

Outdoor Lounge Seating
I recently bought this seating set at Home Depot.  It was super-inexpensive but we had to put it together - which was not a big deal (for my husband, that is).  It's made from powder coated steel which I heard can rust...probably why it was so inexpensive.  I am keeping my fingers crossed but so far, I am loving it!

4.  Anchor the seating area with an outdoor rug.

Navy and Tan outdoor rug
This outdoor rug just might be my favorite purchase all year!  It's surprisingly soft for an outdoor rug and I love the pattern and colors!

5.  Add a tray and some colorful accessories.

Outdoor accessories
You can't go wrong with a cute seagrass tray - just add some lemons and limes for color!  I bought the white woven bowl in Homegoods but this white ceramic basket is also adorable!

Outdoor tray for entertaining
We are ready for margaritas!  I have had those plastic margarita glasses forever but these colorful margarita glasses would be fun as well!

I couldn't decide which look I liked best for the tray so I also tried it with some glass bottles.
Blue Coastal Bottles and other accessories to decorate your deck for summer
I love the coastal vibe they give.  These are more Homegoods purchases but I found this blue bottle with netting which has the same look along with this lighter blue coastal bottle.

Blue coastal bottles on seagrass tray and other deck decor ideas
I think the blue goes with the rest of the deck decor!

6.  Add some shaded areas if you have full sun (like we do).

Cantilever Umbrella and lounge chairs
This 11 foot umbrella could be my 2nd favorite purchase this year!  Not bad for $299.00!  It's from Home Depot and is one of those cantilever umbrellas so it covers a large area.  This one is also lined with solar lights underneath and gives off a surprising amount of light at night!  If you want a similar look but don't want to spend that much, this 10 foot cantilever umbrella (without lights) looks nice!

The big umbrella provides a nice shaded spot to sip on some cool drinks...
Outdoor drinks

7.  Coordinate your table setting with the rest of the deck decor...

Outdoor Table Setting
I went with a coastal setting to pick up on the blues and also to go with the throw pillows.

Coastal Table Setting

Coastal Table Setting with shells
You can't go wrong with shells when decorating for summer!  

Summer Table setting on deck

Coastal Place Setting with Striped Napkins
For some reason, I couldn't find the rest of my striped napkins so I alternated striped napkins with some white ones.  I actually like both looks.

Coastal Table Setting with white napkins

Here is a view of the whole deck so you can see the layout.  
Summer Deck View
Speaking of "laying out", my fluffy photo-bomber loves getting some sun out here!

8. (Bonus Tip!)  This tip is totally optional, but it doesn't hurt to have a cute dog waiting to greet guests!  I mean, who wouldn't want to pet this little darling?!!

Lazy Golden Retriever on deck

Thanks for stopping by to see how I updated my deck for summer.
I hope I gave you some great ideas to use in your outdoor area!

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7 Ways to Update Your Deck for Entertaining

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  1. Love your deck and the pretty views you have too. Everything looks so inviting.

  2. Your deck looks so inviting. I love your rug!

  3. Don't you just love gaining more living space outdoors? It looks really pretty!

  4. Great tips! I'm with you on the black thumb thing. A sign of a truly hearty plant is one I haven't killed. ;-)

  5. Looking pretty, Shelley! 😍

  6. Shelley, Your deck looks fabulous! The rug does ground your seating area and adds so much nice color. Would you believe I bought one early this spring and it looked great but I took it back. Thought it would be another thing to keep clean. Now, I wish I had not taken it back and of course, they don't have any more. Hope blue colors are still being made next summer!
    Your deck is so spacious for entertaining.

  7. Really beautiful Shelley! Thank you for sharing it with us. I am glad I found your site through the linky party!

  8. Awesome tips—and your refreshed space looks wonderful! So welcoming. I just want to take a seat and relax for awhile—and definitely play with that darling doggie.

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I'm featuring you this week!

  9. These are all so great ideas, Shelley! I worked hard on updating my backyard a few months ago and I have to tell you, I love how a rug sets the area and makes it look like another room inside the house. Such a pretty outdoor space, I love the tablescape, shells are oh, so welcome during summer. <3


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