March 17, 2017

Our First House: Deck Furniture

Happy Friday and St. Patrick's Day!  While I'm still thawing out from the 2½ - 3 feet of snow Winter Storm Stella dumped on Tuesday, I've been dreaming of warmer weather and eagerly anticipating spring's arrival.

Today is our four week mark until closing.  I cannot even being to tell you how excited I am for my own outdoor space!  The last space I could call my own was my apartment balcony in the west end of Richmond in 2013.  My apartments in the Fan and NJ had no access to outside and it killed me on beautiful days.  Mike and I have always said we can't wait to have our own garden.  The house sits on a little over 1.5 acres and already has a deck overlooking a private backyard with an existing garden and hydrangea bush.  I see a lot of fresh flowers and garden goodies in our near future. 😃

After seeing the 2015 HGTV Dream Home back patio (well, the whole home to be frank) I knew the style I was after.  New England, beachy, casual and comfortable.

Gorgeous, right?

A different house with a set of 4 chairs + coffee table (source)

I'm thinking the Occasional Collection from World Market could achieve this look for a steal of a price.  They had their 30% off Friends and Family sale last week, but unfortunately cannot hold products to ship at a later date, so I'll have to wait to order until we are moved in.  I'm debating between the following options:
  • Two benches + coffee table
  • One bench + two chairs + coffee table
  • Four chairs + coffee table
I would add a few throw pillows for additional comfort.

We've tossed around the idea of a fire pit but that's not an immediate priority.  One priority, however, is a grill.  I'm letting Mike handle that decision but if you have any recommendations, I'd love to hear!  The finishing touches would be some potted plants and string lights.  Am I missing anything else?!


  1. We are having the same conversations in my household right now! I think we are going to go with a set from Ikea since our deck is rather large and we don't have the means to spend thousands on outdoor furniture. Regardless...grilling season can't come soon enough!

    1. How exciting! You're a few months ahead of us on homeownership :) Can't wait to see how your deck furniture comes together. Have a great weekend!