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Decking Out the Deck for Summer

Im excited to get my deck all ready for summer, with some amazing decor finds!

I’m ready for summer, how about you? We had such fabulous hot weather early in May that it was a major tease… now we are back to cooler temps and spring rain. Despite the lack of heat this past weekend I couldn’t wait to get going on two of my favourite pre-summer tasks,  dressing the deck and planting our summer deck flower pots!!

Decked out for Summer graphic.


 Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I will tell this story with pictures… facts about everything you see on the deck can be found at the bottom of the post.


Outdoor chairs and cushions on the deck with blue and green rug.

An outdoor center table with summer decor items on it.

There are succulents and a candle on the outdoor table.

Blue striped and floral cushions on the patio chairs.

There is a lime green throw blanket on the chair.

There is a peek of lake from the picture.

The beautiful deck with the lake in the background.

There are potted plants on the deck.

Little log stumps that are candles are on the table.

Potted plants on the deck beside the chairs.

Brightly coloured cushions and outdoor rug.

A look at the outside deck.

Decked Out for Summer poster.


  Decking Out the Deck


  • All the furniture is six years old this summer. The wood used to be more of a reddish color so last summer I decided to stain it with a brown opaque stain that coordinates well with the colors in the resin wicker furniture that we also have on the deck.
  • The wooden benches and chairs are an FSC certified hardwood and are part of a set called Orlando from JYSK… they used to live with our dining table but I have mixed it up a little and am using them for our little seating area instead. We have some resin wicker benches paired with the dining table now.
  • The resin side table and coffee table were purchased with the same benches (mentioned above) that are now paired with the dining table. All the resin furniture was purchased on sale at the Real Canadian Superstore a few years ago.



  • The blue striped bench cushions were purchased from JYSK at the same time that we originally purchased the patio set six years ago.
  • I made the accent cushions last year using the same method that I recently posted about in my simple DIY Envelope Pillow Cover tutorial. The fabric is outdoor rated and was purchased with a coupon two summers ago at Fabricland ( in store). While I am not sure whether these prints are still available, I know that there are many fabulous outdoor fabrics available online through both Fabric.com Outdoor Fabric and Tonic Living Outdoor Fabric. I picked a few coordinating prints from the same line so that they worked well together but still provided some interest and variety.
  • The green throw blanket was purchased at a local import market for $20 and the green colour works perfectly with the small green flowers in the floral print cushion fabric. It is perfect for cuddling up with on a cool evening outdoors.


  • The rug was a recent purchase at Walmart. I couldn’t believe my luck in finding a rug that coordinates so well with the cushions for a mere $17.88! I was planning to try making my own and have been busy pinning and reading various tutorials, but I thought this one matched perfectly and I honestly couldn’t make one for less money than that.
  • The white tray on the coffee table was picked up at a garage sale for $5 and primed/painted white with some indoor/outdoor spray paint. The jute candle lantern was purchased last summer at Home Sense for $12. The two log tea light holders were likely handmade by someone and then bought by me at a garage sale for 1$. I think I will have to try DIYing some more of those soon, they look easy and are so cute! And you may have already read about the little upcycling journey that the colander took in becoming a succulent planter.


  • The plants in the pots will fill in as spring turns to summer. I chose red and white geraniums for height and then surrounded them with some trailing basket filler plants in yellow, white, and dark purple. I will post some more pictures and information about these as they start to fill in.
  • The succulents in the upcycled colander are called Hens and Chicks and the fern is a Boston Fern. I love the bright fresh green that they bring to the seating area.

I will be back soon with some pictures of our dining area on the deck, including a fun, fast, and frugal DIY project involving a peva tablecloth…


 What are you doing to get ready for summer? Have you done anything new to your deck or patio? I would love to hear what you’ve been up to!


Thanks for reading!
And remember, my housie friends, HOME isn’t built in a day. Enjoy the journey.


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  1. Hi Krista! I just wanted to stop by and say hi! from The Weekly Creative Party! So glad to see your blog featured – I have been a fan for awhile. This post really inspired be to update our back deck with bright colors for the summer!! Hopefully, I will have done soon! Thanks again for the great inspiration!

    1. Hi Cristina, in the good weather it is really fabulous to have that space. My five year old and I were playing ‘go fish’ out there just this evening and I was sure appreciating it!!

  2. Hello! What an inviting space. I love it. Can you please give me the name of the area rug from Wal-Mart? I can’t seem to locate it.
    Thank you so much! It will look great on the concrete next to our new pool. That’s the atmosphere and feeling that I’m trying to replicate. Thank you again. Great job!!

    1. Hi Amy!! I don’t remember the name now and have thrown out the label. But it was in the summer section with the other outdoor rugs. I am in Canada, so if you are in the US it is possible they might not carry the same ones? The brand is Mainstays – I checked the label on the back of the rug. Maybe you could ask at your local store if they carry outdoor rugs and it might be there? Good luck!! I am sure it would love amazing next to a pool – fun!!

  3. … wonderful décor…My color choices are the same for this summer, yellow, blue and green…Love it! Great design!Hoping to post my deck revel soon, come and see me:-)Love it! Great job!
    Found you at The inspiration exchange.

  4. Krista, that is absolutely GORGEOUS. You have great taste and have worked this out to the greatest detail!

    But … WHERE in BC do you LIVE ….. if 1. you have such a lovely water view and you report good weather in the first part of May? This week I’ve been getting daily reports fr. Vancouver that it is raining and raining there… Oh, am very curious!

    1. Hi Rose! Yes it is raining and raining now… we had incredible weather at the end of April and the beginning of May. We live on Vancouver Island:)

  5. I’m in LOVE with your porch! The green and blue color combo is awesome! And WHAT a view you have!! I’m so glad I found your blog! Found you via Get Your Craft on linky party!!

    I’m your newest follower!

    Kate @ Uniquely Undone

  6. Love your patio. All the colors are amazing together! I didn’t know Jysk started having stores over here. It’s a Danish company. Love how you stained them. I just stained my old(ish) IKEA tables 🙂

    1. Thank you Katja! Yes, Jysk has a few great products that are a really good value- like this solid hardwood patio furniture:) The stain freshened it up and helped it blend with out other furniture…

  7. Wow! That view!! How amazing that must be to sit out there and relax. 🙂 Love all your pillows and outdoor furniture. Very pretty. I’m visiting from Give Me The Goods Monday. Enjoy your week!

    1. Hi Megan… it is a relaxing place to sit outside and enjoy the view… especially in the evening with the little guys sleeping:)

    1. Hi Julie! In the good weather we do love to spend a lot of time out there! It is perfect because we get shade by the late afternoon/early evening so it is actually a nice cool place on the hot summer evenings:)

  8. Your deck looks very inviting, a place where anyone would love to sit and visit for a while. Plus, I notice that you have a fabulous view of the water. ;o)

  9. Beautiful! I love the color scheme and the way you mixed the patterns. So chic! That is a great spot. I would having coffee out there EVERY morning.

    Stephanie @ thestyledsoul.com

  10. Will you just come and decorate my entire house? 😉 Your color choices are always perfection! I think I would just be so happy all the time if I visited you because of all of the bright, cheery colors. And I cannot believe the price you got on that awesome rug–that is my type of buy! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Krista!

    ~Abby =)

    1. Lol Kelly!! I totally agree – we even have wild mint growing on our beach so I could make you a fresh ol’mojito too!!

  11. What a beautiful use of the space, and the view is gorgeous! Thank you for inspiring me to keep at making my outdoor spaces so inviting!

  12. Krista, you have a really great eye…your deck space is just lovely, so put together! The view of the water is awesome…hope you get some sunny weather this weekend to enjoy the space!

    1. Hi Kim! That is so kind of you to say… the view on a sunny day is even better (or maybe I just love the sunshine)… I’m hoping for some soon too!!

  13. Krista your view is amazing! WOW! I love it! wish I had that view (I live in the city and I can see all my neighbors dining table) ha!ha! 🙂 anyhow, the way you have setup your deck with all the accessories is beautiful; great space to relax and enjoy the view with a book, family and friends! 🙂 Love the blue and yellow; perfect! 🙂 We had amazing weather few weeks ago now it’s terrible with thunder! Hope you will enjoy your deck with better weather soon!

    1. Hi Ingrid! Yes, the weather has not been cooperating quite like we would like it to, but I guess that is why we have so much green here- all the rain!! We have hot hot summers usually though so I am looking forward to that!!

    1. Thank you Shauna! I think the outdoors can handle a lot of strong colour:) I am glad I tried the red geraniums this year… I usually do pink but felt ready to change it up a little.

  14. Oh, wow, I love your deck. And those views!! I would never want to leave that area. I still need to add cushions, pillows, accessories and potted flowers to our backyard to make it more inviting.

  15. OK Seriously your Deck is Perfectly Decked out now. I was feasting on all the beautiful colors and details (and that rug I must have!) but then …Hello! It was completely topped off with your lovely lake view…holy smoly! that just makes me want to invite myself over to hang out. 😉
    Nice, way nice job Krista Love it! Hears to many happy summer days enjoying it. 🙂

    1. Hi Ang – it is a great place for summer but gets a little hot in the day… the dock is the place to be when the heat arrives:)

  16. love the blues and greens Krista! Perfect! I have yet to fix my outdoor space, weather not cooperating yet, but I’m glad yours is ready! Love it!

  17. This looks great!! So much colour and lots of comfort built right in! I have cushions on my deck made out of the same fabricland fabric. It has held up very well, hasn’t it?

    You have a great view from the deck, by the way! Lucky girl…

    1. Hi Bronwyn!
      It has held up amazingly! I bought tons of the turquoise one and have used it for indoor projects as well:) Thanks!

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