The hold-up was the plants. I had to get some more planted in the empty pots and then other ones just kept dying on me. The heat was just too much to keep up with the watering. This past weekend I finally cleaned out the dead stuff and re-planted. I even had to replace my gardenia in the corner that I have had for years. It didn't make it....and was too leggy anyway. I was planning to trim in back but the heat got it before I could.
The rest of the spruce up was a new rug and some pillows. I went with a grey and yellow color scheme. Some of the pillows also pick up the beige color of the cushions. We already had the furniture and even though the cushions are not the best looking they had to stay. I didn't have it in the budget to get them reupholstered and since we aren't staying here forever I held off. Someday I'll get them redone because the frames are metal and still in great shape. Until then, a few throw pillows added some life to this dull deck.
Much better. Better Late than never right?
Just that little splash of color really helps make it look a whole lot more inviting. We haven't spent too much time out there quite yet. It's still too hot for the better part of the day, but Fall is coming soon and that's when it will get used. When the air is nice and crisp here. I can just see myself reading blogs out there with a glass of wine...or coffee if it's too early for wine.
Anyone else make any outdoor changes lately to enjoy for the end of summer and fall?
I did this on a budget so sources are well known. Though most of these items are probably no longer available....or they're on sale!
Rug: Home Decorators, Martha Stewart
Yellow Pillows: World Market
Stripe and Damask Pillows: Target
Small White Planter on Coffee Table: Target
Blue Planter: Home Goods
Large Planters: Mom hand-me-downs
Seating and Coffee Table: Walmart 4 years ago (yeah I hate Walmart...but it was a great deal)