When we were house hunting for a lake house last fall, one of the most important factors on our wish list was to find a house with plenty of outdoor living space. We definitely hit the jackpot when we found our house since it has not one, but a few spaces to sit and enjoy the outdoors.
Today I want to show you what I am calling my outdoor living room since it is the section of the deck on the lake side of my house that is literally right out the sliding glass doors of the living room.
As the weather has turned warmer, I find myself sitting here often. I like the spot since it does not get full sun in the afternoon. The light is dappled which keeps the deck cooler.
In my previous post I told you that I am using lime green and turquoise as my outdoor decorating colors. The previous owner left us some furniture, most of it in the way of dining tables and chairs. I wanted something comfy that rocked and swiveled so I could check out the water view from all sides. I also wanted to be able to use the chairs inside during the winter.
I did an extensive search for large, sturdy, but comfy rattan chairs that rocked and swiveled. I also wanted them to be a bit oversized so I could fold up my legs under me when I sit down on them.
I found exactly what I was looking for on Wayfair. They are called Santa Cruz Swivel Rocking Club Chairs. They come with two large cushions that you can choose the color. The color I chose is called Canvas.
Instead of using one of the side tables left by the previous owner, I asked the guy at a nursery I pass every time I go into town if I could buy one of the cut sections of logs that he was chopping up to make firewood to sell. He sold me this chunk of trunk for $10. I placed it on a wheeled plant caddy so that I could easily move it around.
It works perfectly to hold a plant or plate. I love pops of color and have been using this French Bull Melamine tray to place an afternoon snack on when I find myself needing a break from my computer.
The pillows add the pops of color that I crave. I am also using them since they are small and easy to carry to two chaise lounge chairs I placed on the lawn for water level lake viewing.
The house came with all the planters filled with pansies and other perennials.
I added a copper solar path light to the center of each to add some soft lighting to the deck at night.
They are 2X brighter than most LED path lights, so I may not need one in each planter, every other one will be plenty. I think I will use the extra on the side of the house where I have herbs growing. (I will show you the garden side of the house soon.) The lights comes with stakes that make them easy to move anywhere you want. They do require 2 – AA batteries and need to have a few hours of sun each day so they will light up at night.
I attached a few of the solar path lights along the outer edge of the steps going down to the yard.
It was easy to do…
…with pole brackets that you can buy at the hardware store. I simply attached one to the side of each step with two screws.
Then placed the light right in.
I used 4 of the copper path lights along the steps. Two at the top and two at the bottom.
On the steps in-between, I used smaller and less decorative path lights that are not as bright, but that add enough light to see each step at night when going down to the yard and lake. You can find these at any discount or hardware store.
In the yard, the previous owner left us chaise lounge chairs she had lined up along the water’s edge. I replaced them with this stylish set. The market umbrella provides needed shade. It can be ordered in many colors. I chose the color Bronze for the pole, and Olefin-Woven Sesame for the fabric color.
The chairs coordinate with the deck, plus they got great reviews on the Wayfair site, but the real reason I ordered them…
…was that they are easy to store in the off-season since the legs fold under them…
…so you can stack them. Brilliant!
The outdoor throw pillows from the rocking chairs on the deck are easy to bring down to the chairs when needed, plus they add some color.
The past two weeks have been beautiful which makes it difficult to work sometimes. Thank goodness for WIFI that makes it easy…
…to take my laptop to my outdoor living room to work.
It is a pretty nice option to have to be able to work both inside and outside.
Earlier in the post I told you that I wanted the rattan rockers to be inside/outside furniture.
I took this photo of them in my living room right after they were delivered a few weeks ago. They are perfect to use in my inside living room also. I can swivel to watch TV, swivel more to view the lake and swivel around even more to view a fire in the fireplace come winter time.
Double duty furniture that is making this girl very happy.
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