Thursday, June 24, 2010
outdoor living room
We spend a lot of time on our deck during the warmer months. Half of it is covered, and it becomes a quiet shady spot for reading, chatting, handwork, snacking... general hangin' out. Each year, I vow to give it the special attention it deserves (you know, spiff it up), but our collection of "garage sale" outdoor furniture has always felt like such a mish mash and a mismatch. Textiles often have the potential to create a sense of cohesiveness.
I used leftovers from a drop cloth to tuck over the cushions on the $10 wicker couch (last year's big score!) and create some pillow backings and seat cushions. It's rugged (yet soft) and neutral. Then I got brave and used some pieces from my beloved barkcloth collection.
A dear friend generously passed on her amazing fabric stash when she moved to Europe last year... I think she'll be happy to see it finally being put to such perfect use.
As I took these photos it dawned on me that not most but every single item on this deck has been thrifted or handmade. It would have been easier (although certainly not cheaper) to buy some new shiny deck toys... I'm very content that I made do. Although our wallets can sometimes dictate what we can't have, the limitations also stretch our creativity and ALWAYS inspire something unique and out of the box. I have a couple more ideas for this space, so don't be surprised if you see our outdoor living room again soon.