Before the Redo
The existing deck was in good condition with a distinctive railing, but it needed more than just a set of chairs and a table to be an outdoor living space.
Create an Open-Air Gathering Spot
This seating area is tailor-made for entertaining, thanks to the allen + roth™ Pardini love seat and coffee table set (#402116), part of the allen + roth™ Custom Outdoor Collection. (You can also design your own patio set.) We paired them with a set of chairs (#402117) and a side table (#402119). Sunbrella cushions (shown in Deep Sea) cover the love seat and chairs with color and comfort, while Sunbrella pillows in chevrons (#494869) and stripes (#492123) add pattern. A rug (#404757) helps define the space. Lattice panels (#98707) separate the deck from the house.
Create Destination Dining
A tile-top table (#402136) and lattice-back chairs (#496828) set the stage for this dining space. The umbrella (#493742) and rug (#404757) tie the look together. Pillows (#494869, #492123) add color and pattern.
Make an Entrance
Frame the deck steps using a mix of grasses, plants, bushes, vines, and annuals. They create a great first impression and set the scene for the lavish on-deck plant displays.
Construct Portable Trays
A deck never has enough surfaces for serving or prepping food. These easy-to-make wooden trays rest on deck rail hangers and can move from rail to table to kitchen and back. Just lift the tray from its hanger and carry it where you need it.
Light a Glowing Grill
This copper gas grill (#333216) has three burners and ignition starters, plus a useful side burner. Place your grill close to the kitchen for convenience and out of traffic areas for safety.
Listen to Mother Nature
A three-tier water feature (#397021) delivers a luxurious, peaceful aura in the conversation area. Place it so the sound of moving water drowns out less-appealing noise. Then add masses of potted vines, blooming plants, and seasonal stars. Mix light and dark colors, scale, and textures. Give back-row plants a sense of height by setting some on overturned clay pots.
Add an Herbal Oasis
This birdbath (pedestal: #10011; top: #10014) houses pots of herbs that can go from deck to kitchen to dining table. And it adds aromatherapy for the seating area.
Arrange a Place to Relax
Make a cozy spot to read a book or enjoy morning coffee. These chairs (#496828) and table (#402119) form a pretty trio -- and the chairs can be called into service at the dining table.