I think it’s time for full disclosure here. I have a serious case of porch envy.
Did you know that when you search for outdoor decorating ideas on Pinterest that there are approximately 2 million pictures of cute porches and only about 50 pictures of decks?
OK, so maybe that is just a slight exaggeration! 😉
I don’t know why but I’ve just always loved porches. I see them and I covet them. There, how’s that for some honesty?
Porches just have an entirely different feeling than decks. They seem more cozy and comfy and…closer to the ground.
But, I don’t have a porch. I have a deck. In fact, I have a beautiful new deck which we had installed last year.
And even though I will forever profess my love of porches, I do believe that decks can be just as comfy and cozy…even if they are higher up off the ground!
I think that one of the best ways to cozy up a deck is to create multiple living areas if you have the space for them.
We got a larger table last year which can accommodate 6 comfortably and we chose a set that has that wonderful indoor/outdoor feel to it.
A little bit further down we have another more casual sitting area which is where you will often find me reading a book on a warm day or my hubby and I enjoying some time together after the kiddos are in bed.
I picked up this inexpensive table at Marshalls and even though it is technically a side table I think it works perfectly as a coffee table and adds a nice contrast in tone and texture as well as mimics the look of the dining table.
I opted to not put a rug under the dining table and chairs but to instead have one in the sitting area and another one in front of the sliding door.
For my husbands’ 40th birthday we got him a new grill and I secretly wanted him to never actually use it because it is just so pretty in all of it’s pristinely clean glory.
But, sadly, he wasn’t on board with that idea so we commissioned it last night with hamburgers and hot dogs. My son said he was pretty sure everything tasted better after it was cooked on the new grill.
I had to agree.
Someday, I may have a porch. It might be covered and have ceiling fans slowly turning. It might have a couple of rocking chairs and some cottage-y decor. And maybe a hanging fern or two.
But, for now, I’m a deck person.
And even if I’m a little bit further off the ground than I really want to be, I guess I could just think of it as being a little closer to God, right? 😉
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And as always, thanks for meeting me at the Fence (and the deck!) today!