Deck and black and white rug.

Refreshing an outdoor living space

It is finally Spring in Michigan, so I thought I’d share my plan for refreshing the outdoor living space at our Pentwater Short-Term Rental property. This is the upper portion of the deck that we finished last May.

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Upper-Level Deck at Airbnb.

The fire table is my absolute favorite outdoor piece! A bit of a splurge, but I bought it from WayFair’s Wayday sale last year, and I don’t regret it a bit.

How to refresh an outdoor living space.

  • Clean thoroughly- We will start by power washing the deck.
  • Determine seating area
  • Choose a focal point- Mine will be a faux green wall with outdoor art.
  • Add an outdoor rug or two.
  • Accessorize
  • Plants, Plants, Plants.
Before picture of an outdoor living space.

This is where we are beginning. This is the lower level. My first plan (after power washing the deck) is to add a faux green wall to the trellis door to hide the storage. Then I would like to add to seating areas. One area will be a small table with two chairs for morning coffee, a second area with seating for four people that could be used for board games, and a quiet place to read a book or enjoy a glass of wine in the evening. This level will definitely get some much-needed outdoor lighting during this refresh.

Items to refresh an outdoor living space.

Pillows, rugs, and lighting all go a long way to making an outdoor living space a cozy place where people want to spend time. Colorful flowering (low maintenance) plants will add pops of color.

I’ve been pulling together a list of items I would like to use in the space. Because time is running short, it’s Amazon to the rescue!

Round-up of Amazon items for an outdoor living space.
Rugs and accessories are the perfect way to refresh an outdoor living space.
  1. Coral Border Indoor/Outdoor rug
  2. Herringbone Tabletop Torches
  3. Round Rattan Armchair I like this one too (and it’s cheaper)!
  4. Morrocan Solar Lantern
  5. Jute and Cotton Pouf
  6. Jute black and natural rug
  7. Gold Planters -I have these already, and I love that the base folds up for storage.
  8. Outdoor Waterproof String lights.
  9. Navy striped indoor outdoor pillow covers 18 x 18
  10. Battery Powered Table Lamps
  11. Metal outdoor table light battery powered
  12. Black and White indoor/outdoor pillow covers 18 x 18
  13. Neutral indoor/outdoor rug
  14. Black metal hanging lantern (plug-in)
  15. White Honey Comb Planter
  16. Distressed Gold Outdoor Lanterns

More Tips for your outdoor living space.

  • Keep it comfortable! Add ottomans, throws, and soft goods for comfort.
  • Indoor/Outdoor flow. I like the outdoor living area to be an extension of the inside.
  • Add an outdoor bar. Always fun!
  • Plan for storage. Add a deck box or furniture covers to protect furniture/cushions.
Deck with outdoor furniture. fire table and grill.

I can’t wait to get this together! I’ll share the finished space as soon as it is.

Until Next Time,


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