Decorating the Back Deck

Last week I shared that we had recently rebuilt our back deck (to see the before and afters, go HERE) and today I am sharing how I furnished and decorated that area. I wanted to make this space functional, cozy, yet not too crowded, and I think I was able to accomplish just that.

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I wanted enough space to have a lounge area as well as an eating area, but didn’t want to spend a small fortune, either. So, by building and creating some things ourselves, as well as doing some smart shopping, we were able to pull it all together on a budget.

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One thing I insisted on was finding a place for this swing. It is simple, reminds me of childhood and was crazy cheap to make. Plus, it’s just fun!

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I could not find an affordable couch that was in-stock with the look I was going for, so my husband built this one and I found the cushions on Craigslist for a steal!

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I found most of the pillow covers and throws on Amazon and just covered old pillows I wasn’t using anymore. It makes for a great and inexpensive way to update and add some texture to a couch.

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I looked all over for an outdoor rug that wouldn’t show too much if spilled on, was cozy on the feet and wasn’t too big so that the beauty of the deck could still be seen as much as possible, and this one met all of those wishes.

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I wanted a set of chairs that I could cozy up in, and these ones from Target are wide enough to be able to tuck the legs in and snuggle, so they were the first things I picked up for our new deck. Use that Red Card for a discount! And the copper fire pit was my one splurge. Once I saw it, I knew it would be perfect for our deck (though we won’t be using it as a fire pit on the deck) and if you’re patient enough, you can snag it on sale.

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To save some money, I made my own curtains out of these painters drop cloths. It ended up taking longer than I had anticipated, but the savings were worth it!

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This vintage ice machine turned cooler was for sale on a neighborhood garage sale site, and I was so happy to have snagged this right up!

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We had this table built for our fire pit area when we first moved into our house, but it ended up being a bit of a hassle to actually eat down there with bringing all of the dishes up and down the stairs, so we decided to see how it looked up on the deck and it’s like it was made for it! We sanded it down, re-stained it, and treated it with an outdoor coating, and it’s like a brand new table.

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I just LOVE spending time out here and it is so fun for me to see our friends and family enjoy it as well. My husband spent countless hours building this deck for us and I am just blown away by his talent. Thank you, sweet husband. It. is. perfect.

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A couple before and afters:

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Here are all of the sources or ones of similar nature:

Outdoor rug 

Rattan Conversation Chair Set (Free shipping and returns)

Metal Stools  – The best deal I could find… anywhere.

Fire Pit 

Couch (DIY- tutorial coming) Another favorite option HERE 

Outdoor Couch Cushions- From Craigslist but found exact ones HERE

Throw Pillows: HERE , HERE, HERE, and HERE

Black Tire Basket– Homegoods

Hanging Branch Floral Baskets- Hobby Lobby but similar found HERE

Curtains- DIY (tutorial coming)

Fig Tree – from Homegoods but similar HERE 

Metal Dining Chairs 

Dining Table and Benches -Custom made locally

Vintage Ice Chest- Local Garage Sale Site but similar found HERE

Turkish Throws: HERE HERE, and HERE 

Candle Pendants- from Homegoods

Ceramic Stool- from Craigslist but similar HERE

Wire Planter- Vintage show

Macrame Plant Hanger (Small)

Macrame Plant Hanger (Large)

Thank you for stopping by!


  1. Loveee! You did a great job with this. I could totally envision myself on that porch all the time!

  2. It looks absoutely gorgeous! Awesome job!

  3. Amazing! It really looks great… and I love all the decor you’ve picked and set up.

  4. I love it! I love it all! Home goals for sure!

  5. Love your deck and all the items you chose for it!

  6. this is such a dreamy backyard…

  7. Wow…seriously amazing. That table is PERFECTION. I love so many things, like the firepit that transforms to a table, the swing, etc…

  8. Your deck looks fabulous! I love it!

  9. This looks gorgeous! What a cozy place for entertaining. Love the addition of the swing too … so cute.

  10. Wow this is so amazing! You all did a fantastic job!

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