Summer Deck Style


This post is bitter sweet.

You see…my 81 year old parents Bob & Joanne recently had to move back to NY, where we all are originally from.  It’s kind of a long story, but basically what it came down to is that we couldn’t find them senior living apartments close to our house here in Michigan.  There were long waiting lists and we didn’t have time for that.  Meanwhile, my sister found the perfect senior apartments right around the corner from her house in Buffalo.

It was extremely difficult to say good bye because they have been by our side here in Michigan and Florida for almost 20 years.  They are only 5 hours away now, but with our busy schedules it makes it difficult to just hop in the car and go.  On a happy note, I am going to visit them this Summer, and again over the holidays.

So, why am I explaining all of this?  The outdoor furniture was theirs.  I bought it as a gift for them for their deck here.  I inherited it when we realized they didn’t have a patio or balcony where they were going.  So, although I love having this cute set on our deck, I would much rather have my parents sitting in it on theirs.

Summer Deck Style

Welcome to our Summer deck...

The set I purchased for them was fairly inexpensive, and came with green cushions.  The green clashed with some of our other outdoor furniture, so I am selling those in an upcoming garage sale on June 3 & 4.  Want to come?

When it began to warm up, my girls and I ventured out to find cushions and pillows that would fit into our color schemes better.

Summer Deck Styling

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The blue (almost periwinkle) cushions, octopus pillow, and striped lumbar pillows I found at Garden Ridge, which is actually now called “at Home”.   The rug I found on line, but can’t remember where because it was a while ago.

I pulled together this “Get the look on line” list for you if you are interested…

octopus pillow

blue & white striped pillow

blue outdoor cushions #1

blue outdoor cushions #2

cute outdoor patio set

another cute outdoor patio set

outdoor rug #1

outdoor rug #2

Summer Deck in Mchigan

While shooting, I had a little visitor.  Time to get some wasp spray.


octopus pillow

I can’t wat to sit out here later today!

Pretty Deck Furniture

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39 Responses

  1. Ella says:

    It looks great! Love the blue.

  2. ColleenB.~Texas says:

    Absolutely Beautiful. Just look at them gorgeous cushions with that beautiful blue sky and along with that pop of yellow………Stunning.
    Looks like a great place to sit and relax and just enjoy nature

  3. Martha says:

    It looks beautiful. Very striking. Enjoy!

  4. Jan says:

    How lovely to be able to park yourself in a forest or so it seems. I’m hopeful of being able to buy a house this summer and move from my small apartment. I’m yearning for one with lots of trees in the yard.

    • Julie Fiato says:

      Hi Jan! It’s funny you say this because we have too many trees,lol. I know that sounds crazy, but they damaged our deck & house pretty badly. They sure are pretty, but a lot of work. Especially Oak trees. Thank you so much for your nice comments! Have a great weekend. ~ Julie

  5. Liz says:

    So pretty. Love the blue.


  7. mari says:

    Beautiful! Can’t wait to get started on our outdoor room.

  8. Ivory says:

    Ok, that’s it, you got to come to our home and help me acquire a home as gorgeous as yours. Pleaseeeee! as always, your designs ideas are breath taken.

    • Julie Fiato says:

      Ivory, you crack me up. Thank you so much. You make me feel so good! Have a great rest of the weekend. It’s going by quick as usual.

  9. Your Mom, Joanne says:

    The blue is most welcoming for guests and love the little details on the table such as the sea scapes, salute! MOMxx

  10. karen says:

    Love it, the blue is just so cool. Love how you threw in the octopus pillow.Too cute.

    • Julie Fiato says:

      You are the first person to mention the octopus, Karen! lol I was waiting 🙂 Have a great day, friend!

  11. Catherine says:

    It’s one of the rare patio make-overs that I REALLY like, Julie!! It’s just dynamite. Good job!

  12. Nancie says:

    Julie, your deck is gorgeous. Love the blues and grays. The preserve behind your house makes everything picture perfect! I might just come over and sit awhile! Have a great weekend!

  13. Karin Bulger says:

    I would love to come to your garage sale! When and where?

  14. Beth says:

    Where did you get your patio furniture? This set would look perfect on my deck. Your setting is beautiful.

    Thank you

  15. Tammy Lagaly says:

    I just replaced my old red cushions with the same blue ones that you have… so far I love them! Your new patio furniture looks awesome!

    • Julie Fiato says:

      No way, Tammy! How funny that we chose the same color. I’m a little worry that they made fade. Hoping not. Have a great night!

  16. Robin says:

    Love this! The blue is gorgeous.

  17. Julie says:

    So excited to say that we now have an At Home store here in our area (Central Florida – Disney & Universal area). My son and d-i-l have talked about these stores for awhile now and I’m dying to get there. Just LOVE the blue scheme Julie. Gorgeous.

    Sorry that you had to say bye-bye to your parents, that’s a difficult adjustment for all concerned, but at least your sister is there for them now.

    • Julie Fiato says:

      Totally true, Julie! Thank you for your kind words 🙂 You better get over to that store girl. You won’t ever want to leave. lol

  18. Karin Bulger says:

    Yes Julie, I live in Michigan. I travel between Grand Rapids and Pentwater. I work in GR and own a cottage near Lake MI. I love to decorate and turn junk into treasure. I also work a lot with driftwood. I love flea markets and garage sales. So if you’d like to share your location I would also love to meet you. Thanks, Karin

  19. Doris says:

    It’s beautiful, Julie. The perfect place for a cup of coffee and a book in the morning! Love, love that blue. Great job.

  20. Julie says:

    And while you’re sitting on that new patio furniture, call ma/dad for a chat so it’s almost like they’re there with you!

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