Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I've hung up my dress-for-success clothes, and pulled my domestic "genes" out of storage.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

A Few New Things on the Deck

It's amazing what adding a few accessories to the deck will do! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

How important is outdoor space to you?

To me, it's vital. 
I'd go bonkers if I didn't have at least a little piece of outside to escape to.

Unless the mosquitoes are really biting, or it's so hot that I risk passing out,
I'm sitting on my deck every chance I get. 
I'd like to sleep out there, if it wasn't for the fact that I'm terrified of critters.

I couldn't wait to move to the 'burbs and create an outdoor room.
It took me years, however, to turn it into a space I was really happy with.

But, I get bored with things quickly, so every summer, 
I tweak the deck just a bit with new accessories. 

It's amazing what adding a few accessories to the deck will do! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

One summer, just for laughs, we rearranged the deck furniture.
It's stayed that way, and probably will, since we like it better this way. 
You can see what it used to look like here

Changing up the flower pots is one way 
I keep the deck from looking the same year after year.

It's amazing what adding a few accessories to the deck will do! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

It's amazing what adding a few accessories to the deck will do! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

 The herb box Mr. Goo Shoes made me last summer
is something new to "decorate." 

It's amazing what adding a few accessories to the deck will do! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

It's amazing what adding a few accessories to the deck will do! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I bought the herb signs on sale at Michael's for 80 cents each. A steal!

It's amazing what adding a few accessories to the deck will do! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I had to have this red metal basket from Christmas Tree Shops. 

It's amazing what adding a few accessories to the deck will do! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The hummingbird feeder is a pretty accent in this flower pot.
I haven't seen a hummingbird go near it, though.
I guess I like it more than they do!

It's amazing what adding a few accessories to the deck will do! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Another hummingbird feeder hangs just off the deck.
They love this one!
More about that in an upcoming post. 

It's amazing what adding a few accessories to the deck will do! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

A yellow metal table from Home Goods was supposed to be for the garden nook,
but I ended up keeping it on the deck.

It's amazing what adding a few accessories to the deck will do! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The biggest change we made this year, 
was adding an umbrella over the sitting area. 
Mr. Goo Shoes found it online, and it's perfect.
It provides shade only part of the day, 
but it does keep the birds from pooping on the furniture... a bonus!

It's amazing what adding a few accessories to the deck will do! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
It's amazing what adding a few accessories to the deck will do! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

There are solar lights on the inside.
They don't provide any light, but do set the mood.

It's amazing what adding a few accessories to the deck will do! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I still use some favorites from previous summers --
a red lantern, rusted crown, and green crackled flower pots, all from Home Goods.

It's amazing what adding a few accessories to the deck will do! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

It's amazing what adding a few accessories to the deck will do! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The black lantern is a fave, even though one glass pane has broken, 
and another fell out.
At least I can take pictures of it without any glare, lol.

It's amazing what adding a few accessories to the deck will do! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Throw pillows (from Pier 1) and the green garden stool (from Home Goods) still make me happy.

It's amazing what adding a few accessories to the deck will do! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Just for fun, here's what the deck looked like in early spring
(along with a lovely shot of Sadie's rear end)...

It's amazing what adding a few accessories to the deck will do! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
  and here's how it looks now...

It's amazing what adding a few accessories to the deck will do! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

 and at night. 

It's amazing what adding a few accessories to the deck will do! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Hmmm...my flip-flops are looking a little worn,
and my purse is a bit past it's prime.
I could use a few new accessories for my wardrobe.

23 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness your deck looks amazing! Really you have decorated it beautifully!

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  2. Hi Amy, your have such a pretty deck and I love all of your colorful accessories to dress it up! Enjoy the end of the week.
    Hugs, Julie xo

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  3. Well, for starters, I think Sadie DOES have a lovely rear end. I'll trade with her any day.

    There's nothing on your deck I don't love. The rug, the planters, the cute accessories. You rocked it out big time Amy.

    When we bought our umbrella for the table it too had those lights, but I think I broke them. :(

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  4. Just beautiful. I love decks, flowers, umbrella, patio furniture...and yours all look so inviting. Have to show a picture of Sadie front-wards! haha...

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  5. I love your back deck area! It's so pretty with the furniture and the large umbrella with the lights under it. I love that big umbrella for shade. I've never seen one like that before. Looks like you have a nice private backyard too. It has been so hot here that we don't use ours during the day. We have to wait till the evening.

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  6. I love the furniture, umbrella and all the touches of red.

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  7. I love your deck, so homey!! I could relax there, lol.

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  8. You have created a lovely outdoor space! So inviting. I could easily sit there with a nice cold drink flipping through a home décor magazine! Have fun at the mall!! Diane

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  9. Amy, what an inviting space! No wonder you spend every moment you can out there, it is a true outdoor living room, and magical at night. You definitely have a talent for creating lovely container gardens.

    I went to your link and it made me homesick for fall and pumpkins! But we won't rush it. Your deck is too pretty now to hurry frost along.

    Dewena

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  10. Hi Amy :)

    Your porch looks lovely, especially with the glow at night. I'm a sucker for porches at that time ;)

    I loved reading about your trip to Italy and I can't wait to see more.

    xo,
    rue

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  11. It's lovely and all of those wonderful tall trees surrounding you ...I can feel the cool shade and the breeze :)

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  12. It's lovely and all of those wonderful tall trees surrounding you ...I can feel the cool shade and the breeze :)

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  13. I love cozy and pretty decks and you've got just that Amy! Here's to wishing our summer will be a long one!

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  14. Very nice! I could sit out there day or night! Time to have a girls get together on your deck!

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  15. I love your deck! Some great ideas here. Think I must go shopping now. . .

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  16. Amy - your deck looks lovely, so inviting ... I could sit there all day.

    Have a lovely weekend.

    All the best Jan

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  17. Hi Amy, I love you flowers and the way your deck is decorated for summer! Thanks for sharing this at our Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  18. I love all of these ideas! So cute!

    Thanks for joining the Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  19. Looks beautiful! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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  20. Beautiful! This looks so amazing. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for bringing such amazing creations to our party. We hope to see you tonight at 7 pm because we LOVE to party with you! Lou Lou Girls

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  21. Gday! Im here via Julies linky party! What a gorgeous space you've created! I love gardening, as does our giant Golden Retriever! Weve got a minimalist but pretty space out back, Im looking forward to beautifying it in future, glad to have found your blog for inspo! :) have a great day!

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  22. What a lovely outdoor space you've created. I hope you can enjoy it as much as possible before it gets cold.

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