Summer Style: Decked Out Decks

With temperatures rising we all want to spend more time outside. If you're lucky enough to have a deck you know how badly you want to entertain or even just have a quiet dinner after a hard day of work. It's not difficult to spruce up a deck — just a few things are all you need.First and foremost — lighting is the most important key to creating the mood. String lights are the easiest and certainly most affordable option — they transform the deck into a whimsical arena where anything can happen. If you have a porch over the deck it's certainly easy to install light fixtures and fans to keep the space cool; but we're not all so lucky!

Don't forget comfortable furniture — you're out there to relax and maybe even entertain and you'll want to be comfortable. Make sure there are plenty of places to sit and a few small tables for drinks. Your outdoor space can be whatever you want it to be; outdoor pillows and rugs will transform even the smallest of city patios!

Images: 1. iVillage, 2. Peter Murdock, 3. My Kotori, 4. My Home Ideas, 5. In A Luxe

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