All photos in this post by Coco of Cococozy
|AFTER – My outdoor living room this morning after a neutral tone-it-down makeover as I let my teak furniture weather and go gray (above)|
So the other day, I had TE and his son EE over my little tiny cottage in the Hollywood Hills for a late Sunday afternoon visit. It was a lovely day out on my deck on a wonderfully warm afternoon. We listened to music, ate a little snack, and talked. A very nice visit indeed. I really have not been using my outdoor living room lately and this visit reminded me that I had better take advantage of the extra space during the summer months when everything is so pretty in the hills.
A few years back, I did a big deck makeover on my outdoor living room that included staining the deck dark brown, adding in bright colored pillows, a large graphic patterned rug and painting some furniture to match. You can see my previous deck makeover by clicking here.
Last year, I got tired of the bright colors, the white seat cushions had all started to look quite drab and turquoise paint was chipping on accent furniture…so I decided to take everything down a notch and go for a very neutral color palette – colors that would easily withstand the weather (or lack there of) and conditions in the Hollywood Hills. I painted/stained the deck a light gray, got a solid gray rug, had new taupe cushions made for my Brown & Jordan teak furniture, repainted accent furniture to dark green, added a few throw pillows in a neutral shade and called it a day. Oh I forgot to mention…I used to oil my teak furniture twice a year which was truly a huge pain…now I am letting the teak go gray to lessen the maintenance.
Anyhoooooo…so here is a look at the Before & After of my deck…from drab, to fab, to neutral…
|WAY BEFORE – This photo is from when I first moved into my house years and years ago, the deck was falling apart, the fence was weathered and because it was my first house, and I was conserving money, the deck stayed like this for about a year! Notice the tin with palm tree in it! (above)|
|BEFORE – Hard to maintain but fab. My previous deck makeover from about 4 years ago involved lots of prints, bright colors, oiled teak furniture and a dark brown deck. Was hard to maintain this pristine cheerful bright look with things naturally getting dirty outside. (above)|
I’ll do another shoot of the whole deck with much better pictures once I have flowers and few more accessories in the mix…these photos were taken on an impromptu whim this morning before work while I was wearing a bathrobe and Converse sneakers and with my hair in a nest on top of my head held together by bobby pins – yes it is true – luckily none of my neighbors saw me in my photo shoot attire!