Our Summer Happy – Outdoor Decorating


When you only have 5-ish months a year of weather favourable to outdoor living, the goal is to spend as much time outside as possible.  We are so fortunate to have a backyard that lends itself to that..

We have a Cabana area and deck off the back of the house.  Here, we’ve created 3 zones, the bar, a conversation zone, and an eating area:

The conversation zone – a more relaxed sitting area for chatting.
The ‘coffee table’ is made from deck boards, flowers & candles in lanterns sit on the table, and the old frame hanging on the brick is just cool.
Note – yes, we know the deck paint is chipping completely peeling off….we’re still in “debate mode” about how to deal with this project because it’s only on the side that’s exposed.  I’m finding ignoring it completely to be reasonably effective.


 We spruced the ‘eating area’ a bit – first, some Mediterranian Blue spray paint on the chandelier – it’s not wired, we use candles where the bulbs would go.  Drapes, an amazing vintage mirror, and an outdoor area rug all add to the welcoming sit-and-stay-awhile vibe.  Mason jars filled with peonies and candles on the table are simple and so outdoor appropriate.


This is a peaceful little hideaway, right in our yard.
The gazebo is one of my favorite features – it’s spot is sheltered from direct sun so it’s almost always shady and cool.

Welcome, come on in….
More drapes – and another chandelier (this one works).  We suspended an old, chippy window at the back, and the old trunk in bright blue was found exactly as is.  It actually called to me from across a junk paradise/flea market using my full.given.name….you can see why.   It’s meant to be here.   A papasan chair and loveseat loaded with lots of comfy cushions make it a perfect reading/afternoon napping spot.


More Mediterranian Blue!
The wood Adirondack/Muskoka chairs were (hand) painted white many years ago, it was time for some freshening up.
2 cans of spray paint used (including what ended up on my feet).  SOO much easier and quicker than hand painting.

This old pump was the Misters find.  Which I spray painted white.  🙂
Tucked just out of view is a huge low sided stoneware bowl that was a garage sale find – set on an upright log in the garden, it’s now a perfect bird bath.


Total steal on the huge galvanized bucket at $20….as was the old mirror on the fence that I painted “You are my Sunshine” on.
We filled the bucket with flowers – I love having flowers everywhere this time of year…but to clarify, I am so. not. a gardener.
I am excellent at popping the flowers out of the squishy container and placing them in dirt.
What the Mister & I are not excellent at is guesstimating how many flowers, how much dirt, etc. we actually need – creating a vicious circle of more dirt and flowers than containers, getting more containers, then not having enough dirt and flowers – you see how tiresome this can become.

 Another outstanding find. An old wood barrel in great condition, stamped on top, perfectly rusted.
And of course, more flowers in various containers (see above issue re: vicious circle).
This is the front porch, don’t even mention the chipping floor paint or you’re dead to me – it’s another “problem floor area project” (see above issue re: deck floor).  But the coolest old barrel.


Side Note – We took a bit of a road trip last weekend to Christies, which in Southern Ontario is a pretty big deal Antiques/Collectibles sale twice a year.  5 bajillion acres to walk with even more vendors.  Total disappointment.
We were on the way home, completely empty truck (and completely irritated), when we passed a place called Mizener’s.
A barn, a couple outbuildings, and some random vendors here and there and BAM! the truck was FULL – YAY!
We found a lot of the pieces I’ve shown you there…..Great stuff, great prices – worth the trip from…. well, our house for sure….

I hope you’ve enjoyed the tour of our backyard, and our Summer Happy.

I think what we’ve learned is: If you call or email and I’m not available, you completely understand (til September).
AND if you drive to a totally touted but disappointing antique/collectible event, don’t nap on the way home or you’ll miss a great spot with stuff meant to be yours.
AND most important?
That sometimes you just have to ignore a few of the projects and enjoy what IS.

If you’re planning to re-decorate, re-design, or renovate, contact me to help you create the extraordinary.
Fall in love with your home again.


Link parties I participate in:
The DIY Showoff Project Parade; ~ Metamorphosis Monday ~ Home Stories A-Z ~ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia ~ Domestically Speaking ~ Somewhat simple ~House of Hepworths ~ Show and Tell Friday ~ Chic on a Shoestring decorating ~ French Country Cottage ~ At the Picket Fence ~ Addicted to Decorating ~ Stuff and Nonsense ~ Redoux ~ Vintage Inspiration ~ Finding Fabulous ~ Youaretalkingtoomuch ~ Under the Table and Dreaming ~ TodaysCreativeBlog ~ ProjectQueen ~ ThriftyDecorChick

If you’re planning to re-decorate, re-design, or renovate, I can help you create the extraordinary. Fall in love with your home again.
Linking To: Between Naps on the Porch ~ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia ~ Savvy Southern Style ~ JenniferRizzo ~ Dining Design + Diapers ~ Serenity Now~ Everyday Home~ NellieBellieBlissfully Ever AfterIt’s Overflowing ~ Remodelaholic ~ TheIdeaRoom

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  1. what a gorgeous outdoor space
    you have created

    i love the different seating areas
    for relaxing or visiting with friends

    i’ll just bet
    you host a mean pool party

    thanks for sharing
    at Fridays Unfolded!


    • Thanks for hosting & for checking it out Alison! We’ve had some pretty great pool parties for sure! xoT.

  2. can I say I LOVE your outdoor space?

  3. Love all of your outdoor space. I love the use of the sheers in your space.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks Michele, I love drapes outside – these are the IKEA mesh ones, so super cheap, and super durable! xoT.

  4. I want to be your next door neighbor!!!! Great space. I love it!

  5. Such pretty spaces you have created! Love the mirrors and the different zones you created.

  6. Ok, so when should we all be there for the awesome outdoor party? Oh my goodness this is so beautiful!!!!!

    Hugs, Tanya 🙂

  7. Melanie says:

    Loving that blue chandy!!! Your outdoor spot is lovely!!! So inviting!!!

  8. Tracy, I loved how you broke up your back yard into 3 different areas! Fabulous idea! I will be featuring this tomorrow night at the Highlight Party at Project Queen. Thank you so much for sharing!

  9. MariaElena says:

    It just doesn’t get any better than this! I love, love your outdoor space! Everything looks beautiful!

  10. What a beautiful back yard.

  11. I just LOVE your stone pool deck… gorgeous!

  12. Such a gorgeous back yard you have! Thanks for linking up.

  13. Great finds, beautiful styling and awesome outdoor area! I’d never leave! I love decorating with thrifty treasures too! Thanks so much for sharing! 😉

  14. WOW!!! It looks like you put so much thought into designing this space. You must live out there! Great job.


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