Hi, friends! Do you ever get the feeling that your brain is moving too fast, and you can’t keep up with everything you want to do? That’s where I’m at currently. I have about 15 different projects I’m working on, from starting an Etsy shop and finishing blog posts to projects around the house and planning some summer travel, along with work. I sometimes think my ambition and work ethic actually sabotage me, because it’s hard to focus on just one thing at a time, and I end up not being as productive as I could be if I just slowed down a bit.
Needless to say, I’ve only been on summer “break” for a little over a week, and I have yet to actually take a second to relax. Luckily, Steve and I are planning a little trip next week, but in the meantime I have a ton to do! One of the items that’s been on my to-do list forever was to photograph our porch and deck decor to share with you guys, because I love the way our yard is looking this summer! Ironically, we haven’t been out on the deck and porch nearly enough as we should to enjoy them, because life has been so crazy – so that’s a priority for the rest of the summer!
After I found the old church pew down the street from us, our outdoor decor really came together quickly. I painted the pew, found an old easel that I turned into a chalkboard, bought an old ladder for the porch, and painted our old deck furniture to give it a little face lift. The lights on the deck and the fresh flowers and throw pillows really pulled everything together!
To hang our deck lights, I installed makeshift posts by cementing 2x2s into galvanized buckets, and topped them with some soil and flowers to make them look a little nicer. I found a post on Pinterest from City Farmhouse that gave me this idea, thanks Jen! The lights on our porch and deck make it look so magical and summery, I’m in love! Here’s a little tour:
Our deck before:
Some befores from our porch:
And our porch now:
I can’t wait to host summer BBQs and parties at our house now that the interior and exterior are coming along! Tell me, have you worked on your yard or outdoor spaces at all this spring and summer? I’d love to see what you’ve been working on!