Vintage Decorating Ideas for Your Porch

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(Photo Source: Cedar Hill Ranch, a cozy inn in Cedar Hill, Texas. Their design taste is inspiring.)

There are many ways in which you can give your porch or deck a cozy chic look. Most people want their outdoor living space to feel organic and collected, and not be filled with a perfectly matched outdoor furniture set and a few run-of-the-mill decorating accessories. Creating your own vintage, decorated outdoor space can easily be accomplished.

The collected look starts with a great deck or porch. If the space isn’t covered, a pergola will add interest and provide a little shade. As far as the amount of square footage goes, a stylish vintage theme can be executed whether the porch is small or large. If the space is large, instead of spreading everything out, create vignettes and designated areas that cluster furniture, art and decor together.

There are some key pieces that give any space the perfect vintage feel. Distressed or reclaimed furniture is one of the best choices for a vintage vibe, and whether it is a large dining table made from barnwood or a mint green hutch distressed to perfection, it will add a nice touch of rustic charm. In addition to reclaimed pieces, galvanized metal is another welcomed option for a vintage, eclectic space. Planters, watering cans, washtubs and buckets are great galvanized choices.

To soften the porch or deck, throws, quilts, rugs and pillows will work wonders. Not only do they add that softer touch, but they can also bring in pops of color, as well as texture. For more visual interest, you can add in vintage signs and unique lighting. For example, drop pendant lights created out of mason jars and hanging lanterns can really illuminate a space.

Whether you decide to use vintage patio furniture and rustic ladders covered in plants, or porch swings, rocking chairs and handmade quilts, remembering to make your deck or porch your own is most important. Don’t forget to personalize your outdoor living space with touches that mean something to you and bring back pleasant, nostalgic memories.

The Modern Deck: Five Emerging Trends

deck-largeDecks have been a popular home addition for several decades, but now they are transforming from simple to sophisticated. In the past, most homeowners opting for a deck were satisfied with a rectangular design of about 10 feet by 20 feet. Increasingly, homeowners are seeing the value of larger decks with modern conveniences built right in. Here are five emerging trends in deck design for 2015.

Bigger is Better

Modern life is more and more an indoors affair, where we spend most of our time inside spacious, temperature controlled houses and offices. Large home decks provide a safe, comfortable, and readily available outdoor space for enjoying the sunshine and stars – if they are big enough. Larger, multilevel decks give you the space to maximize this outdoor pleasure.

Lighting and Fire Pits

Outdoor lighting, along with other outdoor electronic equipment, like TVs and kitchen appliances, are undergoing a revolution in design. Instead of wiring in regular 120 volt lights on a deck, new solar powered deck lighting saves money while making your deck more usable after dark. New types of safe and easy to use fire pits also add comfort and warmth, making decks usable for more of the year.

Outdoor Kitchens

A barbecue grill is only the beginning when it comes to cooking outdoors. Full outdoor kitchens with all the appliances, counter space, and storage are on the rise in deck design, as well.

Water Makes it Work

Outdoor kitchens require outdoor sinks. Hot tubs make relaxing easy. Fountains add the beauty of natural sound, masking the sounds of neighbors and street noise.

Multipurpose Decks

By creating different levels, or adding trellises and screens, a deck can become an outdoor living space that rivals the interior of the home, and the rising trend in deck design is for an outdoor space as comfortable as the home itself.

If you are considering adding a deck to your home, be sure to contact us for a free quote.

5 Ways to Make an Old Grill Look New

grillWhen most people think of decks, they think of grilling and lounging around with family and friends on it. When an old tired grill has lost it’s appeal, it may not necessary to run out and purchase a new one right away. There may be other options and that old grill may have more life left in it. Here are a few tips to spruce it up and make it look like new again.

How to Make an Old Grill Look New

  1. Clean it up: A shop vacuum can get out all the loose debris inside your grill. Use a wire brush to clean off the tough stuff, then put on some rubber gloves and wipe down the whole surface, inside and out with soap and water.
  2. Several parts in gas grills are standard and can be easily and inexpensively replaced at a hardware store. This includes the gas jets in the grill and the burners themselves. If the burners are not lighting properly or burning evenly, this is most likely where the problem is.
  3. Some grills have an electrical lighting system called a piezoelectric ignition switch. If you are resorting to matches or a striker to get your grill going, this part is likely the source of trouble. New ones are easy to find and install.
  4. There is nothing like a coat of paint for making an old grill look good again. Be sure you clean the surface completely first. Spray paint works best.
  5. If your grill has ceramic briquettes, these can be cleaned by soaking in vinegar. Wash them completely in water afterwards, and if they are damaged, get new ones.

Cleaning and fixing up an old grill is usually a lot less expensive than replacing it. Of course, grills do eventually wear out in which case none of the above will work. Still it’s so worth it to own one as there is nothing like a grill to make your deck more enjoyable.