Our lovely blog follower Edwina wrote to us recently asking for help. Of course we knew exactly who to ask for help - you:)
This is Edwina's dilemma:
We built the deck in September last year and only got around to painting it recently. Our problem is working out what to do with all the space out there! As you can see, it's pretty huge - 50 square metres. We have it set up so the dining table and chairs are down one end, two couches in the middle and an old BBQ down the far end. There's also a bar fridge, but not much else.
Our idea was that one day, our kids would be able to play out there and have plenty of room. But, as we have no kids yet, that plan is a way off coming together...
The couches were originally in an L Shape, but whenever there was a bad storm they both got drenched, so we pushed them to the back wall.
My problem is working out what to put down the far end, where the BBQ is. I'd LOVE some plants and herbs on the deck, but my husband is pretty picky about not letting water onto the walls and not having anything on the decking that could degrade it... He's leaning towards putting a pool table down there, but I'm not so keen because I think they're pretty ugly, plus it'd get damaged pretty quickly being exposed to the weather.
We live in Queensland, so we spend about 8 months of the year out here, but when it rains it POURS and the storms and wind can be pretty violent.
So, I'd love to hear some creative ideas on how to make the space more comfortable - lighting, furnishings and any solutions on putting herbs out there without ruining the finishes.
Basically, if this space was yours, what would you DO with it??
Thank you so much - really excited to read the responses.
I hope you can help Edwina with some suggestions.
We have also been discussing the exteriors finishes of homes over on the Decorating Forum so pop on over and join in the chatter:)