These outdoor dining table decorations emphasize color and pattern to create a lovely space for relaxing and outdoor dining. This is the contribution to our Patio Style Challenge series from Alison Vinciguerra of long distance loving.
We sent her the Hampton Bay Barnsdale Teak Outdoor Dining Set to get her started on her deck makeover. Alison took it from there, coming up with all the decorating ideas and styling.
Along the way, Alison also added a couple of simple DIY projects that make her outdoor dining experience even more elegant and functional– a DIY “placemat” made from marble tile, and a nautically-themed DIY for large coasters made from poly rope.
Outdoor Decorating Ideas and DIYs
We got the keys to our new home two weeks before our son was born, so finishing our outdoor space was the furthest thing from our minds. Getting the opportunity to shift our focus outside (with the help of The Home Depot) was just what the doctor ordered after an incredibly long New England winter. My husband and I both agreed that creating a relaxing space to entertain and unwind was our highest priority. Living in the Ocean State, it was only appropriate to weave in a few nautical elements throughout the deck design.
DIY Marble Tile Placemat
Using inspiration from a recent dinner out, I found polished white marble tile to create outdoor “placemats” for our Hampton Bay patio dining set. When I asked where to have the stone cut, a kind Home Depot associate offered to do it for me in the store! I had him cut the 12 x 24 in. tile to 12 x 14 in. (This eliminated my worry that the tiles would overtake the table.)
Once I had thoroughly cleaned the tile, I used four Everbilt Heavy-Duty Self-Adhesive Felt Pads to make the tile easier to move and to prevent any serious wear and tear. From the extra tile, they were even able to cut a few coasters (4 x 4) to use on our accent tables.
The best part about these placemats and coasters is that we never have to worry about them blowing away!
DIY Nautical Poly Rope Coasters
Infusing a bit more nautical flair, I used this poly rope (available in a number of colors!) to craft large-scale coasters which could act as deck savers or trivets.
With a hot glue gun in hand, I carefully wrapped this rope — gluing every few inches to ensure it stayed together.
The one tricky part of this DIY project was cutting the rope. For a successful snip, grab some masking tape and a utility knife. Wrap a small bit of masking tape around the rope, then cut it as if you were slicing a loaf of bread. It required a bit of effort, but you’ll eventually get through the rope. Once separated, I pulled off the tape and burned the end of the rope with a lighter, fusing the loose strands. (Putting safety first, you should only do this in a well-ventilated area because it does emit a bit of a smell.)
From the 100-foot package of rope, I made three large coasters and three medium coasters with a bit of rope to spare. These coasters add a pop of color and protect our new outdoor space.
Flowers and Herbs for the Deck
Since our local Home Depot stores didn’t receive large shipments of outdoor plants until the last week of March, it was a rush to the finish line to get this challenge to come together. (Can you believe the last of our snow melted the first week of April? It was like a bad April fool’s joke!)
When we moved out of the city into the suburbs, we wanted quick access to herbs that didn’t require a trip to the grocery store. We used this elevated garden bed to plant some rosemary and sweet basil plants; we intend to add a few others to the mix once the weather improves.
Pillows, Poufs and a Patio Umbrella
The sail flag-inspired pillows were sewn by a dear friend, using outdoor-friendly fabric from Sunbrella.
We scattered these pillows throughout the space, with many ending up on our double glider.
We added a few sturdy poufs to create some comfy seating (and space for activities!) for the young ones.
To help fill out the deck, we opted for an offset umbrella with amazing LED accent lighting.
With warmer weather finally approaching, we can’t wait to host friends and family in a space that feels like an extension of our living room. I foresee many happy days and nights spent on our deck in the months to come!
Photography by Bree Hester
Alison Vinciguerra works in sales; by night, she pursues her passion for design — both in their home and on her blog, long distance loving. With Midwestern sensibility and New England style, Alison is working to make their new house a home. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband Chris and son James.