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Now that the floating deck is done (or nearly done), my thoughts have turned to decor! Check out this inspiration board on what I’m planning to build, buy, and make over to get a relaxing, modern deck.


I suppose it’s only natural that once the floating deck build is more done than not-done, I’m no longer as concerned about how to create the frame or get the 45 degree angles right. Instead, my mind has moved on to the exciting decorating part.

In short: I want to park my tired ass on an outdoor sofa soooo bad, you guys. With a pretty little drink in a glass I just got from Homegoods. With some kind of spicy new cocktail recipe I created with jalapeños and cucumbers from my own garden. Under an umbrella that’s tilted juuuuust right to keep out the sun.

So, I drafted up this little design plan!

Relaxed Modern Deck Mood Board

deck mood board - inspiration decor ideas

The deck itself will be getting stained soon, which I’m thinking should be a warm medium brown that goes well with the exterior’s tan and white color scheme. In contrast, I’m really liking the idea of a black, white, and blue combo that will add some crisp & cool (plus, we all know that’s my favorite color palette).

Since I already have two Adirondack chairs and a scrap wood bench, I’m in the process of painting those black (just finished today, barring any touch-ups — future post with a few painting tips coming soon!). They’ll likely be the interim seating until the big sectional project starts.


DIY Modular Outdoor Sofa

Since I don’t really want to spend the $1-2K it would cost to get a decent sectional, I’m going to have to build it. Here’s a little sneak peek at the design plan. I’ll share the woodworking plans once I go through the process and work out the kinks, but right now, just getting to design it is exciting!

diy modular outdoor sofa - future plans sneak peek

The idea for that future project is to build several pieces that all go together to form a sectional when lined up. This way, it allows the most flexibility when friends are over since each chair can be moved around to form separate seat combinations. I’ll have to buy separate cushions for each, so that will be a little pricier than one or two long sofa cushions, but I think this will make us happiest long-term.

Is there anything you think I should add? Anyone got some advice on outdoor speaker options? I cannot WAIT to get out there and do some relaxing. Fingers crossed we can this fall!


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  1. Omg good idea for the DIY sofa! The way that it gets flexible to accommodate friends is something I’d like to have as well. Can’t wait for the woodworking plans, and thank you for the design ideas – I can see a few of these that I’ll implement soon. Cheers!

  2. Love what you did to the backyard space. Cozy, comfortable, entertaining and it looks like you did most of the work by yourself. ****BRAVO***8