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Outdoor Summer Table (Sneak Peek Of The Deck!)


This post is in partnership with Raymour & Flanigan.

I’m so excited to show you the progress of our outdoor space! Despite one delay after another, our deck rebuild is inching along. Most of the deck is built and we are just awaiting another shipment of materials to replace some damaged boards for the stairs. In the meantime, we’ve been dying to get outside and enjoy the deck!

Mark, two of our kids and I all have birthdays between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, and since our beautiful new furniture from Raymour & Flanigan has already arrived, instead of waiting for perfect timing to enjoy our outdoor space I figured I’d make the most of what we have while we wait for the deck to be finished! Life is too short to wait for the perfect circumstances! 

We got it set up just in time for Hannah’s birthday (in between rain showers!!) and couldn’t love it more.

Last week I shared the design plan I’ve had in mind for this deck for ages – mostly to make this outdoor space low maintenance. I had thought about building a farmhouse style table for out here but after living with teak for so long I was just done with the upkeep of wood year after year. This aluminum Beachcroft table was something right out of my brain – honestly it couldn’t be more perfect! It’s the exact style I wanted with the low maintenance I have been yearning for every spring as I scrubbed and oiled my teak table and chairs. Isn’t it so pretty?

Our rhododendrons kindly bloomed in full force this week, perfect timing for my girl! We are loving the tiled tabletop.

We set the table for a birthday brunch (complete with orange juice in our fancy Irish Galway Crystal wine glasses to toast the coming year!) and even though the sunshine exited, the pink rhodies made this summery table so cheery and happy!

I really wanted a table with benches, because in the summer we often end up with an impromptu crowd out here and I LOVE to squeeze everyone around one big table! These two Beachcroft benches can fit at least three adults comfortably, and we can definitely fit another chair from our dining room on each side.

Mandevilla!! You know I can’t resist you and your endless blooms all summer!! Every year I buy several and then try to winterize them come fall without success. Are you able to keep yours alive inside in the winter? If so please tell me your secrets!

It was not by design that our deck flooring ended up being the same color as the table, benches and chairs (similar to driftwood)  and at first I was a little worried it would all look really bland together, but it actually gives me this nice clean canvas to do whatever I want color-wise with flowers, pillows, and my table!

Plus!! I didn’t anticipate this either, but the new outdoor dining set coordinates so well with our new kitchen palette and makes the deck feel like an extension of the inside (have you seen the kitchen reveal by the way???? Oh wait just kidding, I haven’t posted it yet 🙂 But see the mirrored French doors? Yes – I did it!) 

I can already see a lot of summer dinners lingering around this outdoor table with friends and family!

Our new deck is all composite materials and although we did notice that it gets hot on sunny days, we’re happy to be done with the old wood deck that needed constant maintenance. (The decking we went with is Trex Transcend in “Gravel Path”.)

My sweet NINETEEN year old baby girl – how is THAT even possible???

Our patio is also getting a little love, and I have high hopes that someday in the near future our deck will be complete 🙂 so stay tuned for more on these outdoor spaces.

The dining table, benches and chairs I chose for our deck are actually available through the Raymour & Flanigan Outlet (online only) – they’re all on sale! You can find these items here:

Beachcroft TableBeachcroft BenchesBeachcroft Armchairs

The showrooms also carry many different outdoor sets and pieces – anything that is in stock can be delivered within 3 days of ordering, and orders are delivered 7 days a week – a few of the reasons I love this company!

Many thanks to Raymour & Flanigan for partnering with me to share their outdoor furniture with you this season.   I really do love the quality of these pieces!


Wishing you a wonderful and relaxing weekend ahead!

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cassie bustamante

Tuesday 4th of June 2019

WOW, lisa! that table looks absolutely incredible! your builds always blow me away!

Sarah Sofia Producitons

Monday 3rd of June 2019

Oh Lisa the deck looks amazing! Love the material you used and that dinning table by Raymour & Flanigan is stunning! Enjoy all your hardwork with some R&R out there! XOXO, Sarah

Stacy Connolly

Sunday 2nd of June 2019

Beautiful!!! Birthday wishes to all ????????????

Donna Thibodeau

Sunday 2nd of June 2019

I am considered a good gardener and have kept mandevelia alive, hit and miss, but it is not worth it here in Michigan. I have to bring it out of the basement in March and have this scraggly thing in the house. It's worse if you keep it upstairs all winter like a houseplant. When it goes outside it is slow to look good. Our summer is so short I've decided to go for a new one on Mother's Day. This year mine has red, white and pink flowers. It will be hard to let it go. They get prettier and prettier with new varieties.


Saturday 1st of June 2019

I believe your plant is a diplidinia (sp?) not a mandevilla. They may be in the same family and I believe both are tropical. I have had both and have a large mandevilla right now. It has larger blooms and leaves. I have never tried wintering them, but I usually don't have much luck with tropicals inside.

Deck and furniture looks great!