A Family Friendly Under Deck Patio by Erika of BluLabel Bungalow

Article Posted By: Erika Ward

of BluLabel Bungalow

In our Style Challenge series, we ask some of our favorite bloggers from around the web to surprise us with their ideas for creating a stylish and functional space using Home Depot products as a starting point.

Erika Ward of BluLabel Bungalow is an interior designer in Atlanta and the mother of four active kids. With a couple of pieces from the Walnut Creek Collection, Erika created an inviting an under deck patio that suits her style and her family’s needs! Here she shares her money-saving outdoor decorating ideas.

As a family of six, it’s important for us to get the most bang for our buck. This concept applies to all areas of our lives, including our outdoor living spaces. It only makes sense to take full advantage of our home’s amenities, both inside and out. After all, the mortgage pays for both the house and land, right?

Last summer we focused on the upper deck and created an area perfect for al fresco dining. This year we planned to focus on our badly neglected patio beneath the deck. You can see the before photos on my blog, BluLabel Bungalow. You know the story about the cobbler’s children without shoes? Well, this designer’s outdoor space was without style until now.

Under Deck Patio Decorating Ideas: A beautifully decorated family-friendly outdoor space

The Home Depot Patio Style Challenge could not have come at a better time. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to select from a series of gorgeous outdoor furniture sets, including the Hampton Bay Walnut Creek 4-Piece Patio Seating Set in Wheat. Note that this collection is no longer available, however the Northshore Collection has a similar look, and the wicker material in both sets stands up not only to Mother Nature, but also to wear and tear from active kids.

Under Deck Patio Decorating Ideas: A comfortable covered patio featuring wicker outdoor furniture by Hampton Bay

To my surprise, I received a sofa with red upholstery, the other three pieces were the wheat color. Though it was by chance, I enjoyed the opportunity to mix colors within the same product line. To further customize the set to fit our family’s personality and style, I added throw pillows with playful geometric patterns.

Under Deck Patio Decorating Ideas: Colorful throw pillows on wicker patio furniture

Under Deck Patio Decorating Ideas: Wicker patio chairs with a coffee table on a beautiful patio

We love to live it up in every area of our home whether its having breakfast in our new space or sprawling out with a box of crayons to create a colorful masterpiece. We incorporated an existing table into the design to provide generous surface area no matter the activity.

Under Deck Patio Decorating Ideas: A wicker outdoor sofa, coffee table and children's toys on a beautiful deck

Under Deck Patio Decorating Ideas: A coffee table with drinks, newspaper, iPad, flowers and children's coloring book

Thanks to our custom drapery panels sewn from painter’s drop cloth, we can still have the creature comforts for less. Made from lightweight material, the windblown panels put you into the mindset of a seaside escape as our beautiful wind chime plays the soundtrack to our daydream.

Under Deck Patio Decorating Ideas: DIY Outdoor Drapes Made from Drop Cloths

Rain will never again dampen our mood thanks to our new fabulous and functional ceiling by Blades Custom Under Deck System. I selected a dark bronze plank to help create a cozy atmosphere from top to bottom. Our new ceiling also contains a hidden gutter that redirects the water to the sides of the patio. No more rain on our parade.

Under Deck Patio Decorating Ideas: A ceiling fan circulates air around a beautifully decorated porch

It comes to no surprise that our new patio has quickly become on of my favorite spaces in our home. It’s a guarantee– you will find me here both working and relaxing.

Atlanta-based interior designer, writer, and philanthropist, Erika Ward worked in the design-build industry as an accountant before turning her passion for interior design into a successful business. Named by the Atlanta Tribune as having one of the top design firms of 2012, Erika’s work has most recently appeared in Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, where she also serves as a location scout. In addition to providing decorating advice and inspiration on her internationally recognized blog, BlulabelBungalow.com, Erika co-founded Room Service Atlanta, a non-profit group of interior designers and design enthusiasts who provide pro-bono services to Metro Atlanta shelters. Take a look at how she decorated her front door for Christmas, too.

For more outdoor decorating ideas, see other Patio Style Challenges as well as our Style Challenge board on Pinterest.

Style Challenge is a series of posts from guest contributors who aim to bring you fresh inspiration and ideas for your home and garden using a single Home Depot product as a starting point. Erika received the Walnut Creek Seating collection from The Home Depot and a gift card, but The Home Depot provided no other compensation. The opinions and ideas Erika expressed are her own.

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