But spending time outside hasn't been quite as lovely for myself. I am not a huge fan of the sun. And my deck doesn't get a lot of shade (ok, hardly any). To add insult to injury, the only deck furniture I've had were a couple of plastic chairs and a wooden rocker. I love the rocker, but as my tush has no padding it is not the most comfortable seat for me. So, for the last few years, I have not had any fun on my deck. Last year, right before winter set in, I did purchase a love seat at a steal, but I have not been able to use it until recently. It has not-overly-attractive-but-plush cushions.So sitting on my deck is now comfortable for my bony little tush.
Some of my favorite bloggers have been participating in the Home Depot Patio Style Challenge, and I have been inspired by the updates theses bloggers have made to their outdoor spaces. It makes me want to pimp my deck. So, last week, after Peyton and I had a very sad little attempt to eat our dinner on my table-less deck (picture the two chairs pulled up to her kid-size picnic table...) I decided a table for our deck was a necessity in order to enjoy this summer outdoors.
I did not want to spend a lot on my table set since I still have my basement renovations to finish. So I shopped around-Home Depot. Menards, Lowe's, Target, World Market... and finally narrowed my choice down to two options at Home Depot:
There were pros and cons to both options.
- The chairs were comfortable for reclining in--they rocked and swiveled and all that jazz.
- No cushions meant no maintenance. I could leave this set out even in rainy weather and not have to haul cushions back and forth.
- The set is brown. While not my favorite color (at all), it would match the love seat on my deck.
- The cushions made for uber soft seating--my tush was happy with layers of padding between it and the chair.
- The seats rocked forward a bit to allow for easier dining. (Which, after all I am looking for a table to eat at, not relax at.)
- The table was more aesthetically pleasing- the shape was perfectly square and black, with a clear glass top. Much more modern and more suited to my tastes.
I was really conflicted between the two. What finally made the decision for me was seeing Peyton sitting at both tables. Option A was a much higher table, and it was more difficult for Peyton to eat at easily. Yes, she'll grow, but when I pretended to be typing on an invisible laptop at Option A, my arms got tired with the height. So that cinched it. I went with Option B. Because fake laptop typing makes all the difference.
Option B came home with me. And the very next day we were hit with a freak snowstorm. So the patio table is still in its box, taunting me.