Deck Cravin’: BACKYARD SERIES part 4

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Hey fellow DIY-ers/patio enthusiasts/deck lovers,

I know some of you have been really excited to hear about the progress we’ve been making with the deck. Today, I want to share with you some of the decisions we made about lighting.

After finishing the main landings and adding the railing, we knew that we would have to make some big decisions when it came to lighting. It’s funny, right? You’d think that deciding on lighting would be one of the easier parts of the designing and building a deck/outdoor living space but I have to honestly admit… I found it to be a challenge.

I think some of the elements that impacted our final decision were the need for clean lines, solar lighting options (to reduce the “Christmas Vacation” complex) and to minimize use of the blinding, “WE GOT YA!!!”, spotlight of a backyard light that came with the house. (Honestly – our neighbours asked if we could change it because it’s as bright and shocking as a football stadium).

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In the pics above (by W.Dixon Photography) you can get an idea of the solar post cap lights that we decided on, in full action.  I love the glow they provide and how cozy they make the upper deck feel.  I also added one to the lower deck (not pictured) on our patio dining table over the umbrella hole. I picked these lights up at Costco (4 in a pack with stands and batteries); however, here are some similar ones if you’re also in the market: HomeDepotHomeDepot, CanadianTire.

Next step: to put up the vintage-inspired bulb string lighting to act as “ceiling” lighting. I just picked ours up at Target and I can’t wait to put them up. If you’re a fan I’d suggest you hurry because backyard sections seem to be disappearing quickly! Here are a few pics that use similar lighting to give you an idea. For more picks check out my pinterest “deck ideas” board.

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traditional outdoor lighting by Restoration Hardware. I love the vintage-inspired look of these
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