Deck Decorating Ideas by Whitney of The Curtis Casa

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Deck Decorating Ideas: A colorful backyard deck with white wicker patio furniture and a pink outdoor rug

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.

Whitney of The Curtis Casa has been an ongoing contributor to The Apron blog with her fantastic garden projects, so when it came time for the Patio Style Challenge, we knew her eye for style and her green thumb would give her an edge! She came through with some terrific and very practical deck decorating ideas. We love the way her deck feels like a treehouse, and the bright colors she chose for her space have such a fun energy!

Whether we’re drinking our morning coffee or eating dinner with friends, my husband and I love being outside. Our love of the outdoors usually includes projects and shovels and plants … and lots and lots of dirt. With the invitation to do the Home Depot Style Challenge, I was thrilled at the opportunity to create an outdoor space where we could put our feet up!

Deck Decorating Ideas: A backyard deck in need of some color

We started with a pretty blank slate, a small 9-by-16-foot deck that overlooks our wooded backyard. Typically, we use this space after work when we need to wind down from the day. I knew we’d enjoy a sitting area where we could put our feet up and relax. I chose the Charlottetown White Wicker Patio Set because I love the crisp white look. My style is usually neutral and classic, but the blue cushions were a great starting point to go a little bit outside my comfort zone to this colorful, bohemian vibe.

Deck Decorating Ideas: A whimsical umbrella, white wicker patio furniture and flowers

Deck Decorating Ideas: Distressed terra cotta flower pot, flowers and wicker furniture for a bohemian look

Deck Decorating Ideas: White wicker patio furniture and lots of bright colors for a bohemian vibe

Deck Decorating Ideas: White wicker deck furniture with a blanket draped across it, and a table with colorful accessories

I’m kind of a green thumb, so we spent a lot of time (and budget!) deciding what plants and greenery to include. Plants add so much depth and life to any space — to me the deck feels empty without them! The focal point was the Weeping Yoshino Cherry tree. We placed it beside the loveseat to add height and the weeping branches really add some flair! Visit my blog for more details on all the plants I chose and why and a DIY on how you can distress your own terra cotta pots, like this one below.

Deck Decorating Ideas: Distressed terra cotta pot

Deck Decorating Ideas:  Flowers against pink textiles

For the pillows, I knew I wanted something colorful but still a bit muted. I didn’t end up choosing the one I posted on Instagram, but instead went with my first choice: neutral linen with colorful dots! The dots worked perfectly to add just the right amount of color. The Navajo accent pillow pulls blue from the cushions and fuchsia from the rug while brightening everything up.

Deck Decorating Ideas: White wicker patio furniture with blue cushions

Deck Decorating Ideas: An eclectic array of items on a white wicker patio coffee table for a bohemian look

We hung this awesome rice paper umbrella upside down to give the illusion of a ceiling and add an interesting fixture to the space. The rice paper even glows a little bit in the evening light and makes the space intimate and interesting. The umbrella used to live on our screened-in porch downstairs!

Deck Decorating Ideas: An umbrella and strings of lights

We designated the other side of our long, skinny deck as the grill area. We got to set up the Char-Broil 2-Burner Propane Gas Grill and the GroVert Vertical Planter, and I’m really pleased with how it turned out! I planted mint, oregano, parsley, dill, thyme and some lettuces. We decided to hang the vertical garden on an old linen closet door to define the area. And it’s handy in case we ever want to move it around! The wooden frame on the planter makes it a really nice accent piece so you could move it, fill it with flowers and use it in a totally different way.

Deck Decorating Ideas: A grilling station decorated with greenery

Deck Decorating Ideas: Greenery and colorful peppers at a grilling station

Deck Decorating Ideas: Grilling station and a vertical planter

Deck Decorating Ideas: Greenery adorns a well-appointed backyard deck

Deck Decorating Ideas: A grilling station with orange and green accents

Thanks for the chance to revamp our deck area, Home Depot! We love our new space and look forward to spending a lot of evenings outside this spring – with our feet up!

Deck Decorating Ideas: A string of outdoor lights brightens up the night

Come visit my blog, The Curtis Casa, to read more about all our home and garden projects!

Check out the video I shot documenting my deck makeover.

The Curtis Casa + Home Depot Style Challenge from Whitney Curtis on Vimeo.

Based in Atlanta, Whitney is the author of the home and garden blog, The Curtis Casa. In addition to DIY projects and interior design musings, Whitney regularly shares do’s and don’ts for first-time gardeners. Never afraid to get her hands dirty with her next project or call Mom for help, Whitney is happiest with her handy-man husband and two four-legged friends by her side.

To update her deck, Whitney used seating pieces from the Charlottetown collection, including the All-Weather Wicker Patio Loveseat, Patio Lounge Chairs, and Patio Coffee Table. She also included the Char-Broil 2-Burner Propane Gas Grill and GroVert Vertical Planter in her space.

For more deck decorating ideas, see other Patio Style Challenges, as well as our Style Challenge pinboard 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. Whitney received the outdoor dining set from The Home Depot and a gift card, but The Home Depot provided no other compensation. The opinions and ideas Whitney expressed are her own.

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  1. [...] you all for your excitement about the little deck project we did with the help of The Home Depot. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can see the full post here, I’d love for you to leave [...]

  2. Mary says:

    Where can I purchase the stands (poles) that hold the lights?


  3. [...] a look at how she decorated her back deck in a Patio Style Challenge here on The Home Depot Blog. We’re thrilled to reveal, too, that [...]

  4. Aubrey says:

    Great article. I’m dealing with many of these issues as well..

  5. Denise says:

    Where did you find the string lights?

  6. D. Billing says:

    Love that GroVert!!!!

  7. [...] only natural to incorporate living things. Whitney of The Curtis Casa added a vertical garden to her grilling area. It provides such a fresh, bright focal point next to the window that it can’t help but be [...]

  8. Max says:

    Big fan of the upside-down umbrella “ceiling”. Thanks for the great ideas!

  9. [...] the photo above, Whitney of The Curtis Casa added custom iron posts to her deck so that she could easily string bistro lights, giving her deck a warm and romantic feel. We love [...]

  10. Hi! These deck decorating ideas are truly fabulous. All the pictures are wonderful. I love the plants, light and specially the color. Great job done and an amazing transformation. Thanks for the lovely share. Cheers!

  11. Cyndi Burrage says:

    Where in the world did you get your blue cushions and I love the pillows! Did you make them or purchase….if so where did you get them….I have white wicker and I am loving the blue which I normally stay away from and then I see it and love it! You did an amazing job and it is perfect!!!! For sure my inspiration as I am redoing my large balcony this weekend! :)

  12. [...] may have seen the grilling station that blogger Whitney of The Curtis Casa created on her back deck. She used the Char-Broil Gourmet [...]

  13. Caroline L says:

    Fantastic transformation! I love the addition of the area rug and particularly the string lights. Are they all weather or do you have to bring them in when it’s cold or rainy?

    • Thank you, Caroline! They are all weather, and so far they’ve done fine in the rain – they dry out fairly quickly. We will try to bring them in when we know a big storm is coming, but so far we’ve left them out and they’re fine. The layers of pollen in the past couple of weeks has wiped off well too. Thank you! :)

  14. Sally says:

    Whitney!!! Absolutely loving the the bright pinks and greens and fawning over the lighting!

  15. Christy Taylor says:

    Whitney!! That is the most striking deck decor!! I loved the before and after pics. Everything you did was adorable!! On top of touring the fabulous gardens on the Wilmington Azalea Festival Tour this weekend, I am completely inspired to get Spring-ready! Thank you for sharing!!!

  16. Alice Lentz says:


    How lovely! Really beautiful. Not only do you and Allen get to enjoy your special spot at Casa Curtis, but everyone who sees this gets to take a lovely stroll out onto the new deck!

    All success to you! Please keep it coming!


  17. Jill says:

    What a beautiful transformation! I know you will enjoy this outdoor space.

  18. Dori says:

    Whitney, Your new deck is truly beautiful. I know you will enjoy your new space. Congrats!

  19. Frankie says:

    Whitney, I can’t believe the transformation! You certainly have an eye for placement and color and texture combinations. I especially like the lighting idea, and the vertical garden on the door. I would be interested to know how that vertical garden does this summer. Home Depot is lucky to have you blogging about their products. You are very talented!!!!!!, and I’ll be headed out to HD to get that vertical garden tomorrow!

  20. Debbie says:

    This is so inviting! Wish I were popping over for a glass of wine. I love the colors! Very creative space!

  21. Jane Bynon says:

    Wow, what an inspiring and creative transformation! This gives me great ideas for our deck. I love the plants, lights and color!

  22. Kirbey says:

    Wow! I love it Whitney! Please come do my porch next:)

  23. Dan Fisher says:

    Very inviting. “Something to come come to.” Awesome! Quite a transformation.

  24. Sarah says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! Greay job, Whitney!

  25. Lee R says:

    Great idea to have a wall planter with fresh herbs by the grill – nice use of wall space. The outdoor carpet really sets off the white wicker and helps break the long rectangular deck. Love the ideas!

  26. Caroline says:

    Whitney, I am kind of clueless about around any kind of around-the-house (or porch or gardening) projects! All I know is that I want a place to feel warm and inviting. That is exactly what you did with your porch…in addition to pulling of the perfect combination of classy and creative. Normally I would be overwhelmed at how to reproduce such a space. But your writing makes me feel like even I can do it. Thanks for creating the vision for making homes more inviting, sharing that vision, and showing us that we can do it too!

  27. mary ann campbell says:

    Please come to Hickory,NC and redo my blah deck!!!

  28. mary ann campbell says:

    OMG….!!! BEAUTIFUL!!!

  29. Craig says:

    I didn’t realize you could grow lettuce vertically. #spacesaver

  30. Maggie L says:

    This looks great, Whitney! Someday when I’m back down in Atlanta I’ve got to come have a cup of coffee with you!

  31. Neil says:

    I can only imagine what a soft amber glow the lighting cast through that umbrella would make. That’s quite a unique feature for any outdoor setting and must be the only one in the Atlanta area – so far.

  32. Lee says:

    I just watched the video on Vimeo! Cute!
    Also, appreciate you answering the question from Susan about the metal posts!
    Very helpful to find artists that do such good work!

  33. JCM says:

    Wow – love it! I’m a neutral girl, but this does ‘colorful’ in an approachable and fun way – it really shows off how versatile the seating pieces are. Now all I need is a way to get into this picture and enjoy a drink in this space!

  34. Amazing work Whitney! I love what you did with the umbrella, so creative! And your green thumb truly amazes me. xoxo, b

  35. bebba says:

    What welcoming place to relax and unwind at the end of a busy day! I love the fresh colors with the combination of textures – plus the collection of plants makes me want to copy it all.

  36. Lee says:

    Great use of color! Love the umbrella above the deck. A true example of how you don’t have to spend a fortune to make a nice space even more inviting! The wicker looks great also!

  37. Susan says:

    I would like to know how the posts were added for the lighting. Beautiful design

  38. Andrea Pinder says:

    Love the new design! The flowers and furniture are perfect!

  39. Claire says:

    Way to go lil’ whit!! I can’t wait to come down there and have a cup of coffee on that new patio!

  40. Anna says:

    AMAZING before and after!!! Awesome use of color and greenery everywhere! Love it!

  41. Mina says:

    Beautiful! I love the lights and the umbrella! Also, having the weeping cherry tree adds so much! I might have to go to HD and check out that wicker set too!

  42. It’s beautiful! I love that amazing rug and the cool umbrella-as-ceiling idea. The furniture looks perfect on that pretty deck too. Well done!

  43. Cassidy Brown says:

    This is great, Whit!! Colorful, fresh and warm! My favorite is the GroVert. Love that.

  44. Uncle Bill says:

    Love the vertical planter (and the deck as a whole; but especially the planter!) Job well done! Looks like a wonderful, very inviting and cozy place to enjoy a drink (or two) with old friends!