my front porch, I went with composite decking for the floor boards and railings, which won't have to be maintained nearly as much as pressure-treated lumber. Next summer I will paint the sides white (where we did use pressure treated wood) and add some lattice to hide the underside of the deck.
I was able to score a patio set I had been eying at Target since early Spring for 50% off by waiting until mid-July to buy it (the 'Edinburgh' set by Smith & Hawken)! Apparently they had to make way for all of their 'back to school' stuff so what they had in the store for outdoor furniture was marked down. I LOOOOVE the color of pillows and umbrella!
Splurged on a grill, too, to complete my outdoor living space! I've never actually used a grill before and was really nervous about the whole propane situation...I'm happy to report that I made my first grilled meal without burning or blowing up anything!
Now, to sit back and savor these last days of summer...