Its perfect for keeping her toys accessible and visible (which is great when your toddler has a short attention span and NEEDS to play with a new toy every six minutes or so!)
I haven't really decorated this side of the deck. Its a narrow space and we have to keep the walkway from the stairs into the kitchen clear. You can see the old planter filled with reeds (from HandyMan's single guy condo a long long time ago) and a rack with shoes we use for working in the garage or garden. Heavy on the functional, not so much on the pretty.
What do you do with your kids' outdoor gear? These kids have toys everywhere. Its hard to keep it all organized!