Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Deck Reveal!

fall deck

Well, it’s been a loooooong time coming! Our outdoor spaces are finally wrapping up and we are THRILLED. The mulching was finished today, and a few minor patio projects are being finished up this week. I’ll show you that as soon as I get it cleaned up, but for now, I’m excited to share our deck space!

Warning: Picture overload. Don’t say I didn’t tell ya. ;)

It started when we decided to do the patio – we knew it was time to restain the deck and get that under control as well. It was looking OH so sad – when we had the deck built six years ago, we made the BIG mistake of staining it immediately after it was built.

The deck builder came by the day after we finished to tell us we weren’t supposed to do that. Which was AWESOME. Pressure treated wood shouldn’t be stained right away. Which would have been AWESOME to know. ;)

Have I mentioned our deck is about 800 square feet? Yes. We spent two whole days staining just to find out we weren’t supposed to do what we just did.

Live and learn. So after all that time, and because we stained before we should have (you should wait at least a few months to stain – now we know), it was in bad shape.

To make a very long story short – we were going to clean, prep and stain the entire thing over again ourselves. That was all fine and dandy until after about five hours of cleaning the railings and wanting to poke my eyes out. And I wasn’t even half way done.

That’s when we realized we had to decide where to dedicate our time – and we decided to hire out. I could have cried I was so happy! Did I mention 800 square feet – and that does not include the railings?

Happy dance.

The stain the company used isn’t what I wanted – at all. I wanted our deep red deck again, but that’s not how it turned out. But after all the hassle and time, I was just thrilled to have the furniture back on the deck and out of our yard:

redwood deck stain

It’s not at all what I envisioned but now I SO DO NOT CARE. :) It’s done and I’m happy. It is growing on me – I’m good. I’m especially good that we didn’t have to spend another 15 hours doing it ourselves.

See my mongo cabbage in that pic above? I heart them:

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Gah…I’m so obsessed with this stuff! I found them at a local nursery (for $7 each)and they are as big as my head! BIGGER. I love these things. And the mums were on clearance at Lowe’s for a buck each – not sure why but I’m not complaining. :)

I don’t show the beast on our deck very often, but we do have a hot tub. It’s not the prettiest thing, but it is pretty darn awesome. We haven’t used it much lately, but it’s all clean now and ready for a nice (WARM) dip!

We moved the retractable pergola over the hot tub and it made that part of the deck look a tad better:

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We had the hot tub placed down a bit lower than the deck when we put everything in. We would have made it flush, but it has a stereo system (I know! Fancy schmancy! It doesn’t even work anymore.) that we need access to, so we had to leave it up above the deck a bit.

On to the pretty stuff, shall we? ;)

I showed you our new outdoor table set earlier this summer and it’s held up great so far:

target melamine plates

I got the plates from Target a couple summers ago, and the placemats at World Market this summer. I LOVE THEM. You’ll see them again soon. ;)

The mason jars are filled with split peas and LED lights – I’m obsessed with those little jobbies!

But the best spot, our very favorite, it rocks our world, we could sleep out there spot, is the other end of the deck. For about four summers now, hubs has wanted a gazebo – and he got his wish this year. ;) We found one for a steal at Sears earlier this summer:

large deck different levels

It was on major clearance and now that we have it, I wish we would have done it four years ago. Every time I tell hubby that, he just smiles the “I told you so” smile. He’s always right…why have I not learned by now??

It feels like a ROOM – it’s also a fun new space to decorate:

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And you know that makes me happy. ;)

You can see more about the DIY table in the middle up there here. It’s held up awesome and it’s one of my very favorite things on the entire deck:

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LOVE it.

Love those pillows too – the square ones were all on clearance at Lowes. The rectangle ones are actually placemats from World Market:

outdoor pillows lowes

I love their placemats – the stripe and floral are both the same placemat, but they have the different designs on each side. It’s like two pillows in one – for $4! (To see how how easy it is to make placemat pillows, go here.)

The furniture was a fab find on Craigslist a couple summers ago. The cushions that came with it fell apart (not because I left them out in the snow…cough…), so I grabbed up the brown cushions at Home Depot on clearance – in JUNE!:

sears outdoor gazebo

I actually like these better than the old ones – they’re simpler and not so poofy. They are a bit rough though, so that takes some getting used to.

One of my other favorite parts of the deck is the candelabra:

outdoor candleabra

It was a Wuslu.com find last year and it started out green:

I wanted it to have a bit more impact out there, so I spray painted it RED.

LOVE.

This shot gives you an idea of how monstrous our deck is:

redwood deck white railings

And now you understand why I was giddy at the thought of NOT staining all of that. ;)

I love looking back – here’s  a shot the summer we had it installed – just days after we stained it (grrrrrr…):

deck before

Now it feels like we have three separate rooms out there, not to mention the patio.

We are THRILLED. :)

Of course, I love the space at dusk:

But even more when it’s dark:

sears gazebo night

The gazebo actually has LED lights in the pillars, which are way cool, but the light is a bit harsh. The garden lights are so much softer and prettier. :)

I got the light strands (I used two) at Target last spring, hoping I could figure out a way to use them. I wound them through the gazebo and they offer SO much light (when we want it):

It honestly feels like your inside (but outside) when they are on, it’s so bright. But it’s a warm bright – you know what I mean?

And I love their fun, whimsical vibe. We sit out there and just kind of sigh and look up and count our lucky stars (or light bulbs). ;)

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So there you go – enough pics for ya? It’s been a long time coming, and we are so happy that we’ll get to enjoy some cozy fall days and nights out there. And on hot summer days, it’s much cooler under the gazebo, so we’ll be out there even more next summer.

I hope you enjoyed the little deck tour! We honestly couldn’t be more pleased with it. And the patio – well…it’s the cherry on top!! I will be back soon with that!

Wish I could have you all over for an outdoor party. ;) If you’d bring the sangria, I’d be tempted…

148 comments:

  1. WOW! Looks fantastic! What a transformation. Thanks for sharing all your fab projects!
    Jen
    Scissors & Spatulas

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  2. Looks fanTAStic! Enjoy it this fall and next year!!!

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  3. Looks absolutely amazing. I was sold as soon as I saw the lights at night. Beautiful! You give me something to aspire to when I finally buy my own home.

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  4. Oh girl, I am just DYING of jealousy! DYING! My dream deck!

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  5. Wow - that looks amazing! Wishing I had a deck too right now. So inspired!

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  6. oh. em. gee. i am in love!! you have such an amazing outdoor space. i could hang out there all day. your pics make me want to tear up my entire backyard and start from scratch! love it all, Sarah!

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  7. Wow, wow, WOW!!! That is soooo beautiful!! I had no idea your deck was that huge! I would totally live out there and camp out. So happy for y'all--really stunning. And I also love the new deck color! :)

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  8. WOW!!! It looks sooooo awesome!!! You did a great job decorating. It looks so warm and cozy I can totally imaging sitting out there relaxing! :)

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  9. So absolutely beautiful!! I saw your first picture and loved it because that little red pillow with the birdies is sitting in my garage waiting to be used :-)

    I am a new blogger and you were my first blog inspiration and you never fail to show something wonderful!

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  10. Stunning! I would just live outside if I had all that. Our first house was a cottage that was 900 sq ft so I can picture how big this deck is. You are so lucky and I love how you turned it into 3 funtional areas. We just finished putting in a cement patio (at ground level) out to our hot tub. I've been looking for outdoor rugs but can't find any. I love yours. Where did you find them?

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  11. Wow! I love it! It looks soo warm and cozy at night. I'd be spending a lot of time out there before the cold weather comes. Soo happy for you! Can't wait to see the
    patio and fireplace. That is soo cool you have an outdoor fireplace now. = D

    ~ Catie

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  12. It looks absolutely fantastic! What a great little (big) oasis. Enjoy! :)

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  13. I just had to pick my jaw up off the floor!!! Wow! What gorgeousness! I love everything about your deck space...especially the chandelier. Red makes me swoony!

    Great job Sarah and I'm so happy for y'all! :) xoxo

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  14. love, love, LOVE all the details! That chandelier!
    Basically, I think the gazebo is about as perfect as it could get...:)

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  15. Oh my goodness that looks like it's right out of a magazine it's so gorgeous! I would be outside all the time if that was my deck. Amazing! Love it! Lucky you. :)

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  16. Oh my goodness girl- that is one rockin deck!! You did an incredible job! Wow- I could live on that thing!

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  17. What a beautiful transformation. You will really enjoy it! I can't wait to read about all of the deck parties you have. thanks for including all of us in the renovation and sharing the finished product.

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  18. Beautiful! love how you decorated it the best! :) And don't worry about the pictures - I could have kept on looking at more! ;)

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  19. I L-O-V-E it!! Especially the gazebo part (and the DIY table)!! I'm looking to do something similar with our backyard once we get some cooler weather down south :). My "clearance" gazebo has been patiently waiting in my garage for a month now....

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  20. holy JEALOUS! So so so beautiful! The neighbor girls are gonna ask if they can throw their wedding receptions back there now! well done, girl (and hubs).

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  21. I can sense your excitement through the blog, Sarah! And it's so deserved...the deck looks WONDERFUL! Love everything about it - you've done a great job! Now, I can't wait to see the patio!!!

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  22. I can be there Friday night at 7:00 p.m.....7:15 if I stop to pick up the Sangria!! :)

    (It is a dream of a deck!)

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  23. Oh my gosh!!! What a beautiful deck! I'm completely jealous! Mostly of the gazebo because I've been obsessed with them for as long as I can remember. Just gorgeous!!

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  24. WOW ! you are so talented and have great vision! your outside is just as gorgeous as your inside!

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  25. Im in loveeee! Its gorgeous! I love that you have so many different areas! a hot tub area, a lounging area, and an area for dinner! i also love the colors youve used and the chandelier is a gorgeousss!
    xoxo Inna :)
    My Bloggie!

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  26. This looks incredible! I love that you have rugs out there too! I have been itching to do the same, but worry about them getting moldy and stuff from rain and dew...do you have any "issues" with rugs outside?

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  27. Look absolutely fantastic! I know you'll be enjoying many Fall evenings out here. Great job!

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  28. Love it, love it, LOVE IT! So classy and welcoming. Your family is going to make some wonderful memories on that deck. And it is inspiring me to work on ours...thank you! Brenda M.

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  29. Oh my gosh! This is gorgeous!!! I really love the whole look, especially the covered area. Great job!

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  30. Thanks SO much for sharing the tip on NOT staining pressurized wood right away! My husband and I were ABOUT to stain our newly hand-made Adirondack chairs. How long should we wait?

    Really enjoying your blog, just became a follower :)

    Thanks again!
    ~Sarah @ Modern Ranch (www.modernranch.blogspot.com)

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  31. This looks AWESOME Sarah! I am coming over ASAP! lol. Enjoy it!

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  32. Have mercy (in Uncle Jesse's voice)! Your deck looks fantabulous, Sarah! You need to have a party, pronto. The first shot in the post is gorgeous, btw. Pinning this post right away!!

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  33. That is so amazing. I have always wanted an outdoor space pretty much exactly like this! I LOVE the lights, it makes it look so warm and cozy. I bet you guys are loving it.

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  34. LOVE IT! It's giving me a lot of great ideas for our backyard! I put some of the pics in my inspiration folder.

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  35. Beautiful! You did a great job on the whole thing, from the satining to the decorating. What a great place for a gathering and wow the deck is huge. I really enjoyed all your pictures.

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  36. Wow! I love it. Such a huge difference. The deck stain is perfect.

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  37. Holy cow, your deck really is huge! It looks gorgeous, and I love how you have separate "rooms" or areas to hang out in. I can just imagine the fun parties you can have on it now!

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  38. That's it.
    We're comin' to your house TONIGHT!

    :-)

    It's absolutely stuning, Sarah!

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  39. Oh my gosh, I can't get over this transformation, its beautiful! I love the garden lights at night! Its gorgeous! :-)

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  40. It looks fantastic - cozy and inviting! I even like the hot tub area.

    What will you do with winter coming? Do you leave the rugs out there and everything else?

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  41. SHUT the front door!!! I LOVE, love, LOVE it!

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  42. Awesome deck! I am lovin' that pergola...

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  43. So do you leave all your fabrics and cushions and everything out there all day/all night through the spring/summer/fall? I've never known how that works with fabrics on the ground and covering the "living" areas. And then do you take it down and store it over winter? Just curious. . .I would love, love, love to have some outdoor living spaces but never know how I would care for it. . .I think all of this is just so beautiful -- FANTASTIC!

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  44. Gorgeous, girl!!! It looks sooo good!!!
    :-)
    shaunna

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  45. That is amazing! It looks like something out of a catalog. I'm so jealous!

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  46. Oh my gosh! As I read through this I kept thinking, "oh my gosh that's gorgeous I have to comment on that" then "oh wow that's awesome too, need to tell her I love that as well" pretty much over & over again. It's like the most glorious post that lasts forever. I so want to come hang out on your deck now! Haha! I think the things I love the MOSTEST are the candelabra, the table, the rugs, the pergola over the hot tub (pretty!) and uh... the sweet gazebo... so see, pretty much everything. The rugs are both awesome too. Holy moly nice job!

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  47. Oh my that is awesome!! Now I'm inspired to redo our deck in the spring. no point now since the snow will fly before long. You have a great style.

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  48. Whoaaaa momma! Stunning & gorgeous!

    I have to know where you found the ORB looking deck box???

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  49. Okay, I want to go to your house and hang out. It's that awesome! :)

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  50. It's beautiful! It officially made me add "expand deck" to our new house To-Do list.

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  51. I have total deck envy! Looks wonderful!

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  52. It's lovely! I love the gazebo area, how nice it must be to lounge there and wind down the day. And ya know, I *love* the colour of the deck! I think it's much better lighter and more natural looking than a darker red stain. You must be so thrilled with your finished space!

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  53. Your deck looks fantastic! Makes me want to go build one myself...but have you decorate of course:)

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  54. That looks great! We have a huge deck too and I've yet to do a thing with it. There's one decent sized table out there, but it could comfortably hold five more. The task will be expensive, but I know we'll enjoy it so much more if we just go ahead and fix it up!

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  55. it looks beautiful, the gazebo area seems to be the perfect place to hang out. A few years ago we also purchased one and found out that we needed to bring the cover inside before the snow started to fall. Removing it carefully was difficult, hopefully yours is easy!
    Enjoy your fall evenings over there!

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  56. Everything looks super swanky! I got those place mats you're using on your table several years back and made some pillows out of them for my couch. :)

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  57. Wonderful! I love all the photos! In fact, there are times when I'm just happy looking at photos and not reading the text :-) I too have photo-overloads on my blog sometimes. Oh well :-) You can come over subscribe and visit me too!

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  58. Well, Ms. Sarah, you had me at the LED lights in the peas! See how we notice the smallest details? But I have a question? DO YOU NOT HAVE MOSQUITOES WHERE YOU LIVE? Here in Pennsylvania, as soon as it gets slightly dark, I am mosquito pizza! And what you call mongo cabbage, we call ornamental kale. Beautiful job, as always.

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  59. And in answer to someone else's question about how long you wait to stain and seal, our contractor told us to wait for all four seasons to go by first. So my husband waited 5 years!

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  60. No need to apologize for too many pictures! It is fabulous and makes me think I can do it too!

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  61. Sarah - I am new to your blog, and it is fabulous! I love the outdoor space--so cozy and welcoming. I have been reading several articles about your blogging experiences; they are extremely helpful. You write with such thoughtful precision. I have started a blog--www.house58blog.com--and have added you to my blog roll. Thanks!

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  62. This looks beautiful!!! What a deck!

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  63. Well this is probably the most beautiful deckscape I've ever laid eyes on. Absolutely stunning! and you should submit your photos to a magazine, what a great article!

    Blessings,
    Cindi
    http://www.rustiqueartblog.com

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  64. This looks awesome!! You've done such a great job making it homey!

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  65. FANTASTIC!!! I can't wait to see more. What do you do in the winter with all the rugs, cushions, pillows & decorative items? I'd love some pictures of it in winter. I've never put a rug on the outdoor deck. Does the rain bother it/you? Thanks for sharing! Renea.

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  66. It looks wonderful. And so inviting. I'm glad you will have some time to use it before the season ends.

    It was fun for me to see, bc my patio dining set is very similar, we just got a canopy similar to that this year,[given to us!!] & I did red accents too. (against my friend's advice that I use PB soft sagey greens-I wanted their reds! So I did! I like it, and it was fun & validation!! haha to see yours is red also, and that it looks great.) I've been wanting those garden lights too (was looking at them at Target!) but I don't have an outlet super close..Might just do anyway next year.

    Sadly, we had to take the canopy down when the recent hurricane came along the East coast. And it is too much of a pain to put it back up for the remainder of the season. How about you, does all this get put away when the weather changes? (Including the furniture cushions..haha)You must have a lot of storage.

    I always appreciate how you tell as much info as possible, kind of heading off the inevitable questions. Very helpful.

    Not worth anything, I know, but I loved the deck stain. :) Probably better than a reddish. Looks great.
    Chrissy

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  67. Absolutely gorgeous!! I want to come hang out with you on your fabulous deck!! :) I could spend forever just sitting out there.

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  68. WOW! I am so jealous of your deck. I had one growing up and loved it. It's like you've added a whole room onto your house. You have down a great job decorating too.
    Lindsay
    country girl home

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  69. Dang! Those pics look straight out of a magazine! We are splurging on upgrading our poorly terraced cement patio to a composite deck that's being done this week actually. Hooray for hiring out! You've given me so many ideas for styling it- I cannot wait now!! If you ever need another job, I'm sure you could start a design consultation or home staging biz and have plenty of clients- you are so talented!!

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  70. Congrats with this amazing deck! It looks great and comfy to. Love the way "the beast" is incorporated in the deck and the pergola finishes the look. PERFECT.
    PS: Love the peas in a jar :-)

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  71. Wow! The big reveal does not disappoint. The deep tones, gorgeous chandelier, and the mongo cabbage are standouts. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

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  72. Great deck! We just rebuilt ours this past spring.

    Do you have big summer storms? Whenever I see a beautifully decorated outdoor space I wonder how they deal with storms. When we lived on the East Coast, our canopy fell down at least twice a summer. I'd love to decorate our deck but I wonder if I'll be running out ahead of our daily summer thunderstorm to rescue table centerpieces from blowing over.

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  73. Absolutely beautiful!! I love how you divided it up into 3 different sections. I bet there is going to be a lot of gatherings here!! Martina

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  74. Sarah, it's absolutely gorgeous!! I love how you have it arranged & all the decor!

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  75. Wow it turned out so great! Especially love that bird pillow :)

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  76. One word...A M A Z I N G!! I love it all! Enjoy...XO~Liz

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  77. Your deck is awesome! I love, love, love it!!!

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  78. Holy Cow! It looks amazing! I'm so jealous.

    My favorite thing is the gazebo with the red chandelier. I just LOVE that!

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  79. Wow...wow...wow! That is so incredibly beautiful! Love love love the gazebo! What a fun summertime space

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  80. Stunning! That baby is calling my name. Me and Eli will be there on Friday!
    xoxo
    Traci

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  81. Gorgeous! I absolutely love it! I was just wondering though- with your rug under the table are you worried about it getting wet/ruined? I would love to put one under our table but Im worried it will only last one season. Also do you bring in the cushions and pillows after each use? thanks!

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  82. What a great deck. I love your flowers.

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  83. It's Beautiful!! I want to come and hang out :)

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  84. The space looks awesome! And don't feel bad...you're not the only one who stained a deck right after it was built...;)

    I will give you hubby a heads up about the gazebo...the cover will last longer if you spray it with water proofing and a UV protector. We neglected to do that and ours (we have the same one) ended up getting lovely holes in it..and then one wind storm it just ripped off. OH...and if that DOES happen...don't scrap the entire gazebo. Go online and do a google search for "gazebo covers". You can order one in the same size as your current one...for 1/4 of the price of a new gazebo...not saying we made that mistake...but I'm just sayin...lol.

    Enjoy your new outside space...:) It's BEaut-i-mous!

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  85. Wow, your deck is amazing! I love the gazebo and the way it looks at night!! Great job!

    Suzanne

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  86. Packing my bags. I'll be right over!

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  87. This is stunning! You did a fantastic job! I'm sensing a lot of parties on the back porch coming up ;-)

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  88. wow - all four of my apartments were smaller than your deck! I think I'd be just as happy as you to have it professionally done. It looks A.Maz.Ing!

    Love it!

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  89. That gazebo with the lights is spectacular! I love it!! I would live there too if I had it! :)

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  90. First of all- BEAUTIFUL DECK! We have a large deck that looks just like your "before" pictures and this gives me inpiratoin that maybe next summer we can reform our backyard! Absolutely beautiful :) and RELAXING!

    I have a question for you! Is your deck a wood deck? We just moved into our home and I believe our deck is Trex. I'm not sure if/how you can power wash that, and I was curious if you had any information on it. Either way- congratulatoins on your deck!

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  91. Wow, wow, and wow!

    This is an unbelievable space! Thank you for sharing it with us, it is truly stunning. I know you and your family and friends will enjoy it time after time!

    Love it!

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  92. Wow! This is just so beautiful and, of course, I want to steal it from you! I would LOVE to do something like this one day after me and my husband have been married for more then just year :)
    Great job!
    www.kinsleyandadam.blogspot.com

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  93. This came out really nice. We had a gazebo at our last house that my husband had to talk me into. Turned out, we both loved it. Ours was from Target and with the screens closed-no bugs! If you ever need replacement parts (and you will) try The Patio Store.com or soemthing close to that. Good prices! Enjoy the fall weather on your new deck!

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  94. Wow, wow, WOW! It is absolutely amazing, especially that gazebo at night. *Swoon*

    Well done!

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  95. i would love an invite for some cocktails one evening... ;-)

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  96. Hi Sarah, Thank you so much for your nice comments on my living room!! I was glad to see you stopped by! Your deck looks amazing with the gazebo! I am in love with all of those pillows too. I'm going to have to go read your placemat tutorial. I hope you get your floors fixed soon. I love the color you are thinking about...it will look great with everything! Kristen

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  97. awesome job!!!! it looks wonderful esp @ night the glow looks beautiful!

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  98. Very Good Looking Deck!!! It looks so well-put-together. I think I might like the new color of the stain better than the red, as it brightens things up and also it doesn't compete against all your beautiful rugs. You did a great job of decorating... it looks so inviting!

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  99. wow!!! I love your gazebo. Big fan of the light strands!!... I'm new to your blog. Enjoying your blog as well. Thank you for the ideas and inspirations :)

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  100. It's absolutely breathtaking! AWESOME job...def pinning this one!!

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  101. Looks like all the hard work paid off...it's lovely. Love the way it is separated into rooms and quite cozy at night.

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  102. I have the SAME red bird pillow from Lowe's on my front porch! LOVE it! Your space looks fantastic and as come together well. Great job!

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  103. Your deck looks amazing! You are going to love it next summer. Ps. How does the rugs hold up outdoors thru the seasons and weather?

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  104. Sarah, what a wonderful space! I just love it all by candlelight...beautiful! Party time! :)

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  105. I'm so jealous I'm foaming at the mouth. I absolutely LOVE the nighttime photos!!

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  106. It's gorgeous! I cannot seem to believe that it is the same deck when I saw the before picture. Have a fabulous day, Kellie xx

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  107. Oh my goodness, it's absolutely beautiful! Especially at night, with the gorgeous sky and the fairy lights. Fabulous!

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  108. What an awesome space! I love it!!!

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  109. Your deck is just beautiful! I love all the individual spaces you've created. The living room space all lit up at night is gorgeous!
    :) CAS

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  110. The deck turned out so goooood, Sara, congratulations!!!! I'm actually in love with that wood finish. I think it turned out so classy. Have you thought about putting up curtains on the gazebo posts of the hot tub? To sort of echo what you have going in the sitting area gazebo? Either way the place looks fantastic. Good job you guys!

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  111. Great job! I love everything! This post and pictures are such an inspiration for me. I love every little detail and how you created each space! You are way awesome!

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  112. You had me at the first photos, but then when I saw it at night...OH MY GOSH!!! Absoultely GORGEOUS!!!
    Stacy

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  113. So, do you tear everything down and bring it inside during the winter months? Just trying to plan out a space for our little fam and wondering how much storage space I need to bring it all in when the snow comes! Or even the rain...how does the rain affect all your cushions/piloows and rugs?

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  114. Holy smokes -- it looks fabulous!!! You did such a great job of staging everything too, you could totally work for a magazine!

    i'm coming over!

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  115. PLEASE come to my house and be my personal decorator!!!!!!!! LOVE all your projects. So inspiring to see you create fabulous looks without breaking the bank. Love your creativity and style!

    BB from So Cal

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  116. aboslutely gorgeous! looks so calm, serene and relaxing!!

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  117. Super cozy for Fall...Wonderful Design...
    busydaysworthwhile.blogspot.com

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  118. I absolutely love this!!! It looks straight out of Pottery Barn! I have a gazebo too & would love to do similar lighting, but don't know how to do the chandelier...

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  119. Danielle @ Vintage DanielleSeptember 22, 2011 at 9:09 PM

    WOW! now that IS an outdoor space! It looks so warm and cozy in the nighttime pictures, I hope you can have lots of parties and get togethers before it gets too cold.

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  120. This is absolutely STUNNING! I can only hope to have a deck this gorgeous when I buy a home :) All the hard work you put into your home shows tremendously, and you have such a warm, inviting, cozy, and loving space all around! I am very jealous of this deck :)

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  121. What a gorgeous deck! Loving the hot-tub too. Enjoy!!!

    xo,
    cristin

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  122. Thanks for sharing your blog with us. This is indeed a very good decorations to all types of room.

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  123. I featured your deck reveal over at Lemon Drop Life! Check it out here: http://www.lemondroplife.com/2011/09/24/best-in-show-2/

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  124. Such a fun post to read Sarah. You've really inspired me! I'm glad everything turned out so nice. I'd love to bring the Sangria! My hubby makes some great Margaritas too! Yumm! Maybe someday! Can't wait to see the patio too. Thanks for sharing as always. You do a really great job at it!
    -Susana

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  125. I have yet to pressure wash my patio this summer LOL

    You're amazing!

    ps: I make the best sangria in the world. :)

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  126. The deck looks heavenly... everything has been arranged so beautifully. I love your placemats.

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  127. Your deck is amazing! It is so important to have a nice outside space. I especially like the night time pic, just gorgeous!

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  128. I should say only that its awesome! The blog is informational and always produce amazing things.Thanks for sharing.

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  129. I'm new to your blog and so glad I found it! Just love your patio spaces and all the beautiful touches. Your DIY coffee table is gorgeous and I'd love to know where the cute little mini-lanterns are from. They make such a lovely table display! Thanks!

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  130. I just found your blog today and everything you make is fantastic and absolutely adorable!
    Your deck is so pretty! Perfect for those lovely summer cookouts and get togethers.

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  131. That last picture is to die for! I love it! New reader here! :D

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  132. I am completely coveting that whole space. It turned out amazing!

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  133. WOW!!! Absolutely beautiful.....love all te colors. I'd be out there all the time! :)

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  134. LOVE the nighttime photos, so dreaaaaaaamy! Looks like it'd be fun for nighttime halloween scary story telling!

    It's my first blogiversary this week, won't you stop by and enter to win? There'll be something new everyday!

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  135. So stunning! You have been up to some serious outdoor work! Enjoy every second of it before fall approaches!

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  136. Your deck is beautiful, but I can't believe how pretty your backyard is! I mean all the trees and shrubs make it look like you're in the middle of the forest. So pretty!

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  137. I love the stain you have on your deck, do you have any idea what the color or type of stain you used. We are getting ready to stain ours in about a month? Everything looks beautiful, hope ours turns out this gorgeous! Enjoy

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  138. Gorgeous! Also wondering what stain brand and color... looks like it could be California Redwood perhaps? I love it! How long do you need to wait for pressure treated wood? I have read so many different opinions from 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and a year! Deck was still in good shape after 17 years despite neglect lol we only treated with thompsons after 5 years then when it started to really look gray after 15 years I finally stained it with an opaque color stain - I didn't care for it.

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  139. Where did u get the retractable arbor thingy??? Does it work well? How much $$$ ? We have a hot tub too- sometimes we want to see the stars at night -- would this work? Thanks! Jlsi@me.com

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  140. Wow it is stunning, thanks for sharing :-)

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