Thursday, July 25, 2013

Decking Out The Backyard

I feel like it's been forever since I've blogged about something around my house!
{in general, I've been a blog slacker as of late, and I thank you for sticking with me}

I have two projects done that I want to share actually, and first up is our deck addition.
The deck was originally part of the house when we bought it 2 years ago, but this summer we added a pergola...yahoooooo!  I love, love, love it!  We added the cottage garden last summer, it has really grown in just a year.

This is what it looked like before the pergola and gardens...
As you can see it's nuthin' but sun in the yard on sunny days, so this pergola really helps to provide much needed shade. 

 The deck was originally stained a solid orangey-red color that I was not a fan of.  After much debate, we ended up staining the deck a solid medium brown color.  My preference was for a semi transparent brown stain on the deck floor, rails, and sides, and for a white pergola.  However, much like in life, in decorating and design, you must compromise and work with what you have (unless you are Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt).  

The former red stain was not going to come off all the way, so I had to pick something that would cover it well.  As for the pergola, we could have done the white still since it was new wood, but I didn't want the upkeep of paint on it and the white stains I tried were not really showing up white.  In the end it was just best and easiest to go with the solid medium brown stain on the entire surface.
At first I was all "meh" about it, but now I really like it with the existing house exterior 
and the bright furniture on it.  It really has created another "room" for us to use.
By the way, this was NOT a DIY project for us...we're not handy like that!  I'm crafty, but most definitely not construction inclined and neither is my husband.

I, of course, have enjoyed decorating the space with vintage signs, furniture, and whimsies!

Here are a couple of shots of the gardens too...

I'll be posting again soon with a shop update, another house project to share, and a book review/craft.
Hope you have a great weekend!

XO,
Stacey

31 comments:

Junkchiccottage said...

Oh Stacey,
The deck is beautiful and the gardens are so pretty and all in bloom. They will look so lovely for the pictures. Love love love it all.
Kris

Michele Alger said...

You did a beautiful job decorating. I love the touches of red with the soft blues. The gardens are AMAZING!! I love your plant choices. You'll have to check out my book recommendations on my most recent post at www.shelstring.com
Like you, I have been blog stocking a lot and have a few projects I still need to post. Thanks for the view!

Fresh Vanilla For C said...

Hi~~ I love it all. The pergola makes such a difference:))Your garden is gorgeous. I wish cornflowers and shasta daisies did as well out here in California.
Cant see what else is in store for the shop!!
xo~ Cheryl

homeiswhatyoumakeit said...

Stacey-
The pergola is fantastic! I would love to add one (or a screened in porch) on our deck to extend our living space. It is warm enough much of the year for us to be outside, but it's wet with the rains here in the Pacific Northwest.
Your cottage garden is fantastic...wish I could get flowers to grow like that in my backyard.
Stephany

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Your pergola is fabulous, Stacey! It looks like the perfect spot for outdoor dining! And it won't be long before you've got Barbie villages set up out there. hehe

Your cottage gardens have really taken off this summer and add so much to your yard. Enjoy every moment of fun in the sun....and the shade, too!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

oh it is amazing! i am on my way to hang out for a glass of wine!

vintage grey said...

Oh, your backyard is so beautiful!! Wow, I could just sit out there all day and look around at all the pretties!! Love your sweet floral cushions and cute stars!! And, that sweet vintage metal double chairs!! Wishing you a sweet and lovely weekend!! xo Heather

Patti said...

Everything is wonderful! I love your gardens, and I am wondering if we could do something similar. Your pergola turned out great, and I truly like the color. It's neutral and everything just pops!

Bronwyn said...

The stain colour blends nicely in with the brick. Your gardens and accessories are the eye-catiching part of your yard - as they should be! Love it!!

Susan said...

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NanaDiana said...

Stacey- That turned out beautifully. I love a pergola and your cottage garden has really taken off in just one year. What a great place to hang out- xo Diana

harriette said...

Oh its wonderful!! I want to have my coffee out there!! Enjoy your new space!

Sewn With Grace said...

The deck and gardens are beautiful! We just moved to a new house and I don't have the white trim I love but new oak trim. I couldn't bear the thought of painting new oak trim and decided to just go with it. I felt the same way about it as you did about the deck, just "meh" but now I love it! I think your darker stain makes all the bright colors just pop. Perfect!

Restyled Vintage said...

Stacey that is absolutely gorgeous! I can understand your feelings about the brown but it looks gorgeous and fits in really well with the house. The way you've styled it is just beautiful :)

xx Karen

Musings from Kim K. said...

What a wonderful addition to your deck. Your decorations are just perfect. Another wonderful space for play and relaxation. Well done.

Jen Kershner said...

What a wonderful space to spend your time in! Architecturally I think the pergola adds a lot to the look of the back of the house too. Win win!

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

What a difference in before and after, Stacey! Our deck is great in the morning but like a oven later in the day! ♥

Laurel Stephens said...

I am so inspired by your new garden. I've just started one myself and have dreams that it will look like yours one day. I think your new deck and trellis look fantastic and make the perfect summer place to hang out. I shared them on Friday Finds today. Thanks, and enjoy your weekend!

Elyse said...

beautiful, stacey!

i am in constant amazement of all you are able to get done with a busy little girl running about. you rock, kiddo!!!

happy july

xo
elyse

debi said...

What a beautiful, cozy space....I love the colors!

Lynnie @ Vintage Gal Style said...

Hi Stacey,

Love the addition and the garden is outstanding...really love that!
Hugs, Lynnie

Diane said...

Hi,

Wondering what has become of the Cozy Little House blog?

Robin Johnson said...

Amazing! I love how you have it styled and the garden surrounding it is AMAZING! what a wonderful place to sit, relax and catch up with your family.

susan@avintagefarmwife said...

Love it! I bet you and your little doll love so sit out there and read books together. Our porch is the best spot for book cuddling!

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh my, your garden is lovely. I could just sit out there and dream for awhile.

I'm so glad that you changed to pop-up comments. It's so much easier to leave a comment. I wish more of my bloggy friends had it.

Love,
~Sheri

Object of Maya*ffection said...

SO CUTE!! I have that EXACT lil iron bench and chair set (that I am planning to sell next weekend...if you're interested lemm know - I'm here in Illinois too).

Angelina Garcia said...

Indeed, a pergola is needed in your yard. Not only to provide the needed shade, but also to protect the material of your deck as too much sun exposure can damage the wood. And with the addition of these beautifully arranged plants and flowers, your outdoor space looks really pleasing to the senses now. Good job!
Angelina @ Archadeck Outdoor Living

Jenell Lacey said...

A deck under the pergola? That's a perfect combination to enjoy more your outdoor space. With that pergola over your head, you can have a relaxing sunny afternoon without worrying the scorching hot sun upon you because you have enough shade to protect you. And those lovely flowering plants around the deck makes for an even more refreshing ambiance in there.
Jenell Lacey @ Tristate

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Lynn Williamson said...

The pergola is definitely a nice touch. Not only does it give a sort of shade during daytime, but it also gave you a place to put lighting so that you can still relax in your deck in the evening. And it also gives you an extra area to entertain guests and an extra space when hosting events in your yard.

Lynn @ DAL Builders Inc

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