I'm so excited to finally share with you my deck style today! AMH and I designed this deck ourselves, which I affectionately refer to as the "Deck in the clouds", three years ago. I call it that because when you are sitting down all you can see is sky and clouds. We have a walk out basement so this deck is 12 feet in the air. The deck is 250 sq.ft with solid privacy walls, 4 ft 4 in. high on all three sides (well above regulation) with two louvered panels on either side. We really wanted this deck to be safe for our boys and dogs all while giving us some privacy while entertaining (subdivisons are a little like living in a fish bowl).
We choose cedar for our wood because we love the look and because it was not significantly more than pressure treated but it is work. It had greyed over the last few seasons and to bring back the bright colour of the wood we had to pressure wash it. It was messy, took forever and even damaged a few boards. Cedar is a soft wood and you have to be very careful when using a pressure washer on it. We intend to seal it soon so that we can try and prevent it from greying again.
The deck is hands down Colton White's favourite spot in the house. He will sit out here all day long, even in the dead of winter with three feet of snow covering the deck. I have so many outtakes from taking these photos of him just walking into view. Now that we have chairs out here we spend many nights listening to records on the deck and to Colton, there is no better way to spend the evening.
The before pictures were pretty much nothing. We had a table with six chairs, our umbrella, our BBQ and that's it. It wasn't until I found these faux bamboo chairs on Kijiji for $40 total that the deck really started to come together. An old side table got a coat of white paint to serve as our coffee table, and our blue and white garden stools from the living room are additional side tables.
I bought La Croix while on a Target run mainly because I wanted to see what the fuss was all about. Good grief I love this stuff! I drink water like it's going out of style (I dehydrate very easily) but I don't like sugary drinks. La Croix impacts a very subtle flavour into carbonated water and in the last few weeks I have not left the house without one in my hand (my favourite is coconut). I will be loading the car up on our next cross border trip! I placed a leftover scrap of stripped pillow fabric on the coffee table to make clean ups easy. Any spills just pool and can be wiped away!
I'm so in love with my new pillows and I could not be more pleased on how they turned out. You can't go wrong with a classic blue and white stripe for summer and as soon as I saw the chinoiserie print I knew I had to have it! The only downside, it was very expensive fabric! I bought a half metre (or yard, I am terrible with measurements) just enough to make two pillow faces. I brought The Oldest with me to help pick out fabrics and he scoured the last chance bin to find a nice striped fabric to add to the back, for only $5. In total I spent $99 on fabric to make 4 outdoor pillows, 1 indoor one (for my living room), and a table runner for the outdoor dining table. I am reminded of this joke I once saw on Pinterest.
I always serve ice tea on the deck. Happy Planet is a new to me brand of ice tea and I am in love. Organic raspberry iced tea with lime is refreshing without an overly sugary taste, a major plus in my books. I started drinking their smoothies for breakfast this summer and bonus...they're a Canadian company! It's a good idea to always have a fresh bottle in the fridge in case anyone stops by.
A few more details about our deck style; the elephant side table was a purchase from a local antique market (the previous owner glued a marble tile to the top to make it a larger table), the wicker drink coaster (on the blue and white stool) came from Goodwill, the outdoor lanterns are from Target, and the Boston fern behind the two chairs is on a black iron plant stand from Wal-Mart.
I am a blanket hoarder. I have no problem admitting that. My husband travels frequently for work and over the years we have accumulated quite the collection of Mexican blankets which work great as shawls on cooler nights. I keep a basket of blankets at arms reach at all times in my living room and on the deck. This wicker basket was from Goodwill for $2.
Everyone needs a good barcart. They are cute, and they serve a purpose! Having wheels is a plus in my books because it can go from the dining room to deck with little to no effort. I keep a basket filled with cocktail recipes on the bottom shelf and an assortment of liquors, mix and glasses on the top. This little gold beauty is from Wal-Mart and cost me less than $100. A little modification that I plan on making is adding a hanging glass rack under the top shelf.
The aisle runner for the table is leftover pillow fabric with a hole in the centre for the umbrella. White plates with wicker chargers are my favourites for casual dinners. The chargers are from Target and the plates are Restoration Hardware.
Actually, our table is a bit of a funny story. This is not the original table. The original one, that came with our six chairs, was a beautiful smoked glass top that smashed during the first season of owning it. It was a wicked wind storm and The Youngest was home alone when it happened. I got a very panicked phone call at the office and I raced home to make sure he was ok and to sweep. And sweep. And sweep. It was a giant mess and while it was not funny at the time (since outdoor furniture is crazy expensive) it's pretty funny now. We replaced the table with a cheaper, non-breakable plastic one from Canadian Tire.
Let's take a few more looks around the deck...
And I leave you with Colton and his little ball. Thanks for coming along on my little deck style tour. I'm so happy that it is finally all finished. I am off to enjoy my deck in the clouds with a nice cold beverage. Cheers!
WalMart: Barcart (sold out online, similar one from Target)
Fabricland: Pillow fabric
Kijiji: Chairs, small white table
Canadian Tire: Dining table
MeadowAcres Garden Centre: Dining chairs
Restoration Hardware: Plates