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Thursday, July 8, 2010

A Deck For All Parties

Last year my husband and I built a two tiered deck on the back of the house outside of our kitchen.         This deck was something I had been waiting for since we first built our home 11 years ago.  It was worth the wait for sure!  Although the deck is built and the pergola is on, I still have a lot of staining and painting to do.  That can wait for cooler weather I think, for now there is swimming to be done.

This is the lower deck. It has one long step down from the larger deck where everyone usually sits and chats.

Believe it or not but this chandelier has been out here since I first put it on the deck for last years 4th of July party.  It looks beautiful lit up at night, especially in the winter while the snow is falling, but I will save that for another post. 

Did you notice the swing from my mulch bed?  It is not sturdy enough for anyone to sit in so I had to hang it up high.  There is one of my new/old chairs peaking out from the flower garden.

The upper deck is where we eat most of the summer.  I love that it is right off the kitchen door and I can just walk right out with dinner.  Coffee in the morning is wonderful too!

This is the lower brick patio.  I had to haul all these bricks out of the driveway when our house was being built, they were meant for fill for the driveway but I had other plans for them.  It was a lot of work chipping off all the old mortar, but well worth the the effort.  It is fun to sit in among the flowers with all of the birds, bees and especially when the humming birds flying around.

This is the side brick patio that I put in last year using recycled bricks.  It is also set in among the flower beds and it is a cool place to sit and watch the kids play in the sand pile behind the flowers.

Thank you for stopping by, I am joining Cindy from My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday.     

    Next time you are in the area, you can join me for a drink on the deck.


  1. What a lovely patio deck you've created....I can just imagine sitting out there for the evening meal and for your morning coffee....beautiful and relaxing.

  2. I haven't done near enough in NY! You have some terrific outdoor areas at your place. I envy the resources you'all have in your area. Enjoy! Jacqueline

  3. How charming and welcoming. I could sit and relax and wile away the hours. Lovely!

  4. Beautiful decks Alaina boy you work hard!!
    I love all the furniture and the chandy!!
    I would love to join you for a drink.
    Pamela xo

  5. This is beautiful! Wish I could pop over for a visit- it looks so inviting! :)

  6. What a great space. I was wondering about that swing hanging so high! I can't believe you chipped off all the old morter on those bricks then did the patios yourself! You are so awesome. I love that look.

  7. Your deck and patio are fabulous! How wonderful to have such gorgeous spaces to sit and enjoy! Your home is beautiful! Wishing you a wonderful weekend ~ Tina x

  8. I'm loving your deck, Alaina!! All of your outdoor sitting areas are gorgeous! LOVE all the vintage furniture!!
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    ~ Jo :)

  9. Wow, it is just beautiful!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Have a good night~

  10. beautiful deck! perfect for summer gathering with love ones!

  11. You have created a beautiful place to enjoy summer!I love the crib you made into a daybed-just the push I need to do mine.


  12. I love it! And that chandelier? Lurve!

    You have given me a new idea for all of the bricks that we have lying around.

  13. What a fabulous gathering place!

  14. Everything looks fantastic! I'm now following your blog, which I think is fantastic!

  15. Your deck looks amazing!! so inviting and cozy..!!

  16. Your deck is beautiful! Love the porch swing too! So pretty. : )
    Have a great weekend!
    Health and happiness,

  17. Alaina, you have enough space and chairs to have us ALL over. but I have a question: who gets to sit in the little iron chair that has a round seat but no seat???

    it looks lovely and I can see why you just need to enjoy it!

  18. your patio looks so inviting! I love what you did, great job pulling it all together! marcia

  19. Your garden looks so wonderful. I bet you have had some amazing gatherings in that space. It's so warm and inviting. Great job---I think I need to spend some time in my yard--rethinking my space. Thanks for the inspiration.

  20. Oh Alaina, I just love everything about your house, and the other day I had to call my husband in to look at your deck and pergola. It's just what I'd love to have someday. You have so many wonderful little spots to sit and enjoy the day. The chandy has made it outdoors for a year? amazing!

  21. I LOVE this's just FABULOUS!!!! We have a pergola as well and last year hubby stained it white and now this week he's staining the back privacy wall white. I love your white columns!

  22. Are those 2 regular bed pillows on those 2 iron chairs??? I have those two chairs!!!


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