OUTDOOR LIGHTING

Lighting really sets the tone for a space.  For an outdoor room, like our back deck, I didn't want the only light source to be the porch light, but instead wanted a soft, warm, inviting glow with a dreamy feel.  I used a combination of string lights Read More
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DIY HANGING PLANTER HERB GARDEN (video)

   One of my favorite features on the new deck is the hanging planter herb garden.  I love fresh herbs for cooking, and this planter is not only practical, it's also pretty.  If I didn't fill it full of herbs, I would plant flowers and add some Read More
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DIY GALVANIZED PIPE CURTAIN RODS & DRAPES

I really wanted the back deck to have the feeling of a comfortable room.  It needed a shade source, and I wanted to create an intimate and private setting, if desired.  Drapes were the perfect solution. But how do you hang drapes from a pergola? Read More
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HOW TO BUILD A PERGOLA

If I was to pinpoint one thing that took our deck from just ok to wow, it would be the pergola.  It is hands down the most beautiful thing in the backyard and adds such a richness to the deck. When we were mapping out the design and construction plans, Read More
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HOW TO STAIN AN EXISTING DECK

We are loving our new deck.  We eat out there several times a week for breakfast or dinner, and play outside during the day.  We've already hosted parties and the view from our dining room and kitchen is so so much better.  Last night Jon said "I Read More
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THRIFTED WICKER CHAIR AND ACCENT TABLE

What a whirlwind weekend we had around the Stagg household.  We finished our living room, and Saturday was spent shooting and documenting and breathing again.  Phew!  And now that it's done it's amazing how much it has completely transformed our house. Read More
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OUTDOOR LIVING FINISHING TOUCHES (+ a giveaway!)

First, thank you so much for your response to the back deck reveal!  It was a big undertaking, and we are so happy to have it complete.  We have eaten outside almost every single night since it was finished.  I'm always amazed how much more I enjoy Read More
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HOME DEPOT PATIO STYLE CHALLENGE REVEAL (video)

It's here!  Today is the day!  I can finally spill the beans about one of the biggest projects in our renovation thus far-- our back deck makeover. I mentioned a while back that the Home Depot asked me to be a part of their Patio Style Challenge.  They Read More
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PATIO MAKEOVER INSPIRATION

Yesterday I spent an entire afternoon scraping 20 year-old gunk of out the cracks of my deck with a shim, getting the rest of it ready for it's new coat of paint.  Yeah, it sucked.  But I know it will be worth it when the space is finished and pretty Read More
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PATIO STYLE CHALLENGE 2014

I'm sharing some exciting news today and it has to do with one horribly ugly eyesore in my backyard.  Why have I never posted any photos of my backyard, you may ask?  Well, if you knew the state of my back deck, you wouldn't post any photos either. Read More
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