Life + Style

April 6, 2015

Easter Weekend + The Deck Project

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a Happy Easter!  We had such an awesome weekend.  It's so much fun celebrating holidays with small children!  Man, did this morning creep up on me or what.  I'm going to have to keep it short this morning.  I've got a small update on our deck I've shared with you below.  I'll try to come back this afternoon and share more about that and my plans for the project.

We really did have an amazing Easter Weekend.  Of course that meant by yesterday afternoon Wells and Tagg had crashed.  Tagg fell asleep on the way home from my parents house and let me carry him inside to bed.  I started a breathing treatment and he passed out anyway.  That is unheard of for my little man who won't even take a quiet time.  Tagg's asthma is also flaring with all the pollen hitting the air.  We tried using his new inhaler yesterday and it didn't do anything.  Like, nothing.  An albuteral treatment through the nebulizer gives us such strong results and this was like he puffed air.  He has a spacer to trap the treatment in the inhaler so I know he's getting the drug.  Anyone else have this same result?  I guess we'll be back to lugging around his treatment bag everywhere we go again. 

Also, I showed on instagram a few weeks ago where Matthew tore off over of half of our deck.  I'll get into all the details of why and the plans for our backyard in another post.  But I wanted to show how he and his Dad worked tirelessly all weekend to rebuild the top section for us.

I also feel like I should say how pissed I was that this whole project got started to begin with.  Matthew and I had agreed that our deck was old and in need of repair.  And when the time came, I was on board with changing up the size and creating a new hard scape altogether.  We just didn't agree on when that would take place.  I know it's going to be AMAZING when it's all finished.  But all I see right now is a big pile of dirt where my deck used to be.  I think that's one of the hard parts of home renovations that people don't really talk about.  You don't always agree on the priority of certain projects.  Of course now that this part has been fixed and the stairs rebuilt in the new area I love it.  And I love my husband for creating this safe space for us. 

Now we need a new outdoor dining table and chairs so we can actually use it!  Where have you bought outdoor furniture from in the past?  We want something with good quality that will withstand the elements for years to come. 

I'll be back soon with some inspiration for the space!


  1. We have had luck with Target furniture of all places. With little ones, I wanted chairs that were light enough for them to move around...that is hard to find with many outdoor sets. Our deck makeover is on the blog if u want to check it is from 2 years ago so just do a quick search. Excited to hear more about the deck makeover.


  2. Sams has a KILLER Teak set wet got last year and the year before. Bought the love seat/chairs/coffee table on year and got the dining table last year. Has held up really well...better than my Dad's stuff from Restoration Hardware.

    1. Good to know! I feel like name brand doesn't necessarily equate to quality and outside is more important to last!

  3. Julia, Ballard has some great pieces and as Amelia mentioned Target. Even our local Ace Hardware had a really good looking set! ( I was looking for paint)!

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  4. Julia - loving your homes' exterior paint colors. Can you fill me in on the name/brand? We are getting an estimate to get our brick ranch painted (its a combo of brick and siding similar to yours) and I am thinking I like either taupe or gray. Thanks in advance!

  5. I like the better homes and gardens set I got at walmart online. It looks amazing 5 years later and I have the cushions out tear round.

  6. It's so true! Those renovation projects always look so wonderful in the before and after but the massively ugly "durings" are never shown. Or the fact that if you remodel a bathroom you are out a toilet for a while! (In a one bathroom condo) I hope your backyard gets done in no time it all with little argument and set back!


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