April 24, 2014

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 provide a patio set, and I makeover the space.  And I had plenty to work with.  Shall we take a brief walk down memory lane, just for old times’ sake?


Yowza, it needed some love.  And it got plenty of it.  Here is the newly made over deck video reveal (watch for the cute close up of Rubes at the end.  Wait for it, wait for it…).  Thanks to James, per usual, for his talents with the camera!

Nearly everything you see was a DIY and I’m so excited to share a slew of tutorials with you starting today.  I’m sharing how to make my DIY Cement Planters over on Home Depot’s blog, The Apron, today and you guys, this is one of my favorite simple projects ever.  So easy, inexpensive, and fun.  And how great would they be as Mother’s Day gifts?  Hop on over and check them out.  Video tutorial, naturally.

Also coming up, all of the details and instructions for how we stained our deck, built the pergola from scratch, made curtain rods and drapes from unconventional materials, the mood lighting, the DIY hanging planter, the vintage bar cart, the wicker char and accent table, and tomorrow, I’m sharing all of the styling details as well as giving away one of the items I have in my space.  It’s a goodie!  You don’t want to miss it!

Thank you so much to Home Depot for including me in such an outstanding group of talented bloggers.  I have loved seeing each one of their space makeovers– you can see them on The Apron.  Endless inspiration, I tell ya.

Here are a few more photos from the space:

deck 7

IMG_2341 hanging planter 6

table 9

night 5

Phew!  Feels so good to have it done, documented, and finally be sharing it all with you!  Now, BBQ’s all summer at my place!  And don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the giveaway.  Until then, you can find me on the deck….

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  1. Eeeeek! My gah girl! I KNEW this was gonna be a good one! I love every single detail. Holy smokes! The pergola and curtains are GORG! You knocked it completely outta the park my friend. It’s just stunning. This was one of the ones I anticipated seeing most and for good reason. You’ve created such a beautiful space for you and your family. I just know you’re gonna enjoy it:)

  2. EEEEEEK! My gah girl I KNEW this was gonna be a good one! Jen its absolutely beautiful. This was one of the ones I was anticipating the most, and for good reason. Its just stunning. You’ve created such a beautiful space for your family to enjoy. And my oh my, how ADORBS is Ruby. I love the hanging planter and the pergola is fabulous. You knocked it outta the park my friend. And yet, another awesome video as well:)

  3. Katie says:

    It’s beautiful! I love it! We are planning an update for our patio and I’m feeling inspired (and hopeful!) now. Tell me, where are the table and chairs from?

  4. Deborah Speed says:

    I’m dying!!!!! This looks amazing! When are you inviting me over to BBQ ;). Great job girl!

  5. Holy cow!! It looks amazing! I’m not surprised out all since you have mad skills! It is absolutely love every inch of it!!

  6. Linda says:

    OMGeeee!!! I’m in love. Now can you hop on over to my pad and lets both get started on mine. LOL!

    • Jen says:

      Thanks Linda!! I’ll get right on it, after I finish my to do list! On second thought, you may be waiting awhile…. 🙂

  7. Krissy Wall says:

    Beautiful job! I can’t wait to make those shelf planters for my deck. Very inspiring!

  8. Niki Chazen says:

    I’m in love! You are so talented.

  9. Looks great! Love the lights and that hanging herb garden! Can’t wait for your tutorials!

  10. LW says:

    NONE of this will last through a Utah wind storm, or any storm for that matter. Good luck, it is very pretty now, but you’ll be hauling all of that indoors soon. Be prepared for desolation (I’m looking at you hanging lanterns and hanging potted plants).

    • Jen says:

      Hi there, we had a pretty wicker storm this week and it all held up beautifully, including the hanging planter, lights, drapes, and lanterns. We took the glass and candles out of the lanterns, and even without a storm we keep the pillows and cushions indoors unless we are using them so they don’t get dirty. No desolation here, just a gorgeous space we are loving!

  11. Melissa says:

    SOOO Beautiful!!! I am excited for all the details!

  12. Jamala says:

    My mouth dropped at the beauty you created.. this is totally wonderful. I love the selections of colors and fabrics you chose.

  13. Carly says:

    SO beautiful!! Love how it turned out! We are just starting to rip out our old patio and doing all new! Do you do consults or help pick out all the goods?

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  15. KM says:

    Oh, wow. Looks like they moved the stair case to the other side. I remember when it was on the west side of the deck.

  16. Patricia says:

    Jen, your project turned out beautiful. I’m dying to know what you used for the lights, what is that wire? How do you install the lights and the wire.? I have some sting outdoor lights and a vinyl pergola and would like to install my string lights but don’t know where to start or what to use , I think that sturdy wire you have on yours would work for mine, but how do I do it?

  17. […] Now that I’ve put this ugly room out there for the world to see, get ready for design plans later this week and a reveal coming soon!  If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably seen a few sneak peeks.   It’s really coming together.  And if you’ve been anxious to see how we built our pergola on the back deck, that’s coming up tomorrow.  I love that deck so very much. […]

  18. Love your style! It’s like you’ve thought of every detail. I just stopped by from the 6th Street Design School feature of your place and had to let you know how impressed I am.

  19. […] new outdoor space is gorgeous as well – it got some updates recently with a new pergola and new […]

  20. […] some neat lighting, casual seating, and I’ll likely be re-using our beautiful dining set from our old deck out there.  I have dreams of an outdoor pizza oven, so I’m scheming a way to make that […]

  21. […] new outdoor space is gorgeous as well – it got some updates recently with a new pergola and new […]

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  23. […] You get a sneak peek over there! Jen specializes in creating beautiful videos. You have to see the reveal of her patio. It’s unreal. And below is a sneak peek of her family room reveal. It is such a gorgeous space. […]

  24. […] deck in our last home only had enough room for the dining set but this area is a bit bigger.  I plan to break it in half […]

  25. […] more about this room here.  p a t i o You can read more about this back porch here.  Thanks so much to Jen for letting me feature her house tour! She is amazing! Make sure you […]

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