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:

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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. Shavonda@AHomeFullOfColor

    April 24th, 2014 at 5:58 am

    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. Shavonda@AHomeFullOfColor

    April 24th, 2014 at 6:08 am

    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. Jen

    April 29th, 2014 at 1:18 am

    Thank you so so much! You’re so sweet!

  4. Katie

    April 24th, 2014 at 6:41 am

    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?

  5. Jen

    April 24th, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Thank you, Katie! All the details coming up tomorrow!

  6. Deborah Speed

    April 24th, 2014 at 7:20 am

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

  7. Jen

    April 29th, 2014 at 1:19 am

    Thanks Deb! You’re welcome anytime!

  8. Sita Montgomery

    April 24th, 2014 at 8:51 am

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

  9. Jen

    April 29th, 2014 at 1:19 am

    Thank you, Sita! You’re the sweetest!

  10. Cassidi

    June 23rd, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Did you do a tutorial on the pergola? It’s exactly what I want to build on my yard!

  11. Administrator

    June 30th, 2016 at 6:32 am

    I did! Search Pergola on the search bar!

  12. Linda

    April 24th, 2014 at 9:22 am

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

  13. Jen

    April 29th, 2014 at 1:20 am

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

  14. Krissy Wall

    April 24th, 2014 at 9:52 am

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

  15. Jen

    April 29th, 2014 at 1:20 am

    Thank you so much, Krissy! Tutorial coming soon!

  16. Niki Chazen

    April 24th, 2014 at 10:34 am

    I’m in love! You are so talented.

  17. Jen

    April 29th, 2014 at 1:21 am

    Aw thanks Niki!

  18. Andrea Worley

    April 24th, 2014 at 12:36 pm

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

  19. Jen

    April 29th, 2014 at 1:21 am

    Thank you so much, Andrea! It’s coming up soon!

  20. LW

    April 24th, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    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).

  21. Jen

    April 24th, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    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!

  22. Melissa

    April 24th, 2014 at 5:54 pm

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

  23. Jen

    April 29th, 2014 at 1:21 am

    Thank you so much, Melissa!

  24. Jamala

    April 24th, 2014 at 8:03 pm

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

  25. Jen

    April 29th, 2014 at 1:22 am

    Thank you so much, Jamala! xx

  26. Carly

    April 25th, 2014 at 10:09 am

    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?

  27. Jen

    April 25th, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Hi Carly! I sure do! Email and we can discuss details! Jen@withheart.com


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  29. KM

    April 29th, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    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.

  30. Jen

    April 29th, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    Hi KM, not sure what you mean, but we didn’t move the staircase.

  31. KM

    April 30th, 2014 at 8:12 am

    It must have been moved when they finished the basement and added the basement doors.

  32. Patricia

    May 7th, 2014 at 11:47 am

    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?

  33. Jen

    May 7th, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Thank you so much, Patricia! I’ve got a full tutorial coming up on the lighting! Watch for it soon!


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  35. Char@marshallhousematters.com

    July 18th, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    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.

  36. Jen

    July 18th, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    My goodness, what a kind thing to say! Thank you Char!

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