A lovely deck design



   


In April, Stephanie asked me to create and implement a design for her backyard deck. At the top of her list was adding a lot more privacy and making it pretty. She had a lot of great things to start with: an amazing sized deck, a gazebo, great furniture, and a hot tub. It needed some finishing touches and a lot more privacy. I believe we achieved that and I love the way it turned out. I didn’t want to leave after we finished. Not only did the deck feel magical but working with Stephanie was really lovely and I didn’t want it to end. Let’s get to the before and after pictures!

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Let’s start with the gazebo. They already had the love seat, chairs, and fire bowl. They had one set of red chair cushions and red is a favourite colour of my clients so I used that as a jumping off point for the deck’s design. I added in a red outdoor area rug, red end tables, and accent pieces throughout the deck. I rearranged the pieces in the gazebo so that there was a clear path to enter on two sides of the gazebo, and a clear path to the hot tub. 

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It feels like a really cozy room now and it is also a wonderful view from the hot tub.

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I mean who doesn’t want to sit here?! They already owned the love seat and chairs set, but Stephanie’s partner didn’t want the love seat in the gazebo because he felt it made the area too tight. This was something I knew, with the right furniture placement, we could make work and I was determined that I would win them over. This was a surprise for Stephanie’s partner and when he first saw the space he grinned and said, “I see you moved the love seat back to the gazebo.” However, they both love it and Stephanie said to me, “It’s because the way you placed everything makes it work!”

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One of the items Stephanie asked for was a towel rack so they would have a place to hang towels when they use the hot tub. We were batting around a lot of ideas when I came across these really cool plant stands for hanging planters. A man makes and sells them on Facebook Marketplace and I messaged him to see whether he would make us one in a custom size. He said yes and we were in business. I added coat hooks to the front for the towels and we added a hanging planter to the middle. It’s really pretty and practical and it was the perfect choice for what we needed.

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The other end of the deck needed more than just styling. The number one issue here was a need for more privacy. When you walked out the back door your view was the neighbour’s camping trailer. So I needed to fix that with my design. My solution was mirrors, twinkle lights, greenery, and a privacy screen.

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To find the perfect sized mirrors was impossible or totally cost prohibitive, so I decided to make them myself. I bought mirrors that are intended to be in a wardrobe door from IKEA and found some pressure treated wood on a wonderful swap page I am part of. The wood was half the cost of buying it new and it was exactly what we needed. They really do make the whole space. When you walk out the back door this is now their view.

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It was impossible to find a privacy screen with the exact dimensions we needed. However IKEA had one that was close enough that we could make into the perfect size. Now instead of a camper trailer they get to feel like they are in a private magical garden. For the seating area, Stephanie already owned this cast iron bistro set, but it felt a bit small and it wasn’t really practical to do a lot of work or eating on. I found a coffee table with glass top on Facebook Marketplace with the right dimensions which transformed her existing set into the perfect size and function for the space. The cafe lights are another piece that makes this deck something they really love. In all of Stephanie’s inspiration pictures there were cafe lights or twinkle lights. Stringing the lights along the mirror and privacy wall not only gives light to that side of the deck but their reflection in the mirrors is really pretty.  

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I just love the way it turned out. Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoyed all the before and after shots.








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