Back in the beginning of May I decided to make one of the biggest updates this little farmhouse has seen in a long time. I will admit that renovating our kitchen and bathroom (yes, we have just ONE bathroom here) 3+ years ago made for some pretty spectacular before and after photos, but the addition of a brand new large outdoor living space in our backyard was probably the next best investment I’ve made in our home. It has completely changed the way we entertain, relax, and spend time together as a family, and we have spent more time out on the deck this summer than I ever imagined.
If you’re just catching up…
I announced the plans for building a deck here.
I shared all the progress photos as it was being constructed here.
And I shared sources for every piece of furniture, rugs, and decor I purchased for the deck here.
My main goal was to have a space large enough for both lounging/relaxing and dining and also to have a portion of the deck covered by a gazebo for both shade and a shelter from rain. The end result far exceeded my wildest expectations, and I keep pinching myself that this beautiful deck is mine and is something I have worked and saved for and have been able to give as a gift to my boys this summer and for many more summers to come. We have had morning cups of coffee out here as the sun rises and the birds begin chirping, many evenings snuggled up together with blankets on the sofa watching fireflies dance around the yard, and many meals eaten together under this beautiful Indiana sky.
Step outside with me, and come take a tour of our new outdoor living space…
My favorite place to be is curled up on the sofa looking out into our backyard and endless rows of soybean fields beyond that. I have gotten endless compliments on the coffee table, which was one of the most unique and special things I found for the deck. And if you’ve been following along with the deck progress on the blog or especially on Instagram where I’ve shared day-by-day updates, you can finally see how the gazebo ceiling turned out!
I absolutely love the finished product and the beams leading to the matte black ceiling fan in the center that totally pops against all the white. You can see more details on how the ceiling was finished in this post.
I still have a few projects to do like refinishing the small walkway from the deck stairs to the breezeway and staining/sealing the all wood next spring, but here are a few shots of the back of the house so you can see what the outside of the deck looks like also.
Adding this deck was a huge undertaking this summer, but it was beyond worth the money, time and effort. Not only does it add extra square footage of living space to our small house with two growing boys inside, but it also makes me ridiculously proud that I was able to do this all on my own financially and create a place where we will make memories together for a long time to come. Most nights you will find the boys jumping on the trampoline just on the other side of the deck yelling, “Hey Mom, watch this!”, while I sit out here with Remington, our little puppy, soaking in every bit of this amazing view. The boys couldn’t wait to invite their friends over this summer to see everything and hang out eating popsicles on the deck, and I would spend the money over and over again to have these moments with them.
In a nutshell, the outside of our little farmhouse has gotten a lot of love in the last year, from a new coat of paint, new landscaping, and now this beautiful deck, and I still have just one more little project up my sleeve. Life is far too short to wait for someday or your perfect dream home. I believe in making the place you wake up in every morning somewhere you never want to leave. And this is most definitely that place for me.
Thank you so much for following along on this fun and exciting project this summer, and please let me know if you have any questions. Again, you can find…
Plans for building a deck here.
Progress photos as it was being constructed here.
And sources for all the furniture and decor here.
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If you need me, I’ll be out here watching sunrises and sunsets from the deck, wishing you could be out here enjoying them with me! xoxo Liz
Absolutely beautiful! Everything is perfect!
The deck turned out so perfect. Well done! I’d love to see a round up of all the plants you used.
Liz this is stunning. What a great space you have created. Love it all. I bet you will have many peaceful and beautiful moments spent out there.
Love love love it.
Wow! Its beautiful! I absolutely love it, and all your furniture and accessories too.
What an outstanding project your carpenter did!
It looks beautiful- down to all the furnishings, and the ceiling is perfect-beautiful & easy to clean if needed.
Love your new deck space. My only concern is the rug you have chosen for this space. Even though it says for outdoors, it will get soaking wet and the water won’t drain through. I have one like this on my covered porch and ended up having to hang it over the rail after it rained to dry out. If you don’t it will mildew. Just a heads up.
Beautiful space!!! It is worth it 100 percent.
The love you’ve given your farmhouse beautifully! shows. I echo your belief that the place you wake up in every morning, should be the place you never want to leave.
Can’t wait to see your last little project!
I love your deck! Where did you purchase the pretty throw?
I believe I got it from Wayfair a few years ago!
Liz, your deck looks fabulous! With fall around the corner you will be able to decorate with fall flowers, etc. I’m sure you already have ideas. You will have beautiful mornings, afternoons, and evenings to enjoy your deck. We have a project that my husband is going to put the finishing touches on soon. We have a patio but due to the air conditioner/heat pump it is too noisy to sit out on (due to location it would be too difficult to install a sound barrier) so we added a screened in porch to our shed. We need to finish the inside. After seeing your finished deck I’m anxious to finish our project and start enjoying it. Thank you for sharing the pictures. I always look forward to your design ideas.
Fantastic!! And I love that coffee table too. I know you will live out there!:)
This is just beautiful and I am so excited for you and your children. You have an amazing talent and inspire me to do more things myself.
The deck turned out beautifully!
Love seeing you enjoy reading on the deck!
The furniture and color palette are breathtakingly beautiful!
The plants hanging and in pots add a “soft touch” of nature to the area.
Thank you for sharing.
Such a beautiful outdoor area you have created! It looks so comfortable and relaxing!
That is one of the nicest decks I’ve ever seen. Well Done and Enjoy!
I’m just catching up and your deck is absolutely beautiful! I stained our new deck last summer and did a lot of research on what type to use. I settled on Ready Seal and it turned out perfectly! That stuff is fool-proof, so you might check it out when you get to that point. Your coffee table is amazing and I’m considering it for my family room- I can’t believe it can be used inside or out- what a find!
Love your style and your blog!
Gorgeous!! I absolutely love it!!! Enjoy it all , I can see a nice dinner on the table with friends or family and just enjoying the lightning bugs and the soothing sounds of nature.
You’ve created a functional, beautiful space. You were so smart to include a covered area!
So beautyful!!!!Love it!
great idea! I love it! thank you for sharing this deck space idea
Hi. Love your deck. Would you mind sharing the wood color stain of your deck?
Of course! Here is a post that has all the details: https://lovegrowswild.com/2021/05/how-to-stain-a-deck-everything-you-need-to-know-from-prep-to-finish/