Good Life Wednesday ~ Life on the Deck

Wed 22nd, Jun, 2011

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I spent the day yesterday clearing out…it seems I say that rather a lot…I just don’t know where all this stuff comes from…I mean it’s as if someone in this tatty old cottage goes out looking for other people’s junk or something ;-)

Anyway once I had done that, and I haven’t even started on the kitchen yet, which I might add seems to have accumulated rather a lot of vintage utensils that even I cannot justify, I sat down at the computer, guiltily, to catch up with emails…a lot of you got emails from me yesterday, so sorry for my tardiness… you know what, I have been limiting my time on the computer hence email answering came about at the bottom of the list…I don’t know about you but sometimes in my life being online needs to be monitored and I was doing far too much of it…when I should have been spending more time on other things…




Soooooooooooo, after all of that answering, I got to one email from Stacey, she sent me a picture of her patio door and her deck area that was getting a makeover and asked me if 1. I had any ideas on how to help her conceal her door, 2. what our deck was like before and 3.  how my boyfriend aka the new door was doing?

And so after that mammoth clearing out I got out here on the deck, cleared away four pairs of soccer boots, picked up Mr BC’s tool box (I can complain not, he was putting up something for me) and moved the hammock out of the way because you can’t stand back far enough to take a photo if the hammock is up (yes I did try lounging in it while photographing…ahem, they were interesting shots), to take some photos of how the door works out here to show Stacey



The flowers are from my neighbour’s….we are about three weeks into Winter and her garden is rammed with them…I love her garden…I am so excited to see my tulips poking through too…



I know a lot of you are new here at the moment, so here is a before shot (don’t you love the roof and the brown…and the yellow and the doors…and yes I did live with those doors for a few years and yes now you know why the new white door is my new boyfriend)

So that’s my Good Life Wednesday…my boyfriend…the deck door…

See you next time, I have got lots to show you, I have been on a mega photo experimenting binge…




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53 Responses to “Good Life Wednesday ~ Life on the Deck”

  1. {oc cottage} says:

    Your deck is just dreamy! WOW!

    m ^..^

  2. tami says:

    Well I happen to love days like that, I feel a sense of accomplishment;) Your ahem “Boyfriend” is a real looker, Sarah:)
    I would be amiss if I didn’t mention that pretty cottage table cloth dressing your table. I just looked at a window shade in a similar pattern and it’s so pretty. Looks amazing with the yellow from the flowers and lemons. Thanks again for hosting such a sweet party. xxx

  3. Marnie says:

    What a beautiful transformation.
    Thanks for hosting again.
    x Marnie

  4. Laura says:

    Wow, that’s some transformation. Our house is raised (being so close to the ocean) and we have these god awful concrete steps to the back door… I sit in my lovely English country garden (looking away from the house) and then turn around and am faced with the grim concrete wall, like something out of a prison scene. I only hope in time, I’ll be able to transform it into something as beautiful as what you have created here! Lx

  5. bj says:

    Hi, Sarah..seems so funny that, we here in West Texas, are having heat of 106-110 and you are entering into winter. Just blows my mind.

    I love your pretty deck..and that ladder always makes my heart beat a little faster…:))

  6. What a welcoming space you’ve created! I love the pops of bright yellow, so bright and Summer-y. Wonderful job! :)

  7. such a great transformation! so beautiful!! thanks for hosting this blog party.

  8. Lizette says:

    Wow! What a lovely space! Your blog is stunning.

    Thank you for hosting!

    Blessings! Lizette

  9. JC says:

    I always love to see your before pics because sometimes I just need reminded that awesome spaces don’t just magically appear with the snap of a finger (at least if you’re on a budget)! I’m always so impatient to see the final product that I forget to enjoy the creative process!
    ~JC Jackson

  10. Kirsty says:

    I love it! And I love that spice box!

  11. TEEK says:

    What a fab deck.. It looks like the best place to relax ( when you get a chance) and spend family time

  12. Jacqueline says:

    A great look you got going! I do love the yellow!

  13. Kelly says:

    I love the lemon s and the flower. The after shot looks wonderful..


  14. Sarah, your lovely deck has brought a smile to my face after a really tough day! Its gorgeous…

  15. Robyn says:

    One of these is on my must-have list when we buy next year ;-)

  16. Alima says:

    I’m not new here, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before picture!
    WOW! What a transformation Sarah! You have such amazing vision! I don’t think I would have been able to look at that ugly yellow and brown and see the potential that you saw! Very cool – I LOVE it!

  17. Nel says:

    WOW I forgot what it was like in the ‘beginning’! You’ve done so much to your lovely home and it all looks so inviting and gorgeous!

  18. steph anne says:

    Gorgeous! I love everything!

  19. kalanicut says:

    Sarah, your deck looks fantastic. Such a wonderful retreat. Makes me wish again that mine was more than 3 ft x 10 ft. We garden out there since there really isn’t room to sit. But I’m grateful for outdoor space nonetheless. :) Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos!

  20. deck perfect!

    love that blast of yellow with all your BC lovelies from over the fence!

    Melissa x

  21. Susan says:

    I love your deck and your site is great! Question… where did you get the Adirondack chairs? Are they wood or resin? Thanks so much!

  22. Clutterholic says:

    Wow… that is quite the transformation! I just LOVE the pops of yellow! Very cheery and chic!

  23. Paige says:

    I’d love to hang out there!

  24. Heaven says:

    WOW!! The after is AMAZING!! You rock the white paint Sarah.. :)

  25. Anonymous says:

    Looks great! I love the lemons with the grey on the tablecloth, a good combination.

  26. Thanks again so much for hosting. What a mid-week treat this is and your patio reveal is just what I need for finishing details on a project that I’m trying to finish.

  27. Giulia says:

    Lovely deck – love the patterns.
    I still can’t get my head around having flowers in winter ;) – It’s not like a Canadian winter…

  28. Great deck it looks so peaceful and beautiful!

  29. marcia says:

    Beautiful deck Sarah, love the pillows. Did you make them? Have a great day and thanks for hosting, Marcia

  30. marcia says:

    One more thing Sarah, Maybe something is up with Blogger this morning? I couldn’t get your button to download for me. I will try again later though, sorry! Marcia

  31. Wow. I am in complete awe! I can’t even believe that this is the same deck! It’s so fresh and vibrant, you can’t help but want to be sitting right there with a cup of coffee/glass of wine smelling the sea air and watching the sun go down! This is definitely going in my inspiration folder for my sorry-looking deck! Thanks!

  32. HRH Sarah says:

    I am amazed at the transformation from that grim, ugly weirdly colored deck to the lovely outdoor room you’ve created. In a small house, it’s so nice to have that extra living space. Question: what does the roof look like now? I’m assuming since you have that lovely table and all, that it’s still a covered deck? Love the photos, can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to!

  33. Sibylle says:

    beautiful pictures again, and love the deck transformation! thanks for hosting the party again!

  34. SQUEEE…that means I am getting a new boyfriend very soon too…we are getting rid of the window in the dining room and putting French Doors in…I think they will be done next week!!! I better get on it and take before pics quickly!

  35. i’m crazy for your photography. do you hear me? CRAZY. thank you for consistently providing so much lovely for us to savor across the miles. and i so agree with what you’ve said about monitoring online use. it’s like crack sometimes i think. and i need to get better too.

    your boyfriend’s hot.


  36. Wow your porch is beautiful — sorry, but how awful before!!! ha

  37. I love th crate box with the chaulkboard and the yellow flowers. Very cheerful!

  38. Sarah says:

    It looks great Sarah – a really nice place to hang out I’m sure! you must love it – have a great week!! :0

  39. Poppy says:

    Such a beautiful transformation! Everything looks so serene and inviting… and I love all the neutrals with pops of yellow.. loved it! Your tablecover is so pretty and I love those white adirondack chairs… they are looking so gorgeous on your deck ( I don’t know what you call those chairs down under). Beautiful post! Thanks for sharing and hosting this fun party for us each week!~Poppy


  40. Love, love the before and after shots of the deck. I kept going back and forth between the pictures – that is quite the transformation. I love what you’ve done, and wish I had that kind of vision.

  41. Alia says:

    Oh so lovely!!!! I adore the pops of yellow. And your boyfriend is a total hunk by the way….

  42. Jadyn says:

    Your deck looks so great – so inspiring to see the transformation, it gives me hope for our deck. I love those cane back chairs! You’ve created such a great place to kick back and relax.

  43. sharkara Jain says:

    Hey Linda , thank you for hosting such beautiful parties…I really like your blog ….and have been a part of the link parties a few times…Just the other day was reading your post about 10 tips to blog ..was really helpful. Keep them coming ..

    do visit me if you have time :) take care


  44. Ruth says:

    It is absolutely gorgeous. I would love to sit out there and sip some coffee. Enjoying all the outdoors.


  45. Such an unbelievably gorgeous deck! I just love the yellow and grey…

  46. Kristine says:

    Hi Sarah
    I know this is a super old post though can I ask where you got the hand-blocked paisley tablecloth from? I love it.

    • sarah says:

      Hi Kristine

      I got it from a shop in Noosa when I was on holiday and I have no idea what it was called plus it does not have a brand.

      Sorry I can’t be of more help x