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Great deck escape, outdoor sectional plans



There’s a certain time every year that I start to get a bit fidgety. It comes the same time every year after the bustle of the holidays have sufficiently left my memory and the novelty of snow and ice has worn thin.

It’s usually about this time I start to plan some projects and count the weeks till the first sign of Spring in the Northeast. This year I want to start on our deck. It’s the spot we spend the most time during the Spring and Summer . It was probably THE deciding factor on the purchase of this house. I love sitting there in the morning to look out on our view below.

The previous owners were kind enough to leave us some furniture on our deck, but it’s not quite what I envision for ultimate sit, relax, drink a cup of coffee,  read a magazine type lounging space. In my mind I’ve always envisioned something along the lines of the Chesapeake Sectional below from Pottery Barn.

But at around $2,000 for the sectional I can’t bring myself to spend that kind of money.  That’s where Ana White comes in. She’s inspired me with her easy to use Simple Modern Outdoor Sectional Plans.  I plan to tweak the plans a bit to some up with a look similar to the Chesapeake Sectional from Pottery Barn by adding back slats.

I’ve done some initial searching around on how to make outdoor cushions once the sectional is complete. While the weather’s still crappy and I can sit inside and make them.  I have to say I was surprised on the price of outdoor foam  It looks to be around $140 for a 4″ x 49″ x 50″ piece of outdoor foam. But I think it’ll pay in the long run when I’m not schlepping the cushions in every night to keep them from getting wet. I still need to do some looking/measuring/figuring before I decide on a final course of action and price out my alternatives.

I can’t wait to see how it all comes together!

The place where I live…



…is wonderful, hectic, beautiful, exciting, busy and absolutely exhausting, I love my life. I live in a house on a 2,500 acre lake in New Jersey that has 45 miles of shoreline (and houses) it’s always full of activity; jet skis, boats, wake boarders, swimming, fishing and family. It’s crazy but I love it. There’s a never ending list of fun things to-do, honey-do’s, wishes, never-enough-time-for and big dreams. Things we want to do. Things we will do someday and things we’ll probably never get around to.

I love to dream, I make plans for our great renovations, interior remodeling projects or my latest shopping find. But most of all I love to dream of our adventures on the lake.

Okay, it’s not perfect. I could win the lottery, never have work again and go traveling and shopping every day of my life. But then what would I dream about?!?!. At the end of every crazy hectic day I get to come home to my wonderful husband, beautiful son and a house by the lake.

Life is good when you’re lucky enough to come home to family and a view like this!

I love to sit on my deck, take a breath and look around…

and watch the beauty of the sun going down on the place where I live.

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