One Room Challenge | Week Two

It’s Week Two of the One Room Challenge–and, I’m taking mine outdoors this time.  This week I’ll give you a tour of the living spaces we have around the pool, that was just completed in March.  This space so far has been such a gift–so many fun family bonding opportunities (including an ugly but good, competitive fun basketball hoop that you will see later in the post).  Also, after 3 and a half years in this house it is so nice to have the neglected side yard and back yard finally in decent shape.

Down the steps we have the spa and the dining area on the left.  To the right of the dining area is the fire

For the dining area we have ordered the Aegean table from Restoration Hardware.  It comes in a 95″ length that will be great for seating 8 people.  I wanted it in black, but it sold out before I was ready to order it.  Sad face.  So I am going with white.

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I love these barrel chairs from CB2 that will surround the table.  They have already arrived and are super comfy.  Chris is also building a 12′ buffet table for serving meals that will double as pool storage underneath.Screen Shot 2017-04-12 at 2.28.18 PM
We decided to go with a rectangular fire pit instead of round, and I love the idea of sofas flanking the fire pit instead of individual chairs.  We are a family of cuddlers, so it made sense to go with something at least three of us can snuggle on (that would be me with a kid on each side, love that).  This sofa from CB2 is perfect for the area–it is nice and deep to accommodate pillow layers.
Screen Shot 2017-04-12 at 2.26.47 PM At the deep end of the pool is a custom daybed that Chris is almost finished with.  It just needs a roof, and then I can put in the black and white stripe mattress and pillows.  Can’t wait to lounge in there!  We went with a chocolate brown stain to coordinate with the back deck nearby.  I also like that it picks up the brown in the pavers.  Notice the basketball goal…it won’t make into the final reveal photos, ha! www.tphblog.comThe fourth living space is the lounge deck along the side of the house.
We have four of these streamline loungers from CB2–they have such great outdoor items this season!  These loungers are the look I’m after and relatively affordable.  Have you priced lounge chairs lately???  Insane!  Screen Shot 2017-04-12 at 2.27.12 PMThe last area we are trying to finish before summer is under the back deck.  We had under decking installed to waterproof the patio–and it works great!  Painting and electrical still needs to be done here before we can clean up and furnish it.IMG_0481We have this sofa from Restoration Hardware on order for the patio:Screen Shot 2017-04-12 at 2.29.14 PMIt will be just as pictured, black frame and charcoal upholstery.  I’d love white upholstery, but even with outdoor fabric, I didn’t think it would be a good idea with the kiddos.  We have red mud here in Georgia!

I’m not sure if this fifth area will be completed in time for the reveal–still deciding on coordinating furniture.  And, Chris still needs to build two more cabinets here, too.

For the hardscaping, we went with Belgard pavers in the Lafitt pattern, color Belgian Stone.  I was a little worried I wouldn’t like the pavers, but it was pretty much our only option with some of the limitations and conditions we had.  But I really do love them and like how it coordinates with the Pennsylvania blue stone we have in the front yard.

The landscape, I hope, will eventually look something like this with the boxwood hedge and Limelight hydrangeas spilling over:hydrangeasWe also installed around the pool Japanese maple trees, deodar cedars, Leyland cypresses for screening, laurel shrubs to hide fence and pool equipment, viburnum, and junipers to cover the hill that slopes down from the pool.  As always, the landscaping was a game changer for the whole area–softening it up in feel and color.  Now I am just impatient for it all to mature and hide that ugly fence!

Next week I hope to show you the finished daybed and progress on the buffet table.  Thank you for stopping by!  Check out the feature designers and guest participants as they finish week two.  Thank you, Linda, for hosting!


  1. Your yard is enormous! I love you choices for lounging and can’t wait to see this. Perfect timing.

  2. What a beautiful piece of property. I can just imagine the pool parties now! Loving all the black iron and metal. Best of luck on the continued transformation!

  3. Your hydrangeas are beautiful! I’m loving all your furniture choices, especially that custom daybed. This is going to be THE spot. Good luck & I can’t wait to see it finished.

  4. Selena says:

    All of this looks so great! My husband and I are planning a similar outdoor space and are trying to make our existing deck a waterproof shelter for our patio below. What underdeck system did y’all use?

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