Friday, June 24, 2011

Our Outdoor Room : CDLV Pergola

I know, you're all probably saying, FINALLY! I know I haven't been posting enough of my own work on the blog lately and I apologize, sincerely. I know it's trite, but I've been terribly busy with projects, volunteer committees, volunTOLD committees, and the house has unfortunately fallen to the bottom of the list. However, with our Garden Walk coming soon, I wanted to get out in the yard and do some necessary clean up. Of course, that's no fun! So what did I do? Well, style the pergola of course:





Would you believe that this table was only $14? Scott and I were out and about on Memorial Day, and heard that the local thrift store was having a 50% sale. We headed over, and there was this table - white with no top - half off from $9.99. I added this irregular piece of flagstone for $9.00 and voila.




Our backyard garden has a lot of yellow and white, and typically I go overboard with my annuals. This year, however, I decided to stay with the soft pinks and whites, so ferns mixed in with dragon wing begonias, white wax leaf begonia, and creeping jenny have taken over the pots in the yard and under the pergola. (More of the garden coming soon!)


Pretty nice, huh? I'm extremely happy with it considering it started out looking like this:


Yes, I'm serious! What do you think?

68 comments:

  1. Absoutely stunning! Everything is so lush and just sooooo romantic! Your sideboard is TDF...I can't believe you got such a great deal on it. Adding the piece of flagstone for the top was simply genius! You have it styled so beautifully....love those little birdies :o)Thanks for taking the time to share your wonderful garden with us!!!!
    ~Des

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  2. What? 14 bucks ?
    I clearly am living in the wrong state...looks wonderful Artie!

    xo kel

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  3. gorgeous, gorgeous photos Artie! I love all that you have done with this space- super impressed, just beautiful! It is all stunning!

    xojoan

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  4. Simply gorgeous patio. I look foreword to summer so much, so that I can entertain outdoors. Your patio seems perfect spot for entertaining.

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  5. Artie!! Can I come over for lemonade? The urn with the furn (poeticism) is fabulous. I love your thrift shop table. You are so creative.

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  6. Artie, this is wonderful. Some of your photos, especially the first one, look like scenes from a wonderful magazine. Such a cozy spot... would never want to leave. I'll have another glass of lemonade, please.
    Don't forget to slow down a bit and enjoy this lovely sanctuary this summer. Looking forward to seeing pics from the garden walk...wish I was close enough to attend!
    Susan

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  7. A beautiful set up. Thanks for your comment on my blog. :)
    Sydney - City and Suburbs

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  8. Wow! Your pergola turned out so nicely, Artie. I love all the plants around too and what a clever idea adding the flagstone on the $14 table. $14, really? Wow! I know you will really enjoy that new outdoor space....Christine

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  9. Looks very relaxing and inviting Artie!! Great job!

    Xoxo
    Karena

    Art by Karena

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  10. Beautiful styling. Thanks for dropping by glad I found your blog.
    Back toy our styling, really elegant and that table with flagstone is a piece.
    And the lemonade looks so refreshing too :)
    Will follow this wonderful blog

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  11. I'm so glad you showed the before so we all can realize how truly amazing it is!!!! Love everything you did out there! It is terrific! And how you styled it -- fantastic! But I especially like the back wall -- it gives it definition!

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  12. OMG!! Okay, you are in NY and I am in Pa. , when can Joe and I come up for lemonade??

    LOL!

    So nice to meet you and thanks so much for your sweet comment on my porch and patio. I am honored!

    How did I not know about your blog before?

    Your outdoor space is magnificent! I would die for a space like that if i had more room in my tiny back yard. Love the before pic. Shows what one can do , doesn't it?
    Love your blog. I will be following and thanks again for stopping by.

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  13. Oh - it looks beautiful!! What a wonderful outdoor space.

    Thanks for stopping by today!!

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  14. What a transformation! It's a lovely setting. I'd like to be sitting there enjoying that lemonade right now. Beautiful job!
    Claudia

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  15. Artie, it is amazing! I love everything you do, boy you got style!

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  16. Seein the before makes me appreciate even more what you accomplished. I can see your pergola being the spot for many a pleasant summer afternoon....morning or evening for that matter.
    Thanks for your visit. Do come again.

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  17. Seein the before makes me appreciate even more what you accomplished. I can see your pergola being the spot for many a pleasant summer afternoon....morning or evening for that matter.
    Thanks for your visit. Do come again.

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  18. This turned out most fabulous! I am delighted you told about your serving/buffet... the flagstone topper is amazing. Mind if I borrow that idea? What a total rags to riches transformation. I love that you wired it! Your talent really shines! Love it love it love it!!!! I have to acme back after I get back home and take it all in on the bigger screen. Wonderful! Many blessings marlis!

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  19. Now that's a huge improve from how it started out...very nice....

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  20. Oh I love it! Like you,I love annuals but I love what you did this year. The ferns are so summery and the pinks are gorgeous. The table...oh my what a bargain! Love the weathervane. Great job!!

    Thanks for visiting. We do enjoy our front porch so much. I drew the house plans and actually dsigned the inside around the porch.

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  21. Thanks for showing the before. It's great to see what can be done to simple spaces. Looks fab! Peggy from PA

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  22. This is gorgeous Artie! I love everything about it.

    Would love to have a table like yours for our patio.

    You did a fabulous job. You always do.

    Thanks so much for stopping by the Back Porch.

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  23. So glad I stopped by! Your blog is beautiful and I LOVE what you did with your pergola. From the mirror to the flowers to the brick floor.... great style! ....and thank you so much for visiting mine! -I'm new to the blogworld so every comment really makes a difference!!

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  24. Lovin' the brick floor, the washed out grays, the lush plants, the blue willow and carafe of lemonade, the candolier ~~~whew! I could go on forever. The place looks incredible and the hard work shows.
    Rhonda

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  25. Thanks for stopping by my little corner of OZ yesterday. You have given me so many ideas for our new deck. It is currently being built out of Trex. 18" long and 12" wide off our sunroom. The stonecrop is truly amazing growing like that---thank you for your comment. I'm now your newest follower.
    Ann

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  26. Hi Artie, what a nice surprise to see you had stopped by. I'm in love with your outdoor space.. You are kidding $14???? oh my gosh. I'm over the top with the table..love you added the piece of flagstone to the top, I'm going to keep my eyes open for one...it's a must have on the list. The richness of the ferns and the hanging lantern lend a timeless look.... looking forward to seeing more..don't be a stanger.... hugs ~lynne~

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  27. Artie!
    first thanks for stopping by and leaving such nice comments!
    am so glad you invited me over..
    Love the pergola!
    That is exactly what i am trying to do in our tiny side yard..
    your styling is just gorgeous!!
    I could spend HOURS just BEING there..awesome!!!!
    am now your latest follower!!!
    warmest sandy hugs..
    Loui♥

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  28. lovely use of the space in your backyard...it's a pretty oasis for fabulous dining and entertaining...or just relaxing...
    best,
    maureen

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  29. Beautiful! What a great place to sit and entertain! I would love to just sit there enjoy a margarita and a good book. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I hope you stop by often!

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  30. Are you kidding me? That gorgeous!! What an immense sense of satisfaction you must have after creating that from nothing. The table with the fieldstone top is genius. Genius!

    You'll, no doubt, be the talk of the garden walk! The Talk of the Walk!

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  31. What a difference....I just can't believe it! The table and chairs are so pretty, and I love all the pots and decorative items. Beautifully put together! Linda

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  32. Looks amazing.... can you tell me how you built it? I am trying to convince my husband that we can do this at our house but he is unsure of how to make it himself. Thanks!

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  33. What a gorgeous spot! Your photos are just wonderful. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  34. Beautiful. It's amazing what you have done with the area. It looks fabulous and your furniture and decor is stunning. Great eye candy and fabulous inspiration. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Marty

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  35. Wow! I'm definitely impressed! Your outdoor space is really lovely!

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  36. Very nice place. Good job! LG Tina

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  37. Thanks for stopping by my blog, My Old Historic House, and especially thanks for the nice comment. I am your newest follower and I love you new yard. looks like there is another person of the opposite sex on the blog. I was beginning to think I was the only one. Nice to meet you. Richard

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  38. This is fantastic! I had to scroll back to make sure you weren't s******g me! OOPS! me forgets I am a granny.
    This is stunning. I was admiring the brick terrace even before I saw the stack. Your plants are so lush an healthy and the table base and top, that was a steal.
    Thanks for visiting. I am your newest follower. I love your style. I am going to look around a bit. Hop back over and take a tour. Hugs, Ginger;)

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  39. Hi Art,
    Thanks for coming by to visit, I hadn't seen you in a long time! The before and after of your outdoor terrace is amazing! The place looks so inviting now... I even see an empty glass or two waiting for company. Very beautiful and relaxing setting for an outdoor meal or cocktails.
    I'lll keep my baby Dove post updated. We have kept the hatchlings alive now for 4 days.

    Rainey @ The Project Table

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  40. Everything is so lush and just so romantic! I'm definitely impressed!

    Silver MLM

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  41. oh my heavens! i would NEVER leave this place. I especially LOOOVE the brick!

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  42. I think your pergola is fabulous!!!!! And I am loving that stone top to that side table. I have been thinking of having a pergola built in an upper part of my garden. I want to move the large heavy table from my screened porch so it would enable me to put a smaller round table on the porch with an iron daybed. I love a sleeping porch and have wanted one for a long time but making changes on my existing porch has been a difficult dicision. I really got lots and lots of ideas from your pergola post. Thanks for visiting my blog.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

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  43. You are so amazing! This is stunning. I just want to come visit and enjoy it all in person. Truly beautiful!

    Nancy

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  44. Oh, it looks gorgeous. And a ginormous improvement. What are we drinking today??!

    Thanks for stopping by. You have a gorgeous blog. I will be back!! : )

    xo Terri

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  45. What an amazing space! Thanks for coming by my place. Blessings, Debbie

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  46. Your work is why I love to visit...and I love volunTOLD work. So much easier when someone else just tells you what to do!!

    Wish I lived closer so I would be able to visit your garden. What a good idea using a slab of stone for a table top in the garden! Perfect fit. Well done. ♥♫

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  47. Artie-I love it! With the heat and humidity of Florida at this time of year,this is when I miss living in NF.Your yard reminds me soooo much of the house I grew up in.But better!

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  48. this is what i like to see on garden walks. sadly in my little town garden tours seem to be all about the biggest and best type gardens. and not in a good way. i think they look like hotel gardens. it all looks lovely and welcoming. a perfect spot to sit and relax with friends. thank you for visiting and leaving such a sweet comment.

    xo
    janet

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  49. Wow the space is awesome! What a lot of work putting all that brick down- I do love the look!

    The thrifted table with flagstone is beautiful-

    certainly magazine worthy this space is!

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  50. What a gorgeous outdoor room!! I love the pergola and the lantern hanging above your outdoor dining room table is fabulous! The green on the walls and the mirror just make your space so warm and cozy! I could spend some serious time in a special place like this! Great job! Love your taste!! Thanks for the visit and the invite to your wonderful blog!!

    Miss Bloomers

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  51. Artie, Apparently my first attempt to follow didn't take. It is there now and I have your party button on my sidebar. Ginger :)

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  52. Hi, hopped over from another blog. We just put in a pergola so I had to take a peek. Very nice! I love the tennis rackets, and your table top. What a great idea. I just shared our pergola with the Blog party. Still needs a little tweaking, but we are loving it.

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  53. What product did you use to spray the table? Great job!!! Come and help me with my back yard. I am slowly making progress, but it has been a long haul.

    Kare

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  54. Outstanding Artie! Beautiful as usual. :-)
    **Tami

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  55. Looks fab, and what a difference from how the area looked before! Wow!

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  56. WOW! That really is a beautiful pergola! I am very impressed with all your hard work. I really like your table and chairs, the table setting, the blanket, the side tables, the ferns, all the little details, and the lemonade looks delicious! It's going to be a wonderful place to relax and enjoy especially during the summer. Your outdoor space is so inspiring and is motivating me to fix up mine too when I feel better. Congratulations on a job well done!

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  57. Hi Artie~ ~Beautiful job you did on the styling. It certainly is a lovely place to relax. Hope you are enjoying a great cup of coffee there right now. I have been outside for my tour of the garden to see what's blooming and pull a few weeds. I was delighted to see a few praying mantis. They are so unique. Do you have any in your garden? Love the last shot of the leftovers.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  58. Now that I can see it on a big screen.. even more wow. I love the old chicago (?) brick on the floor, the raised area for the plants, the tennis rackets are a good touch.. It's just perfect. I hope you get to enjoy this a bunch. Many blessings, marlis

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  59. Wow, that is a beautiful patio. So welcoming and inviting too. My favorite part is the candelabra, but I adore the use of florals and garden accents like the birds. I'm sure It's even better at night with a fire in the chimnea and all the candles lit as the sun sets. Thanks for sharing your new patio with us.

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  60. Love the pergola.......it's gorgeous! And the photos.....wow....felt like I was there in person. Thx for stopping by my blog. I'm one of your new followers. I hope you'll follow my new blog too!

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  61. Your pictures are very inspirational. I love mirrors outside!

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  62. Thank you for your visit to my blog and your kind comments! I LOVE how you've styled your pergola; it's gorgeous. I can hardly believe the "before" picture was the same space. We hope to be able to put in a patio and pergola next year at Le Beau Paon. I can't wait to see more pictures of your garden!

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  63. This is great pergola inspiration Artie! I love how you have staged it. I could totally see curtains hanging too!
    I'm in the process of gutting and redoing a client's backyard. Pergola, outdoor fireplace, outdoor kitchen, etc. I'm going to show them your post. It's just lovely.
    What a transformation! ~Delores

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  64. wow. have i ever seen this area finished before? i don't think so - wow. that is next to the garage, right? and what did you do with that door - close it up? omg - when did you add the pergola? i know you've been talking about redoing this space forever, but i haven't seen it before that i can recall and i would remember1!1 is this your first time showing it? it's fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

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  65. Oh my! This pergola is so romantic and magical. It definitely had a big transformation from being a backyard into a mesmerizing haven. 14 dollars for a table? Now that's a good find. And everything from the flagstone to the pots makes it homey yet captivating.


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