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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Treehouse Deck with Adirondack Chairs

Thursday, September 1, 2016

A treehouse deck at the same level as the French doors opens the living room into the surrounding woods. The new deck beckons sitting for long hours under a ceiling fan watching nature, even when it is raining. 

Treehouse Deck with Adirondack Chairs 

By using chairs, a deck space is easily rearranged for just a couple or for a large crowd. Giving New Life to Old Adirondack Chairs and power washing folding wooden chairs gives a bright clean look to all the furniture. 

An old chippy blue painted box is the perfect size for a coffee table, and the box is convenient for storing supplies for the deck. Like the citronella candle in the blue bucket, extra pillows, a throw,... 

On either side of the French doors are a French-style metal plant stand and a glass-topped table with a Singer sewing machine iron base. 

Serving snacks and drinks is easy, easy, easy using the table. The coastal looking metal box on the treadle holds gardening gloves, some snippers, and a spare spray faucet to attach to a garden hose. When using the table for serving food and drinks, the box can hold extra napkins and glasses. Another possibility is using the metal box to serve iced-down bottles of drinks. 

Setting food and drinks, or your feet, on the chippy blue box are no cause for concern. The old weathered box will not be harmed, but will gain even more patina that adds to the relaxed atmosphere of outdoor living. 

Nothing new, except plants, was purchased to furnish or to decorate the new deck. Everything was either on the old deck or in the house... like the old blue box that was upstairs holding seasonal items. 

A coastal summer theme is easy to create with existing blue and white shell dishes, a starfish decorated glass, and a set of coastal bird decorated metal tins. 

The Adirondack chairs were refreshed with power washing, sanding, and painting. 

Surrounding woods, however, remind us that the deck is not on the beach, but is nestled on a country plot instead. 

Potted ivy plants receive rain water and sunlight because they are on the four-foot extension beyond the roof of the covered section of the deck. 

Trees surrounding the deck offer deep shade during the summer months, but will allow winter sunlight to warm the deck when they drop their leaves. 

The plants on the blue box and glass table will be rotated to sunnier areas periodically. 

While the overall look on the deck is coastal right now, there are still French country touches that will always be a part of any decor of our house, outside and inside. 

There is still the open area of the deck yet to be shared. 

We had rain for a solid week after the new deck was built, and more rain is forecast. So much rain is highly unusual for north Texas in August. We are enjoying the covered porch part of the deck in the rain, but the open area needs several sunny days before it can be pulled together. 

My Sanctuary

One day the sun will come back out. 


First Party date is Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 @ 4:00 p.m. 

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  1. Beautiful deck! Love those chairs ♥

  2. Hi lovely to find your blog this morning through Dore at Burlap Luxe, what a fabulous post....your decking area set in the woods must be a joy every day of your life. The way you've set everything up is so practical AND beautiful, the blue chippy coffee table is awesome. Have a wonderful weekend coming up:-)

  3. Using the wire fencing was perfect for the deck because it all blends in with nature. Great choice! Love that blue chippy box for a coffee table too. I hope you've had a great summer, Judith:)

  4. Oh Judith, how wonderful your project is completed and you're able to enjoy your tree house sanctuary. It is fabulous and you did a great job on those Adirondack chairs. I'm planning a screened in deck in the back and you've inspired me. I too plan to use things I already have to decorate with. We'll see how that goes. (Might need those white French pots though ;

  5. What a fabulous job! Everything looks so warm and inviting. How nice to be able to enjoy meals on your deck or just sit and enjoy the view. The Adirondack chairs are perfect for the deck area.

    Marilyn (in Dallas)

  6. OH MY GOODNESS, this is perfection, Judith! YOU MUST start loading some of these photos onto IG. You would be a hit. I had tagged you on IG to share a photo I took of a perfectly BLEU hydrangea. These photos are extremely well-done and please, please start up your IG!

    Enjoy this wonderful deck!

  7. Love it all. So inviting. I love to sit on a porch when it rains. So relaxing.

  8. I adore it. So wonderful. You will love it this fall.

  9. Your deck is absolutely beautiful. It is cozy and inviting like I could just wander out and sit in one of the Adirondack chairs while enjoying a cold beverage. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle.

  10. I would love having a deck like yours and your view too. Beautiful.
    Thanks for co-hosting Monday Social Blog Party. Looks like a lot of inspiration.
    Audrey Z.

  11. This is absolutely wonderful! I love how this deck incorporates summer elements in the form of those white armchairs. It’s also impressive, given how it utilized old items. Personally, it gave the space a really refreshing look. Now, I’m seriously considering on making this as my inspiration for my deck remodeling project. It’s got everything I ever wanted in a deck!


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