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One Room Challenge, Week 6: The Big Reveal

How are you all? I am so so so excited today for the big reveal! But first if you are new to the One Room Challenge you catch up with the previous posts here: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5. You can also check out our host, Linda at Calling It Home. for all the details of the challenge.

Thanks so much Linda for creating and hosting this fun event, giving me a reason to get off my you know what and create this space for our family :)

Check out all of the linking participant reveals today here!!! They are incredible!


So, this is the moment y’all I’ve been waiting for! I am going to show you lots of finished pictures today and I will start posting details of all the DIY projects next week!

I can’t contain my excitement any longer so here goes: The Hogan Family Dreamy Deck


I am so thrilled about how it turned out!


After I started the challenge and revealed my plan I kept seeing an image from Target’s Instagram feed and commercials that captured me.

Although the setup is different I wanted our deck to feel dreamy, just like this picture. A place you never want to leave, that you can fall asleep on at a moments notice.


{via Target Style Instagram Feed – I can’t find a link}

After seeing this I knew I had to have the canopy lights and tiki torches.


I may have climbed a tree…twice…to get the lights hung! Hey, you do what’cha gotta do, right?


The furniture I found is a little large for the space but it is so plush and comfy. Once all put together I think the gathering area feels very cozy.


I actually decided to move the grill off of the deck onto part of the old concrete pad to avoid it being too crowded. I can move it back in the winter time if necessary.

Where the grill was I created a DIY herb garden out of quart-sized paint cans, leftover pallet boards and dock cleats for hanging to give that nautical vibe I was looking for!


I was going to hang the cans along the deck rails or posts but then I realized there was just too much going on so my creative mom had this brilliant idea!



Below is the stump table and the watering can for the herbs.


Little man and I had a fun time picking which herb we wanted to plant. He chose peppermint:



I love the accessories from Target, Home Depot and HomeGoods!  I ended up with a little more color than in my original design plan but I really like it.

The navy, aqua and coral together make me happy!



Fresh fruit and flowers make the deck come alive with spring!




This is the best pic of Little Man I could get but I think it shows his excitement {about eating food on the deck}!

The pouf {aka bean bag, jumping bag} is his favorite part and he loves to call it a pouf!


Darth Vader even found a spot to call his own.


Furby also approves!


I can’t wait to sit in my cozy chair and read as I watch kiddos play in the back yard.

I also finally found a need for a magnifying glass! This anchor one was only $7.99 from HomeGoods!


And finally, the icing on the cake, the DIY marquee anchor! I love it so much and it really highlights the beverage cooler!

We had a real lighting dilemma and I just couldn’t find the right light for under the awning….so we just hardwired the anchor and I’m using that for our light :)



Gathering with friends and family is the reason I wanted this space so much and I have a feeling we’ll be out here all the time!




So I hope you all have enjoyed the the last six weeks! It has been an incredible challenge, so much more than I expected but I’m so happy it’s done. And now it’s  time to cross off #15 on the to do list: PARTAY!

I can’t wait to have friends and family over to enjoy these spring nights. Oh, and little man loves it too!

On that note, I’m taking a couple days off!!!!!!

Have an awesome weekend and Mother’s Day to all the mommies!


Remodelaholic // Classy Clutter // Dream A Little Bigger




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  2. I absolutely LOVE this! It looks so cozy and inviting— I think I would live out there all summer. We are renting this year, and just have a tiny porch, but when we are back in a house I’d love to create a magical space like this. So glad I found your blog and can’t wait to see more!

  3. I absolutely love your new space! I’m sure you’ll be spending a lot of time out there this summer and fall! Besides the canopy of lights and hanging herb garden I think my favorite is the Anchor light! Great Reveal!

    Leelee @paperbagstyling

  4. It looks absolutely incredible – love your color choices and the nautical touches… all so pretty and a fabulous space to spend time. Found you through your feature at Lump it or Link it and now I am off to do some serious pinning and explore your blog!!
    ~Krista from The Happy Housie

  5. Okay I finally got my room done and linked so now I can take a look at everyone’s pretty after photos! I can’t get over this deck!!! What a perfect party place…I’ll take a Summer Shandy, please! Wow, I love it all, the herb wall garden the accessories and colors, your little man, the beverage cooler and that anchor (#$%^^@!)!!!! You totally achieved that target look..so worth climbing some trees. Well done!

  6. Holy moly! Your backyard patio turned out SO adorable!!! I just love the herbs along your house on the wood planks. Thank you for sharing at our link it or lump it party!

  7. Unbelievable! Just incredible. I love this deck and would spend my entire time on it. The plant buckets, lighting, beverage cart….all of it. So good. Of course your son is the perfect photo-bomber. Great job.

  8. I absolutely love this outdoor space!!! What an inspiration! I can’t wait to do something with my back porch! I’m so going to try to get a beverage cart like yours! This space really creates a mood – a good mood!

  9. Summer, you did an amazing job! I’m so inspired right now! That feeling you were going for, well girl, you achieved it! haha Great blog you have! Jen

  10. Summer,
    You are “simply” amazing! The deck is beautiful. I can’t wait for an invite to see it in person. XOXO.

  11. Summer, first and foremost your “Little Man” and Furby are just adorable and their expression says it all, FAB FUN space! As a wedding and event planner I love a festive space to hang out or PARTAY! Bravo on a job well done! You know I love coral and blue and I agree the different shades make this a fun, festive and inviting place for family and friends! The DIY DIY marquee anchor might be my FAV DIY accessory! I’ve never seen anything like it! What a creative way to have an herb garden and have inspired me for our outdoor space. It’s truly been a delight participating in ORC with you!

  12. Summer, you knocked this one out of the park! Love the colors that you chose and your fun nautical theme (that anchor light is awesome) and climbing that tree was definitely worth it – the draped lights are so cool! Would also love to steal your idea on the hanging herb buckets – that is the cutest! I’m sure you’ll spend a ton of time out there this summer – enjoy!

  13. You did such an amazing job! I’m so inspired, we are redoing our backyard soon. I’m glad I found you, you rock!

  14. There is nothing I love more than an outdoor space. I try to soak up every minute of the summer on our deck and with girlfriends … love what you have created!! xo

  15. Such a beautiful outdoor space. I just love it at night with the lights overhead. I had to do a double take when I saw the darth vader picture. Lol. Adorable. Enjoy!

  16. Summer it’s FABULOUS!! I love it all and seriously am I dying to copy your absolutely darling herb garden from paint cans!! Congrats, you kicked butt!

  17. OMG Summer. I LOVE it. It’s so dreamy and romantic indeed. But also a place to have a kickass, raucous party. That red cart thing is awesome. Also, why do you look so pretty climbing into a tree? That’s just not fair. Great job, it’s been so fun doing this together.

  18. Love…love your space! It is so creative and fresh. I want to hang out and have a glass of wine and another thing….I am also dying for some of those lights!

  19. i want to come over! it all looks so comfortable, inviting, and AWESOME!!!!! love the anchor and the stumps, and the colors, oh and the cans! ok all of it.

  20. Summer I am getting in my car right now to come party with you on your new porch! I LOVE it!!! Those strung lights are killer and it is all just so fresh and comfortable and stylish–STELLAR job! (“Stellar” seemed appropriate here!) And the photo of you climbing the tree and the one of Darth Vader passed out in the pouf? Amazing. Thank you for those. Cannot wait to see more of you guys enjoying your fabulous new space throughout the summer!!!

  21. Wish I could come and hang out on your deck! Looks so great! Those twinkle lights, the fun anchor, the red beverage cart, all of it is so fun. I’m sure you’re going to spend many occasions out there. Well done!

  22. Wow, Summer! It turned out awesome! I love that you’ve already been able to get out there and enjoy it, and I wish I could stop by for a drink! All the details are perfect, but the hardwired anchor light might be my favorite!

  23. Such a lovely space! All the colors and patterns work together so well. I loved following along each week : ]

  24. What an absolutely awesome space!! I love the colors and I really love the lights!! I would love to have this in my back yard! Great job :)

  25. It looks so amazing Summer!!!! All your hard work sure paid off! You deserve to take some time off, relax and enjoy your space!!!!

  26. OH MY GOSH!! Summer, this turned out so amazing, I know you worked incredibly hard on it and it was so worth it!! You incorporated so many great details and the overall look is fresh and stylish and FUN!! Wish I were one of your guests sitting there to enjoy it with you! BIG Congrats!!

  27. This is absolutely gorgeous! I love the subtle mix of colors and the cozy vibe you created! SOOO cute and perfect for summer nights!

  28. Summer!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!!!! Now you have me wishing I spent the ORC making my deck awesome! Please come back and post all about the details, I am dying over here! The vertical herb wall is one of my favorite parts – the cleats and the cans, so so so cool. The red cooler, light!, your new furniture, the string lights – I love it all!!!!!! What a great place to hang out with friends and family, ENJOY it!

  29. Love your deck! Your string lights and that marquee anchor is fab! You are going to host some great parties out there.

  30. So much to Pin here! I love everything about this space. Now that the one room challenge is over, we are moving on to our outdoor spaces so I am so happy for the inspiration. Beautiful job!

  31. Wow wow wow! I love your deck and this has definitely been one of my favourite “rooms” to follow! Looks like something out of a magazine! I love all your accessories and the canopy lights make all the difference…looks so cozy. Congrats girl!

  32. I’m dying!!!! I love everything…and I knew the anchor would have my heart….but omg the herb garden! Stop it with that cuteness!!!! Just a reminder that I’ve already invite myself over ;)

  33. You are so awesome. I love how your plan is now a reality. You give those of us with 50,000 Projects, hope. Love the space. Can’t wait to hang out there!

  34. Looks Awesome!!!!! I love it. I saw that anchor with lights, and had it in my hand, and thought…. no, I wont use it…. LOVE IT!

    Tell little man that is BIG Darth Vader.


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