our magpie

our magpie

Thursday, May 25, 2017

twinkle lights, cool air and pretty shade from overstock.com

hi sweet friends! i wanted to share a few more fun details happening with the pool slash pool house slash barn porch:) not sure if you can tell in pictures that i have shared (probably not because most are quite cropped in because well, everything is far from finished) that the pool house attaches to the barn, and the pool deck attaches to the barn porch. when the whole pool dream started, at first i was kinda dissapointed that the pool had to be kind of far from the house. this decision was made for us by codes, the pool had to be so many feet from the septic system (country life;)...but now i am actually happy it worked out that way. i love the view of the pool and the view while you are in the pool..just that it is out there on it's own...kinda like a pond, which i love! soooo, all this to get to that i also love that it is by the barn to be able to use the barn porch (that we added on to the 100 year old barn almost 8 years ago). have i lost you yet? so 100 year old barn we restored 10 years ago, attached to 8 year old barn porch attached to new pool house...all connected and all now part of our 'pool party zone'. just another example of how His plan is always so much better than our plan! so since the barn porch is attached to the pool deck (as in a few feet from the chaise lounge chairs), i know it will get lots and lots of use this summer. so i started on the hunt for the perfect fan. to cool down the porch when we are all melting come august. so after lots to time online if found the perfect fan. the look i wanted and great reviews on the function...perfect combination. it is from overstock.com....so you can click HERE to go and check out any of their other great products...they have about a million ;) isn't it pretty? it rotates 360 degrees to get some major air moving...which is what we will need out here. it is the fanimation extroidinaire and you can go and check it out by clicking HERE
it may be bit hard to tell in the photo, but it is one of the largest oscillating ceiling mounted fans i could find. the barn porch ceiling in the peak is 12 feet...so we needed it pretty powerful, and this one does the job (insert thumbs up)! and do you see the pretty string lights? they are also from overstock.com. i had some smaller bulb string lights up before, some had stopped working and they just didn't put off as much light as i wanted, so i had been dreaming of the more industrial lights with the larger bulb for a while. and i am in love with the way they look and the light that they put off!
we put some on the barn porch and then used one strand to the right side of the pool house....the strands are 48 feet long, which is almost twice as long as our old lights.... which i also love!
they look so pretty right at dusk....
twinkle lights=magic
you can find the vintage clear bulb retro light at overstock.com by clicking HERE
and the last of the refresh is our new umbrella from overstock.com....what is it that is so pretty about a white umbrella against a blue sky? just magical i tell you....
i went with the canvas commercial grade 9 foot aluminum umbrella with stand that you can see at overstock.com by clicking HERE. we have had a few umbrellas in the past...that were not the sunbrella fabric and that were not the aluminum poles...and by the end of the season the canvas fabric was covered in mildew and a couple times a good storm broke the wood poles right in half....so i am so excited about the weather resistant fabric and the aluminum pole(insert lady in red dance dancing;). i just wanted an umbrella that was beautiful and worry free...and this one definitely fits the bill!
spring is the perfect time to refresh your outdoor space, and OVERSTOCK.COM has everything you need for warm weather entertaining...and they have HUGE MEMORIAL DAY SALE going on through may 29th! so extra savings, free shipping and their club o rewards program where you can earn 5% in rewards on every purchase that can be saved and used towards later purchases...lots of reasons to get your outdoor spaces ready to enjoy, right? hope you sweet friends enjoyed the update, and can't wait to share more soon! today is the first day all of my girls are home for summer break (insert praise hands) and we can't wait to spend pretty much everyday and night enjoying our time in or near the pool! ******this post was sponsored by OVERSTOCK.COM, but all of the opinions shared are my own. i only pick and share things i truly love for our home and know that you sweet friends would love too!

Monday, May 22, 2017

pool house progress, pillows and teak

hi sweet friends! i can't believe I've been away so long, but we've been busy trying to get a pool and pool house ready! and i can't believe it is already the middle (okay actually kinda middle-ish to end-ish;) of may! we have only three days of school left and only five days until memorial weekend starts...which means non-stop pool time! the pool house is still a work in progress, but i had to share the side that is totally finished, the front! well actually not totally finished...we still have to cut the faces off brick left over from the house to attach to the foundation. and build a brick step. and landscape to the right side. so i guess saying the front is finished may be used a little loosely;)...but it trimmed out and painted and caulked and has doors and door handles and cute lights and beautiful new chairs from joss and main and pretty pillows from dash and albert...so i had to share! i mean...all the heart eyes friends! we wish we had made it a tiny bit bigger (the bathroom is kinda tight) and i wish we had a tiny bit more concrete to walk around the chairs...but we were trying to stay within a budget. and i LOVE they way it turned out! my sweet hubby and i sketched out what i had in mind...i just knew it had to have a cute little two window dormer, to be white board and batten and have a galvanized metal roof. and then he came up with the amazing idea of adding to the breezeway that wraps around which upped the cute factor by like 5 times at least! and i will share more pics of all of that when it is finished and i don't have to crop it out ;) so basically we made up our own plan that ended up being 10' by 12', which is pretty small compared to lots of pool houses out there, but i think it is just the cutest. and while i am painting, i still look at it and out at the pool and can't believe it is actually ours! we have dreamed about it for so long and feel so very blessed that the dream is now real! and on to some of the pretty details that are just enough motivation to keep me caulking and painting! how gorgeous are the new teak chaise lounge chairs?! (and let's just pretend we don't see that ladder on the roof that I'm still using to paint and hated to have jeffrey take it down just for the picture;) they are joss and main, which you can visit by clicking HERE. joss and main has so many gorgeous outdoor furniture options, i knew i wanted the look of wood, and knew i wanted maintenance free. after much research, i knew we needed to go with teak. we have had some wood furniture in the past that wasn't teak, and it had to be oiled every year or it started to look bad. but after reading lots of comments and reviews on teak, you can never do anything and it just turns a gorgeous gray. which i am totally fine with. i think the gray weathered look will be beautiful. and i love love love the idea of not having to oil or wood condition every year. and how pretty is the shape of the chair?! it is the starboard chaise lounge which you can view by clicking HERE and joss and main had the best price! we may eventually do a cushion, but they are so pretty i hate to cover them up! and i kinda like the way the air circulates through the chair...so for now just really pretty throw pillows for your head are working perfectly! oh and LOVE that it has wheels! we had this on our list of things we wanted and can already tell that it is a must if you are going to be moving the chairs around at all...so much easier than trying to drag a chair around or having to get a friend to help you pick it up and move it...so yes to wheels on chaise lounge chairs! (insert thumbs up:) the throw pillows are indoor/outdoor pillows from dash and albert, you can go and check out all of their gorgeous fabric choices by clicking HERE i wanted a pillow that i didn't have to worry about the sun fading it or wet heads laying on it and causing mildew...but was having a hard time finding an outdoor pillow fabric that i loved...until these! they are part of the fresh american line and i went with the crystal denim/white and the lexington white/denim on the lounge chairs. and then mixed in couple more patterns on the sofa and chairs on the porch that i will share soon! i mean how gorgeous is that for an outdoor pillow?! and i love that they are so big! they are 22" square, which was larger than any other outdoor pillows i found while researching...and bigger is always better with a pillow right? so some really zoomed in shots to share progress, but there is still quite a bit to be done. but when i look at pics from a few months ago, it makes me feel really good about how far we have come...as my daddy says, 'how do you eat an elephant? one bite at a time.' so here is to a few more bites to go and to having a really big appetite over the next few weeks to get it done! and then i'll be back to share more progress! thank you sweet friends for being a part of our journey (insert heart here;) pool house color ---sherwin william alabaster teak chaise lounge chair ---starboard chaise lounge from JOSS AND MAIN beautiful indoor/outdoor pillows ----DASH AND ALBERT