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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!


  1. Jenena - The Country TypeMay 25, 2017 at 12:37 PM

    I love it! Every single bit of it, from the barn to the pool house to the pool and especially the twinkle lights! Gorgeous space friend! I hope to one day have an old barn to restore and build a picnic shelter area onto for family & friends!
    Have a Blessed Memorial weekend!

  2. Could you possibly share what color white paint you used to paint the pool house? I love it!! Thanks!!!

  3. I stopped by to say I saw your lovely home on Home Bunch along with your even lovelier story:)

    I love my modest home and almost never see another home, no matter how pretty, that I would rather have - but I could take yours in a minute! I will be looking at your ideas to see if maybe I want to change a few things up after all.

    I have three (of four) children with learning disabilities and hearing problems and one of my friends has a daughter with DS. We are older and have traveled the road. How sad for those who do not know how blessed we are to have such beautiful children.

    God bless,


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