Outdoor Living Area Reveal

I’ve been waiting for over a month to post photos of our new pergola and outdoor living areas.  Unfortunately, the brick layers are not done with the outdoor fireplace.  I decided I’m tired of waiting.  I’m bringing you the reveal today.  Drum roll…

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I’m very pleased with how this space has turned out.  Now I wish I could show you a before photo.  I’ll have to put that on my to do list.  But for now, picture the entire slab of concrete by the pool completely empty for over a year.

I bought the pergola from Average Joe’s Pergola Depot. (Here I go again giving free advertising…way to go Shan, you should’ve asked for a discount or something)  They have the best prices on the web for pergolas.  The name of our pergola design is The Big Kahuna.  It still needs some stain.  The wood is cedar, but it’s already lightened up a bit since we bought it in May.

The black and white chevron rug (7′ 10″ x 10′ 10″) is from Ballard Designs.  The rug (indoor/outdoor) has held up beautifully.  We’ve had lots of rain this summer.  It still looks brand new.  I’m very happy with the quality.  Can’t wait to show this photo to the lovely people from Ballard Designs at Haven Conference this week!

The furniture came in a set from Lowe’s.  I wish I could have chose a color for the cushions.  I like the white cushions, yet they show dirt pretty easily.

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Here (above) you can see the full pergola and the partially done fireplace.  Sorry for the fence in the photo.  Whenever the fireplace is finished I will take a photo without the fence.  The fence normally goes around the entire pool.  We took part of it down for the 4th of July when we had friends over and haven’t put it back up yet.  I was happy to get a shot with the sunset in the background.

Now we have a sweet place to hang out with some shade.  What do you think?

Home brings joy,


  1. Cheryl Beaty says:

    It is lovely and I am so happy you have such a nice place for relaxation. You guys have such good tastes! I love you, Mom

  2. What a beautiful space! Love it and would be perfect for our family too. I’m showing my hubby :)
    Great job and can’t wait to see the finished fireplace. Have a great time at Haven…I’m so sad I couldn’t go, but hope to next year.

    Blessings to you,
    Andrea xxoo

  3. Awesome! Hopefully I can see it in person one day!

  4. Oh, I love this! And what a GORGEOUS view you have!!!

    Kristen from The Road to Domestication
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  5. Shannon – Your outdoor patio and pool looks amazing! It was so great meeting you at Haven!

    Becky B.
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  6. Wowza, I am in love with your pergola!! And well the whole area too. I will be following along to see that fireplace reveal. I had so much fun hanging out with you at Haven, you are just a sweet as can be :)

  7. LOVE IT! You are so talented! Come work on my backyard! :))
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  8. What a wonderful space for outdoor living at its finest! Well done and the pictures serve as great inspiration!
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