My Very Own Perfect Pergola – Reveal

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My new pergola. It’s been a while in the making. In fact it’s taken a year. We the BF started it last summer and then the cottage purchase went through and we had to down tools as you can imagine and concentrate on that instead. But now it’s finished and I have my own little bit of heaven in the back yard. If you think heaven’s too strong a word, let me tell you, that I have been dreaming of a shady place to sit outside for as long as I can remember. Even in the old house where I did at least have trees for shade, it was on my wishlist. And then moving to a new build with no garden at all, it became more of a necessity. Somewhere to retreat to when it’s too hot and stuffy to sit in the house. Somewhere to entertain guest in the summer. Just somewhere to sit with a drink for a quiet chat.

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We the BF did manage to get the deck behind the garage done last year, and that did get lots of use, but there was nowhere comfy to sit. So the plan was to create another, adjacent deck, with shade, comfortable seating and partial screening so that we had an element of privacy too. Most pergola kits are square and that wouldn’t have suited the proportions of the space, but in the end we purchased a ‘walkway’ kit instead. It’s designed to provide an arch over a path, but with a little adaptation it was the perfect shape. The deck was built underneath it, and we’ve used reed screening across the top and down the back to give us the shade and privacy we need. It doesn’t block out the sun entirely, but provides a lovely dappled effect. Eventually the climbers will grow and provide shade too, but for now it looks perfect.

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I chose a 3-seater Ikea sofa with black cushions and it’s really comfortable. Perfect for two, or three, or better still for one person lying down (not that I ever get much chance of that). There isn’t much room left for other furniture, so I bought a rustic wooden bench, that doubles as a coffee table and a place to put your feet up. A couple of Moroccan lanterns, some pretty solar fairy lights, some potted plants and we were almost finished.

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That was, until Wayfair suggested I might like to choose a few accessories to really finish it off.  I couldn’t resist the leaf print cushions. They lend an exotic air to the space that reminds me of summer holidays, and in the winter they can come into the house and remind me of holidays all year round. I also chose a zinc oval planter and serving tray. The planter is now full of herbs that not only look good but smell divine. And the tray is perfect for an indoor/outdoor role with it’s knotty rope handles. Lastly, I chose some faux pot plants. They help to add an even more tropical vibe around the sofa until I get my green fingers going, and again, they can come into the house later.

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And what great timing! The weather is looking very promising this week, so I’m looking forward to relaxing on that sofa, in the dappled shade, drink in hand, while someone else slaves over the hot coals of the barbecue.

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23 Comments

  1. Reply

    Maxine Brady

    July 24, 2016

    This is EXACTLY what I want to do in my garden to give me some privacy but without blocking sunlight. I’m sorry, but I’m going to steal this idea to the letter.

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      deardesigner

      July 25, 2016

      Haha, feel free Maxine. Glad you like it. 🙂

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    Stacey Sheppard

    July 23, 2016

    Carole, this is amazing. It’s one of the nicest little outdoor spots I’ve seen. Can your BF please come and recreate it in my garden? I love how you’ve used the reed screening. It adds privacy as well as shade, genius. I’m so jealous!

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      deardesigner

      July 25, 2016

      Thanks Stacey. I’m so pleased with it. 🙂

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    Jen

    July 22, 2016

    Wow Carole that looks stunning! Seriously good work must have taken some time, but it’s so worth it.

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      deardesigner

      July 23, 2016

      Thanks Jen. We’ve sure been making the most of it this past week. 🙂

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    Fiona Duffy

    July 21, 2016

    That is STUNNING. Good work BF! This has given me so many ideas for our new house/garden it’s unreal. Need to have a quiet place to drink tea and coffee al fresco 🙂

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      deardesigner

      July 21, 2016

      Glad you like it Fiona x

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    Fresh Design

    July 21, 2016

    It looks absolutely gorgeous, perfect for this weather and well worth waiting for! Well done to your BF!

    • Reply

      deardesigner

      July 21, 2016

      Thanks Rachel 🙂

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    Geraldine

    July 21, 2016

    It looks amazing. We have a narrow raised deck in our small garden. I would so love to have a shade built like that. Great job to the bf. 🙂

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      deardesigner

      July 21, 2016

      Thanks G. I’ll tell him you like it 🙂

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    karen - making spaces

    July 21, 2016

    I am soooo jealous. This looks divine. I can’t wait to be able to sort our outdoor space out properly once and for all, alas a loft extension awaits. 2017 is the year of the garden!!

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      deardesigner

      July 21, 2016

      Thanks Karen. I’ve waited a long time for it. A loft extension must take priority. 🙂

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    Karen Clough

    July 21, 2016

    It’s beautiful! It would fit effortlessly into a holiday resort, it looks amazing! Here’s hoping the good weather continues so you can enjoy it with a well deserved glass of bubbles! 🙂
    Karen x

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      deardesigner

      July 21, 2016

      Thanks Karen. Praise indeed! Have high expectations for this weekend. Bubbly in hand. 🙂

  9. Reply

    Lara Moore

    July 19, 2016

    An ideal spot for a glass (jug) of Pimms! It’s lovely, Carole – well done! 🙂

    -L

    • Reply

      deardesigner

      July 19, 2016

      Thanks Lara. I’m sure a few glasses (jugs) of Pimms will be consumed 🙂

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    Ivana Moschetti

    July 18, 2016

    Carole its lovely x

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      deardesigner

      July 18, 2016

      Thank you 🙂 x

  11. Reply

    deardesigner

    July 18, 2016

    Thanks Kimberly. I’m looking forward to seeing your reveal too. We can toast each other from our pergolas. Virtually anyway 🙂

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    Kate

    July 18, 2016

    Oh it looks wonderful Carole! V. jealous 😉

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      deardesigner

      July 18, 2016

      You can come over any time Kate. Take a day off. 🙂 x

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