If you want to transform your terrace into a real outdoor living room, think of the virtual walls and ceilings. That’s the secret behind Stephanie Fisher’s absolutely gorgeous deck makeover.

Stephanie blogs about decoration and DIY on sequins and goat cheese. She participated in our Patio style Challenge, where we send Home Depot patio sets to some of the best decoration bloggers on the Internet. They then share their ideas for decorating terraces and terraces by creating attractive and comfortable outdoor spaces.

Stephanie told us that she would build a pergola on her rear deck. But we are overwhelmed by the way she has used this structure to completely transform her terrace into a charming place to entertain or just relax on hot summer evenings. Read on to see how she has created this extraordinary outdoor space.

When my husband and I started house hunting a few years ago, one of our strict requirements was a fenced yard with a terrace. We love being outside with our dog Macy-whether we’re following her around in circles, enjoying a cup of coffee or (my husband’s favorite) madness with the lawn. My dream was a cozy and welcoming terrace that would become an extension of our house.

Well, we found a house that met our needs, but our terrace has unfortunately been overlooked since we moved in. Thank God for the Home Depot–this year we finally have the outdoor lounge of our dreams!

Before this challenge in patio style, our outdoor area was in a sad state. The bridge itself was in good condition, but there was no structure in the room. One end held our barbecue, an old metal dining table sat in the middle and the other end housed two cheap sun loungers. One of our first goals was to create a living space with an adjacent pergola.

CONSTRUCTION OF THE PERGOLA

My husband has limited experience in outdoor construction, but we can make people, so we went for him! After gathering the advice of some parents and many Google searches, we set to work to remove the coating, assemble a large book, set up posts and fix beams with beam hangers and many screws and bolts.

One of our talented friends helped with the Ledger painting (which was certainly the hardest part), but my husband built the rest of the pergola with just me as an assistant.

I am so proud of him! In my opinion, the finished product is a work of art.

Never rushing through the details, my husband added notches and decorative accents to the beams and brackets with a jigsaw. To keep the project affordable, we used pressure treated wood. Once it is healed, we want stain, with the bridge!

In the meantime, however, the pergola, the first step in an amazing transformation.

THE DECORATION OF THE TERRACE

Of course, the key to any living room, outside or inside, is a set of comfortable furniture. We love the Hampton Bay Raynham 4-piece patio seating. It comes with two chairs, a love seat, a coffee table and four coordination cushions.

The pillows are of high quality and a fantastic pattern, but the indigo shade does not jibe with my color scheme, so I have sewn blankets for both squares. I keep the two lumbar cushions for our porch; the color fits perfectly to our night blue front door!

I also sewed bright blankets for a few extra pillows. The neutral cushions of the ensemble are a perfect canvas.

We love the clean and modern lines of the furniture. And as a bonus, it’s really convenient!

We love to put our feet up, so we bought the matching ottomans, too. They are also ideal for additional seating or for taking a beverage tablet when the coffee table is full of snacks.

I created the serving tray and the coasters that you see in the picture above. You can make this tray yourself. Take a look at my DIY tutorial for the fuchsia and Gold Tray and Boom Painted Coasters here on Home Depot Blog.

Because you can never have enough space to snack, I also made a small bronze side table with a pizza pan on top.

ADDING GREEN

Another aspect of my dream deck was an abundance of plants. I wanted our outdoor retreat to feel like a private garden.

I maybe went a little overboard with the green, however.

On our numerous trips to the Home Depot, I simply couldn’t stop selecting new plants that could be stacked on all available surfaces. I was out of control.

Some of my favorite tanks are The cobraco hanging baskets, which we have filled with alyssum, petunias, and creeping jenny, and the blue icy planters (here and here), the portulacaria afra, a selection of robust, succulents and snake plant are included.

But these were not enough, so I used an old saved picture frame to collect small hanging pots with ivy and ferns. I have a complete tutorial for this on my blog!

In total, we have more than 20 plants on our patio. Oops.

My husband thinks I’m crazy, but he has to admit that our outdoor living room is the perfect place to relax, read a book, take a nap or eat french fries and guac. Macy loves it too!

The finishing touch is the boom-painted chandelier and the lights of the world that we have lined up along the pergola and the railing of the bridge. They held our deck gatherings until after at night, and we love the magical feeling of sitting under a lighted awning.

We wondered if we should hang up the lights – the pergola was so beautiful alone-but I’m so glad we made it! Best decision ever.

Until now, as the weather slowly warms up, we have spent time on our bridge every day. We will not thank Home Depot enough for inviting us to the Patio Style Challenge.

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