Deck Reveal 2018: Our House on The Hill

Welcome to our little oasis!  Last week, I shared a tour of our House on the Hill just before we moved in, and today I want to share our elevated deck, a.k.a. outside oasis.  We love the serenity, quiet view and country oasis our elevated deck offers.  To capitalize on that oasis, I have adapted it to fit a few of our needs, while sticking to a budget.  A very tight, budget.  You will discover during our reveal that most of the items we used to give it appeal and warm, cozy feelings are items we recently inherited, purchased second hand, received as gifts or had in our stash and cost us ZERO dollars.  How can you beat that?

During this reveal I will share how and why we created the space we have and share a few links to help you create your own.😀

I promise it was fairly simple and very inexpensive.

Let’s get started.  Shall we?

Here is a peek at the empty deck.  Yes, it was a brand new addition when we purchased our home last July, which I absolutely love because who doesn’t love fresh and new?  We added the hooks and nails, etc… over the last few months to make it our own.

It is quite long, as you can see.  I use it for a little bit of everything including crafting, transplanting, relaxing, hosting parties, airing laundry and various other daily tasks.  I also use it when I need to escape the house and count to 10. 😇 But please don’t tell anyone.

We began by simply adding our previously owned furniture.

We brought our glass table, rocking glider, Cinderella plant stand carriage, 3 pc wicker table and chairs.  My mother gifted me the settee from an estate sale across the street.  Can you believe it went for only $25 and it had never been outdoors?  It is in excellent shape!  The plants, owls, a few wind chimes, and the blue plant stand wagon were inherited from my late grandparents and were added just recently.

As you can see, it was useful but not too welcoming with only the bare furniture.  Factor in the huge struggle my daughters and I have with being exposed to direct sunlight and it falls a bit short at certain times of the day.  After searching online for ideas, I decided to add some color and removable sun protection with these gorgeous, sheer ombre curtains.

They are perfect for letting the light through while blocking the burning rays of the sun, not to mention save me from a few crow’s feet as a I squint at my nemesis, the sun.😎

Want to know how we made it work for less than $5 out of pocket?  Simple.  We adapted curtains we already owned by cutting and stitching them to fit the space.  Ours are shorter because our dog often hangs out on the deck and I did not want them to be her afternoon snack.  She may be 17 years old but she has the heart of a puppy and chews on everything. 


Then we purchased two plain, ordinary curtain rods mounted them to the inside of the deck (on the corner) and added the curtains, Voila!  An instant filter sun oasis.


Tip #1:  Use table cloth weights to keep the curtains from billowing too much.  They can be found at most stores with a lawn and garden department.  We purchased this set of 4 at our local Dollar Tree.


Tip #2:  Keep in mind, not all materials are compatible to storms.  We personally, remove our outdoor curtains and wind chimes during heavy winds.  It can turn brutal fairly quickly here in central Illinois.

Of course, I used my go to colors and carried them throughout the deck while sticking to our budget.  The wicker loveseat, came to me with this heavy, corduroy cushion on it.  BORING!


But thankfully an amazing friend took pity on me and came to my rescue, helping me create a removable slip cover from these gorgeous water resistant tablecloths.


She not only planned and created this masterpiece but helped create matching pillows and indoor curtains as well.  I bought every one of these tablecloths I could find on clearance.

After two years of hunting, I was too excited not to.  LOL  I am beyond picky when it comes to spending money- in case I haven’t mentioned that.  I also have had the first two table cloths since spring 2017 and kept them in storage, waiting for the perfect time to use.

She simply cut the tablecloth to fit around the cushion with room for stitching.  Stitched all but the back edge, added a some velcro to make it removable.  We made them removable because I plan to change the cover with the seasons.  I mean, who needs multiple cushions when you can wash, store and fold the cover so much easier.  She then adjusted the corners to match the round corner of the cushion and VIOLA!  We had a gorgeous new cushion cover.  I love it!  I couldn’t be happier.  It was a triple win day.  Not only did we create some beautiful pieces, we saved money and we were able to visit and catch up.


Deck TOur House on the Hill Removable Settee Cover USing VelcroWe also created these small reusable, thank God for velcro, toss pillows that I use both indoors and out.  We use them indoors when we aren’t on the deck because they are just too pretty not to enjoy.  And as I mentioned earlier, frugal is my middle name.  What do you think?  Are they gorgeous or what?

Deck Tour 2018 House on the Hill FInished Toss Pillows Aqua

The toss pillows were a bit more challenging because of the mandolin pattern and various size designs.  We wanted to make certain each pillow featured a mandolin in the center for focus and beauty.  With some time and effort we did just that, and I say we because I even managed to create one. 😮

If you look closely, the pillows have been sewn in a variety of ways, using both the envelope and sleeve method.  Both ways feature my all time favorite decor secret, sewn on velcro, so that just like the cushion cover I can change the pillow covers for the holidays and conserve space.

Deck 2018 House on the Hill Removable Pillow Covers for the Deck

It is so much easier to wash, dry and store the removable slip covers than it is to store 5 pillows.  Don’t ya think?

Deck Tour 2018 House on the Hill Removable Velcroes Deck Pillow Covers Easy to Store


I am sad to say, the chair cushions are over 3 years old and do not have removable slip covers BUT I do hope to create some in the next few months.

Deck Tour 2018 House on the Hill 3 Pc Wicker and Cushions Aqua

Isn’t the finished look amazing?

Deck Tour 2018 House on the Hill Complete Look in Aqua

The entire thing (not counting the previously owned furniture) cost approximately $39.00

  • Matching thread $2.00 -Walmart
  • Sewn in Velcro $3.00 -Walmart
  • Pillow Forms ( I only bought 3) $15 -Walmart
  • Tablecloths  $8 -Walmart
  • Curtains (2) $5 -Resale shop
  • Curtain Weights $1 -Dollar Tree
  • Curtain Rods (2)  $5.00 -Walmart

Of course the tablecloths and curtains were purchased long before the move, but I wanted to be fair when estimating a realistic cost for reproducing this look on a budget.

Want to know what we paid for the furniture we used as well?

  • Glass Umbrella Table $10 -Auction
  • Black Glider $0 -Inherited
  • 3 Pc Wicker Set $40 -Resale shop/Antique Store
  • Cinderella Plant Stand -Gifted
  • Blue Plant Stand & All Plants -Inherited

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Just for fun, here’s a few close ups our hanging decor and uninhibited view.  What happened to the sunkissed pig?  My girls brought him home from my grandmother’s estate in desperate need of a coat of paint.  Watermelon pink was what we had.  Isn’t he adorable?




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  • By Sherry, August 31, 2018 @ 8:41 am

    What a lovely spot! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  • By Tina Miller, August 31, 2018 @ 7:09 pm

    Thank you for hosting and allowing us the opportunity.

  • By Mother of 3, August 31, 2018 @ 6:21 pm

    What a lovely spot to relax and I just LOVE the color scheme!!

  • By Tina Miller, August 31, 2018 @ 7:09 pm

    Thank you. We do too.

  • By Jann Olson, September 4, 2018 @ 9:58 pm

    You have created a beautiful and welcoming space! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  • By Tina Miller, September 5, 2018 @ 3:57 pm

    Thank you Jann. We enjoy sharing and thank you for visiting. 🙂

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