Dear Crissy

Outdoor Living Makeover: Can you guess which retailer?

Since moving into our home a couple years ago, we’ve been talking about the need to utilize our backyard deck space. I am somewhat embarrassed to admit this, but, while we have been threatening to purchase a grill for two years, we have always failed to do so! We’ve been too busy, or could put that money to better use, and so we continued to put it off and fantasize about the day when we actually make enjoying our outdoor living space a priority.

After you check out my before and after photos, I invite you to leave a comment with your guess as to which retailer I worked with for the project! What do you think?

Well, that day is finally here. It was definitely time for our family to start enjoying our outdoor living space, so when I was asked to participate in a backyard makeover project with a fabulous retailer, I quite literally jumped for joy. I’m pretty sure my husband jumped too!


Outdoor Living Makeover

Can you hear the crickets? Yes, our back deck was actually empty. Dirty, and empty. Well, OK, I did remove a couple of sticks that our dog had used as chew toys before shooting this photo, but otherwise, this is completely accurate. Ready for the after photos?


Outdoor Living Makeover

The most important part of our back deck transformation, was creating a comfortable space where our family can enjoy warm-weather dining outside! I am so thrilled when I think about the incredible meals my husband is going to prepare for us now!

Outdoor Living Makeover

We kept our makeover simple, but I am loving some of the details, so classy!

Outdoor Living Makeover

We also wanted to give Evan a special play area in the yard, since this is his first summer as a truly all-terrain kid.


I would love to hear what you think of my back deck makeover, and challenge you to guess which retailer I used for this project. What do you think? In just a couple days, I’ll be revealing where I purchased my backyard makeover items, and will be discussing how you can create the outdoor living space of your dreams, too!

Who is ready for a burger?

Disclosure: I was compensated for participation in this campaign. Thoughts and opinions, as always, are my own.

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  1. Brooke Moxley — May 2, 2011 @ 10:29 am (#)

    walmart’s my guess! :o)


  2. Christina — May 2, 2011 @ 10:32 am (#)

    Wow, it’s gorgeous. I’m guessing Sears. I love the table and cushions.
    Our deck looks much like your before, though we have a table (filthy because it was not put away for the winter) and a grill. It’s covered by our mature trees that basically poop all over the deck all spring long. We need to better utilize our deck space as well!


  3. Angela — May 2, 2011 @ 10:33 am (#)

    Home depot or Lowes??


  4. Naomi — May 2, 2011 @ 10:38 am (#)

    Your deck looks so much cozier! What a great view, I am sure you’ll be eating out there a lot this season…


  5. Crystal — May 2, 2011 @ 10:39 am (#)

    Well Meijer has a campaign going on right now that you can buy all this stuff there. So that is my guess. Hope I’m right. I Love it, looks great!


  6. Angel — May 2, 2011 @ 10:47 am (#)

    Hmmm I am gonna say Lowes or Meijer.. but I love it. I have tons of space and woudl love to have a grill area for us. We want to dig a fire pit and he drools over grills. I would love that patio set it is too cute and looks so comfy


  7. Carrie — May 2, 2011 @ 11:08 am (#)

    Considering some of your previous posts I’d guess Sears.

    I love the table and chairs. We could use a new set…or at least some new cushions! The curse of having 2 young children is having stains galore on your cushions


  8. JulieD — May 2, 2011 @ 11:10 am (#)

    It’s beautiful, Crissy! I love it!!!! You should check out the grilling recipes I have on my site…I know you would love them. I can’t wait to hear about what your husband grills up. :)


  9. Christine Roeske — May 2, 2011 @ 11:11 am (#)

    Since someone else guessed Home Depot/Lowe’s, I’ll go with Target.


  10. Lindsay — May 2, 2011 @ 11:18 am (#)

    This is really a gorgeous back deck! I’m guessing Sears – the grill and patio set look like some that I’ve seen there.


  11. Jennifer M — May 2, 2011 @ 11:39 am (#)

    It looks great! My guess is Target.


  12. Tricia — May 2, 2011 @ 11:51 am (#)

    Your backyard looks lovely! Sears. For sure. Oh, and I’m ready for a burger. ;)



  13. Katja of Skimbaco — May 2, 2011 @ 12:13 pm (#)

    Love it! I bought the same lanterns and I almost bought the same dining set to my makeover as well. The colors are identical in mine and I also did a deck makeover :)


  14. lisa — May 2, 2011 @ 12:28 pm (#)

    Sears? Perhaps, Lowes? Don’t know, but, I’m envious! Looks GREAT!!!


  15. Stacie @ The Divine Miss Mommy — May 2, 2011 @ 1:04 pm (#)

    Wow! It turned out great. Your patio looks amazing!!


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you are beautiful. hope to see you soon!