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Hello friends!

I am so excited about today.  The lovely and talented Ursula of Home Made by Carmona has invited twenty four other bloggers to join her and share our gardens, backyards and patios.  If you’re like me and you live in a four seasons part of the country, you know how nice it is to have a bonus living space during warmer temps.  Not to mention it makes your view from inside your home that much prettier 😉

Welcome to my backyard tree deck

garden party tree deck patio tour The Striped House

My “tree deck” is a funny thing.  It’s literally inside the the branches of tree.  I didn’t even plant the tree.  It was a weed that I kept pulling out until one time it grew back so fast that it started to resemble a small tree.  Huh.  So I gave it a little while to see what it would do.  And I kid you not, a couple years later, I have a full size tree that grew around my deck.  My deck is elevated, so the branches start at about the floor of my deck.  It’s pretty cool.  I have to cut back the branches a lot, but that’s okay.  It’s worth it.  It gives me a ton of privacy and shade, which helps keep my kitchen cool when it’s 100 degrees outside (which is almost every day in the summer here).

There is a source list at the bottom in case you’re wondering where I found items 😉

Patio Tour My Backyard Tree Deck The Striped House


hanging topiaries over deck summer The Striped House

This is my view from my kitchen:

kitchen view of summer deck


plant gold pot summer deck The Striped House


backyard deck bench seating pillows The Striped House


backyard deck plant rug seating The Striped House


backyard patio tour trees eclectic summer The Striped House

Garden Party Tours - Rectangle Promo copy

Wanna see the best part of my tree deck?

At night, this place is like a firefly…

lights over deck night backyard The Striped House


night cafe lights over backyard The Striped House

About the lights:

Years ago I bought some basic cafe lights that had the standard dark green cord.  I bought three packs, so 30 bulbs total.  Here’s how I painted silver:

  • I took out all of the light bulbs.
  • Then I I tore up small pieces of paper towel and stuffed the sockets so I didn’t spray the inside.
  • I hung the lights on another tree in my yard that was far from the house, my deck, or anything else I didn’t want getting caught in the line fire from spray paint.
  • I took a can a metallic silver paint I found in my paint stash, and got to spraying.

TIP:  Don’t do it when it’s summer and 100 degrees out and so humid that it won’t dry.  I did this, and ended up having to move them into my laundry room to dry completely.  Rookie mistake.

You’re going to laugh when I tell you how I hung them.  They are attached to my gutter with extra large black binder clips.  I can hear my family shaking their head as they read this.  Hey, it works and I didn’t put any holes in anything.  Bonus:  it’s super easy to take down and put up each year.

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Garden Party Tour - Creative Outdoor Solutions

I hope you all enjoyed my backyard tree deck.  Be sure to check out these other amazing gardens, backyards and patios!  These ladies have such beautiful homes.  You can click on any of the images below to see their home.

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