What's that? A water table? Yes, yes it is. I'm sure it will be making more than one appearance here come summer. When it's in use, we pull it closer to the hose reel so the kids can fill it up themselves and have some nice water-play action happening in the semi-shade of the trellis. As a side note- I read in Real Simple about this hose reel, and it truly is the best one. It swings away from the wall and you can wind it back up, then fold it back against the house. We have three and they rock.
Best details? The copper flashing-turned-cap that is nicely patinad (see the green oxidation starting?) and really warms up the space. We had toyed with wood to cap off our deck walls, but they are so deep that we would have to join and mill a special piece, which would not be the best idea for waterproofing. The cedar shingles are fire-treated (a must-do here) and the railing is a clear cedar.
Now here is the trifecta for comfortable deck enjoyment: lighting, heat, and speakers. We have wall sconces and down lights in the trellis to light the space at night, an awesome electric heater than keeps us warm on autumn nights, and waterproof speakers tied into our stereo system (here ) so we can enjoy music outside. Or football. We haven't actually used the speakers for music yet, just for listening to the Superbowl (link) when we had a party and the weather was nice (don't hate me) so we barbecued outside.
*affilate links (hose reel) are for products I actually own:)
I link to these awesome parties:
Sunday: I Heart Naptime, Nifty Thrifty Things, Inspired Honeybee, Nest for LessMonday:Between Naps on the Porch, Sumo's Sweet Stuff, Thrifty Decor Chick, Alderberry Hill, Debbie Doo's, Home Stories A to Z, Home Savvy AtoZ Tuesday:Coastal Charm, Tip Junkie, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Carolyn's Homework, Made in a Day, Our Delightful Home, A Bowl Full of Lemons, Get Your Craft On, Kurtz Corner Wednesday: Savvy Southern Style, Mommy Solutions, Power of Paint, Newlyweds Recipe Linky, It's Overflowing, Southern Lovely Thursday: The Shabby Creek Cottage, Made in a Day, House of Hepworths, the 36th Avenue , Bloggeritaville Friday: Serenity Now, Tatertots and Jello, The Shabby Nest, Thirty Handmade Days, Addicted 2 Decorating, Funky Junk Interiors, Financial Friday, Furniture Friday, At the Picket Fence, The Rooster and the Hen