Flynnside Out and Hayneedle transform a creepy covered deck into a colorful and cozy outdoor lounge.
Written, produced, designed, directed and styled by Brian Patrick Flynn with photography by Sarah Dorio
In the summer of 1988, I started sleeping in the doorway of my childhood bedroom after having watched Nightmare on Elm Street with my much-braver-than-me buddies. It was that mind-numbing song that did me in, “One two, Freddy’s comin’ for you. Three, four, better lock your door. Five, six, get a crucifix.” Worst. Song. Ever. Since watching the slumber-related murderfest and getting its song stuck in my head, horror movies have been voted off my moving-watching island forever, instead replaced with female-oriented melodramas like the The Hours or Mildred Pierce. But when I bought my mountain house in the north Georgia mountains, that damn Freddy Krueger song made its way back into my head, all because of its stabby first floor deck and its soul-sucking style.
After closing on the house and putting together a remodeling schedule, it was imperative I have an outdoor space to escape the chaos going on inside, one where I could have the creature comforts of an indoor room while forgetting about drywall dust and multiple parts missing from nearly every piece of packaging. Determined to put the damn Freddy Krueger song to bed forever, I reclaimed the first floor deck back from the darkside as part of a partnership with Hayneedle. With a heavy dose of color and some clever space planning, take a look at how I turned a nightmare into a daydream. One where I can fall asleep and not worry about murdery men in striped shirts who have knives as fingers.
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