A fast-talking, plaid-obsessed designer overhauls his lackluster mountain house entry deck using lots of black, lots of plants and lots of modern.
Can we talk about what a hot mess the closing sequence of the original Flintstones cartoon was? That clusterf@ck of inconsistencies left me hella-angry and super confused. Why? Well, out of nowhere, Fred and Wilma are riding around town with a saber-toothed pet cat named Baby Puss, a character who never even appears in any episodes, but shows up for the entire closing theme song, stealing thunder from the hard-working lead characters. Um, that’s like totally unfair to the entire cast, right? To add insult to Bedrock injury, Baby Puss then locks Fred out of the house, rendering him homeless for the night, screaming at the top of his lungs for Wilma to save him. Yeah, totally pointless because there are two open windows, one on each side of the front door that he could have easily crawled through, then spent the night inside the house with his pearl-clutching, paleolithic wife. What’s my point? I don’t know, but perhaps I should have spent more of my youth playing soccer and less time worrying about Fred Flintstone’s escape tactics.
When I bought my north Georgia mountain house, something I’d dreamed of as a kid, I knew I needed to give it some sort of grand exterior entry. Since it’s the first thing people see as they step foot onto the property, I wanted it to be architectural and welcoming. So instead of tossing down a welcome mat and a couple of plants, my team and I completely transformed the area into a quaint, covered spot to wine and dine outdoors. Using a bag of tricks filled with things like black exterior paint, industrial lighting, a new pergola, widened steps, and stackable and modular furnishings from Hayneedle, here’s how we gave new purpose to the previously pitiful space. And when I say we, I mean everyone else except me because I was inside watching Flintstones on YouTube.
The entire project took about a week and a half to complete and, for the most part, went super smoothly. Well, except for when my non-English speaking painters blew a tire on the edge of a cliff across the valley and called me with only 2% left on their iPhone battery as the sun went down, saying something I didn’t understand but luckily my neighbor did. So, there’s that. Also, to put a gravel-covered area in the front of the house to good use, we outfitted it with adirondack rockers and a fire pit. This is remarkably brave of me since I’m terrified of fire. Like, most of the time I don’t even use my heater during the cold-ass winter months because I’m scared. Oh, and then I added a small serving area up on the deck which you can see in this next photo along with a cute little story.
Get a complete rundown of the project and links to all of the stuff HERE.