Small deck refresh reveal day is here!

I can’t believe it’s finally here! It is reveal day for our small deck refresh with the Spring 2021 One Room Challenge. I am thrilled and excited to share our refreshed outdoor space with you. We LOVE how this one turned out!

If you are visiting from the One Room Challenge, welcome! I am very happy you are here. You can catch up with our progress from the past 8 weeks here:


This deck refresh was so necessary for our Airbnb. We completed the house last year during the Spring 2020 One Room Challenge, and business has exceeded our wildest expectations. The only space that wasn’t quite up to par was the outdoor space. To be honest, it was tired and dirty, with several minor repairs needed on the siding, trim, door, and porch. We knew we needed to roll up our sleeves and refresh this small deck.

Fast forward to today………our guests are LOVING the space now.

The refreshed deck is cozy, and we love that our guests can leave messages on the giant letterboard.

The blue door (Sherwin Williams Salty Dog) really pops against the cedar shake siding. Once I saw it completed, I knew we needed to add it to the porch’s ceiling, which turned out to be one of my favorite details.

Refreshed front door.
Cedar Shake siding on the porch.
Front Porch Updated with Cedar Shakes
Small Deck and Porch Refresh

Our goal here was to create a space for guests to hang out after a long day at the beach. Therefore, we needed a comfortable space to seat at least six and allow for some outdoor fun! The Ajna living outdoor wicker furniture was the perfect solution. It provides plenty of seating, is beautiful, comfortable, and is weather-resistant! We also added outdoor rugs (From WellWoven) and accessories, bringing the colors from inside the house to the outdoors and giving a cohesive feel to the entire space.

The living wall and letterboard have been a great place for our guests to snap selfies and leave us messages. People have been so creative!

Small deck refresh.
Small Deck Refresh
Living wall and letter board.

It’s turned into the perfect spot for an evening glass of wine and watching the sun go down.

It was also important to create a space for outdoor dining, and this dining set ended up being perfect as it expands to seat six.

Outdoor dining table.
The dining set seats six, and I love these practical (and comfy chairs)
Outdoor decor on a porch.

It is a small space, but I think we made it as usable as possible, and most importantly, the outside now feels as pretty as the inside of the house.

Outdoor deck refresh with cozy furniture and accessories.

Our guests have been using it for the last two weeks and have mentioned in their reviews how much they love it. For now, hubby and I are putting our feet up and celebrating another ORC wrap!

Airbnb Door Mat.
Door Mat for Airbnb

We are sending a BIG thank you to Linda and her team at the One Room Challenge and media sponsor Better Homes and Garden. This is such an amazing event, and I love all the love, support, and inspiration that surrounds this event each season.

And a HUGE thank you to the following sponsors whom I have loved working with! And @Madelynhphoto for the beautiful photographs.

The best part of this event….all the amazing inspiration! So grab a glass of wine and take a peek at all the amazing spaces the Designers and Guest Participants have created! I know what I will be doing this rainy weekend.


Until next time


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  1. Julia says:

    Hi Libbie. You have definitely found your calling!! Absolutely beautiful. Never heard back-any openings this summer? Julia

    • Libbie Burling says:

      Julia! Thank you for your kind words. I am so sorry, I looked at our calendar and was going to suggest Fall but I got distracted (life these days). I’ll PM you! xx

  2. Leen says:

    Libbie, you’ve out done yourself! Your outdoor space is beautiful, I love the way everything goes together without being matchy matchy. The letter board and living wall are such fun touches!

  3. Dee says:

    Libbie, You are a diamond my friend, absolutely sparkling and bright and I am amazed at your talent and how a fabulous everything turned out! What an awesome place to relax and enjoy yourself after being at the beach what a win win double win! 👏 You are fabulous and so is this space, you did an amazing awesome job! Love how the blog looks so professional and totally you XOXOXOXO

  4. Missy says:

    LOVE! I really love the Salty Dog blue door!

  5. Jayne says:

    Oh, I love how thisvturned out! The colours are fabulous abd the living wall looks amazing! Great job, put your feet up and enjoy it!

  6. Love everything you have done especially the ceiling

  7. Diane says:

    Wow! What a charming space! You two knocked it out of the park and I adore your letter board!

  8. Cindy says:

    This turned out beautifully. I love the ceiling. You did an amazing job! I’ll be over fir your charcuterie.

  9. Renae says:

    Gorgeous! I love all the details! Happy summer!

  10. Karen says:

    This is so nice! So bright and cheerful with the colors! A nice place to relax…

  11. Kim says:

    Absolutely beautiful space and I love that you and your husband are taking some time to enjoy it. You deserve it!!

  12. Sara says:

    Lovely transformation; your guest must love it!

  13. I really love how the covered porch turned out especially those beautiful shakes, I am in love with those! Great job!

  14. Maria says:

    What pretty deck, love what you picked.

  15. Doreen says:

    Absolutely gorgeous. Great job. I love it.

  16. This space is truly amazing! I love each and every detail! Thanks for all the inspo!!

  17. Danielle says:

    It looks just beautiful! I love the giant ledgie board you created-it’s so unique and makes such an impact!!!

    • Libbie Burling says:

      Thank you, Danielle!

      The letter board has turned out to be quite the hit! The guests come up with the cutest messages!

  18. jessje says:

    This outdoor space is beautiful and so inviting! I love the wicker couch and the letter board with the flowers is so creative and lovely! I am sure your guests will appreciate the space and outdoor dining! I love enjoying the outdoors while eating a meal.
    Have a great week!
    jess xx

  19. Wendy says:

    Hi Libbie,

    This is my first time to your blog. The deck re-do is stunning. You should be so proud.

    And you are gorgeous, girl!!


  20. Rosemary says:

    I love this, so relaxing looking. I wish I had a larger patio for a bit more decorating.

  21. Anita says:

    Wow, It all looks amazing. You did an awesome job. Your deck is more classy than my lounge. lol

  22. Cindy says:

    What a lovely space – I am sure your guests will love to spend time out there! That message board is so fun too!

  23. Joanne says:

    What a beautiful outdoor space!

  24. Michelle says:

    What a wonderful space you’ve created Libbie. That shake shingle ceiling looks amazing. Have a wonderful 4th of Jully!

    • Libbie Burling says:

      Thanks, Michelle!

      We are so excited to be finished and looking forward to our next One Room Challenge!

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  26. Clearissa says:

    Love this space. I know your guests really enjoy it. Nicely done. Thank you for sharing @omhgww. Great job. See you next week.

  27. Marie says:

    Wow! It turned out so good! Your guests must feel so relaxed in this space. You definitely deserve to kick up your feet.

  28. Your new outdoor space is spectacular!
    It is so comfy and inviting. Your guests are sure to enjoy spending time in this space!


  29. Grandma's says:

    Love it! I’ll be featuring you this week at the To Grandma’s house we go link party!

  30. CoCo says:

    Such a beautiful space to relax and unwind, Libbie! I love all the extra special touches you’ve added and the plant and letterboard wall is super creative. I know your guests will have tons of fun! Great job, CoCo

    • Libbie Burling says:


      Thank you so much for your kind words! Our guests LOVE the space, and the letterboard has been a huge hit. We love seeing the creative messages they leave for each other. After a few weeks of rest I am planning my Fall ORC! 🙂

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    this website with us so I came to look it over. I’m definitely loving the information. I’m bookmarking and will be tweeting this to my followers!

    Excellent blog and fantastic design and style.

  32. Meredith says:

    Hello just wanted to give you a quick heads
    up. The text in your post seem to be running off the screen in Chrome.
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