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Happy 150th! Decorating for Canada Day + Frozen Flag Cocktails

Canada Flag Frozen Cocktails | Canada Day Party Decorating | House by the Bay Design

Are you doing anything special to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday this year? Canada Day long weekend will be extra special because we’ll be hosting an epic family birthday party for the five of us with birthdays between June 1 and August 1. We’ll be celebrating in the backyard with family and some appropriately grown-up cocktails before heading to the […] Read more…

DIY Stone Flowerbeds

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I am so excited to share one of my favourite DIY projects, our raised stone flowerbeds. These were a weekend project that made a huge impact in our backyard.  Chris and I had talked about adding some raised flowerbeds along our back fence after we built the second deck (now referred to as “mini deck”). Because […] Read more…

Affordable Patio Sets

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So I’m walking through Home Depot and I come across this gorgeous patio set: And I get thinking…a new deck deserves new furniture right? well maybe…if it’s a good deal…but you know what? It’s $2500. Whaa? Gorgeous, but totally not in my budget for patio furniture. While I would really like a new set that […] Read more…

How to Build a Floating Deck

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If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen that Chris and I build a little floating deck back in June. In case you’re thinking of building your own floating deck I’ve put together all the details on how we did it in one weekend. I hope you find this helpful and don’t forget to […] Read more…

Deck Building Tips

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We’re in full deck building mode this weekend building a floating deck in a previously unused corner of our yard. We loved building our first deck and definitely learnt a lot. Are you thinking of building a deck but have no idea where to start? I feel ya. Here are some tips I hope will […] Read more…

Deck Stained & Sealed

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When we built our deck last year it was pretty late in the season so we decided to wait until this summer to put a water seal on the wood. Turns out it was the right decision because apparently you should let the wood “breathe” for a year before applying any sort of stain or […] Read more…