Outdoor Living Room + Deck Update at Hathorn Hall

An upcycled art piece that the hubby and I made for the new outdoor living room. Stay tuned to find out what this "HOME" sign is hiding.

An upcycled art piece that the hubby and I made for the new outdoor living room. Stay tuned to find out what this “HOME” sign is hiding + what we used to make it.

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from home renovation projects + tips to random road trips. Today on the blog, I am giving a quick update on the new outdoor living room project + showing off what I wore to a meeting (I am taking a little inspiration from my daughter’s blog.)

I have had so many asking and emailing about what is happening with the new deck that I decided to get out there and snap a few photos with my Samsung Galaxy S5–because I am not cool enough for the S6 *wink* It is not that I haven’t wanted to give y’all an update. Bless! Between travels and the weather, there has not been an opportunity to finish the deck or to take nice photos.

Outside view of the deck walls--before the paint.

Outside view of the deck walls–before the paint.

When I got home this afternoon, the sun was shining brightly; and I immediately whipped out my phone and got y’all a few photos. Please excuse all the shadows and such. Y’all know that I am not a professional *wink*

The walls are painted and the floors are stained. Waiting on a few dry days so we can seal the cedar shakes on the columns. Fingers crossed that it will be soon!

The walls are painted and the floors are stained. Waiting on a few dry days so we can seal the cedar shakes on the columns. Fingers crossed that it will be soon!

I am planning a big blog reveal with all the details about the colors we used, the furniture the hubby built, and more. So, stay tuned!

We wanted to have as much light as possible without blinding the neighbors at night *wink*

We wanted to have as much light as possible without blinding the neighbors at night *wink*

A sneak peek at one of the furniture pieces that the hubby built...actually, you can also catch a glimpse at the bar.

A sneak peek at one of the furniture pieces the hubby built. You can also catch a glimpse of the bar–made from pipes we found in the alley behind our house and pipes from Sloss Castle. We believe in saving and reusing as many materials as possible. #savethejunk

A storage area for all the hubby's grilling things. The deck design allows for a kitchen area + living space.

A storage area for all the hubby’s grilling things. The deck design allows for a kitchen area + living space, and the furniture the hubby built allows for us to rearrange according to the occasion. Shhhh! I am about to spill all the beans *wink*

There is still a little work left to do, but I am thinking that we are getting pretty close to having a deck christening party *big smile*

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we took a peek at the latest happenings on the outdoor living space + deck.

The outfit that I sported to a meeting today. Details below the photo.

The outfit that I sported to a meeting today.

Kimono–Molly Green, Birmingham

Green Blouse–Express, Johnson City

Black Pants–Chip & Pepper, Belk

Necklace–handmade by BluKatDesign

SSL’s Top Picks from the Birmingham Home + Garden Show 2015

Abby chatting with John and Whitney Spinks at the Birmingham Home + Garden Show. Be sure to check out the VIP for exclusive photos and special interview.

Abby chatting with John and Whitney Spinks at the Birmingham Home + Garden Show. Be sure to check out the VIP for exclusive photos and special interview.

Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living! We are so happy that y’all joined us today because we have a special treat–our top picks from the Birmingham Home + Garden Show. Whew! This was such a hard top picks to put together because there were so many fabulous vendors and products from which to choose. Now, let’s sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and take a look at what the SSL team thought was the best of the best.

Merry Maids--what's not to love!

Merry Maids–what’s not to love!

We love Encore Azaleas, and this particular color really grabbed our attention at the garden show. "Autumn Royalty" will add a punch of color to any landscape. Check out their website for more info and colors. Click here.

We love Encore Azaleas, and this particular color really grabbed our attention at the garden show. “Autumn Royalty” will add a punch of color to any landscape. Click here to visit the Encore Azalea website and to find out more about this hardy, low-maintenance, reblooming, colorful plant that will have the neighbors staring.

What's not to love about coffee!

What’s not to love about coffee!

Great display and healthy choice at the Western Supermarket Food Pavilion.

Great display and healthy choice at the Western Supermarket Food Pavilion.

The delicious aroma and informative displays drew us into "Beef, It's What's For Dinner" exhibit.

The delicious aroma and informative displays drew us into the “Beef, It’s What’s For Dinner” exhibit.

Hands down the best sweet tea on the market!

Hands down the best sweet tea on the market!

Fabulous inspiration at the Backyard Paradise garden display.

Fabulous inspiration at the Backyard Paradise garden display.

Love the outdoor pizza oven!

Love the outdoor pizza oven!

Totally crushing on

Totally crushing on the Coral Bark Japanese Maple!

The outdoor furniture from Lake Guntersville Pool and Patio had us all ready for summer parties and lazy lounging.

The outdoor furniture from Lake Guntersville Pool & Patio had us all ready for summer parties and lazy lounging.

Those curves!

Those curves!

Oh.My.Goodness. This chair was soooo comfy!

Oh.My.Goodness. This chair was soooo comfy + the color combo is totally classic.

Of all the hot tubs that were at the show, this was our top pick because we love the size, the rich brown and stainless color combo, and the bang for the buck.

Of all the hot tubs that were at the show, this was our top pick because we love the size, the rich brown and stainless color combo, and the bang for the buck. The “Peyton” from Sundance Spas seats up to six people, has two jet pumps with 35 total jets. It also features 10 multi-colored LED lights and three headrests. Billy Branch from Hollywood Pools can help y’all with all of your outdoor entertaining needs from pools to outdoor furnishings. For more, please visit Hollywood Pools website. Click here.

Just look at it!

Just look at it!

This was our second favorite. It is the "Aspen" by Sundance Spas, and it seats 7-8 adults, has three pumps with 66 total jets, and two waterfalls. Hollywood Pools was extremely friendly, informative, and helpful--and because of all of their awesomeness--they are a SSL Top Pick.

This was our second favorite. It is the “Aspen” by Sundance Spas, and it seats 7-8 adults, has three pumps with 66 total jets, and two waterfalls. Hollywood Pools was extremely friendly, informative, and helpful–and because of all of their awesomeness–they are a SSL Top Pick.

Eagles Nest Outfitters won us all over. Head on over to the eno website to find out why.

Eagles Nest Outfitters won us all over. Head on over to the eno website to find out why.

Southern Botanicals also wowed us with their creative and lovely garden exhibit.

Southern Botanical also wowed us with their creative and lovely garden exhibit.

Love this walk way. L.O.V.E.

L.O.V.E. this walkway!

The next several photos show partiality to the world's most beautiful and best smelling flower. Hands down. THE BEST. *wink*

The next several photos show partiality to the world’s most beautiful and best smelling flower. Hands down. THE BEST. *wink*

What is not to love!

What is not to love!

Absolutely gorgeous!

Absolutely gorgeous!

No arguing that this classic beauty is the best of the best of all the beauties *wink*

No arguing that this classic beauty is the best of the best of all the beauties *wink*

Honestly, I had to be restrained from picking them.

Honestly, I had to be restrained from picking them.

This fire pit from Hardscape Elements is an amazing upcycle.

This fire pit from Hardscape Elements is an amazing upcycle.

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Southeastern Salvage never ceases to amaze us with all of their fabulousness.

Southeastern Salvage Home Emporium never ceases to amaze us with all of their fabulousness.

Two thumbs up and five stars to Burleson Pool Company, Inc. for a beautiful booth and water feature exhibit.

Two thumbs up and five stars to Burleson Pool Company, Inc. for a beautiful booth and water feature exhibit. It was hard to capture the photo because the tiles were so sparkly!

Greg's Antiques & Garden had lots of yard art at the Birmingham Home + Garden Show. We saw lots of folks walking away with their new yard treasures.

Greg’s Antiques & Garden had really cool yard art at the Birmingham Home + Garden Show. We saw lots of folks walking away with their new yard treasures.

If you are looking to spiffy up your garage or basement, check out Garage Shapeups for great ideas and products.

If you are looking to spiffy up your garage or basement, check out Garage Shapeups for great ideas and products. Bill Dixon, sales manager, knows that a neat and organized space will make life better!

A closer look at the Epoxy Garage Flooring. This particular favorite is called "Dolphin"--and it will certainly make an ugly garage floor beautiful!

A closer look at the Epoxy Garage Flooring. This particular favorite is called “Dolphin”–and it will certainly make an ugly garage floor beautiful!

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Y'all know how much we love handmade and small businesses--so there was no question about picking ArtWearDesign as a top pick.

Y’all know how much we love handmade and small businesses–so there was no question about picking ArtWear Design as a top pick. But it wasn’t just that…oh, no! It was their incredibly darling tees that had us drooling!

Now, don't fret if you were not at the home show, and you didn't have a chance to pick up one of these super soft tees because y'all can shop online in your pjs by clicking here.

Now, don’t fret if you were not at the home show, and you didn’t have a chance to pick up one of these super soft tees because y’all can shop online in your pjs by clicking here.

My personal favorite of the ArtWear Tees. Abby loves the "Magic City" one the best.

My personal favorite of the ArtWear Tees. Abby loves the “the Magic City” one the best.

The Spinxs chatted about everything from budgets to trends at the Birmingham Home + Garden Show.

The Spinks chatted about everything from budgets to trends at the Birmingham Home + Garden Show.

The two newest stars of this show are John and Whitney Spinks. John has a residential construction background and Whitney has a passion for all things design.  Whitney channels her passion via her blog drabtofabdesign.com and together they own a business called 27 South Design Group in Jacksonville, Florida.  John and Whitney will showcase their flair for affordable design, share their Best DIY tricks and give you tools you need to overcome renovation challenges.

Two of the newest stars of HGTV, John and Whitney Spinks, chatting with Abby. John has a residential construction background, and Whitney has a passion for all things design. Whitney channels her passion via her blog Drab to Fab Design, and together they own a business called 27 South Design Group in Jacksonville, Florida. John and Whitney showcased their flair for affordable design, shared their best DIY tricks and gave the tools needed to overcome renovation challenges.

When Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge bought the Beekman Farm in upstate New York, they didn’t just start a farm, they started a movement. A mere six years later they have a hit TV show, bestselling books, product lines in leading retailers, a massive social following, and a James Beard nominated lifestyle website. They’ve been featured in most major media outlets, including The New York Times, USA Today, Vanity Fair, The Martha Stewart Show, Rolling Stone, Dr. Oz, Vogue, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Rachel Ray, WSJ, O Magazine, and more.

When Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge bought the Beekman Farm in upstate New York, they didn’t just start a farm, they started a movement. A mere six years later they have a hit TV show, bestselling books, product lines in leading retailers, a massive social following, and a James Beard nominated lifestyle website. They’ve been featured in most major media outlets, including The New York Times, USA Today, Vanity Fair, The Martha Stewart Show, Rolling Stone, Dr. Oz, Vogue, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Rachel Ray, WSJ, O Magazine, and more.

These two truly are fabulous and inspirational!

These two truly are fabulous and inspirational! Stay tuned to Abby’s blog, Vintage Inspired Passionista, for her interview with The Fabulous Beekman Boys.

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we looked at the SSL Top Picks from the Birmingham Home + Garden Show. I know I left there totally inspired and ready for warmer weather so I can get the hubby started on the “Honey-Do List” *wink*