Apr
26
2016
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Staycation Pergola

Make your vacation, the staycation of a lifetime with the Staycation Pergola. This little beauty has plenty of room, privacy screens, and joists to hang fabric... and it will cost a fraction of that trip to the Bahamas! Make your favorite drink, let the wind blow throw your hair, and enjoy your masterpiece! 

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Estimated Cost
$1250-$1750
Dimensions
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build Staycation Pergola
Tools
Lumber
  • 24 – 1x6 at 12’
  • 2 – 2x2 at 10’ (you may have to rip down 2x4x10 for 2x2x10)
  • 38 – 2x2 at 12’ (you may have to rip down 2x4x10 for 2x2x12)
  • 2 – 2x4 at 10’
  • 20 – 2x4 at 12’
  • 8 – 6x6 at 12’
Materials
Cut List

2 – 6x6 at 144” – Side Beams
4 – 6x6 at 114-1/2” – Posts
2 – 6x6 at 133” – Front and Back Beams
2 – 2x4 at 130” – Side Deck Frames
1 – 2x4 at 144” – Front Deck Frame
1 – 2x4 at 138-1/2” – Back Deck Frame
8 – 2x4 at 130” – Deck Joists
24 – 1x6 at 133” – Deck Boards
1 – 2x4 at 114-1/2” – Slat Support #1
1 – 2x2 at 114-1/2” – Slat Support #2
1 – 2x4 at 114-1/2” – Slat Support #3
1 – 2x2 at 114-1/2” – Slat Support #4
76 – 2x2 at 66-1/2” – Slats
​8 – 2x4 at 133” – Ceiling Joists

Instructions

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Staycation Pergola

Cut the pieces for the Side Beam and Posts. Using the manufacturer’s recommendations, attach the End Column Caps to the Posts. Place the Side Beam on top of the Posts as shown – per the manufacturer’s recommendations. Complete this step twice, once for each side of the Pergola.

Step 2
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Staycation Pergola

Cut the pieces for the Front and Back Beams. Install as shown into the End Column Caps per the manufacturer’s recommendations.  

Step 3
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Staycation Pergola

Cut the pieces for the Front Deck Frame, Back Deck Frame, and Side Deck Frames. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Side Deck Frames. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” Pocket Screws. Note that both ends of the Front Deck Frame and one end of the Back Deck Frame will overhang the Side Deck Frames by 5-1/2”. These overhanging ends will be attached to the Posts with 1/2” Lag Screws. Clamp the Deck Frame to the Post and drill two 5/16” pilot holes through the Deck Frame into the Post. Release the clamp and insert the Lag Screws. Repeat this process on the other two overlapping pieces of Deck Frame.

Step 4
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Staycation Pergola

Cut the pieces for the Deck Joists. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Deck Joists. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” Pocket Screws. Note that the Deck Joists will be spaced 16” on center, except for the first and last one, which will be 8-1/4” from the Side Deck Frames.

Step 5
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Staycation Pergola

Cut the pieces for the Deck Boards. Attach to the Deck Frame and Deck Joists with glue and 1-1/2” wood screws. Leave approximately a 1/8” gap between each Deck Board to allow for expansion. You may need to rip down the first and last Deck Boards for a perfect fit.

Step 6
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Staycation Pergola
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Staycation Pergola

Cut the pieces for the Slat Supports. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in one top ends of Slat Support #1 and #3.  

Position Support #1 as shown. Clamp the bottom of the Support to the Deck Frame and drill two 1/2” holes with the 1/2” spade bit through Support #1 and the Deck Frame. Secure with 1/2” Carriage Bolts, Washers, and Nuts. Attach the top of the Support to the Beam with glue and 2-1/2” Pocket Screws.  

 

 

Step 7
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Staycation Pergola

Attach Support #2 to the Post as shown with glue and 3” Wood Screws. Look ahead to Step 10 where you will attach the Slats to the Slat Support and make sure you leave room for all necessary fasteners.

Step 8
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Staycation Pergola

Position Support #3 as shown. Clamp the bottom of the Support to the Deck Frame and drill two 1/2” holes with the 1/2” spade bit through Support #3 and the Deck Frame. Secure with 1/2” Carriage Bolts, Washers, and Nuts. Attach the top of the Support to the Beam with glue and 2-1/2” Pocket Screws.  

Step 9
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Staycation Pergola

Attach Support #4 to the Post as shown with glue and 3” Wood Screws. Look ahead to Step 10 where you will attach the Slats to the Slat Support and make sure you leave room for all necessary fasteners.

Step 10
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Staycation Pergola

Cut the pieces for the Slats. Position as shown and secure in place with glue and 2-1/2” Wood Screws. The Slats will be spaced 1-1/2” apart.   

Step 11

Lastly, cut the pieces for the Ceiling Joists. Install the Joist Hangers per the manufacturer’s recommendations. Attach the Ceiling Joists to the Joist Hangers as shown, per the manufacturer’s recommendations. Note that the Ceiling Joists are spaced 16” on center, except for the first and last Ceiling Joists, which are 9-3/4” from the Side Beams.
 

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Staycation Pergola
Finishing Instructions

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

Disclaimer

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Apr
25
2016
The Design Confidential Spring Entertaining with a Global Beat / Target x TDC

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When I have entertaining on the horizon and the event isn’t related to a specific holiday, I love to create an experience that draws inspiration from a faraway place. For me a party is like a vacation, a place you can go for a brief period of time where you don’t have to focus on meals or cleaning and where you can and should get swept up in the moment and enjoy your time.

The Design Confidential Spring Entertaining with a Global Beat / Target x TDC

The Louvre in Neon - Paris

As the host, creating this experience for other people can be stressful and tedious. Rather than a vacation, it has the potential to feel more like a chore, especially for those of us who are tasked with thinking of the details and implementing them. Most of the time, this stress doesn’t end until the party itself has ended. After a recent trip to Europe, my entertaining frame of mind has forever been changed. I now view simple and indulgent as being far more chic than any elaborate spread might be.

The Design Confidential Spring Entertaining with a Global Beat / Target x TDC

Pineapple Candle / Gold Fluted Tray / Ceramic Platter / Neon Tray / Cheeseboard / Recycled Glass Tumblers + Carafe / Decorative Lemon / 8" Plant Stand / Gold Pigeon / Gold Decorative Vase / Bottle Opener

Choose a Theme or Pick a Locale

On my recent trip overseas, I had the distinct pleasure of spending time in Paris and London. It was magical and unforgettable in every possible way. Both cities had such an extreme mix of old and new, opulent and rich in history, right alongside and mingling marvelously with minimal and modern. I was smitten and it was glorious. Since both countries were heavily invested in many of the tropical nations we know and love today, a celebration of the exotic can be seen everywhere you turn. From décor to cuisine, the wonder of the West Indies and a love of all things from the Far East, it was spectacular to see how these things have been incorporated in every aspect of life for both cultures.

The Design Confidential Spring Entertaining with a Global Beat / Target x TDC

Le Bon Marche, Paper Koi + Crane Installation - Paris

For this event, I hoped to incorporate a bit of inspiration from both the places I visited along with some of the more exotic places that have inspired them throughout the ages. Luckily, an eclectic mix of design styles is always amazing, don’t you think? With the vast amount of super stylish goods available at Target, I was able to bring this wild and varied look to the table (literally) in a far more inspired way than I could have imagined and with so much less stress from beginning to end.

The Design Confidential Spring Entertaining with a Global Beat / Target x TDC

Pineapple Candle / Neon Tray / Cheeseboard / Recycled Glass Tumblers + Carafe / Decorative Lemon / 8" Plant Stand / Gold Pigeon / Black Plates / Striped Napkins

Simplify and Focus on the Few

Having the opportunity to travel always leaves me full of inspiration and a completely new outlook on the type of lifestyle I would like to lead. It certainly brings light to all the ways I might enjoy the everyday moments so much more. Vacations are amazing like that, aren’t they? In London, they celebrate a way of life that is steeped in tradition. Meals are often elaborate and indulgent with a great many options on the menu. It’s beautiful and delicious, and such a big focus of the day. 

The Design Confidential Spring Entertaining with a Global Beat / Target x TDC

Modern Gold Chainmail Ceiling Installation – Palace of Versailles

In contrast, the Parisian way of life is simplified and indulgent with far fewer options and much less fuss. While meals are also a large focus of the day in Paris, it is less about the process and more about the experience and enjoying the people you are with. The latter of these ideas is something that truly stuck with me and for this event I sought to recreate the ambiance I adored from both places with the more simplified sentiment of Parisian dining. The simple and chic sensibility that permeates every aspect of Parisian life was definitely contagious and I think in replicating a bit of it here, it made for a more relaxing setup and likely a more pleasant experience for my guests. I kept the food easy and paired down, yet sumptuous and delicious, with a few baked goods that work beautifully with either cheese or dark chocolate. An overabundance of fresh fruits was scattered about, to celebrate a bit of the exotic and of course bring that vacation-esque feel to the table that we all long for come spring.

The Design Confidential Spring Entertaining with a Global Beat / Target x TDC

Pineapple Candle / Gold Fluted Tray / Ceramic Platter / Neon Tray / Cheeseboard / Recycled Glass Tumblers + Carafe / Gold Decorative Vase / Decorative Lemon / 8" Plant Stand / Gold Pigeon

Throw Caution to the Wind and Have Fun

I am a firm believer in the fact that if you love it, it will work – as long as you ground it within your design and repeat it more than once. The same goes for entertaining. Mastering the Mix is often more about letting your guard down and taking risks than a set guideline for pairing patterns and colors. When done right, I often end up with elements that I wouldn’t otherwise choose to put together but in the end I am typically so very glad I did. This is precisely how the style direction for this spring event happened for me and the challenge of trying to create a feeling and an experience rather than directly placing the focus on the design elements themselves, gave me a whole new freedom in setting the table and choosing the menu.  It was glorious.

The Design Confidential Spring Entertaining with a Global Beat / Target x TDC

Modern Stairway Model – Victoria & Albert Museum - London

I walked the aisles at Target and chose individual items that reminded me of London and Paris. Rustic cheeseboards, global patterns, handcrafted ceramics, pineapples (a constant motif in London architecture), modern neon acrylic trays and a wide array of colors all reminiscent of the tropics and all grounded in a healthy dose of white, black and gold – just like these ancient cities themselves. It was so easy to find no less than one million items that would have been perfect and so chic, and oh so hard to narrow it down to what might actually fit on the table.

The Design Confidential Spring Entertaining with a Global Beat / Target x TDC

My table is a melting pot of eras, materials and styles and somehow that made choosing the pieces carefree, fun and fabulous. With a theme that was based in variety and more about the ambiance, I had more options for décor and entertaining than I could actually cart home with me and a very low stress experience in the process of choosing the pieces to use. There were no rules to consider or strict choices to be adhered to – I just went for it and let the vacation vibe and carefree state of mind I was hoping to create, take the lead.

The Design Confidential Spring Entertaining with a Global Beat / Target x TDC

Target knocks it out of the park every single season and this spring is no exception. If you have entertaining on the calendar in the near future, you can be sure that you will find everything you need (and more – always more) to create an experience for your guests that you can enjoy right along with them. Let them do the heavy lifting and simply mix and mingle styles from their collections as you please.

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Apr
13
2016
The Design Confidential Kid's Decor That Looks So Good You Will Want It For Yourself

Several months ago, I had a really interesting experience trying to find a pair of shoes that I had my heart set on. I must not have been the only one since they were basically sold out everywhere and weren't expected to be back in stores for another several months. I haven't had this happen before and it was driving me insane because... I wanted those damn shoes. Ridiculous, I know. I haven't even had this experience with toys for my boys since I generally shop online and tracking things down on the interwebs is a challenge I don't take lightly. I live for it, my friends... So when I continued to strike out at every turn and started to think these shoes might get the better of me, I had the genius idea to look for them in my equivalent youth boys size (duh, I should have started here the minute I hit my first several roadblocks). Naturally there was more than enough stock in kids shoes to keep my feet happy for the next 20 years. Lesson learned - and to top it all off, they were twenty dollars less! Hell to the Ya!

While this may seem like a completely irrelevant bit of rambling, I am pretty sure it relates to a general state of mind I have adopted lately and think you should too! You see I have had children's furniture and decor on my mind lately, since I have been trying to finish up the boys shared space. Finding pieces that suit their very different ages and stages while still working as part of the general design plan has been challenging, to say the least. Plus, I don't exactly have a concrete direction for the design plan this time around, so there is also that... Any time I have a free minute, I scour the wares at a few of my go-to kiddo spots online and hope (pray) that something jumps out at me and suddenly the perfect path will become clear - you know - like divine design intervention. Totally a thing - promise.

Well that hasn't precisely happened just yet, but I know it will at some point. What has happened however, is an immense amount of inspiration for other projects I have been working on - none of which have anything to do with children and all of which have everything to do with spaces for the adults in this house. But it got me thinking... once again there is much amazing-ness to be found in the fab wares designed for kiddos - and often these things are a slightly less pricey version of something nearly identical for grownups. So why the hell not? Why not buy my desk accessories, or even my desk, at Land of Nod or the kids section of Target. I mean, it isn't like those items are actually even miniature - in fact they are the almost always exactly the same. Though let's be real for a minute, since I am miniature in height anyhow, would it reallybe such a bad thing if I bought a children's version that was actually smaller? Maybe I would simply appear to be the super model height I see myself as in my dreams? It's totally possible, right? Just say yes...

The Design Confidential Kid's Decor That Looks So Good You Will Want It For Yourself

1. Round Bookshelf // 2. Embroidered Art // 3. Hemisphere Floor Lamp - White // 4. Natural Color Table Lamp Base // 5. Pink Striped Pillow // 6. Dresser // 7. Roller Rink Rug Pink // 8. Homestyle Bench

So in true to me form - here is a round up of some of the gorgeous things I am totally crushing on (obsessing is more like it), that should absolutely go home with you (me) the next time you are in the market for a little design update! The scrolling lookbook underneath each layout has a whole lot more than is shown - so don't be shy and click on through. There is some seriously good stuff in there!

A couple of them even have a bit of nostalgia working in their favor and will take you right back to a time where roller skates ruled the roost. Because that time will always be a better time and I promise if my boys weren't boys - their room would be rocking some of this awesome-sauce peachy pink color - hell, maybe it still will. I have been known to take that leap in the past. 

The Design Confidential Kid's Decor That Looks So Good You Will Want It For Yourself
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