Author: celine @aquahaus

Week 6- The Big Reveal of the Aquahaus Rooftop Deck Lounges

Hi GooGoo Trons!

The day is here! It’s bittersweet that the One Room Challenge is over. Thanks Linda for creating such a wonderful, fun, and unifying experience for so many.

And a huge thank you to all those who followed along on the blog and on IG. Your encouraging, sweet, and funny comments kept me in the game.

Thanks to all the participants for doing this crazy thing so as to give me something to look forward to on Wed and Thurs. Your creativity and talent is astounding, overshadowed only by the kindness and love I’ve seen in this. It’s awesome that we can establish such camaraderie and support each other so!

Did you see the amazing reveals yesterday?

Well, I am suffering from a serious inferiority complex, and I am feeling kinda shy to show my decks. But alas, here we are.

Well, my goal has been to make over my rooftop decks. We have two here at aquahaus, and they had long been neglected, and were just barren wastelands of concrete and rust.

My goal was to create a fun, hip space to entertain and relax in. Maybe drink coffee… drink a drinkie…read a book…take a nap.

Did I succeed?

I don’t know. You tell me.

2 important questions I’ve answered for myself:

1. From how many angles can you take a picture of the same thing?


2. Can I write an entire blog post with hashtags?



Get ready for some hashtags.

Here is a reminder of Deck A:

deck A before

Boo cakes.


While I had initially planned to use a sun shade, geometric pattern, planters…I essentially did none of that.

(So I’m glad I didn’t invest time in making a fancy mood board).

Nope, I design by the seat of my pants.

Enter boxwood, kilim, a mid century bar, lighted hashtag sign, and gold spray paint…

and 6 weeks later, you have this:


I call this #palmsspringsmeetsmarfa

There is the classic boxwood and black/white stripe of Palms Springs, and the boho acapulco chairs and kilim of Marfa.


The boxwood did wonders to make the space more organic, and warm up that cold concrete. And I can’t kill it! Woo hoo!



Here is my darling little mid century bar I got off of Craigslist. It’s a delightful place to hold court and mix drinks.



green deck

Oh I love you little hashtag sign. #hashtaglove

One day, will I look at this pic and date it to 2014? Maybe.


p.s.- see the aqua eaves?



One of my most fave pieces…an Acapulco chair that rocks AND has a cupholder. #geniusfestival


Detail shot of my zinc top coffee table and pretty kilim.



You may have noticed the lack of styled vignettes. Porque you say?

Porque it’s an outdoor space, and I’m trying to keep it real! Vignettes don’t matter so much outdoors. Only a seat and boozie!





This is some kind of metal art and the circles swing when the wind blows hard enough. It was an ugly rust color. Gold spray paint fixes everything, just like Windex.

gold- metal art-boxwood

Party time. (Shout out to my SIL and my awesome neighbor)


Let’s ignore the fact that I’m mixing drinks for a dog and a baby. We don’t card chez Aquahaus.

But a plaid dress code is very much recommended.

I think I get bonus points for Archie’s t-shirt matching the black/white striped pillows. He is so a propos.

Okay…onto Deck B.

Here is the dreaded before:

deck b before


And while I had grandiose plans of creating a vegetable garden, I know myself too well. Those poor guys would’ve died in 2 weeks.

So I had to stay true to myself and stick to what works for me: napping and low-maintenance cacti.

I just wanna feel like a boho princess in my gauzy, romantic castle.

I made the canopy system. It is airline cable rigged together with carabiners onto the roof line and metal poles. Not only does it take up very little visual space, it is portable; easy to take on/off.


(How many times can I use the term “visual space” in this post? #drinkinggame!)


The military cots are legitimately comfortable and true to theme- also so easy to assemble/ disassemble. I have really grown to love the fact that they don’t match.


And look at those sexy wooden legs.

cot legs

The shibori rug! I tried shibori for the first time last weekend and it worked. This was my last minute DIY since Serena and Lily very rudely oversold my rug. But this alternative worked pretty well.

It is a dyed canvas dropcloth from Home Depot. Who knew you could so easily dye these?

This is a huge drop cloth that cost $19. I am already planning to do this again and use the canvas for upholstery fabric. #eco$chic




Can you really have too many pillows or too many colors? Not in Princess Boho’s land. (see how I just gave myself a title?)

parallel cots

The small acrylic tree trunk patterned side tables are from Nest Modern in Austin. I like how they don’t take up visual space. (Drink now)



Peeking through the curtains to my cactus garden….

These are like walls, delineating the room, but the sheerness of them….you guessed it!

Very little visual space. (Drink now)





My cactus garden. I am really hoping they will survive my black thumb. I like the mixture of black/ white pots and one solo aqua pot. #represent

I also built that hairpin bench for them to rest on. My cactus garden pots don’t rest on the ground! No way!

It is a solid slab of Padauk with 4 black powder-coated hairpin legs. I like those legs rather than big chunky legs because….

less visual space!

(Drink now)




Well, those are the rooftop decks! Austin friends, please come over and hang while the weather is delightful. We can play other drinking games.

I’m sure these decks will continue to evolve, and you should watch the fun over on my Instagram! I’m @aquahaus.


Source List:

-Faux Boxwood from Amazon

-Mid century bar from Craigslist

-Acapulco chairs from Great Outdoors

-Kilim rug (vintage)

-Coffee table from Pottery Barn

-Hashtag sign from Marshall’s

-Mosquito net curtains from Ikea

-Military cots (vintage)

-Acrylic side tables from Nest Modern

-Pillows (who knows)

-Shibori rug (DIY with canvas dropcloth from Home Depot)

-Hairpin bench (DIY)

-Succulents and cacti from East Austin Succulents

celine & archie

Now, I have to run because I have drinks to mix for canines.


Me: “What’s that Archie?”

Archie: “Woof Woof”

Me: “Oh, okay. I’ll make it a double.”


Now, that’s some funny stuff.

Clearly, I’ve reached the end of this post, so toodles and see you in May!

But don’t forget to check out the other awesome projects being revealed today!  Serious talent.



Pretty in Pink- Elizabeth Baumgartner of Little Black Door

Hello and welcome back to the closing guest of Pretty in Pink.

You have to be special to be the last…

You’re the anchor.

You’re the finale…

The last Treat of Treat or Treat or Treat

And I have chosen the perfect person…Elizabeth Baumgartner of Little Black Door.

Elizabeth is an insanely talented interior decorator who resides in St. Louis, Missouri.

She has PUBLICATIONS!  She’s been featured in Refresh Magazine, Kitchen + Bath Makeovers Magazine, HGTV Magazine, Apartment Therapy, Domaine,, St. Louis AtHome Magazine, Sarah Richardson Design, Houzz, Curbly….and many more.

Many many more.

Just recently, she was published in Better Homes & Gardens Refresh Magazine.

refresh magazine


She pens the awesome blog, Little Black Door.  Her posts are fantastic because she is a very humorous and witty writer, and connects with her audience. I love that she doesn’t take herself too seriously.

One of my favorite columns of all bloglandia is the Fess up Friday column.  It is hilarious to see what “deep dark” secrets bloggers have.  These have ranged from Taco Bell love, to flip phones.  Here’s a recent one.

Elizabeth is a really kind and sweet person. I have a tiny blog, that really no one reads.  But Elizabeth does, and has for a long time, even when no one was…I would get a comment notification from Elizabeth.  I have to tell you E, sometimes, you were really one of the reasons I’ve kept writing!  Just to make friends with such awesome people is more than worth it to me.

Please follow her blog and work if you don’t already!

Pretty in Pink Little Black Door

Thanks E for being the anchor and ending this series on such a high note!

It’s been delightful and I am thankful to all of the participants for being a part of Pretty in Pink!  Thanks for opening up your hearts and homes to us.

In case you missed them:

Krystine Edwards of Living Pretty Styled

Christine Dovey of Bijou & Boheme

Erin Williamson of Design Crisis

Jenni D of Story of My Life & J Noel Photography

Sarah Stacey of Sarah Stacey Interior Design

Brittany Pigorini of Birch & Brass Vintage Rentals

Deeyn Rhodes of Nannie Inez

Summer Hogan of Simple Stylings

Kirsten Stoddard of Triple Max Tons

Killy Scheer of Scheer & Co.

Elizabeth Mollen of Stone Textile Studio

Kim West of Well Dressed Space

Beth Vanderkolk of Local Sugar

Mallory Fitzsimmons of Charming in Charlotte

Kelly LaPlante of Austin by Design


Now go eat some candy!






Pretty in Pink- Krystine Edwards of Living Pretty Styled

Hello party people, time for install 2 of Treat or Treat or Treat Friday.

Yes, this is very special, to have 3 blog posts in one day, and it shall never happen again.

Our next amazing guest to Pretty in Pink is the dynamic and fabulous Krystine Edwards of  Living Pretty Styled

She is a real estate magnate and talented designer in the beautiful city of Charleston.

She is also a hip and happening mother to 2 cute as pie little boys.

I am always floored by how cute she looks ALL the TIME, and how much fun she is having everyday at her job.  It’s no wonder she excels as what she does, as she does it with so much love and enthusiasm.

I became friends with Krystine through Calling It Home’s One Room Challenge, and I’m always amazed by how positive and encouraging she is, and how much time she takes in cultivating her relationships with others.  It’s no wonder that she’s so successful.


Pretty in Pink KE of KE



KE images


Thank you so much Krystine for spending time with us today at aquahaus.  You are awesome!  I’m coming to Charleston soon and I fully expect a raucous girls’ night out on the town!

We’ll have our own little ORC celebration!



Pretty in Pink- Christine Dovey

Hello hello!  Today is super duper special.  Yes, it’s Halloween, but instead of tricks, I have three 3 treats- Treat or Treat or Treat.

First up is the  exceptional, none other than Wonder Woman herself, Christine Dovey.

Christine is just pure wow.

She is busy.  I mean so busy, I get tired just reading all the amazing things she does, and I don’t mean just work wise.

I mean yes, she does the impossible and continually churns out these super amazing, knock your socks off projects, but she also does TV projects..

she is published ad nauseaum…

CD works


… flies across the Atlantic to be recognized for her awesomeness as a TOP 5 International Blogger

All whilst being an extraordinary mom to 4 awesome kids… including her oldest, whom she adopted at age 14.

The list goes on and on…

I’m sure most everyone can attest to this… despite her fame and success, she has the ability to make you feel like you’re the only person that matters in the world.

My best example of this is during the One Room Challenge.  Of all the participants, in the main group of 20, or the linkers alike, she is one of the very few who takes the time to read and comment on almost every single person’s post.

I want you to stop and think about that. That is amazing…especially from someone that busy!  Do you do that?  And they’re not short, frivolous comments either.  They also affirm that she read the entire post, and didn’t just skip through the pictures.  That is a true show of generosity, camaraderie, and just downright kindness.

She is amazing, and I’m a huge huge fan.



Pretty in Pink Christine Dovey

CD 2

Ummm…yes…ah- MAZING.  Just so much beauty in one room….gah.


Thank you Christine, for somehow finding the time to participate in this, and share so much of yourself with us.

You are superwoman.


Stay tuned for our next Pretty in Pink guest, later today!