Ashley Leopou­los

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE -

Where I live: Park Hill neigh­bor­hood in North Lit­tle Rock

Oc­cu­pa­tion: pub­lic re­la­tions co­or­di­na­tor for Arkansas Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion

My fa­vorite space is: our back­yard deck.

Why? Our back deck is one of my fa­vorite places in our home. My hus­band, Nick, and I have lived here five years this sum­mer and we’ve loved turn­ing this quaint 1949 house into our home. Nick worked tire­lessly the first two years on the back­yard, re­mov­ing old flower beds and land­scap­ing bricks to free up space. Three years ago, my par­ents asked me what I would like for my birth­day. I asked for a deck. With my par­ents own­ing and op­er­at­ing their own con­struc­tion busi­ness for more than 35 years, they gladly ac­cepted the re­quest.

We worked to­gether as a fam­ily to com­plete the pro­ject. From sketch­ing it out, prep­ping the ground, as­sem­bling the struc­ture and plac­ing the fin­ish­ing touches, we each played a role in fin­ish­ing the pro­ject on time.

Over the years, the deck has served as a place of cel­e­bra­tion for birth­days, epic BBQs and friends­giv­ings. In the spring and sum­mer the deck be­comes our sec­ond liv­ing room and we’ll of­ten eat din­ner al­fresco.

If I could make one change to

im­prove this space, I would: Our deck has been well-loved and could use a new coat of stain. — Jennifer Nixon

Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette/STATON BREIDENTHAL

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