This deck is perfect staycation destination

Last updated: August 16. 2014 4:58PM - 1923 Views
By Geri Anne Kaikowski gkaikowski@civitasmedia.com

Manny, the Williams family rescue dog, rests on the porch in Indian Lake.
Manny, the Williams family rescue dog, rests on the porch in Indian Lake.
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The seat cushions for the couch were purchased at Ikea. Prices range from $4.99 to $14.99 for one cushion. Two side tables were found at Target. The rugs, which come in a variety of sizes and colors, were purchased at the Christmas Tree Shop in Moosic. Prices begin at $4.99.


It’s best to budget your porch decor so you have items that complement each other. Each spring Regina Williams likes to add several new pieces of furniture or accessories to her existing arrangement. She purchased some smaller items this year like end tables and replaced her couch cushions. “You have to spruce up your deck occasionally,” she said.

It’s a fact: Regina Williams’ book club may meet on her deck to discuss the latest novel they’ve read, but there is plenty of truth that Williams enjoys her deck nestled in the woods of Buck Township a lot. So much so that it is a staycation spot for the family who lives year-round in a neighborhood where others travel for the summer.

Not only is the deck used to host club gatherings, it’s a safe place to raise 3-year-old son Gordon, who is always on the go.

So, it’s no wonder that Williams calls it the perfect vacation destination — it’s secluded, quiet and surrounded by nature. Her dwelling was owned by Gordon’s parents, who used it for seasonal get-aways. Her in-laws built the deck 10 years ago. Williams and her husband have resided in the home for seven years.

“We’re lucky to live here year-round where people come up to vacation,” she said. “We usually keep most of the summer open, especially the weekends, so that we can stay home and enjoy the summer right here at home.”

The home on Indian Lake is situated about two miles back from Route 115 so it is away from traffic and surrounded by huge trees which gives it a homey woodsy feel. The family enjoys seeing a variety of birds visit their bird feeder in the yard. Many deer also find their way into the neighborhood at night.

“It’s really nice and quiet back here,” Williams said. “There is a dirt road so we get very little traffic. It’s very secluded and the mountains are so nice.”

The deck, which is surrounded by trees, looks like a lush green paradise as Williams has it decorated with shrubs and flowers she grows in her yard. Flower pots line the steps leading to the deck. When you reach the top, hanging baskets of other floral arrangements greet you. The deck railing features square boxes filled with yet another assortment of colorful blossoms.

Williams enjoys tending to her flower garden in the summer but her green thumb gets tested by Mother Nature’s critters. Because of the deer population, she has learned which types of plants won’t be disturbed by the animals. “It took me a while to figure out what plants the deer won’t eat, and it’s been a lot of trial and error,” she said.

She plants tall grasses, petunias, geraniums and mandevillas. There are also salvias, primroses and cat mint. She took daisies from the side of the road and transplanted them into her garden.

The Buck Township woman usually waits until the end of May to put plants out on the deck since there is always the chance of frost especially in that area of Wyoming Valley.

There are two seating areas on the spacious deck. The first is a wicker table and matching chairs in tan. Another table with an umbrella is in the corner of the deck. At night, Christmas lights bring out the green glow of the plants. And it’s just the right place to serve three meals a day during the summer for her, husband Gordon and son.

The family enjoys spending time outside especially with their son. The tot has a big swing set in the yard and loves to be in the sandbox. “The porch is a perfect spot for him to play and for me to keep my eye on him,” Williams said.

Williams hosts the book club for an outdoor session at least once during the summer. The group formed four years ago and discusses a book recommended by the host.

“It’s nice to be able to linger here after dinner,” she said. “I just bring out some candles and light them up and then relax.”

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