|Our backyard was one of the best projects I have worked on in a while. Scott took care of most of the manual labor, while I was in charge of the decor. Even though we divided some of the work, it was rare that either one of us missed out on an errand for the backyard.
Here are some pictures of how we tried to make our small yard into a garden, a dining area and an outdoor living room.
|We wanted to get rid of the bamboo so we had more space|
|We love bamboo, but since the yard is pretty small it had to go!|
|With the bamboo gone we now had a 15X7 foot space to stretch out in and get creative|
|In this space we wanted a fountain, a garden, a sitting area, and a fireplace|
|The best things are the ones you get to share with others, right?|
|We decided to paint it light blue|
|Since we were short on space, we decided to install our own vertical garden|
|A vertical garden is an eco-friendly way to have a garden in a small space (I figured you’d be wondering). Water is recirculated through the tubes by a pump. The plant’s roots sit in net pots, soil free, and absorb water and added nutrients.|
|Vertical garden assembled!
What we’re trying to grow: Chives, parsley, strawberries, zucchini squash, cilantro, cucumbers, lettuce, basil
|I wanted to have some art out in the yard to make it feel like an outdoor living room|
|Scott put together a swinging bench, something I’ve wanted since…since forever|
|The finished product|
|The view from the swinging bench|
|Scott cut out this anchor with his saw and I painted it// The anchor up on the wall next to the finished potting bench|
|tabletop close-ups (lots of homemade and consignment stuff)|
I love it back there so much; I look forward to the changes in the sunlight so I can see it differently. I never really used to give the backyard much attention until we started making it ours; shaping it to fit our needs and decorating it in a way that reflects our personalities.
On the first night it was finally finished, we sat rocking on the new bench, watching smoke billow out of the chiminea. As I looked back at our living room, I thought about how it seemed as if this house was meant for us, kind of like it was waiting to be ours, kind of like we were once waiting for each other. And I know this is really ridiculous (and maybe so is the last thing I said), but the house seemed to be smiling back at me as I was thinking all this.
Being out in the backyard makes me feel more in touch with the character of our home and neighborhood. Before, when we spent more time inside, I didn’t really get a full understanding of the place we called home. It feels so good to embrace our little space on this earth and have it feel as though it is embracing us back in its own way.
What do you think? Do you have a house project(s) in your life? I’d love to hear about them.
Welp, I’m off to Catalina for the weekend to celebrate my dad’s birthday. Follow me on instagram if you’d like to come along (hopefully I have service…or hopefully I don’t…)
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