Garden is not Dead

Not sure if anyone has any interest in watching a garden grow, but my tiny raised vegetable garden isn’t dead yet and it has been one of the surprise hobbies (therapies?) of this weird year. Along with…drumroll….sewing, another activity I previously hated but I guess I don’t in upsidedownworld 2020. I have been super happy … More Garden is not Dead

Patio Updates

Continuing the summer of making the backyard better, the patio got some work done too. Basically, this will be a post about the life-changing magic of vintage mosaic coffee tables. Our patio, for so long, has been the home of misfit, mismatched, and broken furniture and, like everyone this year, I was ready to invest … More Patio Updates

Fresh Grass

Playing a little chronological catch up here with a project we did in May and June: redoing the backyard grass. If ever a small task has snowballed, it’s the one where we had some extra dirt left over from another project and thought maybe we should use it to level out a few areas of … More Fresh Grass

Modern Gate DIY

We’ve needed to rebuild our gate for like years. It was water damaged, flimsy, and only hanging on by 50 unsightly emergency screws. It was one of those semi-easy projects that we continually ignored, only thinking about it during high winds when it would bend and bust open. Design indecision really dragged progress. I wanted … More Modern Gate DIY

Patio Shenanigans

Totally unintentionally, the patio has been all switched up! It all started when one of my kids Chris Farley-ed one of our acapulco chairs. The chair was ruined during the funny, but destructive fall. So, I brought out a black acapulco chair from inside (left without a home after this room’s recent rearrange) and decided to … More Patio Shenanigans

Stuff

Sharing a handful of things have me excited right now: 1 I can’t stop thinking about this room. I’m so inspired by it. Possibly because it reminds me of a cool hippie version of my daughter’s room with that coral block of color (that goes onto the ceiling YES). But it’s probably just all the … More Stuff

The Backyard Turns One

Last summer/fall, not unlike this summer/fall, was a time of big yard work. But instead of front yard redoes, it was backyard redoes, and it was the first yard we ever really landscaped, if you can call our very minimal application landscaping. We did a lot of winging it when it came to our plants and hoped for the best. … More The Backyard Turns One

Modern Screen Door

I’ve wanted a screen door for our bedroom to backyard door since we moved in that didn’t scream farmhouse/country. A way to let the light and fresh air in and the bugs out, while blending with our house in an unobtrusive, modern, and minimal way. We always thought we’d have to build one from scratch, … More Modern Screen Door

Modern Fire Pit Roundup

Any self-respecting suburb lover enjoys a good backyard, myself obviously included. And any respectable backyard has fire. A favorite addition to our backyard was a simple, low fire pit. Even when it’s not fired up, it serves as a gathering spot, as places where fire happens often do.I purchased ours after a pretty exhaustive search and … More Modern Fire Pit Roundup

Drought Tolerant Plants in the Backyard

Update: See the backyard 1 year in here. Following up on my long backyard post from a couple weeks ago, I’m here today with another too long post on the specifics of what we planted and why. Ripping out a fine enough yard and starting over from scratch, and doing it all yourself on a budget without any landscape experience, sounds … More Drought Tolerant Plants in the Backyard

Backyard Progress

Update: See the backyard 1 year in here. Ridiculously long post alert! Yes, I know it’s time for Christmas trees not yucca trees. But I wanted to slip some backyard progress in before the new year arrives and our slow crawl becomes massively pathetic! We still have some small tweaks to make out here, but the gist of everything … More Backyard Progress