I feel like our back yard has been a “work in progress” since the day we moved into our house, 3 summers ago. At the time it was a blank slate. The grass was worn and missing in parts, there were a few tulips growing out near the garage, and that’s about it.
Every summer since then we’ve worked on adding something new, building garden boxes, transplanting rhubarb, spraying grass seed.
This summer we decided to build a patio. Michael dug out the yard himself, and a good friend came to help him grade and lay the stones.
I found our furniture all around the city. The concept was simple, have a space to eat and enjoy company, and also have a small seating area where we could lounge with friends or family. I wanted to have a lot of green plants with various textures growing and spilling out of our black IKEA pots. Succulents, ferns, and a hardy hydrangea fit the bill.
As we have no mounted lights in our back yard we hung string cage lights along our barely used clothing line, and bought lots of candles to warm the space.
I’m quite happy with the final result. Its not perfect nor is it 100% complete. We have to finish the fence and paint it white, we have to paint the mudroom siding grey and the garage grey as well, and Michael has to build us a new back gate. We may try to tackle these projects in August or simply leave them until next summer.
cafe chairs – coffee table – child muskoka chairs – umbrella – candle votives – cage lights all from HomeSense // table and chairs from JYSK // planters from IKEA // plants from Home Depot & Crown Flora // patio stones from Home Depot