Friday, June 29, 2012

Backyard Project: Before and After

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? 
 Scott built me a potting bench for gardening (and most importantly, decorating)
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 theme we were going for is sort of whimsical-sea farer. Our indoor space is a little more grownup (besides all of my stuffed animals), but with the backyard we had fun with the "theme". I wanted the feeling of the outdoors to go with the style of the indoor space (beachy), but still be a tad different.
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
My parents gave us this outdoor table after they got a new one. Score! We eat most meals here this time of year. Who says you can't put up pictures outside? All these frames are some the consignment store and the pictures are from the internet. They're going to stay outside after all, so wasn't looking for anything too expensive (I don't think I ever really am though). I will probably take them in during the winter, though. 
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...)

42 comments:

  1. o man! this is so awesome...great job you two!! i would spend ALLL day here. Love it!!

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  2. good job! it's looks gorgeous. i love it!

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  3. omg this is iNSANE! well done!

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  4. wow! you guys did such an amazing job! looks great!

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  5. Ok seriously? You two are AMAZING! I love love love what you did with the backyard. =) Want to help Nadav and I fix ours?? We need some serious help hehe

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  6. OK just found your from Megan, and I adore you! This post has really inspired me now. My hubby and I just moved and our backyard is bland, lifeless, and has dead plants everywhere. I'm wondering how well it will go over when I ask my husband to re-create this look for our backyard =P
    Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  7. SOOOO awesome. crazy transformation from before to after. i wanna hang out by your chiminea with you!

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  8. Can I live out there? It looks awesome! I love it. Nicely done. :)

    - ashley

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  9. Hi Devon! I'm Devin....

    I really really REALLY dig your blog so much! Your newly redone backyard is amazing! It looks so relaxing and fun.. and the decor is great!

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  10. Just found your blog via Across the Pond, and love this blog! Your backyard project is so inspiring! I'm helping my boyfriend renovate his 1979 ranch-style house, and EVERYTHING is late 70's ... even the backyard that pretty much hasn't been touched since then. :-S We live in the desert where things don't grow easily, but that vertical garden might be the perfect way to add some green to the back patio!

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  11. HOLY.
    SHIT.
    DEVON.

    This looks SO good! Nice work, guys!

    Enjoy your trip!

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  12. HOLY SMOKES girl- great project!!! and im loving this garden- our dogs always tear up anything we try to plant, so i'll have to show justin this idea..

    and the potting station?! hello justin, get on that one, too (:

    but seriously, looks like a FABULOUS place to bbq some tofu (:

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  13. Oh my goodness lady... it looks AAAAAMAZING! You two should seriously consider starting your very own business of outdoor design. Feel free to come over any time hehe.

    kisses!

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  14. Gees lady! That is amazing. And the two of you did it yourselves? You are both amazing. I love that you eat outdoors. I try to do that too as often as we can. You can't beat SoCal weather!!

    Is your grass fake or real? It looks perfect and I love the idea of fake grass in semi-smallish spaces. Also... how is the vertical garden coming? It looks great. I always have a hard time with herbs though. =(

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  15. Can I come visit?!
    Seriously this looks amazing! Good work, y'all!

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  16. Holy Batman your backyard is incredible! I so wish I could live your life/ be able to surf. hahaha

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  17. Nonnie is smiling down on the bird bath! I absolutely adore the vertical garden. You guys are so creative and environmental!! Two of my favorite qualities in other human beings!

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  18. Holy wow!!! You guys did an awesome job! This should be on a DIY show! ha. That vertical garden is the coolest. Your hubs is very handy! I also love that your deck/porch resembles a dock!

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  19. That looks awesome!!!!! When I was growing up the house we lived in had bamboo everywhere! My Dad hated it. Bamboo takes over yards!
    You guys did a great job. Once Joe and I get our own place I'm looking to you for decorating tips. I love the little fireplace too. I think those are so cute. I like that you put pictures up outside too. Never seen anyone do that before and it really does give it a home-y-er feel. Have fun in Catalina!!
    -Baylee

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  20. oh my gosh that's such a dream! so beautiful, good job guys! :)

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  21. oh my gosh BEAUTIFUL! having a backyard is #1 on my next living situation must-haves list (haha). i cant believe i just found your blog! tammy from LA&B sent me your way:) beautiful photos and beautiful blog!

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  22. Hi there! I just started following your blog and wanted to say that this is amazing! You did so much with your small space-and it look great! I have never heard of a vertical garden before- what a genius idea! And that bird looks like he is having way too much fun in your fountain!

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  23. your new backyard looks so great!!!! love your blog!

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  24. Hey Devon! This looks amazing! I love how it's beachy but not corny beachy! :D

    Hope to meet you again when Basia is in town, if you're around.

    Mila

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  25. are you kidding me.
    this looks like a dream!
    i love every single detail.
    you guys did awesome, and im totally jealous!

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  26. OBSESSED devon!! seriously so amazing! it is the perfect little beachy backyard and so you guys! i love every single thing about it! way to go!

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  27. OMG! That is gorgeous. I LOVE it. You both are so talented, I am impressed with the creativity. :)

    Tami

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  28. You really did a great job! I love the pillows!

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  29. Goodness gracious. This is so 'you'! What a good job you did! I love that at the end you're all satisfied with it and how it turned out. I hope all your gardening turns out well ... I'll be interested in the success of the vertical garden.

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  30. Found you from Meg over at Across the Pond and am now your newest follower. I'm in love with your new space. It looks amazing...amazing!! Great job!

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  31. WOW! What a transformation!!! Your backyard is SO cute!! I would sleep out there if I could!!

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  32. Can I move in to your backyard?! It is absolutely gorgeous, you guys did an awesome job!!

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  33. this is BEAUTIFUL! seriously stunning!

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  34. This looks awesome! Great jobs by you two.

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  35. Wow, what an absolute paradise you transformed your backyard into. It looks amazing, Devon!

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  36. It looks awesome, love the garden!

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  37. OH MY GOD! this is amazing!!!
    you guys did such a great job, seriously.
    this is like martha stewart worthy!

    xo the egg out west.

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  38. An unbelievable transformation! It looks fantastic!

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  39. wow-looks fab-best outdoor space-looks so welcoming and chilled

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  40. Absolutely lovely backyard!

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  41. It looks amazing, Devon! Especially the vertical earth garden, coolet thing ever!

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