|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?|
|Here I am getting ready 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 always, always wanted|
|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|
|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? I will probably take them in during the winter, though.|
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 like steam from a busy train. As I looked back at our warmly lit living room, I thought about how it seemed as if this house was meant for us, the way I felt we were meant for each other. And I know this must sound absurd, but the house seemed to be smiling back at me as I thought 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 inhabited. It feels so good to embrace our little space on this earth and have it feel as though it is embracing us back.
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...it's a toss up;)