We have lived in our new house in the country for exactly two years now. We took possession in the middle of April in 2012. First, we renovated the interior and replaced the kitchen. Then last Spring at the end of April 2013, we totally ripped out the front and back yard.
So it's taken two years but I'm finally having the experience of Spring like so many of you, I've never been as fascinated with watching shrubs and plants turn green in my entire life (since most of my life I've rented). My tulips are up and you can tell where the warmest section of the yard is because that's where they're already blooming.
Also we've had many beautiful weekends that have been rain free this winter. If you read my blog, you've known me to get real tired of the rainforest we live in. So it's really fun to be able to actually enjoy an outdoor deck for once!
Do you see the plastic snakes among the tulips? We've thrown them around our yard in hopes of preventing the neighbourhood cats front using our garden beds as a litter box.
Unfortunately, the cats just kicked dirt right on top of them and they manage to scare us and our guests more than anyone else ; ) ; )
Hey, I almost forgot, our decorative, concrete urn has arrived (above). With delivery and taxes it came to almost $400 including the pedestal. I thought that was a great price given all my searching on the web. I ended up finding it locally here.
MaryAnne, my Landscape Architect nailed it again. It would certainly never have occurred to me to install a decorative urn in front of my living room window. I'm going to fill it with succulents per her suggestion. I planted succulents in pots beside my front door last year and loved them!
Anyway, our deck was a really bad do-it-yourself job by the previous homeowners and although I would dearly love to rip it out immediately because I'm impatient, the problem with doing that is that it would be hard to replace the siding once a new deck was installed.
So, I'm living with it for now and I've become obsessed with patio furniture and getting it decorated for entertaining and enjoying now that we have a beautiful yard to look at.
And there's so much you can do with decor to distract the eye from ugly surroundings, so that is my plan.
The best part about our deck is that in the summer, it's sunny all day long! The sun hits our deck on the East side first thing and then is there until it sets.
I already bought the Provence sectional from Restoration Hardware in Verte. I'm sitting on it right now writing this post listening to the birds chirping and kids playing in the neighborhood.
I'm keeping the colour scheme green, white & natural outside because all my flowers are white. I spotted these outdoor pillows at Target and also picked up these two (below) from Pottery Barn on Saturday. The natural one and I LOVED the one with the geometric drawings with PLANT written on it.
Then I bought this dining set from the Pottery Barn, it arrives in two weeks – Hooray!
Along with green and white striped chair cushions:
Then I purchased two outdoor area rugs, one for underneath the sectional and the other for the dining room area.
Then for lighting, I'm getting these 100 ft European style string lights that I'm going to install underneath the roof of my patio. It will look a little like this:
I'm hoping again to distract the eye from our bad deck!
Are you decorating outside yet?
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