Lovers of the outdoors and patio life, our backyard was one of the features of our house that helped seal the deal when buying it, we loved the space but it definitely didn’t look like this when we first moved in. It did have several beautiful mature trees as well as the rock garden but there was no grass and the fence was exposed cinder block. Over the years we have added several additional trees, bushes, flowering plants and fortunately the neighbor’s creeping fig climbed over and covered our unsightly fence.
We are very aware that the concrete patio is in bad shape and needs to be replaced but were waiting until the next phase of remodel to do it. In the interim we do as much as we can to distract from it like covering most of it with an outdoor rug and, cozy outdoor patio sofa, lots of potted plants and a picnic table that we have been eating at very frequently during quarantine.
We had our patio furniture recovered a few years ago but now that our house is white & black (new paint job during self isolation) I am thinking about changing it up again but until that happens new throw pillows that match with the updated color scheme will have to do.
This little sitting space is great for when you really want to get your vitamin D as its in full sun all day long, I’m a sun sensitive so I personally don’t spend much time here. We planted the little lemon tree in the corner last spring and I love having access to fresh lemons all the time and we’re hoping once its larger it will provide some shade for the bench. The little mid century table was recently pulled out of storage and repainted to match the new color on our doors. (check out my TikTok for a little DIY video)
We have plenty of green space for our child and dogs to run around. It’s always shady on this side so the grass is hard to keep alive. To cover up the dead zone we created this little river bed effect with rocks under the chaise longues. The very back of the yard has the perfect blend of sun and automatic sprinklers so we have an orange & apple tree as well as planter boxes that we grow tomatoes and other vegetables and herbs in.
Succulents are an obsession for me, there is something so fascinating about them and I can’t seem to get enough. If I see something I don’t have, I immediately have to have it even if it means breaking off a piece and taking it home. The beauty about succulents, other than their inherent beauty, is the fact that you can break off a piece and stick in the dirt and it will flourish! This wall is outside of our extra large kitchen window and creates a barrier between our house and our neighbors. It’s also home to many little creatures: birds, squirrels etc which we enjoy viewing from the comfort of the kitchen.
I hope you enjoyed a little peek into my patio life & the space that has been our place of respite during the lockdown, I couldn’t imagine not being able to go outdoors regularly especially with a child. I hope you get a chance to get outdoors and enjoy your long weekend, please stay safe!