What a difference 2 years makes!

June 1, 2011

Side Yard Before & After

That’s right, two years. It feels like yesterday we were moving in, playing furniture roulette, and enjoying beer while sitting on the porch. Literally on the porch, because we hadn’t dragged any furniture outside yet. I guess in some ways things haven’t changed. I’m still playing furniture roulette, but I’m getting closer to achieving the vision I have in my head.

For our side yard, that vision has changed a bit over the two years. One of the slightly-awkward things about this house was the fact that the deck and backyard were off of the master bedroom. There’s a sliding glass door in the family room/dining room into the side yard, but when we moved in the side yard was so lackluster that I couldn’t imagine anyone wanting to hang out there. A strip of dead grass, lots of concrete, and fenced off from the back yard, it certainly wasn’t inviting. Since it was off of the dining room, I decided that we would put the dining table in the side yard, and dress it up a bit. This was my original plan for the space: (more…)


The backyard is full of color!

September 20, 2010

Before and After: View from Bedroom
view from the master bedroom

It seems as soon as summer hits, out the window goes anything indoors. All of our focus has been on getting the outdoor space to be as close to perfect as possible. Sometimes with all of the hard work, I lose sight of how much we’ve done, but these pictures that contrast when we first moved in last year with where we are now show how much we’ve accomplished.