4.20.2009

outdoor spaces.


my favorite things on design sponge are the sneak peeks. not only do i get to glance into the homes of artists/designers that inspire me, but i am truly inspired by what others do with their spaces, whether it be inside or outside their homes. these are a few of the bright places i would love to call my own... they give me many ideas for our yard and give me hope that it is achievable for us to have something easy to maintain and beautiful to look at. 

one of the joys of home ownership is having a yard to manage and make beautiful. when i lived in an apartment, i yearned to have my own peaceful backyard to relax in. but now that i do have my own backyard, it has taken the back burner to other important things like schoolwork, family time, guestbooks and other important home projects. when we purchased our home last january, the backyard was a nightmare. we knew it would take some time and elbow grease to make it our own. the only thing we managed last year was to clean it up a bit, plant a few flowers and keep the lawn mowed. but it only took a few sunny weeks for our lawn to turn into a nightmare once again. before last weekend, our front and back yards were looking neglected and weed-ridden, something i was not very proud of. we didn't get as much done before fall as i had hoped and my dreams of lush grass, flowers, an abundance of vegetables and a beautiful spot to sit and relax (and maybe enjoy breakfast at on the weekends) seemed so far away.

this weekend was spent pulling up weeds (made much easier because of the recent rain and hail we received), tilling and moving dirt, mowing and edging the yard, moving rocks around, trimming bushes and trees, and lawn cleanup in general (we have lots of pine trees that shed needles and pinecones on a regular basis, yay). thank-you denise and dwayne, for taking so much time out of your weekend to help us take control of our yard. 

will post some before and after photos later on as we continue to work on our space. right now we still need to put some sod down, move some more rocks around and plant veggies and ground cover. and did i mention water like crazy? in the meantime, here are some beautiful outdoor spaces...

2 comments:

kd-m said...

*sigh. I have a sad jade plant on a crowded shelf. One day we'll have a yard... one day...

Ross said...

Ooh! Those are awesome! Spacify offers Outdoor Umbrellas and more at reasonable prices.