The Orange Fence is Gone!

Fence Staining Before_2

You know those projects that start out with good intentions, but turn out to be a major miss. Since we moved into our home several years ago, my fence and I have not had a good relationship. We started out with a tall grey fence along the back that the developer put in, and a simple cedar fence was added on either side of our house. It sounded like an alright idea at the time, but I didn't realize it would turn out to cause me so much … [Read more...]

Deck Revamp + A Privacy Partition

Revamping an Existing Deck

When we moved to our current home, one of the biggest adjustments from living in a rural area was the lack of privacy in our back yard. I'm not saying we wanted to shut our neighbors out. We just didn't want everything on display all the time, and I think the feeling was mutual. Over the years to help alleviate the problem, we've added some trees and built a stone patio that allows us to sit lower in the yard. The last thing that remained on … [Read more...]

Summer Entertaining Al Fresco Style

Casual Summer Entertaining with Mason Jars

With the onset of warm weather, we find ourselves dining outside as much as possible. One of my favorite things to do over the summer months is entertain outside. I find it more casual and everyone just seems to relax and have a great time. Usually we start the party in the kitchen with beverages and appetizers, but we always dine al fresco (weather permitting), and as soon as it turns a bit chilly, we sit around a fire on our stone patio well in … [Read more...]

Outdoor Extravaganza {Plants & Flowers Recap}

window cilantro

Over the past few weeks, I have enjoyed getting our back yard ready for patio dining, entertaining and some Sunday afternoon relaxing. Although the weather hasn't always been cooperative, I have managed to get most of the planting done for the year, as well as a few other projects I'll be sharing in the coming weeks. I am thrilled to be part of the Outdoor Extravaganza¬†and was super impressed with the Plants & Flowers Projects that were … [Read more...]

Kitchen Container Potager + Outdoor Extravaganza Link Party

Kitchen Potager in Burlap Containers

I was hit with the gardening bug at a very young age. Growing up in the country, we planted a huge garden every year, and eating fresh vegetables and freezing or canning the remainder was the norm. When my husband and I bought our first house, we were fortunate to have a large back yard with a good-sized garden. There was something therapeutic about tending it, watching it evolve and creating meals based on what was ready to eat.¬†Fast forward to … [Read more...]

Join Our Upcoming Outdoor Link Parties

Outdoor Extravaganza Blogger Link Parties

Hello all! I'm so glad that warm weather is finally upon us and I'm thrilled to be spending more and more time outside. To celebrate outdoor living, my friends Amanda, Tiffany, Jean and I are all planning a round of outdoor link parties. Although it's my first time hosting, I've taken part in many link parties since I started my blog. I've stumbled across amazing blogs and projects as a source of inspiration. As a bonus, many people have found … [Read more...]