Backyard Landscape Design Plan with Pond

My backyard has been a nuisance since the day we moved into our house. It's small, has a shed, a skinny sidewalk, and a mishmash of plants. Before we had to cut down a couple of large dying trees back there, it was impossible to grow grass. Weeds on the other hand, had no trouble thriving back there. But now, I have a new landscape design plan for my backyard and I can't wait for it to be transformed!! The 11'x17' pond will take center stage in … [Read more...]

Outdoor Dining Ideas and Inspiration

This summer my backyard is getting a complete makeover! I can't wait to share the design plan here on my blog this Saturday. An outdoor dining area is part of the plan so I've started looking for ideas for that section of the yard. I think you might find some inspiration from these photos for your own al fresco dining space. A simple farmhouse table with colorful chairs like these would be perfect for my humble farmhouse. Photo by Kilim … [Read more...]

Summer on the Front Porch

My heart was singing today because warmer temperatures have finally arrived here in Illinois! The trees are finally leafing out, birds are singing, and tulips and daffodils are dancing in the breeze. I'm anxious to usher in summer and enjoy time on the front porch. I rounded up several examples of pretty porches to provide inspiration for sprucing up your porch this season. An easy way to give your porch a new look is by swapping out your … [Read more...]

Summer Patio Decorating Ideas

We have a spot at the end of our very long driveway that I'd like to transform into a patio. I've got some ideas whirling around in my head to make the space livable and pretty. If you're also looking for summer patio decorating ideas, consider these inspirational photos. Add color and comfort. This beautiful patio from Maison de Pax includes a great mix of comfy textiles like throws and pillows, which also lend a touch of … [Read more...]

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