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Finally

8.01.2010

I have been promising this for awhile, but the outdoor space it finally ready.  But next time I want to finally get an outdoor space together, I need to actually make progress before August when it is too hot to be outside even at night….. and when all the flowers and herbs are looking a little wilty….well because they are hot too.

Anyway it would not be an After without an Before. So he is the unofficial before (stolen from the raised beds how-to).  Basically when we moved in we plopped a table in the middle of the deck with cheap plastic chairs and hung lights very very straight on the pergola.  Oh and Derek  installed outdoors speakers as soon as the wire was discovered.  Priorities.

Here we are now:

Outdoor space 8/10

I swear I did not have Winter pose…that is where she was laying when I walked out with the camera.

The other side-

Outdoor space 8/10

My reading corner-Outdoor space 8/10

The umbrella gets moved frequently to shade the plant and the sectional.  I can’t decide if I like it better with or without….hmmmm.

Outdoor space 8/10

The long view.  Yes I am aware that it leans.  I swear this is the only angle you can tell.  A couple of people have given us ideas about how to fix it but frankly none of them sound that fun and we have not cared enough to pursue it yet.  10 points if you can spy the shell pink mini blinds in the ugly master bath in this picture.

Outdoor space 8/10

On a daily basis I use our rolling cart for gardening stuff, but it multi tasks for entertaining or BBQing-

Outdoor space 8/10

Some herbs and the grape trellis.  Hopefully the grapes will be higher than the first level and able to be seen next year.  Outdoor space 8/10

And at night (without a tripod obviously).  I like how the sectional area is less lit but still bright enough.

Outdoor space 8/10

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And to prove they were not nearly so cooperative the entire time….

Outdoor space 8/10

In case you are wondering, here is where I got stuff (on a budget of course):

Tile-Top table and umbrella- Lowe’s or Home Depot years ago on clearance

Sectional: Wal-Mart (blogged here)

Rocking Chair- Jo-ann’s (blogged here)

Outdoor Rug: Home Fabrics and Rugs (blogged here)

Garden Stool: Homegoods (here)

Blue side table- hand me down transformed with the power of spray paint

Outdoor Pilliows-made by me

Rolling Cart- made my Derek (tutorial here)

Painted Pots -another DIY project (tutorial here).  The non-painted pots are from Homegoods.

And the final DIY project- the canvas panels on the pergola (here)

So what do you think?  Now I am starting to get the itch for fall and cooler weather so we can start spending time out there again.

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23 comments on "Finally"
  1. I am still in love with the lights! The whole space looks great! You can see all the hard work put into it!

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  2. I love, love, love this! I may try the canvas thing next summer when we finally work on our yard. Love your blog.

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  3. P.S. I'm a school psychologist too!

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  4. Your backyard if so beautiful! Looks like a great place for a party... when are you inviting all of us over!? :)

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  5. What a fantastic outdoor space! I like that you have a dining room and a living room outside. It's perfect :)

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  6. Most.Gorgeous.Outdoor.Space.EVER!!! I am in total awe.

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  7. Oh My what a lovely inviting space!! This is how I want our outdoors to looks, warm and inviting - a dining room area & lounge area!!! I love it - so pretty. And you have out door speakers, perfect. :)

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  8. Gorgeous! I love the orange stripe pillows!

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  9. Okay, this is AMAZING. It's just beautiful and looks like the perfect spot to relax this summer.

    I love the lighting and drop cloths, and I love the entire seating area. It's just awesome.

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  10. this looks fantastic! I'm craving a backyard redo right now. I love your outdoor couch...it would be perfect for reading at night.

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  11. It's beautiful!! Looks like a lovely place to spend summer. :)

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  12. Looks great... and I can see the pink blinds. That reminds me; it looks like you did put up window treatments in the kitchen. Black and white stripe? Plaid? White edged in black? Vice versa?

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  13. Shut the front door! It all looks so good, a total party space. I think it's cute that it leans, don't fix it unless you have to - just enjoy it!

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  14. WOW it looks so amazing at night !!!
    :))))))

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  16. Your outdoor space looks great! I love your husky in the pic too. We also have a husky :)

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  17. i'd like to come and read/sleep/eat on that patio! love it!

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  18. I am so in love with this idea. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to do this. I am bookmarking it as we speak. Expect emails from a spastic girl come spring begging for help. :)

    Cheers!
    e

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  19. I LOVE your outdoor sectional--been looking 4 one for ages--where did you buy it?

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  20. Ann-
    Glad you like it! Believe it or not, it is a Wal-Mart purchase!

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  21. I love, love, love your patio area. I have a similar deck and I think that I just might have to try the fabric canopy. It looks awesome! What a great idea.

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  22. I LOVE your patio area! It is exactly the inspiration I've been looking for! Do you happen to know the dimensions of your deck/patio overall?? We're planning to build one this summer and it would be great to have something to go by!

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