Simple Backyard Makeover: Family Fire Pit

Simple Backyard Makeover: Family Fire Pit

I‘m really excited to complete a few simple weekend makeovers this summer!

Especially makeovers inspired by my desire to create meaningful and memorable family spaces for enjoying summer evenings!

This holiday weekend we got to fulfill a long time dream, a backyard fire pit for family nights! YAHOO!

Simple Backyard Makeover: Family Fire Pit

We had kind of a sad, lonely place for a fire pit though, with no landscaping whatsoever (unless you count the weeds, which I think should totally count as landscaping). It was not very inspiring, so it was time to get to work!

We had just a couple of hours to make this space fit for an informal party of “s’mores and fireworks” on the 4th of July.

Simple Backyard Makeover: Family Fire Pit

What do you need for a backyard oasis?

A cute outdoor pillow or two.

Outdoor chairs for sitting around the fire.

Simple Backyard Makeover: Family Fire Pit

A flag, a few planters with summer flowers,  a roaring fire in the new fire pit and all the ingredients for s’mores!

Well, and about 25 friends to celebrate with you.

Simple Backyard Makeover: Family Fire Pit

There is obviously more we can do to this space down the road, sooner rather than later we plan to add a rock or stone surface under the fire pit (safety first!).  Our long range plan for our backyard is for trees, trellises, more fencing and lot of plants! It is always fun (and a bit overwhelming) to have a nice blank slate to work with!

Even if you don’t have the ideal setting or budget yet for your dream backyard oasis, you can still create a memorable space for backyard fun with your family THIS summer.

Baby steps and simple makeovers are A-OK!

A fire pit, a few potted plants and some new chairs = a backyard makeover our family will remember for a lifetime.

Simple Backyard Makeover: Family Fire Pit

Thanks to my favorite backyard makeover destination Lowe’s for generously providing the following materials featured in this simple backyard makeover:

Woven chairs, bird & blue pillows, plants and fire pit.

 

More weekend makeovers to come!  I’m currently working on a front porch, a deck and a little potting area! Oh, and in case you are wondering (cause I know you all are) I’m still working on our bathroom and a couple of other spaces in my house. Yes, I am making progress on that bathroom, in spite of the lack of blog evidence. I promise.

Do you have a fire pit or a special outdoor space for family gatherings?

Summer Decorating {a.k.a. I’m Easily Distracted by Pretty File Boxes and Shiny Things}

Summer Decorating {a.k.a. I'm Easily Distracted by Pretty File Boxes and Shiny Things}

Sometimes, the most unexpected things will inspire my desire to decorate. This time, it was my yellow file box. I’ll explain that in a moment.

I don’t know about where you live, but summer doesn’t really feel like it starts around here until say, end of July maybe. So it seems a little premature to be expecting summer on the last day of May. However, there is always hope and we do get some precious sunshine now and then even in June.

Summer Decorating {a.k.a. I'm Easily Distracted by Pretty File Boxes and Shiny Things}

So, to keep optimistic and ready for summer, over the weekend I did a little summer puttering aka decorating! These decorating blocks are my new favorite “toy” … you can find them at DaySpring!

It wasn’t super sunny when I was doing my summer puttering, of course, so I kind of had to use my imagination that summer was in fact coming. Thus, now we have to accept the less than sunny photos.

Summer Decorating {a.k.a. I'm Easily Distracted by Pretty File Boxes and Shiny Things}

I have been loving my super cute Target file box so much that it sparked an idea for summer pillows.

I’ve been obsessing over yellow for about a year now, so when I set my file box on my sofa to see what bills were overdue due to be paid I suddenly had an epiphany. I need yellow pillows. And I would like one like the pattern of my filebox, please.

And just like that, I left my unpaid bills in the box and took off in the car to fulfill my desire for yellow pillows. Good thing I had a gift card burning a hole in my wallet.

Unfortunately, I just didn’t see any pillows like my file box.

I did find a pillow with yellow flowers on it (from Cost Plus) that coordinated well WITH my file box!

So, as long as no one tries to rest their head on my file box, I think things are coming together! Just kidding. I won’t leave my file box there. Although I might because I still have bills to pay. But I do think I need to order some fabric that looks like my file box and sew a pillow to go with my new flowered one!

I love the geometric with the floral, and of course I love how it picks up all the yellow around the room in my map prints and yellow lantern. It also has a bit of a satin sheen to it so it is a nice new texture in the room.

Summer Decorating {a.k.a. I'm Easily Distracted by Pretty File Boxes and Shiny Things}

That purchase set off a little flurry of summerizing around the room. I brought in a lot of my pretty sea glass colored bottles and jars to create an informal summer mantel-scape. I still love the colors on the books I used for my spring mantel so I just re-arranged them and kept them out to contrast a bit with the glass and to inspire summer reading!

Summer Decorating {a.k.a. I'm Easily Distracted by Pretty File Boxes and Shiny Things}

 

So, that is the true tale of how a file box I bought to inspire me to to organize paperwork was so pretty it distracted me from bill paying and caused me to go shopping and redecorate instead.

Story of my life.

What’s new with you? Inspired by anything fun lately?

 

Summer Decorating {a.k.a. I'm Easily Distracted by Pretty File Boxes and Shiny Things}
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