Creating a Charming Backyard Corner

Creating a Charming Backyard Corner

When we first moved into our house, our backyard was a typical new construction home on barren land. No trees, no plants, no landscaping. We had weeds and rocks for soil, and that was it. After living in old homes with established landscaping to work with, our sad little backyard was a bit depressing. I love to design small garden areas but since our soil was filled with rocks, planting was nearly impossible. Any time I had the urge to plant something, it was a big ordeal. I knew I was going to have to enjoy the small improvements we could make each year since a professionally landscaped backyard was not in our plans.

The yard didn’t have any structure at all to begin with, so last year we focused on adding shape, interest and function by creating a pea gravel patio for our fire pit, a flagstone walkway, and designated some planting areas.

By dividing our backyard into four zones, we felt like we could make the most of our space and even almost visualize it eventually being a charming and useful backyard! The designated zones also help us to know where to focus our time and improvements! This summer we are really excited to be laying a flagstone patio for our table and adding more plants and trees.

Creating a Charming Backyard Corner

While it will be many years before our landscape is as full and lush as I dream it will be, it helps me to feel like I’m making progress when I zero in on these little areas I can improve right now. It’s easy for me to get overwhelmed by the big picture, so it’s nice and definitely encouraging to see each little area coming along! One thing I tend to struggle with when I do projects around the house or yard is FOCUS. I’m all over the map sometimes, doing a little bit here and a little bit there. But since I know concentrated FOCUS is what can quickly transform little uneventful areas into inspiring spaces, I really have been trying hard to grow in my ability to stick with improving one corner at a time until it feels more complete.

Creating a Charming Backyard Corner

This little spot has been in progress for awhile, but recently I did a little spring clean up, planted a few pots and plants and set up a charming folding Trex Adirondack chair and end table near my recycled spool table (you can find the all weather patio furniture from Trex). I’m absolutely in love with Adirondack chairs (<<see this post for some more inspiration!) and this one is so adorable and low maintenance, too! Perfect for our Northwest weather.

Creating a Charming Backyard Corner

When we look back at the before photo (above) of where this area all started and see how far we’ve come, we are more determined than ever to keep on giving each corner of our yard a little more love every year.

A little landscaping, some cute pots and plants, a few accessories and charming furniture made a world of difference!

Do you have a sad backyard corner you could improve this Spring?

Creating a Charming Backyard Corner

The post was created in partnership with Trex. As always, my opinions are my own. 

Drive By: Queen Anne, Seattle

Drive By: Queen Anne, Seattle

Drive By: Queen Anne, Seattle
W
hile I was on my little working vacation last week, my daughter Courtney and I had a momentary lull in the activity so we decided to drive around one of our favorite Seattle neighborhoods, Queen Anne, on our way to the next event. Queen Anne is really great community full of beautiful houses! Some areas in the neighborhood have amazing views of the Space Needle or look out over the water so as you can imagine with views like that, many of the homes are really spectacular.

Drive By: Queen Anne, Seattle

Courtney is claiming the one above.

Drive By: Queen Anne, Seattle

I’m kind of partial to the unpretentious picket fence on this one.

Drive By: Queen Anne, Seattle

While some of the houses are really stately, they are also very charming, too.

It’s an especially fun neighborhood to walk in on a beautiful day, but this time since we were kind of in a hurry and just passing through the neighborhood, we stayed in the car for a true “drive-by” experience. I wish I had been able to stay longer to take more photos because there are so many beautiful homes, but I’ll go back again next chance I get and even take some close ups. You all know how I love to climb over fences and crawl under the bushes to give you a closer look. :)

Drive By: Queen Anne, Seattle

Even from the car window you can tell there are a lot of gorgeous homes here. Every few houses we would stop right in the middle of the road and gasp! I mean. Honestly. I wouldn’t be mad to live in any of them, but for a couple of million dollars I think the chances are slim. Ok, more like no chance. Well, maybe if we all go in on one together we could make it happen?

Drive By: Queen Anne, Seattle

You don’t see palm trees very often here in the NW. Kind of makes you feel like you are on a tropical island, no? Nope. We are still here in Seattle.

Drive By: Queen Anne, Seattle

This time of year it’s especially fun to look at all the pretty yards. A lot of the houses have really nice landscaping.

Drive By: Queen Anne, Seattle

Drive By: Queen Anne, Seattle

Drive By: Queen Anne, Seattle

This house has always been one of my favorites, I think I might have show it in a past drive-by. Maybe someday the owners will invite me in so I don’t have to just stand outside the gates looking in.

Do tell me. Do you brake for charming houses in your community? Feel free to snap some drive-by house pics and share them with us on Home Love Stories! I’d love to see your neck of the woods!

Drive By: Queen Anne, Seattle

Related Posts:

Seattle/Magnolia Neighborhood Drive-By Part 1 and Part 2

See my past drive-by’s here!

Have you read my book, Love the Home You Have? If you have, snap a photo for Instagram and tag me using the hashtag #lovethehomeyouhave! I love hearing from all of you!

Drive By: Queen Anne, Seattle
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