My Backyard Tour {Pea Gravel Patios, Flagstone & Secret Garden}

My Backyard Tour {Pea Gravel Patios, Flagstone & Secret Garden}

If you are just catching up in blogland after summer vacation, here’s the scoop: our family is in the process of moving and trying to get our new life and son’s school started in a new home in Seattle! We are very excited to be here, but logistics are sometimes challenging in a move. You can catch up on the news of why we decided to moveour moving day and our house hunting adventure.

Later next week I’ll finally be sharing a little video of our new house! I can’t wait to show you where we’ll be hanging out (for the next few years!) and share the vision (and projects!) we have for each room. It’s going to be fun. :)

But first, I thought I would catch up on a project I promised to show you earlier this summer from our old house. Our backyard makeover! You might remember our backyard when we first moved in. It started out as a barren, boring new construction space. No landscaping. No trees. No plants. No planting areas. No patios or walkways.

My Backyard Tour {Pea Gravel Patios, Flagstone & Secret Garden}

Well, little by little, layer by layer, we added many of the things that were missing! While we didn’t complete the yard entirely and it wasn’t yet “perfect” (we still had plants we wanted to plant, and lots more rocks we wanted to bring in to finish lining the gravel patios and walkway, among other things we had planned), I’m excited that at least you can see the vision we had, and see how far it had come!

I snapped a few quick pics before we moved so you could see it!

My Backyard Tour {Pea Gravel Patios, Flagstone & Secret Garden}

Our yard wasn’t even fully fenced when we moved in; there was just one neighboring fence along the back. When Jack came into our family, we fenced in the whole backyard for his safety and enjoyment.

The fence was really our initial starting point. A fenced in yard really helps to define borders and gives a good backdrop for plants and furnishings.

My Backyard Tour {Pea Gravel Patios, Flagstone & Secret Garden}

After the fence, our goal with our backyard was to divide the space up into different zones. At first the expanse of yard felt a bit overwhelming, even though it wasn’t a very big space. When you have nothing really to work with, it’s hard to know where to begin.

My Backyard Tour {Pea Gravel Patios, Flagstone & Secret Garden}DIY Firepit

You can read more about creating backyard zones here, but the first big “zone” project we completed was the big pea gravel patio near the middle of the yard, designed as an area for a firepit and furniture. From there it became easier to create more defined areas, connected by pea gravel and flagstone pathways for my secret garden, vegetable and herb garden spaces, a dining table, and our BBQ grill.

You can see one of the progress reports on the pea gravel patio here, to see what it looked like in process!

My Backyard Tour {Pea Gravel Patios, Flagstone & Secret Garden}

My Backyard Tour {Pea Gravel Patios, Flagstone & Secret Garden}
We also had added some fun non-permanent decorative pieces like antique metal trellises, plant stands, pots, and of course furniture, which (most of them) we were able to bring to the new house. It was nice to feel like I didn’t have to leave everything behind!

My Backyard Tour {Pea Gravel Patios, Flagstone & Secret Garden}
It was really hard for us to leave our plants, though. We had planted fruit trees and so many pretty flowers and shrubs. My husband said it felt like he was leaving his babies, ha! It’s funny how attached you become to a garden. Fortunately there are lots of established plants in our new yard so we won’t be starting from scratch this time! You’ll see the new house yard soon.

My Backyard Tour {Pea Gravel Patios, Flagstone & Secret Garden}

My Backyard Tour {Pea Gravel Patios, Flagstone & Secret Garden}

I so enjoyed creating this little “secret garden.” It smelled like heaven, I had planted quite a few scented plants. It was still getting established, but it really had blossomed in this last season. You can see my post about the garden earlier this season, here. I will miss it so much, but I know I can create new little gardens in our new home.

My Backyard Tour {Pea Gravel Patios, Flagstone & Secret Garden}

My Backyard Tour {Pea Gravel Patios, Flagstone & Secret Garden}

My Backyard Tour {Pea Gravel Patios, Flagstone & Secret Garden}

This was the view out our family room window. I was always delighted to see the garden from that angle. It felt so inviting! I enjoyed bringing my coffee out there in the mornings and just breathing in the fresh scent of the plants and flowers.

My Backyard Tour {Pea Gravel Patios, Flagstone & Secret Garden}

My Backyard Tour {Pea Gravel Patios, Flagstone & Secret Garden}

My Backyard Tour {Pea Gravel Patios, Flagstone & Secret Garden}

My Backyard Tour {Pea Gravel Patios, Flagstone & Secret Garden}

These hydrangea trees were getting so big, I bought them at Costco a couple of years ago when they were just tiny! It was fun to watch them grow and become established.

My Backyard Tour {Pea Gravel Patios, Flagstone & Secret Garden}

My Backyard Tour {Pea Gravel Patios, Flagstone & Secret Garden}

I really loved my roses, they smelled divine and it was fun to have some cutting flowers for bouquets.

My Backyard Tour {Pea Gravel Patios, Flagstone & Secret Garden}

I usually filled this cement table by the fire pit with overflowing plants and herbs. It was pretty empty by the time I took this photo as we were moving, but I wanted you to see the flagstone walkway we had on the border of our pea gravel patio. We really loved the natural, unmanicured yet still charming feel of a pea gravel and flagstone patio.

My Backyard Tour {Pea Gravel Patios, Flagstone & Secret Garden}

My son laid this flagstone for us in the pea gravel. It was fun to have our family out there working on it with us!

My Backyard Tour {Pea Gravel Patios, Flagstone & Secret Garden}

My Backyard Tour {Pea Gravel Patios, Flagstone & Secret Garden}

We enjoyed a few evenings this summer huddled around our fire pit, making s’mores and memories! Now that this season is coming to a close, we are grateful for the time we had to spend in our pretty backyard.

And now, onward to new backyard adventures!

PS. You can see another area of our yard, our back deck makeover here!

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Glidden Paint {Review & Giveaway} Now closed Paint color: Glidden Polished Grey

For those of you have have followed along with my blog over the years, you know we did a lot of wall painting in our old home. Even though it was a brand new house when we bought it, the paint the builder used was not only not our favorite color :) but it looked really dry and was just not good quality. I couldn’t wait to paint over it!

We are happy to say we managed to paint every single room during our six and a half years there, sometimes more than once trying to get the right color. We started to paint the trim, too, but didn’t get through as many rooms as we had hoped before we moved.

Glidden Paint {Review & Giveaway} Now closedPaint color: Glidden Polished Grey

Even though it took us forever to make it around the entire house with our paint brush, it was well worth the effort. While I don’t really love the mess and sometimes tedious process of painting, I do love how it transforms a space. Not all paint is the same though. After painting dozens of rooms in our multiple house-owning experience, I am careful about what brands and quality we will use. If I am going to go to the trouble and expense of painting, I do not want the experience to be frustrating and I expect the result to be a beautiful finish.

Glidden Paint {Review & Giveaway} Now closedPaint color: Glidden Polished Limestone

We used Glidden Paint in many rooms that were highly trafficked or well-loved spaces, such as our family room, bedroom, bathrooms, laundry room and TV room. After several years of wear and tear in all of those spaces, we didn’t have to repaint the Glidden painted rooms even once and we were still very happy with the quality. The paint went on beautifully, needed minimal coats (1-2, depending on coverage needed) and lasted for years. It was easy to clean, too. Glidden Paint {Review & Giveaway} Now closed

Wall paint: Glidden Polished Grey, Ceiling paint: Glidden Wood Smoke

I love to be able to circle back on projects we did or things we bought over the years to let you all hear how things held up, and I’m happy to report that Glidden paint did not disappoint. I foresee painting more walls in our future home and have no hesitation about the quality or finish we will get with Glidden. The wall paint I use is called Glidden Duo, a paint and primer in one. I usually go with an eggshell finish, but in a less frequented space I love a flat finish.  If you want to check out reviews or add your own experience, you can find Glidden paint and ratings & reviews here. Or see their paint colors here. For inspiration and advice on painting, check out this helpful site: My Colortopia (including articles I have written!) GIVEAWAY! Want to try Glidden paint for yourself? Enter to win a $100 gift card to The Home Depot by leaving a comment below on what your next painting project will be! Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Glidden® Paint brand sponsored this post, but my opinions and experience are my own. PS. As I mentioned in my previous post, if any giant ads have appeared anywhere on my site this week covering up your screen, I apologize! It’s just as annoying to me as it is to you and we are working hard to have it removed! :)

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