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Backyard Ideas {Not Just a Housewife}

by | Aug 1, 2011 | Gardens & Outdoor Rooms

Hey all, I offered to write a guest post for Melissa while she focused on the recovery of her daughters health after an emergency appendectomy. I’m Kim from Today’s Creative Blog. I met Melissa online a few years ago and finally in person this July. Funny how blogging can make you instant friends. Over at Today’s Creative Blog, I feature the most inspiring blogs out there. In fact Melissa was one of my first features.

A bit ago, I featured Stacy with Not Just A Housewife. Let me introduce you!

Outdoor living

I have got to show you her outdoor space!

Backyard Ideas {Not Just a Housewife}

I also met Stacy this past April and was first stunned on how beautiful her skin was. So not only does she have a beautiful home, but her face is also flawless. Before I had anytime to feel jealous, I fell in love with her warmth and talent. I was thrilled to see her in the latest Better Homes and Gardens. If you know anything about me…….and you may not……but I love it when people decorate with things they already have or with new found low cost items. Taking something and making do, but making it better is always a better way. It certainly shows more personality and that’s what makes your house a home, right? Imagine walking into Stacy’s backyard and seeing this whimsical door divider. You are instantly charmed…..well at least I would be.

My mind is on outdoor spaces since we JUST started getting some of that summer weather.

I love how she took older doors from a previous home and made them new again. This is the perfect back drop creating a beautiful focal point for her yard. They are still working on their deck off the house, so this will work in the mean time.

Backyard Ideas {Not Just a Housewife}

Who doesn’t have a few mason jars around the house?

Backyard Ideas {Not Just a Housewife}Once again, I think they add instant character to your outdoor space. In addition to using them for hanging vases, you could use them to decorate your table, holding candles, or to drink from. Everything tastes better from a Mason jar right?Backyard Ideas {Not Just a Housewife}

To add character to her fence and to continue her theme, she added planter boxes. Much nicer to look at don’t you think?Backyard Ideas {Not Just a Housewife}

Add the wood boxes to the brick wall below really helped bring more comfort to this sitting area she created. I’m ready to attend a party in the back yard! Dibs on that turquoise chair.

Backyard Ideas {Not Just a Housewife}

Another older item you may have around is an old ladder. Why not paint it, add some colorful pots?

Backyard Ideas {Not Just a Housewife}

Stacy’s outdoor area didn’t cost a lot of money and she used items she already had, built or picked up at a yard sale. With a little imagination, you can create a whole new look.

From Melissa: Hope you all enjoyed Kim’s post as much as I did! Thanks Kim! It is a wonderful privilege to be able to take care of my daughter while she recovers from her surgery. We found out her appendix had in fact ruptured so she has a longer recovery time. Thank you all for your wonderful support! More inspiration to come this week!


  1. Deanna


    Scary about the ruptured appendix! Yikes. I assume this is the daughter you thought had the flu?

    Those are fun backyard ideas – I love to see what people do with stuff they already own or make.

    Glad your daughter is on the mend!


  2. {darlene}

    great outdoor space… full of creativity. Thanks for sharing Kim!
    Melissa, so glad you can fully “mommy” your baby girl!

  3. Jenn

    Just beautiful! I have a box full of mason jars calling my name. I think I’ll fill them with a little sand and a votive and hang them in my big oak tree. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Franki Parde

    LUV Mason jars…great ideas and DO-ABLE! franki

  5. amy

    LOVE the door divider…why hadn’t I thought of putting one outside?!? Are they just painted in exterior paint? Do they hold up well?

  6. colleenwithmurals&more

    What a treat to find Kim here! Hi, Kim!!! Great feature, as always.

    Melissa, take care. My brother still in hospital after ruptured appendix. It took drs. 4 days to figure out what was wrong w/him. Tough going for my big brother :( Prayers to all of you!

  7. Shona

    Wow that is really beautiful! I love all the colors. I’m so jealous!!!

  8. Victoria

    Yes, please more details about the doors. Can you tell us what color they are painted and also if they were painted with exterior paint. All my doors need painting and this post was a big time inspiration.

  9. Maya

    Such a creative oasis!! Love the mounted boxes… and how the jars are hung!

  10. JanMarie

    Melissa I’ll keep your daughter (& you) in my prayers! God is the great Sustainer!

    Thanks for sharing Kim. I love all the doors! Mason jars are always wonderful…..for so many things! I like them hanging on the line in a row.

    Have a great day!

  11. Lisa~

    I WANT those doors! Positively gorgeous every bit. Lisa~

  12. Dacey

    I am now obsessed with the painted door idea. I must make it. So excited. Where did you get all of those?

  13. susan

    Thank you Kim&Stacy! (hey Kim stoopidphone works here yay!) And Melissa dearest,u just be such a gr8 mom as always&the healing will go well :) we miss u but we get it! Love&prayers-s

  14. Fiona's Mosaic

    Still praying for your girl, and thanking the Lord she is alive.

    BTW, LOOOOOOOOVE all those doors! I think I actually have all those old farmhouse doors in this house. Love them!

    God bless you dear, rest when you can. Hugs to you all.
    D, Fi, and the fam

  15. Ciara

    Thanks for sharing Kim! Those outdoors design is really amazing and the mason jars hanging on the line in a row, they are all beautiful.. Wish I also can have a design like that. Very creative.. And to Melissa, take care, your such a great mom!

  16. Melissah

    I just discovered your lovely blog and I look forward to popping by again for some more inspiration! I’ve just put the finished touches on my new blog ‘Coastal Style’ It will have lots of inspiration on beach houses, resortwear, summer food, travel and anything ‘beachy’. I had a lot of fun putting it together so maybe you would like to check it out if you have a spare minute.

  17. Jennifer

    Love what she did with those doors!! What a cool idea!

  18. Lauren

    My husband and I are about to buy our first home and I look to you for inspiration, daily!

  19. Michelle

    Hope your daughter has a speedy recovery!!!

  20. Kim

    What a beautiful post, Kim! I love, love, love the mason jars, the doors, the the flower boxes…well, all of it would look great in my yard. :)

    Melissa – I’ll pray for your daughter’s speedy recovery.


  21. Bernadette

    LOVE the flowerboxes on the fence.

  22. Brittany Foster

    Hi there I’m Brittany writing on behalf of Gilt Home. I have to say this is one of the most creative spaces I’ve ever seen. It looks like an entrance into a different world, kind of like Alice and Wonderland! It would be honor to see these pics on Gilt Home’s Room of the Month contest, if that’s alright with Stacy of course. This month’s theme is alfresco, and this space would be perfect. Here is the link to the contest ( Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or just want to chat design. And thank you so much for taking over Melissa’s blog for her while she’s away, it was really cool to read about such a strong friendship.

    Brittany Foster


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