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. 

Backyard Improvements {& new patio furniture covers!)

Backyard Improvements {& new patio furniture covers!)

Little by little, we’ve been making small improvements to our backyard. While we would have loved to hire a landscaper to design and implement a plan for us, we decided to just do what we could ourselves over time. And because we haven’t had a lot of time for working on it, it’s slow going. Slow improvements over time seems to be a theme at our house! We did hire some help last year to create our pea gravel patio and we are so glad we did! We love it.

Every summer we try to add a little bit more in the way of comfort and interest to our formerly barren and blah backyard. Even though we are still struggling our way through adding plants and privacy (new construction lots mean trying to dig through ROCKS instead of nice fluffy planting soil, grrr!). We have added lots of wicker chairs, a wonderful BBQ, an outdoor heater and a firepit so we can enjoy the pea gravel patio.

Backyard Improvements {& new patio furniture covers!)

This time of year we start looking at our patio furniture and outdoor accessories to assess the damage from the winter. While we are able to put some things in storage under the house to protect them all winter, some need to stay outside so we have to just hope for the best! Living near Seattle, we have the great joy of experiencing lots of rain and with that comes mildew and moss. You can imagine how wonderful that is for our outdoor furniture and BBQ.

One thing I really don’t like is investing in our furniture only to see it all yucky and ruined the next year. I like to build on my progress each year and not feel like I have to spend all my time scrubbing furniture in the spring :).

Backyard Improvements {& new patio furniture covers!)

Protecting the investment we’ve already made is important to us, so a few weeks ago I started looking into how to protect our furniture from the elements. I usually really dislike furniture covers I find, but I was pleasantly pleased to have been introduced to some really great, high quality covers for several of our key pieces. These covers from Classic Accessories have adjustable straps you can tighten up to customize the fit and they are really heavy duty!

Backyard Improvements {& new patio furniture covers!)

I even found one to keep the metal part of our fire pit from rusting out and a cover that surprisingly (and hilariously) fit our stand up heater. Yeah, it looks a little crazy hahah, but WORTH IT! I will no longer worry about the elements ruining our heater, the BBQ or wicker furniture.

Our goal this summer is to finish the gravel patios by lining them with rock and plants. We made some great progress and now it is just a matter of diving into the finishing details. We’d love to add more trees and trellises, too! But we are pretty happy to see our backyard look more inviting each year. I’ll return with more updates soon. I really love working on patios and gardens so I’m excited about this summer!

Backyard Improvements {& new patio furniture covers!)

The Ravenna patio furniture covers are on sale at Amazon through the end of April, so be sure to check them out! Classic Accessories provided me with the patio covers to try and share my experience with my readers. As always, I only share what I love, use and recommend.

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