over labor day weekend, we (and by we, i mean pants) transformed our backyard (and by backyard, i mean patio) from a dirty toy den into a more adult-friendly space. pants had a grand idea involving flowy fabric and billowing breezes (hmm…) that came to life. i was just thrilled we were finally doing the project after months of talking about doing it. it looks so great now, and is a fun, shady space that is more like an outdoor room.
pants hung some discreet little wires across the yard, then draped the fabric over them crosswise. we secured the ends with wire ties and some stitching. i took some great shirtless pictures of pants during this process, but he’ll kill me if i put them up. sorry, ladies.
pants loved when the kids rolled up in the canopy fabric when he wasn’t looking.
pants also tore out 2 huge bushes that were overtaking our planter box, and majorly trimmed back the other foliage. then he put in a bunch of jaunty little palms. we decided to keep them in their pots for now, since they look so cute.
sharkey was a tremendous help with the plants.
so here’s the finished result. we LOVE it! it is really nice and cozy back there now. of course, we still need real furniture, decorations, etc. but that will have to wait till phase 2.
this is where we want to put a real table and chairs when we get some extra moosh.
here’s a view of our grill area. we made the canopy fabric over the grill more adjustable, so we could move it out of the way if it got too smoky.
my contribution to the project – spray painting some glass jars hot pink.
we had to trim our (neighbor’s) branches back, but in a few weeks they will look like this again:
our back alley was a hot mess of tangled weeds and old wood, so we spruced that up, too.