Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Backyard Living

Now that the weather is warming up, we've been spending lots more time outside, which has got me wanting to transform our backyard into another living area. Some spaces that inspire me [most of these come from Cookie. sadness.]:

[This deck = idyllic, and I'm all for year-round Christmas lights. Why shouldn't every day be festive?!]

[The ultimate see-saw adventure. For reals. And the back of Rachel Griffiths' house. We've just started watching Brothers & Sisters on Netflix, and Sarah is one of my favorite characters, so I was excited to see Rachel Griffiths' house in the last issue of Cookie Magazine. She has a beautiful outdoor space. I couldn't find any pictures online from that article, but I did find these from Living Etc. Not sure if it is the same house, but it has her style of blending indoors and out that I really like.]

[Hammock? Yes, please! and this rolling sandbox is genius.]

[there has also been talk of a tree house...check out these -- one from the UK and one from Germany]

Since this is our first year with an actual yard, I really want to plant some veggies, too. I'm trying to start small so I don't get overwhelmed, and think we may stick to tomatoes [although I've heard they don't grow well here], cucumbers, peppers and some herbs. Have you seen the portable garden sac by Bacsac? The picture on their home page [below] cracks me up -- could you imagine driving around like that?! Those containers would be a great way to get started, though.

Yowzers -- this post is getting long! I'll let you know how our transformation goes...and will hopefully have some pictures of produce in the coming months!


LLH Designs said...

A portable garden sac?!?!? That is a hoot and a half! I want to have a little garden, too...started with herbs. Mint is very forgiving. Survived the freeze and looks amazing right about now!

Heather said...

Alston, I popped an article from Martha Stewart's "Living" yesterday, about pressing foliage and using it to decorate indoors. Perhaps you've seen it, but it made me think of you. We are enjoying any warmer, sunny moment that we can outside, too!!

Caroline said...

If you want almost instant veggie garden gratification, plant some sugar snap peas up a trellis. I'm not sure if it's too late where you are, but it's so painless to do and maintain, that it's worth a shot. We just started harvesting and they rarely make it to the kitchen, Boone eats them straight from the vine.

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