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Backyard update

As I talked about in my backyard dream post, we’ve embarked on a backyard renovation, as one of our many projects at our Portland Bungalow. While it’s still not quite up to snuff, it’s waaaayyy better than it used to be. We’re no longer ashamed when we have friends over. In fact, we can actually enjoy spending time out there, instead of looking out our back windows in terror about what might be growing on its own. 

Let’s do a little before and a not quite finished after. 


Backyard photo from realtors website. Luckily, when we moved in that crazy awning thing was moved out.

Side view of the garage


In progress, after: 




So how did we get to our progress so far? We added in a stamped concrete patio and retaining wall. A pathway back to our garage apartment made from the pavers used in our old patio. Two planting beds in the back that we’re growing some delicious veggies in. Grass on the bottom and top (not included in these pictures) and some plants here and there. We’ve got posts in the ground for a pergola to shade our patio, but haven’t finished that up quite yet. I’ll update you all with pictures of the final pictures once we get it all finished this summer. 

Finally — see that teak patio set? We got it for the smoking deal of the century up the street at the Stars Antique mall, I blogged about recently. This puppy came home with us for $95 for the four piece set! That’s less than even a chair would have cost us at most places. Granted, it has a little wear and tear on it, but we had planned on not buying a long term investment set of patio furniture for out here for the time being. I say, if we can even use it for 2 years, it was one of the best buys we have ever found! We’ll be sprucing it up with a little sanding an oiling shortly. Can’t wait to enjoy some summer dinners on it! 

Look out for some final pictures in the coming weeks! Let us know if you need any tips, tricks, or resources for your own backyard updates. 

– Lyn



Filed under Landscaping, Outdoor, Renovation Chronicles

Dreaming of.. a fantastic backyard

Here in Oregon, we’re still waiting for the summer to come, frankly, at this point, we’re still waiting for the spring to come. Of late, the weather has reverted back to it’s colder February like days, with clouds, rain, and cooler temps. However, I’m dreaming of a gorgeous backyard to spend my summer in, drinking Arnie P’s (Arnold Palmer’s for the layman), reading books, and having friends over for dinner parties under the stars (+ delicious wines, of course!). This weekend we’re going to start the first steps towards making that happen, so I’ve been building some inspiration files to help us along the way. I’m not even going to show you what we’re dealing with back there right now, it’s just too, too shameful. I promise to share some before and after’s once we have something other then what I like to refer to as our “mud pit/weed garden.”

Until then, here’s what I’ve got in my inspiration files.

Black and white pergola curtians to flutter in the wind via Coco + Kelly

Clean, white pergola to shade me while I drink Arnie P's

Square patio stones with a bit of greenery growing in between them

Solar chandy's to light my dinner guests

Delicious veggie's growing in my garden


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