May 25, 2011

back yard mini make-over

a work in progress...


We just finished a mini make-over for our patio and pool area, and now comes the fun part, DECORATING!  The photos I took are a work in progress.  I'm currently looking for a 7-8 foot long rectangular dining table and am having cushions made in Sunbrella's Sand color. Pillows will be muted shades of blues, greens and tans.  I need all the inspiration I can get I'd love to hear your suggestions!  I think a bright punch of color would be fun...


lambs ears, thyme, and succulents

wating for a cushion
and solid colored throw pillows

an area for barstools now

the former grassy area.

Master-mason, Randy Speer, helped us to put into fruition the plans we had imagined, and we are so happy with the results!  He added a fire pit in a dark gray concrete finish and constructed a new counter to match for our bbq station.  Now we have room for four bar stools.  He also poured a new patio area for our lounge chairs that previously was an small, unused grassy patch.  And, one of favorite parts of the make-over was getting rid of a large brick planter that was between our house and bbq.  In it's place, we built a zig-zagged brick seating area that I call my little "Laguna Cafe".  It was inspired by all the quirky and fun brick work and styles in Laguna Beach.  I added two small granite and iron cafe tables, and a vintage wrought iron sign that we found at an antique store in Pismo Beach.  Here are some photos, and I will update them as things progress. 

backyard buddies


Ciao!  Fabiana

10 comments:

  1. Simply lovely and that last photo is the sweetest!
    Sandra Evertson

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  2. Love your backyard...so many wonderful spots to enjoy! How wonderful just for your family or for a party.

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  3. If you like fabric with stripes :http://www.toiles-du-soleil.com/articles-1/1-3-historique/. They do gifts for the G8 in Deauville. I like your backyard..

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  4. I wish i had a garden! I've never been in California but i spent two years in Cocoa Beach, Fl, and i had the best time ever! I do love the US!
    You now have a french follower!
    Have a sweet day!

    Eloïse

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  5. You have a lovely backyard and so much space to work with! Definitely agree with adding splashes of colour! Have fun with it!

    p.s. love those havaianas. where can I get them?

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  6. Gorgeous Patio - i need that Fish in my backyard!!! :) thanks for sharing over at Fishtail Cottage Garden Party! oxox, tracie

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  7. I am looking into redoing my backyard. Since my queensland healer has torn it apart..Hoping since he is older and more settled down, I can do something and bring it back to life. It will be my project possibly next spring. THANKS for sharing.. very lovely!

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  8. Just lovely!! And, the last picture is the best!! Found you via Michele Raven Designs and am your newest follower. Pop on over for a visit if you get a moment. Tootles, Kathryn
    http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2011/08/dining-room-new-paint.html

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  9. Looks great. I can just imagine sitting around the BBQ with a glass of wine.
    Bright colours would be fun in summer.
    Visiting from Primp
    Kylie

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  10. Looking good! I love the little cafe area and can see the appies and bottle of wine in the afternoon....I'm going to Rogers today to check out their summer sale merch; maybe they have a table for you??

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