Our backyard is finally looking more “civilized” and home-y. We had gone through many revisions of what our backyard would look like – mainly because of this plot of dirty that spans a little less than 1/2 our yard (the rest of which is unevenly laid concrete).
When we first moved in, there was a giant above-ground pool sitting in the middle of blue-ish rocks. It was not the most pleasant thing, so we had it removed. We decided to put in grass. That worked great for the first year or so, until we realized how much water it would take to keep the grass alive, especially during the hot, hot summers! At the same time, the ledge was starting to fill up with more trees, and so I was running out of room to grow veggies. And so, last fall, we decided to put in 3 planters. But then it was 3 planters on top of an ugly patch of dirt. So last week, we finally finished it by putting in some peachy, irregularly shaped tile and smaller pebbles. I think this was the best decision ever for our backyard so far. Haha.. I’m still getting used to how good it looks compared to what we had previously! We are so happy with it…and my husband worked so hard on it!!
My husband and I are getting ready to paint one of our walls. It seems like we just painted since we moved into this house only 3 years ago, but after going back and forth on ideas for this wall, we decided that maybe a chalkboard wall would be neat! It’s the only (large) blank wall in our family room that separates it from the dining/living area, and we thought it would be cool to have it be an area where our family could “play” around on it. Steve is set on having Caleb learn his ABCs on the chalkboard wall, and we thought it would be cool to even make it magnetic so that we could hang up Caleb’s artwork in the future.
I did some surfing around for ideas and was blown away by how stylish all these homes were with their big or little chalkboard walls! I’m torn between the framed chalkboards (#1, 4 and 5) versus the full-wall ones.