So…I mentioned that we finally moved into a house!
I’ve sort of mentioned it in passing, about how awesome it has been thus far. And “awesome” really is the best way to describe it. But so is “overwhelming.” After three years of living in the same apartment and doing all that we thought we could really do to make it “home”, I admit I fell into a bit of a decorating rut. I just didn’t feel like doing anything new.
But now, with all these fresh, new rooms to decorate and more outdoor space to play with than we’ve had in years, my inner decorator has come back to life.
But before I go too much further, here’s a photo of the house, because I can’t wait any longer to share:
Pretty, no? We’ve done a little bit inside, but that’s the easy part. One of the first big projects my hubby and I would like to tackle is the backyard. We like spending time outside now that we have so much room to move, but right now, it looks like this:
Nothing to write home to mom about. The grass is patchy and there are tons of fire ant hills. So that needs a lot of work. We’d like to lay sod and enclose the space with a fence, but given that this is a rental and not a home we own, we have to price those projects and decide just how much we want to invest. There’s a part of me that’s hoping we’ll eventually be able to buy this house, but even if we don’t, being able to really USE the back yard seems like it would be worth the investment.
The other thing the back yard severely lacks is shade. If it looks really bright back there, that’s because it is. VERY bright.
My hubby and I like to bring the baby outside in the morning to get some sun, but the back of the house gets full sun early in the day, and it gets really, really hot really quickly. In the late afternoon, the back of the house does get shade because of the position of the sun, so it’s a bit better. Still, adding some sort of structural shade will go a long way toward making it usable all day and making it look finished.
We’ve considered a couple of options, including awnings and umbrellas, but I think we want something a little more substantial.
Then we came across Patio Living pergolas and patio designs. Some of them are way beyond what we’d want to do as renters because they’d require structural modifications, but there are a couple that really make me daydream of the possibilities.
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Check out these two beauties:
That first one really makes my heart go pitter patter. The metal. The wood. All of it is just gorgeous.
Still, I need to temper my expectations a bit. We may have to do something a little less permanent for now. So we’re on the lookout for a nice gazebo as summer winds down and home stores start to put them on clearance before fall turns into winter. The point is, we have to do something soon, because spending time outside is all but unbearable without some shade. This is made especially frustrating by the fact that one of our neighbors has a beautiful covered porch with a ceiling fan.
Repeat after me: “I will not envy my neighbor. I will not envy my neighbor.”
What have you done to make your outdoor space more livable?
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