Almost Done!

The last of the “before” pictures before the wedding.

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The terracing is taking shape and it looks amazing!

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The fencing is going up to define each terrace.  I never would have thought of this but it looks amazing!  This fencing gave us different zones so each area can have a different purpose.

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We repurposed these stepping stones.  My dad must have had an amazing love of stepping stones because they were everywhere in the yard, even places where you didn’t need a stepping stone.  Stepping stones that led to nothing really.  Positioning these took a bit of time.  It was like trying to find the right place for the sofa….a little to the left…no…down and a little to the right….

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I love the crisp look of white trim and white fencing and I was not disappointed with the way it turned out.

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Tessa and I finally decided on a shade of paint for the gazebo.  The colors of her wedding were turquoise and coral.  We decided early on that we wanted a shade of turquoise, a nice cool color for the gazebo.  But, getting the right shade proved challenging because the samples we kept putting up made it look like Disneyland in the 60’s.  We finally found this color which isn’t turquoise at all but had enough blue in it that it tied everything together.  It worked perfectly!  Definitely not a neutral but it allowed the turquoise and coral accents to really pop.

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Originally, we planned to completely strip the doors and paint them in shades of coral with touches of turquoise but we just ran out of time.  When we showed one of the vendors they said they thought it was on purpose and was “shabby chic”.  So, completely by mistake we created a shabby chic entrance to the back yard.

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There is nothing quite as transforming as going from dirt to green grass in a day.  The sod was laid and it changed the whole back yard in an instant.  I couldn’t stop looking at it.  The grass has never been as green as it was when they laid they sod and it probably never will be but for that week it was amazing and beautiful!

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Transformation complete!

So, here we are a week before the wedding.  I know, for any of you who know about laying sod you will know that this beautiful grass is not going to last because in a week we will have 125 people walking all over it.  Sadly, the sod was laid down 2 weeks too late.  It hurts a bit to know that much of it died but to save myself from too much anguish I just call it a rental….a wedding rental like the chairs and the tables and then I only weep a little for my beautiful lawn that I had for such a short time.

Next post will be the wedding!


The Transformation Continues….

You can start to really see what the terracing is going to look like.  I made tremendous changes to the house and now to the back yard.  The whole time, in my head, I kept thinking…I hope my dad likes this.  I know he’s gone and has been for awhile but I really hope if he can see what I’m doing that he likes what I’ve done to the house he built.  I really think he would’ve loved the back yard.  He was always so busy building the house and working full time that the yard got put on the back burner.  He did take the time some time to work on the back yard and since he loved to share his knowledge with anyone who would listen…I got to learn a little bit about gardening.

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It’s not much but you can start to see the terracing take shape.  Our lot is on quite a grade and you don’t really realize it until you start to look at it with a more critical eye.  I suppose it was hard to tell anything with a slightly sloping back yard overrun with weeds.


The front of the house starts to get it’s makeover also.


The gazebo doesn’t look so lost anymore. Finally it’s getting to be the focal point it should be.  Over 20 years old and it’s still as solid as ever.  Note to self…post a link to the company who made these!


One of my favorite decisions I made for the back yard.  The guys who were doing this thought I was more than a little crazy.  These 2 doors were salvaged doors that my dad had bought 30+ years ago from old homes they were tearing down.  They’ve been in the house along with 2 fireplaces full of salvaged brick and windows.  I love these doors and knew I wanted to keep them and do something with them.  I originally had plans to use one in the front as an entrance to the rose garden but that plan was still off in the future.  Part of the reason why they went here is because I had no place to store them.  They ended up being the perfect entrance to the back yard and I had a little piece of my dad as part of the back yard he always wanted the time to spend in.


Very, very blank….I wracked my brain with ideas to dress this up.  The results were great and still ongoing!


Not the best shot of one of the guys.  Juan the Juanderful is one of the guys that made this all possible.  He also had great ideas.  The gazebo became a pergola for awhile.


Looking so much better.  It is amazing how much a change in color can change your whole attitude about something.  I know that I’m very sensitive to color.  It completely affects my mood.  I went from absolutely hating being in this back yard to loving it with just a change in the paint color.


I just love this picture of my girls.

More pictures coming!