Happy Victoria Day weekend everyone!
Hope everyone has plans to eat lots of S’mores and sit fireside enjoying fireworks. As you may or may not know, I got a new patio installed recently (which I gave sneak peek pictures of in this post) and, as with any home project, that led to having to source new patio furniture and plan for the layout, the garden, and more. Home improvement really never ends, but these are all fantastic and lucky problems to be having!
Essentially, I plan to live in my backyard this summer. Last year, we barely spent time in our backyard because, well, it was mostly grass — and while that’s nice for Piper and for when you crave to feel the blades against your bare feet, I’d much rather have livable space, gardens to tend to, and spots to relax in. So I’ve been on the hunt for inspiration and ideas, and I have been working with some neat brands behind the scenes who are helping it all come together (which you can look out for in a month or so).
Today, I’m sharing a plethora of photos that have been inspiring my backyard makeover. My plan in three words? Neutral, overgrown, and lazy.
(Feature image photo by Lily Glass Photography)
Image above: The Knot – A canopy of lighting and a few big furniture pieces make this backyard party (or, in this case, wedding) ready.
Photo above: A first look at Garden Design Magazines latest issue, Wild Gardens – There’s something so effortlessly beautiful about an overgrown wild garden. Less work and more wildlife (keeping bees and butterflies happy)? Yes please.
Photo above: Show Home – I love the big neutral pieces in this backyard space, allowing for most of the colour and visual interest to come from textiles, plants, decor and lighting.
Photo above: SF Girl By The Bay’s patio transformation – Once again, loving the blacks, wood textures and simple lines and shapes.
Photo above: I’ve always been a hydrangea girl, but Katie Marx’s chrysanthemums are to die for. In my garden now, I mostly have low-laying flowers, so plating a few in behind would be stunning.
Photo above: This AirBnB in Greece is simplicity at its best – Just add a table, some simple chairs and lighting and let the overgrown gardens do the rest.
Photo above: Emily Henderson‘s Target Patio Makeover – This feels so Californian with the stone wall and creeping vines and the combination of greenery with bulb lights. The mix of blue and white textiles and warm and cool tones make for a cozy outdoor space.Layers and layers of texture.
Photos above: Design Rulz