A PLANT FILLED OUTDOOR OASIS

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This project was a long time coming and I’m so happy we were able to complete it this Summer! I dreamed of being able to drink my morning coffee outside amongst my plants, while watching my sweet puppy run around in the yard. Thanks to my husband, father-in-law and some friends, it is now a reality!!

Here’s the story – We actually started working on this two years ago. We had the pavers put in but shortly after hurricane Irma came through and the back of our house was a mess for a while. Things kept coming up that were bigger priority at the house (anyone else who lives in a 70+ year old house, you know what I mean, ha). Then the wedding was being planned! Ugh, another big reason to put it off. I think our families were sick of hearing us talk about what we eventually would do with our patio…My father in law took matters into his own hands and asked his two best friends if they wanted to chip in and get this done for our wedding gift. I was surprised and sooo happy! The four of them worked over the course of the weekend to build the structure and sprayed the stain on the wood. We let it dry for a week and they installed the metal roof the next weekend. I had already been collecting things to decorate with and couldn’t wait to get all of our plants out there. I had a garden party themed bridal shower and received a lot of beautiful things from Anthropologie and Terrain to use out here. I found the couch at a thrift store and my mom helped me get the cushions recovered locally. The fabric is weather resistant and the covers zip off so they can be easily washed (this was a priority because I really wanted white but I also have a big, slobbery dog lol). I got the chaise at an estate sale and spray painted it white. I also thrifted the coffee table and the little rattan cafe table set. The hanging rattan lanterns and circle rug are from Target, the gold and ceramic on the ground are Anthropologie. My mom made all of the pillows. Hunter tends to the plants! Scroll through the photos below to see the progress of our backyard and some pretty detail + plant shots 🙂

This was the yard before anything happened. It’s pretty good sized space and we have a big detached garage.

Here’s the process of the pavers going in. The middle photo is the giant oak tree that fell on the back of our house and covered half of the pavers. We couldn’t even open the back door. It was crazy but we are so lucky that it wasn’t worse. The rest of the photos are the structure going up and the last is covering the house before we spray stained the wood.

Finally getting to decorate was the bestttt!!! (pink planters all from Anthropologie, terracotta planters from Home Depot)

People always ask about this plant when I post it! It’s so pretty and I had no idea when we got it that it would bloom these beautiful pink, waxy flowers. It’s called a Hoya Carnosa and we got it at a plant show in St. Pete. I have yet to find one since! The brass planter is Anthropologie.

These are the pillows my mom sewed for me. We actually found rug sample squares on sale for like $5 each at West Elm! She sewed plain muslin fabric on the back. They turned out so good and add to my boho vibe.

My dress and Blade’s bandana are Anthropologie. My headband is from my friends shop, Ellen Anne

The gold bugs and string lights are from Target.

I love having the little lights on at night. Now that it’s cooling down in the evenings Hunter has been using the grill a lot 🙂

I can’t wait for it to be chilly and to sit out here with a blanket and my sketchbook!

XO

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