Backyard Updates

It's hard to believe it is already September so I figured it was time to share our backyard updates! I am always a little late to the game, sharing summer stuff when most people are starting to decorate for fall but better late than never! Last year I posted about all the plans we had for updating and improving our backyard.  I am very happy to report that this year we were able to achieve a lot of it!! This corner of our yard was my least favourite because of the gap in the hedge and just generally looking unappealing. Thanks to my super handyman, this corner is now my favourite!! He built a beautiful bench swing all by himself and it is a much better focal point than our patchy hedge. He built it and I stained it so we make a pretty good team :) He also did all of the landscaping - removing the grass, edging and adding crushed stone. Sooo much better!! 

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Last year I also talked about adding a conversation set to the patio. As soon as I saw this set on sale at Jysk earlier in the summer I jumped on it and am so happy I did!

 outdoor pillows- Target, outdoor rug- Real Canadian Superstore  

outdoor pillows- Target, outdoor rug- Real Canadian Superstore  

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It is so much more comfortable and better to entertain guests rather than always having to sit at the patio table. Which is looking rather dated and is already on the list to be updated next year ! 

With the new conversation set, we noticed it was a bit too dim after dark with only the light above the basement door and the string lights above the patio table and chairs. I decided to add string lights to this area as well using the same method to create my light poles -  galvanized buckets half filled with cement, 2x2s + top soil and some flowers. Additional details on my DIY string lighting can be found here.  

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I bought this vintage bottle opener from a local farmer's market that I attached to our deck post along with a little dollar store bucket underneath to catch bottle caps. Easy and accessible DIY opener that doesn't get lost when we are entertaining in the backyard :) 

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I keep things pretty simple when it comes to gardening. I buy a few planters and my favourite Boston ferns and try my best not to kill them before Labour day :) I do not have a green thumb and have already destroyed my little herb garden. Thankfully our beautiful hydrangea bush continues to bloom more and more each year, unfortunately I managed to kill a new bush :(  

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I have to best honest, at this point in the season I start to get lazy and care less about outdoor plant maintenance and start looking forward to leaves falling and crisp mornings and nights!! Speaking of leaves falling, our poor tree starts losing leaves at the beginning of August and they are not the pretty kind! By mid- late August I start to feel like summer is almost over despite having another month of warm weather ahead. But rather than be sad I get excited for what's next - - F A L L !! It's been a bit cooler and rainy lately so it's got me excited for sweater weather, scarves and boots. I start to feel a bit uninspired by the end of summer as I usually take a break from projects. The start of a new season always excites me for the change in clothing, decor and weather. We are ready to enjoy the last long weekend of summer and then welcome fall with open arms!! 

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Wishing you a safe and sunny Labour Day!

Jess xo