*This post is in partnership with Bed Bath & Beyond, but all thoughts, opinions, and selections are my own.
I’ve had a love/hate relationship with our backyard since the day we moved in. I love that we have a pool. Before we moved in I didn’t think I would ever say that. The pool provides entertainment, fun, a place to cool off, and allows us to host lots of people. I don’t love the state of the rest of the backyard. Concrete as far as the eye can see and a small area that won’t grow grass is what we’ve been working with. The large trees offer great privacy and shade, but they make having a lush yard impossible and leave quite a mess every fall. Because of our black lab I struggled to find anything I could plant under them that he wouldn’t trample. So brown and boring this corner of the yard had sat.
Shortly after we first moved in Micah built a huge sandbox for the kids. This gave the area a purpose, but it was still an eyesore. While it got some use the first year, last year saw very few kids building castles or driving dump trucks. Our dog sadly passed away in the spring and this summer felt like the right time to tackle the space. With no real use of the sandbox and no dogs in the house for now we saw it as the perfect opportunity to add on to our outdoor living.
I’ve learned that people who come over for parties either want to be in the water or want to be in the shade. Under the trees is the coolest you can get and away from the noise of the pool. It seemed like the perfect place to create another element to our outdoor entertaining, so we spent the last few weeks transforming it from drab and unsightly to lush and inviting. Micah tore out the sandbox and we used the sand to create a paver patio. I spent time researching, shopping, planting, and mulching thanks mom for the help! and its always so humbling for me to take on a landscaping project. I love to design all sorts of things, but landscaping is a totally different animal, and having to plant and space things out for growth takes a kind of patience and discipline I really struggle to muster up!
Just like indoors, the right furniture is what really makes a space livable. Did you know that Bed Bath & Beyond offers thousands of outdoor furniture and decor items online? I’ve always thought of them as the store to head to when I needed fresh towels or a new kitchen appliance, but it turns out they really are serious about the “Beyond.” I found the most beautiful set of Acacia wood furniture on their website, and it arrived at our door in no time. I mixed in our existing fire pit and used the coffee table with some other pieces I already had. Breaking up the set brings cohesiveness to the backyard living areas while making this set my own. You can never have too many garden stools seriously. I can bring this one inside in the winter to hold a stack of towels in the bath or elevate a plant in the sunroom.
Micah pulled these pavers up on a job site several years ago, and someone else’s trash is our treasure. They have so much character already.
A durable, large, outdoor tray table is the perfect entertaining piece. Its easy to move around and ideal for drinks or snacks.
Beyond the heat of the summer, this will be the perfect spot to cuddle up around the fire come fall. In the meantime it’s a respite from the sun and a place to continue the party past nightfall. It’s safe to say our backyard is slowly transforming into a space I love and look forward to inviting guests into!
So how about you? Do you have an outdoor space you spend lots of time in? I’d love to hear about it!