Outdoor Spaces

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It’s spring!  In some neck of the woods!

Not ours.

So, I’m trying to get excited about the spring to come…


I stepped outside this morning to take pictures of our backyard lower level conversation outdoor space and it was windy.  So these pictures will have to do.

Now on to the home tour outdoor spaces.

By the way, if you’re here due to this photo on Pinterest please click here to read about aging wood instantly.  The pin goes viral on Pinterest at times AND the technique to make new wood look like old barn wood is incredible!

But if you want to see our unique backyard…keep reading. 🙂

outdoor-spaces-country-design-style-FPThis area is on our ground level stone patio.  The furniture was purchased four years ago and the cushions and pillows last week.

I have some sort of iron stand that holds a candle {flameless} or today I stuck in some flowers from the inside.

And if you look closely but below the flowers is a bit of red, it’s the…

hammockhammock!  My new favorite place to take a nap, I guess!  Too busy lately to nap.

outdoor-spaces-country-design-style-close-upThe birdcage has a chandelier hanging inside and for these pictures, I added candle cups with water for flowers.

The flowers will be on the bottom of the birdcage in about 30 minutes.

outoor spaces coffee tableThis coffee table came with the furniture and had a large round cushion that looked great the first year. 🙂

Then winter arrived with snow.  Then summer with the Arizona sun and the cushions looked…well awful!

So in with new cushions!

Except where do I find a large round cushion???


Aha!  Make a wood top!!

So I did!


And aged it with my favorite technique!


Our outdoor space is ready for company and…

Grinder-playhouse-country-design-style-3our strange little Bella.  I made this little door and two windows a few years ago to hang on a tree.  It was fun for awhile when nieces and nephews visit.  Then little Bella came to us last April and apparently just noticed the door and windows a few weeks ago.

Now when she’s in the backyard she’s usually standing at the door!

I think she’s waiting for a playmate to come out and play.  It’s the first place she runs to when the back door opens.

Outdoor-spaces-country-design-style-PNIt wouldn’t be a fun entertaining space without the company of dogs.

For more fun…

check out these Rustic Style projects made with the same tea and vinegar.

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