If there were ever an area of my home that is not a sanctuary, it is the yard. My husband and I are most definitely lacking green thumbs. This point was driven home a few weekends ago when I stopped by a friends house. Her husband was out fertilizing their lawn, my husband was a good month away from worrying about anything of the sort.
We have several problems:
1) Apathy – we want it to look nice, but neither of us want to toil away our weekends baking in the sun. Which brings us to…
2) The intense Colorado sun – Our back yard is south facing. While we have planted a couple trees and several bushes, it will be years before they offer any noticeable shade, the grass gets absolutely cooked during July and August.
3) Crappy soil – we have yet to have this confirmed by chemistry (although that has been recommended). I can just tell, we are fighting a losing battle with the grass.
In the past year I have made several acquaintances that are landscapers and landscape designers. I feel like we are beyond DIY and need some expert help. Here are some inspiration photos I have been collecting.
So, The plan is to eliminate or nearly eliminate the grass, getting some lush greenery that doesn’t use a ton of water.
Also, I need a little outdoor furniture. Last summer we scored a pair of outdoor chairs and a loveseat at an end of season sale. Now we need a coffee/cocktail table and a small bistro set.
Perhaps this table from CB2
For dining, perhaps this collection from West Elm
Or this table from Ikea
With this chair – too bad I don’t think the Denver Ikea will be open before the end of summer.
I also need a great rug.
Maybe this one from Rugs USA
Or this one from Dash and Albert
I adore this peacock design from Sawgrass Mills
Tons of decisions to be made, tons of work to be done, hopefully by the end of the summer, we will be ready for this –