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Our 1/4 acre slice of paradise and the #1 reason we purchased this home. We spend a TON of time back here and this year we’ve spent even more. We created a covered dining space by painting an old pergola and adding corrugated metal to create a roof. Living in Southern California, our furniture is outside all your long and we can enjoy this space throughout the entire year!  
 
TIP: After we bought this house we found out it didn’t have hardwired landscape lighting. To have it installed under the existing concrete would have been very costly. Instead, we added tons of retro string lights.

We get a soft subtle glow around the yard and that's just the right amount of light.

Let’s talk about the FANCY shed! Basements are far and few between in Southern California. We have lots of square footage inside our home but little to no storage. There was one spot in the yard we could add a shed for more storage BUT that spot is just outside the dining room window. I asked my carpenters that were working on my kitchen renovation at the time to build something cute! And voila! This adorable thing arrived. It’s custom for this space and honestly didn’t cost much more than a commercial option!

No outdoor renovation budget? No problem! This tutorial can help you create a custom look in your yard for minimal cost and just a little elbow grease.

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BBQ Top: DIY STENCIL PROJECT

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tutorial:

Grow fresh fruits and veggies just outside your door with this easy planter box tutorial. Create a custom raised bed planter to fit your outdoor space with just three items you can find at your local hardware store.

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DIY PLANTER BOX

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Grab a glass of something delicious and take a walk with me. This space is the #1 reason we ended up in this home - it’s our own little slice of paradise in the ‘burbs.

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BACKYARD TOUR

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YOUR OUTDOOR SPACE SHOULD BE LIVEABLE.

we believe that

finishes

PERGOLA paint color

POOL

DOOR PAINT COLOR

SHED PAINT COLOR

Bottom fine white plaster, tile

(find it here)

sourcebook

Slate Waterproof + Stain, Behr

White Dove, Benjamin Moore

Tricorn Black, Sherwin Williams

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Sharing coffee till cocktails and beautifying LIFE in between.

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