The little house we rent on a quiet street in South City is home to a nice backyard, perfect for Walter Bishop’s sprints back and forth to chase cars. The covered patio off the back of the house was what sold me in the beginning. Large brick stones cover the large patio, wide-open to the rest of the space.

The car port off of the garage will become a second patio area. Due to Walter Bishop escape attempts, we rarely, if ever, park our cars inside the fence. I hope to build some sort of large table out of reclaimed materials (a wooden door, sign, or something) and park a small gathering of metal chairs around it, perfect for backyard BBQ’s.

A few weeks back, my family spent a Sunday rehabbing the plants, flowers, and ugly shrubs that were left by the previous tenant. The flowers they planted are growing quickly, adding pops of pink and purple. I hope to nab some hanging plants for the patios, too.

With summer fast-approaching, my obvious next project is lawn furniture of some sort. Seating for friends presently consists of a couple old wood dining chairs, my prized 1960′s lawn rocker and some sweet camp chairs that should only be used for Husband Pants’s manly float trips.

I’ve been scouring the web for ideas + here are a few of my faves:

These benches from Anthropologie are so dreamy…if I could only make them myself!

Perfect to sit in while reading White Noise, like I do every summer…


I have  a “thing” for old metal lawn chairs. I love the idea of repairing these oldies with leather belts. Yee haw!