Yesterday, we shared our progress demo-ing the huge, ugly structures in our backyard. We had intended to work on them again last night (since all our sore parts had stopped being sore from the last demo day), but a morning of rain made the backyard too muddy to work in– and so the demo waits until another day.
As I promised, here is a early, early mood board for our back yard. I’m still coming up with new ideas every day, so check back often for updated versions!
1. If one can be in love with lanterns, I’m in love with these Parker Lanterns from Z Gallerie. They’re on sale right now for $10 each and I’m having to physically restrain myself from buying one of each color. I’d love to have then hanging from the large tree in the yard. EDIT: I gave in and bought three of these lanterns right after lunch! They only have black in stock, so we’ll paint them to match our chairs!
2. We fell in love with these metal rockers at a local bar here in Dallas. After scouring antique stores for ages hoping to pick some up for reasonable prices, we managed to pick up four over the 4th of July weekend! We haven’t refinished them yet, but have done tons of research on how to remove their rust!
3. & 4. If I can’t be in love with lanterns, I’m most certainly in love with all things Mexican Talavera. The pottery has such vibrant colors… it’s the inspiration for our entire back yard color scheme! I’d also love to bring some tropical plants (like this banana palm) into the yard to give it a relaxed, beachy feel!
5. The colors on this outdoor fabric would be perfect for pillows on our vintage rockers. Plus, I’d finally be jumping on the chevron bandwagon! And at only $9/yard it wouldn’t break the bank.
6. Since we started this yard project I’ve envisioned strings of large white lights crisscrossing the patio to give it that perfect summertime atmosphere. These from World Market just might do the trick.
7. I really like the idea of an outdoor rug (or two) to break up the expanse of crushed granite on the patio. The terra cotta tones in this one from Overstock.com is picked up in the talavera pottery.
What do you think? What colors would you put on your patio? Anyone want to come down for a back yard warming party when we get done?