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Aaron and I are making plans to completely overhaul our backyard this summer and I’m SO excited! We have a huge (albeit hideous) backyard at the moment and I’m ready to transform it into something we can all enjoy. After spending countless hours trying to figure out what to do we’ve enlisted the help of a friend/designer and he’ll be helping design our backyard. I’m so excited to see what he has up his sleeve! We currently live in a 3 bedroom house and for awhile this worked for us but with having Emma we realized we needed an extra room for our office so we can keep a room dedicated to hosting family and friends when they visit. We’ll be renovating an old airstream out in the backyard to use for our office and I can’t wait. I’m so excited to have it out back so we can have a separate space away from our house to work. And also, an airstream! How cool is that? I’ll post more about the process when we get into it.

Along with the studio we’re wanting to make the backyard pretty drought-tolerant. I’m thinking cacti, succulents, decomposed granite and rocks. I know we’ll soon have a crazy toddler so I don’t want to go too crazy with dangerous plants. I would love to add in some wooden planters somewhere to attempt to grow some fruits/veggies. We’re also thinking about adding in a firepit which makes me SO excited to have guests over and hang out in the backyard. Lastly, we have a big cement patio so we want to build a pergola for some shade. There’s a random grass patch that I wanted to get rid of but I think we’ll end up keeping it for the baby to play on when she’s older. Either that or completely move it off to one side of the yard and eventually build a play area/sandbox for her. It’s kinda weird being an adult and having to think about that kinda stuff now…

Here are a couple photos of what the yard currently looks like. It’s pretty big, I don’t even think these photos do it justice…


See? Really ugly.

It was COVERED in weeds up until this weekend when we had it cleaned up. It seriously looked like a jungle from all the rain we got in January and February. I’m not lying, the weeds were taller than Riot haha. I can’t wait to get started on the yard and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t SUPER pumped about picking out all the furniture and plants, too. Crazy plant lady over here! Who’s coming over for a bbq? ;)