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Backyard Retreat Inspiration Board

The moment I walked into the backyard with our realtor, I could see possibility. I was immediately imagining summer dinner parties, outdoor movie nights, and lots and lots of memories to be made. We bought the house last year in June, and since then I’ve been working room by room, space by space to create something all our own.

This summer’s big project has been the backyard! We (and when I say we, I totally mean my husband – my job is really to just point to pictures in the Restoration catalog and say, “Just like this.”)  have been working on all kinds of DIY projects, and I’m loving the way they are turning out! Don’t worry… we will be sharing the full reveal with tutorials.

So what have we been making? First I had to come up with my inspiration. Our backyard is very green with minimal flowers (thank goodness cause I don’t keep flowers alive very well),  so I created a concept that would compliment the green but was designed for entertaining. I wanted it to feel welcoming and relaxing but still modern and fun.  Once I finished the inspiration board, it was time to get to work. Taylor began building, while I worked on finding the styling aspects and accessories to bring it all together.

Back Yard Retreat: Inspiration Style Board featuring Tommy Bahama Banana Leaf Pillows, Black and White Striped, Gas Fire Table, Mason Jar Chandelier and a Outdoor Sectional. Lot's of greens and natural wood with a hint of Coral for fun!
SOURCE LIST:  1. Edison Style String Lights – Found mine at World Market /  2. Pillows: Tommy Bahama Banana Palm Pillow by MicaBlue, Black and White Stripe Pillow from Ikea Solid Coral Pillow from AnyarwotDesigns  /  3. Restoration Hardware Belvedere Sectional (We will be making our own DIY RH Inspired Sectional)  /  4. Farm Table (Similar here) – We will be building our own DIY Table.  /  5. Outdoor Monogram Pillow by  Kess, White Garden Stool from HomeGoods   /  6. Air Plants by Sea & Asters  /  7. Cement Fire Table (image source) – We will be building our own DIY Fire Table  /  8. Mason Jar Chandelier by BootsNGus   /  9. Lanterns (I found mine at HomeGoods)  /  10. Outdoor Throw Blanket  from Houzz   /  11. Sundial Side Chair by Serena & Lily   /   12. Outdoor 8×10 Rug from Overstock   /   13. Wooden Cooler Box (image source) – Found mine on Etsy from Sweetly Salvaged

So far Taylor has built a RH Belvedere inspired sectional, a 10 person farm table, and a fire pit! Next will be the cement forms for our planter boxes and Gas Fire Table.

Summer in Seattle has been especially amazing this year, and I have been loving getting to enjoy it in our almost ready to reveal backyard. Today though, I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing our Inspiration Mood Board. I can’t wait to share the full reveal!



  1. […] all home projects that way!) as we’ve worked to make our backyard our own. We started with this vision board and then got to work. I feel like we’ve completed phase one (we only anticipated one phase […]

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