Our Backyard Inspiration – Home Decor Tips
The distinction between this guide and the articles from past years on backyard inspiration is that we now actually have a backyard that we want to design and it is a kind of rough and preliminary mood plank of our vision, including the outside of the home!! Initially, we wanted to start working on it this spring and have at least a first phase completed by the end of this summer, which now appears not to be happening due to the pandemic. However, I sit at home dreaming about the”someday” and spending that time planning things like our completed backyard. Therefore, in a way, it seems to be too early to talk about it, but that’s it: a draft of our first thoughts on the things we would like to do for our backyard and our outdoors.
More than anything else, I thought of landscaping. Among the features that I enjoy about our house is the way there’s already lots of vegetation that offers great privacy and a lush appearance, which I want to keep but refine a bit. So far, we’ve had to do little things like removing the hedgerows and vines growing on the house, which our inspector advised us to remove because in the long term, this kind of thing would degrade the outside of the home. I am also very happy we did it because a lot of things seemed out of control and I love that we may see more of our current home now. Some of these left us with empty spaces that we will need to fill, and during my routine pre-pandemic visits to local nurseries and present Pinterest crusades in the late evening, I noticed a few things that I would love to plant.
Mexican feather grass catches my attention. Excuse me for possibly saying the wrong name or variant of the plant, so if you are confused at any moment, take a look at what’s in the photo and know what I want. We’ve got a small path at the back of the home with a patch of weed overgrown awaiting progress, but I feel a row of these low tufts would look really good there. We also developed brick planters on certain areas of the home in which they would be beautiful.
This variation of fountain grass I love also. It has a more desert feel and goes so well with this textured clay outside, which I like also.
It is a picture of horrible quality but surprisingly one of the best of the few that I could find of the plant in a context very similar to what we would do. It’s pittosporum tenuifolium, also known as the silver kohuhu, and I like the fact that it looks wispy but nevertheless offers cover, like a milder hedge. I could see us planting them in the empty spaces between our trees, or along this path, I said it in the rear of the house. You can also see us using this to replace a few of the trees and plants that are already here that I’m not in love , though I still struggle with the feeling that I do not have the guts to pluck up trees and plants. healthy. . I think I would be glad if all we had was just a perimeter of them.
Speaking of perimeters, that would be the dream. It looks like it may be a corrugated black metal, which I guess is not cheap to install, and it’s also impossible to completely replace that which we already have that looks like cinder blocks stretched from a lattice in wood. The wooden trellis seems to be deteriorating and would be better to replace it, and the breeze blocks could certainly be covered with a black mineral paint that would give the identical look for much less. The point here is that I like the way the plants look at black and that’s the ultimate aim.
This source noted that this black fence was made of wooden slats nailed to wooden plates, which is absolutely what I’d do if we started from scratch. For our house, this will serve as an inspiration to potentially remake small regions of wooden fences that we have closer to the front of the home.
For quite a long time, I decided that our future home would be black, and photographs like this confirm why I was always so sure of it. This is what I’ve always envisioned, mixed with natural walnut wood and concrete. What I immediately agree with is doing what’s right for the home and what it is, and not always trying to turn it into a very different picture in mind. Considering that the white windows and red brick in our house, black wasn’t feeling well this time (and Oleg also said he didn’t like this idea), so the plan for the colour is. . .
White. You knew it. With the black perimeter fulfilling my need for black, I will feel good about getting white with the house which will complement black as always. What sort of blank is what I need to play and test samples.
The exterior of our home is mostly stucco, but again, I have an attraction for this clay texture which can be got with lime paint. I don’t know how it goes on the stucco, and Oleg has already expressed that he does not like this organic finish because for him it seems”dirty”, but besides that, I really like this putty color and I’d love to test a similar color sample.
For the red brick, we will probably wash it with lime, and the idea of forward is a neutral beige color like this to make it seem more like a natural rock. The other idea is to keep the red brick, which is Oleg’s vote, but I think we will paint the house first and then see how we feel about the brick.
If we could achieve this type of color variation, it would be better.
Also, consider painting the brick with the rest of the home the same color. It would be the secure fire option when our brick has been a more continuous area of the exterior like this, but because the brick is more of an accent just like for the steps and the planting containers connected to the bottom of the walls, I like the idea of keeping it appears somewhat different.
And then it gets me back off and I think maybe we could make the black housework, ha! Especially with this backyard layout so similar to ours with the sliding doors of our living room in the center and the French doors of our family room on the right, it is much easier to envision our house like that. I’d be more likely to do this when our windows were black – only a specific taste I have for black homes!
The last and the last on our list is the construction of a pergola. I say it is the last one on our list because we have a rough quote on it shortly after we moved in and it is pretty pricey. We also have a tricky situation with the way the addition on the house (family room) is reduced and does not line up slightly with the rest of the house, which will require extra attention to make the attached pergola more transparent.
Something free may work too, although I prefer the pliers nearer to the pergola attached in the last photo, but this broad spacing would be fine for hanging awnings for shade. That would be the goal at the end of the day, but for now not a high priority in light of our other programs!