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A long time ago in a land far away…..

….I had big plans for this space.

Big plans.

Really big.

And so we cleared the ground and laid the pavers and planted grass to grow between them and I was going to add a green house and a fire pit and a hedge border.

Except.

Well….except…..I didn’t do any of it.

It looks almost exactly the same…..except now the white chairs are a little dirty and have aged a couple of years….

….and there’s a few more daffodils.

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You tried to help inspire me.

Remember?

You gave me the most amazing advice on what to plant between the pavers when the grass didn’t grow.

And we tried a little of this and a little of that….

….but nothing worked.

So this almost amazing outdoor space…..just sat there….grassless…..with the plastic chairs from Wal-Mart….

….growing a little more forlorn with each year that passed.

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But this is a new year.

And I know I’ve said it before…..but I’m saying it again….

…..I have big plans for this space.

And I’m telling you…because I know that I know….that I know.

This is the year.

This is the time.

This is the season…..

….that I’m actually finishing what I started years ago.

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And here’s my inspiration board.

I’m thinking no more grass between the pavers….we are going to bring in gravel.

And create space for a fire pit.

And clean the furniture.

And add a greenhouse and maybe an arbor and planters and tables and benches and pillows.

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I can’t wait for you to see it.

Truly.

Now I just need to get started and that’s where the challenge comes in.

So maybe for now…..I’ll wash off one of the chairs and pour a glass of sweet tea and rest a while….

….I mean…..all this thinking about the garden patio is a lot of work. 🙂

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  1. Image for Heather {Woods of Bell Trees} Heather {Woods of Bell Trees}

    I look at my outdoors spaces and it makes me want to cry. I imagine people driving by screaming in fright, but truly they would be surprised is they came inside and might like to stay awhile. I look forward to seeing how this space turns out...maybe this will be my year too...I need your inspiration. :D

  2. Image for Karen (Flimsypi) Karen (Flimsypi)

    Honey, I love your inspiration. But just one small little thing...I think the yellow flowers you have there are Stella d'oro Daylillies, not Daffodils. But right now living in the Midwest, I'd love to see either! :)

  3. Image for Jane Jane

    Yep, those are Daylillies! My favorites! I can't wait to see the transformation from your Inspiration Board to reality! We did a 30k restoration to our back yard years ago. It was one of the best adventures of my life. I hope you have fun and enjoy making your backyard into an extension of your home!

  4. Image for Shelley Shelley

    Well...considering my back yard here in Maine is still under at least two feet of snow...I think it looks simply amazing even if I'm just a whole lot jealous that you have green grass and daylillies that like to be called daffodils... I'm sure your space will be mind blowing when you finish it! Just like everything else you do.

  5. Image for Susan Susan

    Oh, just use the weather as your motivation. After being stuck inside with such a nasty winter, this project is a way to create an outdoor spot to enjoy! And, I for one, can't wait to see what you come up with!

  6. Image for Sheryll & Critters. Sheryll & Critters.

    I am so excited for you to be able to build a greenhouse. Even doing it yourself is "expensive". I used to have one and it was that corrugated plastic and it was expensive. I only had a door and a large window in mine and an old fan..... and still expensive. But I loved it.... left it behind at the old house.

  7. Image for BrocanteuseRose BrocanteuseRose

    Awesome plans! Mentally my gazebo area is a beautiful French Countryside Manor knockoff, in reality there is a blue tarp down (lazy way to kill weeds) random corn husks from the squirrels, and plastic planters. Maybe I will join you this year in a "flurry of motivation inspiration" or I might be swilling sweet tea and living in my imagination. :)

  8. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    Oh...this is exciting! I'm really looking forward to seeing what exactly you'll be doing. I really get excited about outdoor spaces...and yes, those are Stella d'oro lilies you have there.... I like those too! So, are you going to do it all this weekend or what? ;)

  9. Image for Elisabeth Elisabeth

    Oh, Karianne, I cannot wait to see the progress you made! I need some ideas for our stone patio. It's beautiful - my husband did all the work - but it's looking a little barren since I moved my wrought iron table and chairs to our balcony off of the kitchen. I would like to get a fire pit, too. Anyways, looking forward to being inspired!

  10. Image for Regina Regina

    Can I be the first one to say that I'm glad to see YOU have a spot that is a blank slate, just like ME? My back yard is my priority this year. We planted some trees a few years ago, and fenced it in for our dogs, but there is NO privacy whatsoever. I told my husband not to even THINK about anything else for the front yard until the BACK yard is my oasis in the middle of town. Either move me to the country or make the country happen in our little-bitty town! :) So there. I will be visiting your collection as soon as I get library bills paid! ;)

  11. Image for ANN KOVACS ANN KOVACS

    Good idea getting rid of the grass between the blocks. You would be spending more time keeping in check. Been there, done that. What a beautiful spot you have to work with. I can't wait to see you results with it.

  12. Image for Charlotte Charlotte

    Eight years ago this really amazing young woman became part of our family. When all of the in-laws were meeting each other I was very nervous to have her folks see my not so great yard because I had heard that her mom is a fabulous gardener. Turns out her mom was worried about me seeing her house 'cause she had heard that I'm an interior designer. We all pick our moments to shine.

  13. Image for Jane Jane

    Karianne...you just have to have a plan and a lot of enthusiasm for digging in the dirt and swatting flies and mosquitoes! Your creativeness and design expertise will take over and you will love your outdoor space. I've been gardening for a looong time, to me it's an excuse to get outside! lol! I'd rather push a lawn mower than a vacuum cleaner. Good luck!! XO, Jane

  14. Image for Cindy Cindy

    Check out this! Beautiful Pinterest board I found with shed, arbor, and greenhouse inspiration! http://www.pinterest.com/valpenty/cabane-refuge-dans-le-jardin/

  15. Image for Sandy R Sandy R

    KariAnne, this why I love you SO much! You remind me of ME! I have such great intentions, but it takes me a few years to finally get the muscle & gumption to get the projects started. They always look great in my head, and on paper............... Wishing the best luck for this amazing project! You CAN DO IT! xo

  16. Image for TerriLynn TerriLynn

    ''I went to a garden party to reminisce with my old friends. A chance to share old memories and play our songs againnnnnnn'''.... la la la... great song ( Garden Party) thank you ladies.. it came to me and I am now playing the song it as I read Kari's blog and comments from you all!! Third time writing this.. ( screams a little ) when I typed a certain phrase it booted my computer off, had to start over.. lol I stink at the computer I swear but I sure love it, look what I get to read and learn!! I have that same area Kari..had the same idea with the grass inbetween.. hadnt been able to execute any of what I want to do yet.. so this is perfect for me to read for this is the year for me too!!.. I wont now (lol) plant the grass inbetween that is.. sorry it didnt work for you.. I might use mulch --- would love pea pebble but dont think its feasible..mine patio is going to lead to a ( ok this is where it boots me off for typing) >'' chic shed '' I typed it different so I am still connected, yay ! I will be using a leftover wooden pool deck my husband built years ago ( pool removed 2 yrs ago )that I want to use as the base from my tiny house/room, why waste it!! so I asked to keep it up (smiles).. I cant wait! have collected several things as well for my backyard oasis.. SOOOOO please keep us updated on this Kari.. I will be reading. and once again YAY on your BHG win dolly!!!

  17. Image for Elizabeth Elizabeth

    Wish i lived closer, I am a garden designer by trade, we could drink tea and you could pick my brain. It's what all my friends do! My fella is the most amazing, stone and garden guy I know. *he's better than me but thats our little secret* check out his facebook page "Michael C Jardin Fine Gardens" for some really pretty gardens! Good luck Kari Anne, just remember a real garden is never finished!

  18. Image for Lois@pineridgehills.com Lois@pineridgehills.com

    .....sigh........my outdoor living space has left home....truly.......it needs Everything! we concentrated on finishing the deck but now, around the deck is screaming for help!!! you have motivated me once again!!! Flower & shrub books here I come! Happy Friday! L.L.

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