We when first bought our new old home we started where all good renovations start….
…on the inside.
If this is your first time visiting you can read the story of the house here.
Or better yet? You can read where it all began here.
We were tired. So we ate bonbons and watched the Real Housewives.
Not even close.
We started working on the outside. We redid the flower beds and added new plants to the yard and worked on the grass and planted trees and painted the brick steps and porch and then we finished with this.
Here’s the one thing we did to get our backyard ready for summer.
Let me start at the backyard beginning.
There are actually two back yards at our house divided by a driveway.
When I was little, the back back yard was a wonderful place. It used to have chickens and a fenced in area for the dogs and trees and bushes and an old shed that looked like it might fall over if you blew on it. When we bought the house back from the family that my mother sold it, they removed all of the general stuff from the back yard and it’s flat yard now without any trees or bushes.
The front back yard was always the fancy side of the yard.
It has four sidewalks that all lead up to one center circle. When I was growing up the circle was full of different things depending on the decade. It never lacked decoration. There was a bird bath that cracked in half when someone kicked a ball into it. There was the skateboard ramp that went over the middle of the circle and came out on the other sidewalk. There was the random half a bush that people were always running into with their big wheels.
I’ve hunted Easter Eggs next to it.
I’ve played four square and bounced a ball around it.
I”ve almost backed into it when I was learning to drive.
I’ve kissed my future husband on the curb while the circle looked on.
Here’s a better view into the back yard standing on the porch.
You can see the four sidewalks.
You can see the green grass of the back back yard on the other side of the driveway.
You can see the fancy back yard with the circle.
The circle has a new friend.
This fountain. You can see it here over on Lamps Plus.
There are five layers of spilling, dripping, tumbling, tinkling droplets of water.
You can almost hear the water dancing over the side in this picture.
Isn’t the patina incredible?
It has a beautiful slate finish and it looks like it was just imported from an estate from the south of England.
But the best part?
As fountains go? It’s super affordable. I’d been looking for a fountain for a long time now and they were always out of my budget and about three times the cost of this fountain.
It was easy to install, too.
You just plug it in and the fountain does the rest.
There are tiny little LED lights that twinkle when the sun goes down.
It was what the circle needed.
The backyard of my youth? The backyard of skateboard ramps and big wheels and jacks and hopscotch and four square and kicking the can has grown up a little.
At night when I’m coming back from walking the dog or listening to the gossip from tenth grade or holding the hand of that future husband that I first kissed on the curb, the fountain plays its tinkling music in the background.
Life has come full circle.
And it is so wonderful to be home. 🙂
PS I’m so happy and honored and so full of joy I could SHOUT IT FROM THE ROOFTOPS.
I’m one of five Lamps Plus Ambassadors for this year.
Here’s our photo from the recent event in Los Angeles.
I have so much more to share, but I’ll let my smile do the talking for now.
disclosure: This post was written in collaboration with Lamps Plus.
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