Today we're sharing our yards and outdoor spaces and I have to be honest, I wasn't super excited to share. We had so much rain in April and May that yard work was almost impossible (if it wasn't raining than the ground was too wet to do anything). All that said, we still have a lot of work in progress happening in our yard :)
For years, gnomes have been showing up on my doorstep with little notes about needing a good home. She will deny it, but it's totally my mom :)
My boys think they're hilarious and they love hiding them around the yard and their playhouse in the back. I was creeped out by them at first, but they've grown on me.
Our house sits on a corner and we have LOTS of trees, which means lots of beds and gardening work. It's neither Dave OR my favorite thing to do, but we make it work :)
On the left side of the house is this large bed filled with irises, hydrangeas, lilies and sage. I'm currently fighting a losing battle against this weird ground cover that keeps popping up, but I'm determined to win.
Through the gate is the side yard, and if you remember from last year - the big change is that we just removed all the lariope grass. It was running rampant and was just a hot mess. We're trying to make sure that all of that is gone this year and then next year I'll plant in the bed on the right. It's A LOT of sun, so I'm thinking more sage.
So sad that it was overcast and yuck yesterday! Here's the yard now and then last year.
In this back corner is our little bench and flower pots. At some point we'll probably replace this with a hammock.
I love y'all, but it was raining yesterday and so I didn't pull out my patio cushions... or have the boys pick up their toys :)
The pergola used to have THOUSANDS of roses, but they became diseased and so we had to take them out. I am DYING for wisteria out here, but I haven't done enough research to know whether or not it can survive in Texas. Any tips, green thumbs???
And here's a picture from last year of the sandbox...
Okay - so next up is something I debated sharing. But several of y'all asked about our lockers the last time I mentioned them, so I'm biting the bullet and sharing our garage. I've mentioned it before, but our garage is almost impossible to put cars in. Well, you can put one car in the garage, and then before you can back it out you have to make sure there are no other cars in the driveway (our driveway has a weird bend to it because of a storm drain.... poor planning and not something you notice until you're living in the house. hahaha).
Since it's not really conducive for actual parking, we've made it into a play area/storage space/work area.
Our office furniture from our old house and the armoire from Luke's original nursery suite are up against one wall and house coats, jackets, blocks, tinker toys, etc. in the pieces and then decorative items I'm not using at the moment on top.
Since we don't have a designated playroom, we store a lot of toys in the hutch out here.
The dresser from Griffin's nursery holds dress up clothes (hats are in the bins on top) and the PEACE sign from the boys room at Christmas is a fun addition :)
And yes - one of the knobs is missing because it's in my purse so I can find matching ones for the drawers on her bed.
The opposite side houses some yard tools, our easel, power wheels and bikes and such. My kids LOOOOOOOOVE getting out the Fisher Price Little People on rainy/snowy days so they're in the blue bins as well.
They redid the locker room at the club a few years ago and we got three of the old lockers for our garage.
The kids each have one and it's where they throw their jackets, backpacks and shoes. And yes... THEY put everything in there, hence the mess :) #letitgo
The rugs are ones that I've had in my house over the years (or my mom has) and they're great out there because the kids are comfortable sitting on the floor playing trains or doing a messy craft or stuff like that.
So.... there are our outdoor spaces! I wish that I'd had better weather for taking pictures, but such is life! I can't wait to see your spaces and get lots of inspiration!