Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Sideyard

Believe it or not, this is our first house.

We bought it in 1987 from the builder that I worked for at the time.

It is in a Planned Unit Development called Harbor Bay Isle.

The CC&R's  required us to put in the backyard landscaping within one year of close of escrow.

We were young with no money and no idea of what we were  doing...

so we bought some used bricks and with the help of my husband's brother, laid it in the sand off the back of our house until they ran out and have lived with it like that until NOW!

Even though we always thought our sideyard had potential and is considered quite large for this community, we never quite knew how to handle it.

After decades of living here we figured out that we needed to store our garbage cans and our bicycles, find a spot for our BBQ, and take advantage of the full sun to grow tomatoes and herbs.

I have also matured over the years and have come to embrace a less is more aesthetic.

I have to say that choosing pea gravel has exceeded our expectations.

It is so clean and bright and easy and fun to walk on!

Everything looks so fresh and crisp to me now.

It used to be so dusty, dirty and muddy, especially on mornings like this where it rained all night.

Next on the agenda is to get the house painted, which is long overdue and will really seal the deal!

I'm thinking about planting an espaliered apple tree in the 4 pots lined up against the fence which I just painted with Annie Sloan's Paris Gray chalk paint.

Here is a shot of the pea gravel wet.

When it is dry and the sun is shining it reflects the light and makes the yard so bright!

I bought the rusty work table over a year ago and brought it over from the prop shop. I am thrilled with how it looks centered under the window.

It will certainly come in handy with the vegetable garden and other garden chores.

I think we might even pull it out on occasion, place it at the end of the raised bed, cover it with butcher paper, place 2 wooden benches (currently being painted) on either side and have ourselves some caprese salads! Yum!

We planted an olive topiary tree in this vintage galvanized can. We currently have extra siding stored under an old sail that we will soon be using for repairs before the house gets painted. The painted benches will take its place.

We built this a few years ago to hide our garbage cans. It looks so much better now.

What do you think?

We are still tweaking the "backyard" and will be working on the border and installing a drip system in the new flower bed this weekend.


Kathysue said...

I think it looks amazing, perfect and wonderful!!Great job!
xo Kathysue

Divine Theatre said...

Oh! Em! Gee! It is perfection! I think espaliered trees would be the perfect complement!



Blooming Rose Musings said...

Spectacular!!! I think your idea of adding an espaliered apple tree is a fabulous idea and will smell divine when it's in bloom. Great ideas and great job!

vignette design said...

Love the new side yard. Looks amazing!

Karena said...

Dear Terri, it really looks great and I am sure you will keep adding new items as you enjoy the space more!

mikky said...

Oh your door with the seagull is so cute! You did a great job with the exterior of your place.


Acquired Objects said...

I love your new pea gravel, everything, great job Terri!

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debra @ 5th and state said...

this landscape designers thinks you two are brilliant!!!

oh my terri, what a great look and oh so unique. love in particular the vignette with the table from the prop shop

my husband went out of town and i had my crew dig up a large lawn area and install pea gravel. he was shocked, and if asked would have said no! forgiveness always usurps permission!

designchic said...

I can't tell you how much I love the new look - could hardly wait for your reveal!! The table with the urns looks amazing...just love it all!!

Leslie Anne Tarabella said...

Looks like lots of work, but well worth the effort!

Lucas' Mom said...

Fantastic renovation! Sideyards are often the ugly Step-Sister of the Beautiful Backyard. Not anymore and definately NOT Yours! Do you just love the simplicity and clean aesthetic of the gravel?! And that crunch underfoot is so comforting. I love that you will be using your raised planter boxes to grow tomatoes and herbs-why not! Pull up a table and pick your dinner from right there-Perfect! The Olive Tree in the galvy pot is the perfect accessory in the gravel. I suspect we will be seeing much more of that. ENJOY your hard work and your beautiful sideyard-No longer the Backyard's ugly Step-Sister! And as always-Thank you for sharing!!!

Mary Ann Pickett said...

This looks AWESOME! Feels very French...and your hard work has paid off...can't wait to see it as your garden grows and in the sunlight.

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Glamour Drops said...

There are so many clever ideas here! Love the old rusty bench - looks like a great sitting height as well as dining and work height. And espalier fruit trees I am quite mad about - such a great solution for a narrow space. Have just planted a lemon tree and am planning to train it in this way. Looks like you have changed this from a "one day we will..." to a "now we have" space.

kim at northerncalstyle. said...

I just love this. Looks so fresh and clean. I had gravel before at our other home and I miss it a lot. Low maintenance and also I love that you can hear when someone is walking around your home!

I'm thinking of doing the same in a side area with old cement where we house the same things. My son spilled a paint can all over the cement and I cannot clean it. Pea gravel would look so much better!