Now that it’s nice outside I want to spend as much time as I can out there enjoying the fresh air. It’s nice to be able to use the front deck as well as the back yard at our house since it’s always sunny in one place but not the other. If we want to warm up in the morning, we sit in front in the sunshine. Later in the day, if we want to be warmer, we sit in back. It’s the same with wanting shade. Whoever built our house sure did get it right when it comes to making sure that it’s perfectly angled for optimized sunshine and shade. I’m not sure if it was intentional or accidental, but regardless, we love the way it’s angled for the sun
I’m always wanting to do something to make the house and/or yard look a little nicer. I think it’s just part of my DNA since I’ve been that way since I was a child. Now, however, I’m outside more again and the itch to improve my yard is back. The deck in front is O.K., but the back is definitely not. The back yard of our house is all uphill and is extremely rocky. It’s not terribly noticable, but you definitely can’t dig in a lot of it, especially the area that’s nearest the house. I’m not talking about rocks like in landscaping rock or rocks that can be moved, but rocks as in our house is built on what was a lava flow at one time. Yep! There were volcanos in Colorado long, long ago!
Back to the yard… I particularly enjoy the “rustic” or “primitive” look, both indoors and out. There are several places that Jack and I go to that have rustic courtyards or eating areas and we really like them. For my back yard, I think this theme would work really well with the natural landscaping, so that’s going to be my goal. One of the really nice things about this look is that everything doesn’t have to be new or shiny, it just has to look like it belongs. With that in mind, I found some ideas and want to share them with you!