Take It Outside with Brooklyn Limestone | Beautiful Blogger Backyard Series

Have you enjoyed all the backyard eye candy shared this week?  Huge thanks to Eclectically Vintage, DIY Playbook, That's My Letter and Life on Virginia Street for sharing their amazing backyards. Want more?  Yeah!  Because I have 5 more inspiring outdoor spaces for you coming up next week. But before we get there, I figured it was only fair I shared our personal concrete jungle that is the Brooklyn Limestone backyard.




While our space is not in the same league as the lovely ladies above, the transformation from the "before" is pretty drastic so it's worth a mention.  Ok enough blabber...let's get down to it.  Let's start with the before...


Yea, it was that bad! And now the after...



Our backyard is pretty small by most people standards but a good size for city life.  When we moved in it was an absolute disaster with a few feet of garbage hidden by a jungle of weeds. We replaced that with pavers, a small raised garden and deck. To make it work best for us, we have it broken up into unofficial zones. Starting with our raised deck, we make the most of the limited square footage by going vertical.  Then down the steps to the street level we have ample seating in one area, a playhouse, an outdoor magnetic chalkboard, a kids table and a potting bench that serves as a workbench/buffet tucked under the staircase.  And I can't forget those edison string lights I wanted for 7 years and finally hung last year (and left up all through the winter without any issues - knock wood!) We've tried to squeeze as much use we can out of this small area while also keeping it low maintenance  (and who am I kidding? I have a black thumb so a lush garden was never in the cards)


It's been a slow work in progress but I'm happy with how it looks now.  Now if only the weather would cooperate so we could actually enjoy some quality time back here. It's too darn hot for me right now.  Autumn can't get here soon enough!




For the curious, here is a complete source list:
Trestle Dining table & Bench from World Market
Playhouse by Kidkraft from Wayfair  (before being pimped out)
Outdoor Magnetic Chalkboard is DIY 
Children's Picnic Table by Ikea but now discontinued - this one is similar
String Lights by Birch Lane 
Marble Bistro Table scored secondhand
Wicker Chairs by World Market 
Striped pillows by Lowes 
Succulent planter DIY 


Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!  See you back here next week with 5 more fabulous outdoor spaces to inspire!  Want to share your own beautiful backyard?  Drop me a line or tag your insta photos with #beautifulbloggerbackyard

8 comments:

  1. oh my gosh the little green door! i can't take the cuteness! love this space- the lights make it so magical!

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  2. That must have been so much work. It already looked good, but seeing the before made it even better. :)

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  3. Very impressive -- I remember a lot of those projects. If you ever have time, a photo from Agatha's play house looking back onto your house/deck would provide the spacial awareness I'm lacking about the deck. It's totally not my business I'm just curious to see how it all flows together with your back door and stuff. What a great makeover!

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  4. Inspiring! Did you lay the pavers yourself? Husband and I are debating the pros and cons of doing the labor ourselves next summer (basically, cost vs. back breaking work).

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  5. I just love your space - I think you are too hard on yourself. It looks like the perfect space for the entire family to relax.

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  6. This is so charming, Stefanie! I can't believe the difference between the before and after photos!!! You did such a great job!
    Thank you for hosting this series-
    Jen

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  7. I can't believe that before - did you find any bodies hiding under the trash? Love those string lights - I want them too but they are impossible to hang in my yard without interfering with the cantilevered umbrella!

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  8. I love this series! I cannot believe the transformation - beautiful and full of summer comfort!

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