^^A flashback to a few weeks ago when we were sweating in 80 degrees. How naive was I to think it would last!? C’mon April!
Today I’m wishing for warmer weather with a warming jar of oats!
Whipped banana oats with an egg stirred in near the end of cooking for extra protein. (Those are bits of white you can see.) The last of some chocolate sunflower butter throughout!
My patio is officially done, so I wanted to share some photos of it – especially before I start to plant things in the garden! Here’s the view from above. I absolutely love the shape of it, the idea for which came from the designer at Integrity Design + Build.
You can see that I moved our deck furniture down to the patio, and up on the deck I now have a picnic table and umbrella. It’s so nice to be able to lounge below and eat above, just off the kitchen.
This 10′ umbrella and Heatherstone table came from Target and are both really inexpensive – $120 for the umbrella and $240 for the table. The table is actually metal made to look like wood so it should last and not leave splinters in little hands.
The San Paolo benches are from World Market and we had them at our old house’s built in picnic table. Now they make perfect food photography spots!
Back down on the patio, we have the Palmetto furniture from Pottery Barn, and the new navy blue cushion covers are fabulous. They actually came with blue pillow covers in addition to the seats, but I’m liking the blue + white vibe for now.
You can get an idea of what our yard used to be like from this photo. It was all sloped grass and there was a hill where nothing would grow at the top. Any fun in the yard had to be done standing in grass, and it wasn’t ideal for entertaining or sitting down while watching the kids play. Plus we always had to haul the furniture down for big events like birthday parties.
Integrity Design + Build carved out that hill, built a retaining wall, and then leveled the spot for the patio. All the dirt was deposited down the hill, so the bottom of the yard is actually a little steeper now, but that doesn’t matter since the top is totally flat.
Here’s an in-progress shot:
I love the pavers they chose!
The retaining wall created the perfect opportunity for some garden beds, so I have planted a few bushes there (with help from my landscaping diva, Lauren!).
Rosebush waiting to go in!
I am waiting until that final frost to put a bunch of herbs in this front box –
I had the garden framed with wood and filled with organic soil. I’m all ready to rock when it’s time to plant any day now!
I took the stones that were on the upper landing and moved them over to the mulch area of the garden. I was glad to find a new purpose for them!
I bought this huuuuuge umbrella from Lowes for shade. The patio is in direct sunlight alllll day long, so shade will be a necessity in the summer. This guy provides so much shade, and he even tilts to follow the sunset.
I’m still waiting for the grass to grow thick, but it’s popping through the straw!