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Creating A Backyard Retreat with Lowe’s / Reveal!

This reveal is two fold. Wahhhhooooo! So you finally get to see the pieces I picked from Lowe’s in my home that is a part of my collaboration with them – but as an added bonus, you get a pretty reveal of our new garage build that Aubrey and I took on.  It’s amazing, and, has solidified that we’re pretty much never, ever moving. Ok, going back a few years — This was the back of our garden in 2009.


And this is it now.

The reveal is obviously pretty dramatically different. And I’ll go into it all soon. The inside of the studio is being worked on and that will be shown at a later date. It’s pretty amazing the whole project. I promise I’ll go into more detail of the whole build but I do want to talk about the furniture that makes this space usable for us as a family and, for entertaining. When Lowe’s reached out about creating a retreat, we were wrapping up the build but the space isn’t really “liveable” without furniture. What finished off the outside space were the four Dorchester individual chairs chairs from Lowe’s, that I knew were perfect for this space. We used to have a couch back here and it really didn’t work (so we moved it up to our porch) and I found that Dorchester individual chairs was much more practical and, comfortable for guests. I use this area a ton with my girlfriends after school and likely during the summer – as we have a garden (sprinkler!) and a lane where they do chalk and ride bikes.


The chairs are AMAZING for a number of reasons. First, they are wide and comfy, perfect to make you want to stay and relax. The arms are wide, wide enough to hold a drink – which means I’m not in dire need to fit end tables or, have a coffee table in the middle of the walkway – which is a thorough way for the kids. The arm width is actually a huge bonus for me, as it does mean I don’t need more furniture and we can keep it simple.

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I seriously, seriously adore the set. Individual chairs are the BEST and I highly recommend them for your own space when considering relaxing with guests!


Picking berries to eat off our Saskatoon Berry Tree. 😉 Happy Summer Days.

The furniture was provided to me compliments of Lowe’s Canada.
Dorchester individual chairs sold at Lowe’s Canada.

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Creating a backyard retreat with Lowe’s / Part Two


Backyard Inspiration (click on image for source)

When designing a backyard retreat, one thing I’ve come to realize that really is best is to have “zones”. A zone for playing, a zone for eating, a zone for where you may sit solo, or, invite girlfriends over to sit and mingle as the kids play. When Lowe’s invited me to create a backyard retreat with them it was perfect timing as my “zones” had finally become clear. Construction for the most part on our garage (on the exterior at least) is done, so we could now focus on the entertaining aspect without tools being around. For me, it’s now time to start “decorating” the outdoors, much the same I do (and obsess over) for my interior. The zone I really wanted to focus on was the entertaining area for when we have friends over on Summer nights. A place where we could sit as adults and talk amongst eachother, while the kids ran (and screamed) elsewhere.  Continue Reading →

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Creating a backyard retreat with Lowe’s / Part One.


Lowe’s reached out to me to see if I’d be interested in transforming part of my backyard in partnership with them. Always up for a challenge, and you know, someone has to take on these sponsored posts to show you, I said yes. Twist my (rubber) arm. Pretty much within minutes of getting the offer, I got into the car and drove straight to Lowe’s to see what I could be inspired by. What worked, what would be perfect, what I could maybe creatively do in my space. I’m going to show you the start to the process and I can tell you that being ALMOST done the reveal (which you will have to wait for) it’s amazing. I think you will also be totally inspired to create your own space to enjoy in your own garden.  Continue Reading →