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Black Fences

We’ve taken down our back deck, we’re in the process of designing a new one, and all of the sudden I’m being hit with a ton of inspiration for changing up our garden. And I think one of those changes is going to be painting or staining our fences black. Here are some images I’ve been pinning for inspiration.  I feel as though the black highlights greenery more and is a backdrop that makes nature just stand out. Plus it’s classic. And I’m obsessed.

Images linked here / and many sourced from here 

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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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Reupholstering Outdoor Furniture


The only picture I can find of my “blue” couch.

In 2009 we purchased a blue sectional sofa that was *almost* perfect – except it was blue. It was the only reasonable outdoor sofa on the market at the time. Short on funds, but needing something for the exterior, we purchased what we could. The sets “bones” were good, the cushions were comfortable and the only unfortunate element was the blue, which I never warmed to. But we bought it, because I figured I could live with the blue, as long as it was comfortable. Continue Reading →