Bloggers Give Back – My Backyard Design

Bloggers Give Back – My Backyard Design

As many of you know, I am lucky enough to be helping Lindsay with her amazing project to transform the backyard space of the George Herman House.
As part of the process, Lindsay came up with a little design challenge.
She asked each of us to come up with our own ideas for the space and will post links to all of them tomorrow on her blog.
For now, here’s a look at what I’ve put together for the space.
The space was inspired by the book Food Fashion Friends by Fleur Wood- specifically her garden tea party feature.

I wanted to use lots of pastels with the grounding of some earthy darks- grey, rust and woody naturals.
I used this layout as inspiration because we’re hoping to design a low maintenance space.
I envision pebble ground covering with wood decking and three distinct seating areas.
Surrounding the perimeter of the space would be greenery and flowering trees for colour…I chose, Japanese Maples, Lilacs, Peonies, Magnolias, Dogwoods etc.
The first seating area closest to the house would be the dining area.
I see a large dining table with bench seating so that all 10 residents could sit comfortably.
I’d love an overhead trellis/beam covering to provide shade and allow for a candle chandelier.
Potted palms, plenty of cushions, an outdoor rug and lots of candles would complete the space.
After passing the dining area and about halfway down the yard, would be a little quite nook designed for reading, reflecting, and just enjoying the tranquility of the outside space.
I included a little outdoor settee, lanterns for nighttime reading, a little side table for resting a book or a bevie, and a cozy Persian rug for underfoot.
I’d again use potted palms to help designate the space.
The last space would be towards the back of the garden and would span the entire back width of the space.
I see the back fence being turned into a green wall so that the yard would be more private.
{I’d actually like all 3 sides of the yard to be green so that no fencing would really be seen.}
In front of the wall would be a number of wicker lounge chairs so that the residents could really lie back and relax.
Each lounger (and we could put as many as the space would allow right along the back) would have its own little end table that could hole a drink/snack/magazine etc.
We’d again have an area rug underneath to provide a soft real living space feel.

And that’s pretty much my design for the backyard.
All of the furniture is from IKEA, the rugs are from IKEA,  Outdoor Rugs Only, and CB2, the fabrics/pillows are from Tonic Living, the candle chandelier is from Arterirors, and the glass pendants are from Anthropologie.
As as I said, Lindsay will be posting links to all of the designs tomorrow and you are invited to VOTE for your favourite- a fun little contest!!
Good luck to all my fellow designers;)
So, make sure you like over to Aubrey&Lindsay tomorrow and in the meantime….a new paypal donate button has been set up on the Bloggers Give Back website so you would like to help, you can just click there and donate directly!!!
We still need to raise many dollars for plants, decking etc.
Anything you can give would be SOOOOOO appreciated and would make you totally awesome and totally adored – like forever!!
In other news, I woke up to a blizzard this morning- school buses were even cancelled:(
Makes these garden spaces even more appealing.
Happy day boys and girls.

  • Morgan
    Posted at 08:43h, 23 March Reply

    A blizzard?! It’s 85 and sunny in Charleston! (not to rub it in) πŸ™‚

  • Sarah (La Maison Boheme)
    Posted at 08:46h, 23 March Reply

    Amazing design, my dear. I’m might run out this very minute and re-create your reading nook. You don’t mind, do you?

  • Brandi
    Posted at 08:58h, 23 March Reply

    Wow I wish this was my backyard! I’m working on putting a lot of plants and a stone pathway in now but the patio needs some serious work!

  • A Delightful Design
    Posted at 09:00h, 23 March Reply

    Lovely! This looks like a lot of work, and you’ve hit it out of the park. Love it! The textures and colors work perfectly together.

  • Camila
    Posted at 09:04h, 23 March Reply

    What a great project. So lovely. I love all of your designs. My favorite has to be the reading nook. Love those lanterns!

    Sorry about the snow! We had flurries this morning in NY. Can’t believe I was walking around without a coat this past weekend and now rain/snow.

  • Julip Made
    Posted at 09:08h, 23 March Reply

    Oh Christine, this post is making me wish even more that I had an outdoor space to dine al fresco. So beautiful and inviting! Happy day home at least and hopefully the weather clears up soon!
    ~ Julie

  • Danielle Oakey Interiors
    Posted at 09:19h, 23 March Reply

    These look incredible, i especially love the lanterns!

  • Anna of IHOD
    Posted at 10:11h, 23 March Reply

    Okay you have me in the mood to go buy some lawn furniture. This is breathtaking! I spend my days outside in spring/summer.

  • travelkate
    Posted at 10:18h, 23 March Reply

    What a wonderful project. I am in love with your design…and can’t believe the furniture is from Ikea! I never really thought to shop there for outdoor furniture…I’m inspired! The reading nook is my absolute favorite…

  • Lily
    Posted at 10:25h, 23 March Reply

    So cute…love all the flowers and of course the furniture ! It looks great.


  • Kerry
    Posted at 10:45h, 23 March Reply

    The snow definitely put a damper on the day, but your beautiful garden space totally brightened mine! What a gorgeous plan Christine – it looks so feminine and relaxing. Love it and can’t wait to see more tomorrow from the others involved! πŸ™‚

  • The enchanted home
    Posted at 10:45h, 23 March Reply

    You did good! LOOVE all that you put together, the gorgeous soft hued flowers, the dramatic dark furniture, fabulous!! Can’t wait to see more….

  • Jackie
    Posted at 10:58h, 23 March Reply

    It’s gorgeous Christine! I absolutely love it all-especially the reading area. You have definitely inspired me to spruce up my backyard.

  • Andrea
    Posted at 11:36h, 23 March Reply

    It is going to be gorgeous! I am going to have to do a little landscape design in our new home (yet to be found) in Alberta….those Albertan homes are seriously lacking outdoor living space!

  • Sara Mueller
    Posted at 12:11h, 23 March Reply

    Such a great cause! Will definitely donate money! I love your design.

  • Julie and Lauren
    Posted at 12:24h, 23 March Reply

    Wow. So impressed that these are all IKEA! Love. I am obsessed with that ikat rug in the last picture.

    Posted at 12:35h, 23 March Reply

    It looks fabulous! You are so amazing and also so so talented, sweetie πŸ™‚ Stay warm…it’s snowing here too!!! xoxo

  • Amanda
    Posted at 13:08h, 23 March Reply

    Looking forward to voting! I just bought those loungers from Ikea last week, but alas we are still having yucky weather…booo!

  • Kori
    Posted at 13:20h, 23 March Reply

    I’m loving this post! Can I come? Have a great day doll!

    Have you heard about my good news? Kori xoxo

  • things that sparkle
    Posted at 13:28h, 23 March Reply

    Absolutely love your ideas! This is giving me so much inspiration for my roof deck. I am going to get it seriously in order this summer! Gorgeous Christine!

  • jillian :: cornflake dreams.
    Posted at 14:04h, 23 March Reply

    how exciting!! i love the inspiration photo and all of the pieces you have picked out! xoxo jcd

  • barbara@hodge:podge
    Posted at 15:38h, 23 March Reply

    What a great concept. Pretty!
    Blizzard? We FINALLY have sun shining here in Vancouver!

  • Lovin That!
    Posted at 15:50h, 23 March Reply

    That looks amazing! I’ll take that backyard space, please πŸ™‚

  • Rachel @ Little Bits of Lovely
    Posted at 16:07h, 23 March Reply

    This is such a brilliant concept! I love, love what you have created, such an inviting sanctuary to relax and the perfect place to entertain! xo

  • Lissa @ After Adornment
    Posted at 16:34h, 23 March Reply

    Love the concept. Its so pretty and peaceful! I hope the snow goes away so you can actually see gardens like this soon!

  • Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful}
    Posted at 17:00h, 23 March Reply

    Bummer about the blizzard…but definitely nothing is a bummer in this design! So gorgeous and romantic…the soft colors and beautiful choices in plants…it’s making me wish that was my backyard! Definitely heading over tomorrow to vote for ya!

  • Renee (
    Posted at 18:15h, 23 March Reply

    What a great project to be involved in! It’s going to look stunning once it’s complete πŸ™‚

  • designchic
    Posted at 19:20h, 23 March Reply

    I’m going to love it…can’t wait to see. Our 80 degree NC weather really gets me excited to see the garden party!!

  • Lori @ Lori May Interiors
    Posted at 19:29h, 23 March Reply

    So sorry about the snow! It was beautiful here in Atlanta today.

    I love your design. Such a relaxing space!

    Here’s wishing you a garden party soon!

  • Savvy Gab
    Posted at 21:22h, 23 March Reply

    LOVE the inspiration boards hun!! They even gave me great ideas for my own backyard!! Planning to have those 3 exact areas – well done!

    Posted at 22:05h, 23 March Reply

    I love that so many people are getting involved in this! So great : )

  • Marcus Design
    Posted at 00:09h, 24 March Reply

    Ooh! I love your design plan Christine, the color story is so springy and fantastic!! Can’t wait to see how it all turns out, so many talented people are involved!!

    PS. HUGS to you for your super kind comments over at Hallie’s blog today, I always appreciate your support πŸ™‚
    Nancy xo

  • Debby
    Posted at 06:46h, 24 March Reply

    Love the collages! xo

  • Chassity (Look Linger Love)
    Posted at 07:20h, 24 March Reply

    I was so swamped yesterday i’m just now getting to catch up! This is FANTFREAKINGTABULOUS. Love all the beauties you’ve included, expecially rugs and lighting. Guh. Oh and I’ll head over and vote πŸ™‚

  • Brittany {Gallery No. Eight}
    Posted at 08:31h, 24 March Reply

    Gorgeous inspirations! And I’m jealous of your snow day. Had to walk to class in that mess of snow haha

  • bazaarofserendipity
    Posted at 12:36h, 24 March Reply

    Absolutely gorgeous!! Lets just chill here have some cocktails and girl talk πŸ˜‰

  • Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful}
    Posted at 15:29h, 24 March Reply

    Just came back from your guest post over at 10 rooms…sublime, as per your usual! (c: LOVE it and I’m patiently waiting for them to get those backyards up so I can vote for yours (duh)…(c:

  • Lisa
    Posted at 09:52h, 25 March Reply

    So beautiful Christine, and I love how you put this post together – that inspiration shot is one of my favs. I am sorry I didn’t get to meet up with you last night at the Dabble thing! Soon… πŸ™‚

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