okay, guys — today is finally the big reveal on my outdoor patio makeover. i’ve been so excited to get this project completed and share it with you, and start having some backyard shindigs! when i first saw this yard i knew right away what i wanted to do — and that was cover up the gray cinderblock walls that you could see right outside the kitchen window. my thought was to create an outdoor dining space for entertaining and lounging and to make this backyard into the beautiful outdoor space i knew it had the potential to be. there’s a long list to do around the house, but i made the backyard my main budget priority since we spend so much time outside in L.A. it’s still a work in progress but one i really enjoy taking on, so with the help of my talented carpenter colin hughes, the two of us designed a space that would serve a multitude of purposes: to not only cover the cinderblock but serve as an outdoor dining area with built-in benches; a pergola up top for shade; and above the pergola a sunny deck surrounded with built-in planters. the idea is that we’ll plant wild grapes and passion flower vines to grow up and over the pergola and create a cozy, lush space for dining al fresco.
so i sketched my ideas up, and colin made it happen. colin measured (and remeasured) and we ordered western red cedar wood from bohnoff lumber yard and he went to work. we chose cedar because it’s a highly durable wood and naturally resistant to rot, decay and insect attacks, which means anything you build with it will last longer and require less maintenance. and aesthetically, there really is no substitute for the natural beauty of real cedar — and it also smells pretty heavenly! plus, real cedar is sourced from the most sustainably managed forests in the world.
next up, a dining table and chairs. i went with williams sonoma home’s la coupole indoor/outdoor black granite top table — it’s durable and beautiful. plus i had this whole black + wood look in my head and it was exactly what i’d envisioned. it looks gorgeous out here. i then added CDI’s vintage-inspired industrial striped raw metal chairs for a sophisticated but funky look. together they make one fine outdoor dining space. oh, and i hung some great black globe lights for a little extra ambiance.
i then hired my favorite upholsterer here in L.A., Fernando Cerda of Cerda’s Upholstery to create custom cushions and pillows. Fernando had done such a lovely job on my vintage day bed, i knew he would take as much care with my outdoor seating. he used black sunbrella fabric which can actually be hosed down, and withstand El Niño, if she shows up. he used very durable foam for the inserts (these covers zip off, too) and for the throw pillows we used down filling for extra coziness. he also updated my vintage homecrest chairs with comfy cushions and is making new lounge chair cushions for the Christopher Knight lounge chairs i found on overstock, also in sunbrella.
so that’s where we’re at. next up, some landscaping is needed big time! the planter boxes above need filling and the hillside needs new life! i’ve been working with rolling greens nursery who gave me some great ideas for a drought-tolerant hillside with plants like succulents, cacti, rosemary and a few trees — i’m hoping to plant some nice fruit trees like figs and oranges, and maybe a few olive trees for a Mediterranean vibe. i’d also love a couple of raised vegetable beds! time to get out the gardening gloves, shovels, and my green jeans and get to work — good thing i happen to really love gardening!
sources: williams sonoma home la coupole indoor/outdoor black granite top table; CDI vintage inspired industrial striped raw metal chairs; black globe lights; rolling metal cart and homecrest chairs – vintage find at flea market; black custom cushions by Cerda’s Upholstery; Christopher Knight lounge chairs from overstock; black globe lights from amazon.
• photography by lily glass for sfgirlbybay.
meet artist jane wilder. jane’s always been intrigued by the beauty and diversity of the American and specifically the California landscape and the natural world — thus her etsy print shop, california wilder. jane was lucky enough to grow up in a home where the visual arts was encouraged. So many of the natural treasures of our area are in danger and are being threatened by things like our current drought, overpopulation, misuse of natural resources, and lack of awareness of how we affect the planet, which is why jane donates 10% of all proceeds from Wilder California to National and California State Parks.
All of jane’s prints are photographed and hand-printed in California. They add beautiful color and light to any space and today, we’re giving away an 11×14 print on heavyweight, archival fine art matte paper — your choice!
to enter to win a 11×14 print of your choice from wilder california, simply:
• follow wilder california on instagram.
• comment below letting us know you followed on instagram.
• please comment by tuesday, october 20th, 12pm PST.
• as always, be sure to leave a way to reach you via twitter, facebook, email or your website.
• hurrah! this giveaway is worldwide.
• we’ll announce a winner selected by random number generator on my twitter account later on the week of october 20th, so be sure and follow along.
ever since my trip to coqui coqui in tulum i’ve been enamored with this magical balance between bohemian and a more modern sophisticated look. i love that vibe, and these rooms share it but with a bit more color. i’ve found a few rooms i love with an interesting combination — especially this one above from architectural digest espana. this color palette is not one i would have imagined, but i really like this look — a great color combo of tawny gold hues and teal and turquoise. pretty exotic combination, isn’t it? here’s a few more images with that very bohemian palette inspiring me at the moment.
Top to bottom, left to right:
- Leave it to this airy, modern Australian family getaway to take your breath away.
- We just couldn’t ignore the pure and simple way these potted cacti are lined up against the wall.
- A Merry Mishap beautifully encapsulates the ever-inspiring Toronto homeware shop, Mjölk.
- What a gorgeous smattering of art and greenery to complete the dining room.
- These pistachio meringue cookies are a delightful combination of crisp and melt-in-your-mouth.