Now that my outdoor living spaces are planted and done, I can’t wait to take you around for a backyard oasis home tour. So grab a cup of coffee or tea and come tour my home.
I’m so excited to be part of the Bloggers Best Summer Home Tour hosted by Kelly from The Tattered Pew.
If you are coming from my good friend Kathy’s at Up to Date Interiors, welcome! She has a beautiful home and I enjoyed dropping by to see her summer style.
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Welcome to My Outdoor Living in Summer Home Tour
As an avid gardener, I enjoy creating beautiful outdoor living spaces that incorporate lots of plants, flowers and organic elements to create a cozy and relaxing atmosphere for my family and friends.
Now that my planting and decorating efforts are coming to a close, I want to share how it all looks this year!
Have you been getting ready for summer too?
Where I Live
I live in a quiet suburban neighborhood in New Jersey. We are about an hour from NYC, an hour from the Poconos, and an hour from the Jersey Shore.
We can get the best of everything here depending on what direction you travel.
My husband and I bought our home 23 years ago and have made SO MANY changes to it!
We’ve pretty much updated every square inch of our home.
And it all started with ripping the roof off of our 3 bedroom ranch to build a 4 bedroom center hall colonial.
One of the earliest home improvement projects that I have no pictures from, is the deck renovation where my husband built our two-tier deck.
He’s pretty amazing.
I updated and painted our kitchen by myself. It looks so amazing! You can see the full transformation HERE.
Wait until you see what it looked like before.
We even just did a total closet makeover!
To tour the inside of my home CLICK HERE.
Now that you’ve seen some of the updates and toured my home, let me show you the outdoor living spaces.
Because they’ve come a long way too!
Outdoor Living Spaces in Summer Home Tour
If you’ve been following me a while you know how much I LOVE my outdoor living spaces.
These spaces didn’t always look this great.
I made a lot of mistakes along the way.
Because I love plants and flowers, they fill my outdoor living spaces in both the gardens and my deck and fire pit areas.
Outdoor Dining on the Upper Deck
As I mentioned earlier, we have a two-tiered deck that my husband built about 20 years ago.
The upper deck has always been used for dining.
For many years, we could never sit out here and enjoy it because the hot summer New Jersey sun made it unbearable for most of the day.
But a few years ago, I found an awesome gazebo like this one and it’s been life-changing.
We are out here all the time now!
Enjoying Sunsets on the Lower Deck
For many years, we significantly underutilized this deck.
Sad, I know right?
We had a cute outdoor wicker set similar to this one, but just didn’t use the space much.
I recently gave it a makeover by adding THIS conversation set with gas fire pit.
We are out here all the time.
As much as I love our real outdoor fire pit, it is so nice to be able to enjoy a quick fire without the fuss.
The Fire Pit Garden
This area used to serve little purpose after we dismantled our kids’ playhouse.
It accumulated lots of debris and brush.
And just looked terrible!
A few years ago, my husband built this fire pit for Mother’s Day.
We purchased a pallet of stone and he dry-stacked it in place.
Since building it, we’ve enjoyed lots of cozy nights in front of the fire with our family and friends.
And last year, we added these solar string lights to help light up the fire pit garden better.
I never took these lights down since putting them up last year.
It’s been almost a year now that they’ve been up and they still work AWESOME!
It is so convenient that they just take care of themselves, turning on and off at dusk and dawn.
And if you’re curious about the lanterns, they are my favorite. You can get ones similar to them HERE.
Thanks for stopping by my spring home tour.
If you’d like to walk the gardens too, CLICK HERE.
I hope you’ll come back and visit again!
Be sure and stop by my friend Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill who is the next stop on the Bloggers Best Summer Home Tour.
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Blogger’s Best Summer Home Tour
This week I’m joining some of my blogging friends for the Bloggers Best Summer Home Tours! All week long we are welcoming you into our homes. You can visit each summer home tour by clicking the links below.
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