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Backyard Ideas

Posted by on Jun 10, 2012 in art, backyard, banner | 100 comments

Not only is the inside of my house a constant work in progress.   The same thing goes for my backyard.

We have recently graduated from “Little Tikes” decor and swing sets to a fire pit and entertaining space.

I miss the fact that my children are not toddlers anymore, but I am not sad about the giant plastic sandboxes and climbing apparatus in neon colors no longer being part of my backyard decor!

But when we moved them out…I was looking for backyard ideas on a budget!

Here are a few Backyard Ideas that you might be able to use yourself!

Simple Backyard Ideas

The railroad ties were added during the “Little Tikes” phase.  I was so tired of weed-eating around all of the little pieces, so I created an area with railroad ties and playground mulch.  It was a great idea at the time. . . but, fast forward a few more years and we no longer have playground equipment.  Now what was I supposed to do with this area?

My first thought was to get rid of them and plant grass.  But, what are you supposed to do with 10 giant railroad ties?!  Do you know how heavy those things are?!  Not to mention, we had bought 2 too many when we did purchase them.  We had not known what to do with the extras then, so we just set them by the fence on the side yard.

I knew that I needed a plan B.  That is when it occurred to me that I could make a “patio” out there!

I moved the other 2 railroad ties (did I mention how heavy they were?!)  I got them as far as the gate and then I called on 3 of our teen boys from the youth group to help from there!

I had just seen in a magazine about planting boxwoods in containers, so I used the 2 extra railroad ties and the boxwoods to make a smaller area for our patio.

Yard Ideas

I added a little stone area to hold a table and planted flowers around it.

Budget Backyard
Then, I began to haul bag after bag of pea gravel to the house!

Next,I placed a phone call to my dad.

Me:   “Hey Dad, this is Melissa.  Are you up for a little project?”

Dad:  “What did you have in mind?”

Me:  “I was wondering if you could make an adirondack chair?”

Dad:  “I think I could do that.  Were you thinking about a couple for your front yard?”

Me:  “Actually, I was thinking about 5 for my backyard.”

Dad:  silence

Me:  “You still there?”

Dad:  “Did you say five?”

Me:  “Yes, one for everyone in my family.”

Dad:  “When would you like to have them?”

Me:  (doing a happy dance)  “Whenever you get them finished would be great!”

Simple Backyard

I used zip ties to secure some Christmas lights to the branches of the trees.  These are the big bulb Christmas lights. They really make the backyard feel magical!

Easy Backyard

We have been enjoying some great mild weather here in Murfreesboro, so we have really enjoyed this area so far this summer!

Did someone say, “S’mores!”

Backyard Landscaping

Landscaping Ideas

She Shed Ideas

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You can see my little playhouse is the back.


Yes, my dad made that also!  I told you he was handy!

My in-laws have a farm just a few miles from our home.  They have tons of rocks! So, we drove over one afternoon and loaded up with rocks to line the path to the fire pit.

Pit Metal

Spring Backyard

This is a picture that my oldest, Daisy, happened to snap in the spring.  I thought it was too pretty not to include!  Nice work, Daisy!

Backyard Design

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  1. OOOHHH…Melissa, I love this happy place! You have created a restful retreat within your own back yard, and you are an inspiration. Thanks for sharing, friend.

    • Happy to share! You will have to get your family over here one night for dinner and have some time around the fire!

  2. Looks like a great spot to hang out! We are slowly moving away from “little tykes” too. We still have a rather ugly playset…but I’ve been trying to “cute” it up a little bit this year 🙂 Thanks for stopping…and following!! Have a great week, Laurel

    • I did LOVE my swing set days!!! But, I also enjoy a “pretty” space! Good luck with your backyard!

  3. It’s super cute and peaceful!! Nice job!!

  4. Wow! You have an amazing backyard!! Love the fire pit area! So far looking fabulous… can’t wait to see what else you have up your sleeves. Now, you just need to invite me over to hang out in the fire pit area and roast some marshmallows for s’mores;)

    • If you are ever in Murfreesboro, TN, I would LOVE to have you over for some fire pit time! Thanks!

  5. Oh my gosh I love this! I want an area like that! You did a good job! Cozy and peaceful!

    But I have to ask… how are the mosquitoes there? 🙂

    • This year, we have had almost no mosquitos?! I think it is because of all of the birds in our backyard! As I add more plants and places for the birds, the less mosquitos we have! I do keep the tiki torches burning just in case!

  6. Love your backyard! What a great place to hang out with the family and friends.
    Mary Alice

    • Thanks! We are enjoying it! Luckily, we have had some cooler nights in the past few days and have really enjoyed the fire! Usually, it is entirely too hot by now for us to have a fire!

  7. Oh how pretty, I love the firepit, beautiful yard. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  8. You have a very pretty back yard. It looks so cozy and inviting.

    • Thanks! Cozy and Inviting are two of my favorite words!

  9. What a beautiful oasis. I could imagine some cool parties and BBQ’s happening in this yard!

    • I love to have a crowd out there!

  10. This is wonderful! I love what you did with this old playground area. You thought of it all, from the adirondacks around the firepit to the lights and even the greenery in pots. It really looks so magical and I would love sitting here with family friends anytime! Great job!

    • Thanks! I love to have people over or just have my own family out there enjoying the space!

  11. I just LOVE your back yard! And, your Dad did a GREAT job on the chairs! What a wonderful space. Love the lights in the trees too. The spring picture is gorgeous. XO, Pinky

    • Thanks! My dad is amazing! What would I do without him?!

      • where can i get chairs like that?

  12. You have a lovely backyard. I love all the lighting. Since we are TN neighbors I know the weather has been wonderful for enjoying your space. Your chairs are awesome, aren’t dads wonderful? Thanks for sharing. Stopping in from Savvy Southern Style.

    • What would I do without my dad? And, what about this great TN weather this summer! We are loving it! Thanks for stopping by!

  13. I love this! It’s perfect for hanging out with a few drinks around the fire 🙂

    I wish I were moving away from the Little Tikes stage, but we’re still in the thick of it!

    • ENJOY!!! I know you have heard it 1,000 times, but they are just little for a little while! Mine are at great ages: 12, 10 and almost 8. We have graduated from neon colored lawn gear, but they are still little enough! Thanks for stopping by!

  14. Love what you did! Great job and so warm and friendly….

    • Thanks! Some of my favorite decorating words are warm and cozy. I will have to add friendly to that list!

  15. I love it!!! We are working on our yard too and it’s a chore! Hubs wants some railroad ties to create some raised beds for gardening and we’re including pea gravel into our flower garden. I love the look of both and you did such a good job on yours! Can I come over?! 😉 It looks so relaxing!!

    • Thanks for stopping by! I would love for you to come over and relax for a while! You will need a place to relax after lugging around all of those railroad ties and pea gravel!!! Good luck on your project – I am sure that it will be beautiful!

  16. What a great backyard space! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  17. WHOA!!! So when does the party start!?? lol I LOVE your back yard!! KUDDOS!

    • It is a great party place! Thanks!

  18. that looks flipping amazing! that last picture is just too good to be true. what amazing work your dad did on the chairs, and i LOVE the boxwoods in pots! i always want to do that!

    • Thanks! My dad is amazing! And, I love boxwoods in containers! They require no effort!

  19. This looks so warm & inviting. I love the lights. What a great place to entertain. Love it!

    Warmly, Michelle

  20. Hi Sweetie~ ~I love what you did with your yard. I want to add pea gravel too but can’t talk My Beloved into it. . .yet! Still working on that. I am off to string lights in my tree too. Just picked them up and can’t wait to see how they look tonight. I’m new here so I need to become a follower.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

    • Thanks for stopping by! It is amazing what a few “Christmas” lights can do to make your backyard more special! Hope you enjoy some great times under the lights!

  21. I love your backyard and am sharing it on Friday Finds today.

  22. Oh wow! Your yard is gorgeous. I love the Christmas light. Such fun!

    • Thanks! It is amazing what a few Christmas lights can do for a backyard!

  23. Looks like a fun summer camp! Oh how I’d love to be sitting there roasting s’mores right now!

    • It is a fabulous s’mores makin’ area! I had my dad build the table off to the side so we would have a place to put all of the s’mores fixings!

  24. it’s a perfect back yard! xoox

  25. Your backyard is gorgeous and your dad is a real keeper!

    • Thanks! Yes, my dad is a keeper! He had made so many things for my house!

  26. Oh my gosh, what a wonderful outdoor space! Those chairs turned out great! I can just picture your family gathered around the fire, eating smores and sharing time together – priceless!

    • Our favorite thing to do around that fire is to make s’mores! My girls love it!

  27. OMG your backyard is just as cute as your house! I am jealous!;)

    • Thanks! We are enjoying our backyard!

  28. It looks absolutely gorgeous in you back yard! So magical and fun! I love love it!

    • It is amazing what a few Christmas lights can do! Thanks for stopping by!

  29. So beachy and fun! Where’s the Lime A Rita’s?

    • The beach is my favorite place on the planet! I wish the ocean was my backyard! Maybe one day. . .

  30. What a great way to get out of mowing a bunch of boring grass! Awesome job. and I can only imagine how beautiful the trees are in the fall. enJOYed your post.

    • It does cut out a LOT of mowing! Very low maintenance! The trees are maples and are bright red and yellow in the fall. It is beautiful. I will have to take more pictures then! Thanks for stopping by!

  31. Your backyard looks like one from a magazine. It is gorgeous! And what a nice dad you have to make those chairs for you. The whole area is fantastic.

    • Thanks! My dad is pretty amazing!

  32. This is a wonderful backyard. Makes me (a lot) envious! Did I say A LOT! Just beautiful.

    • Thanks! Wish I could share it with you so you would not have to be envious! I still have big plans for the rest of it!

  33. Love it! Love the chairs, love the lights, love the space.

    • Thanks! We are enjoying this space!

  34. Here from Thrifty Decor Chick – your backyard looks amazing! I now have a million ideas for ours – thanks 🙂

    • Yeah! Good luck with your space!

  35. What a wonderful space, Melissa! The area has really “grown up” hasn’t it? 😉

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. Hope to see you each week.

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

    • There is some good in the little ones growing up. . . but, I do miss the “Little Tikes” age at times!

  36. Hi! Found you thru From My Front Porch to Yours and am now subscribing. Your yard is amazing!! I’d live out there all summer long! I’d love you to stop by my new blog and say hello 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by and for following! I will be over to visit soon!

  37. Oh wow! What an awesome summer evening space to entertain and relax! LOVE it! Inspiring! Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

    • We are enjoying it so much! Thanks for stopping by!

  38. i love every single thing about your backyard :o) but those made-by-your-dad-adirondacks are beyond dreamy!