Take It Outside with Brooklyn Limestone | Beautiful Blogger Backyard Series

Brooklyn Limestone
Have you enjoyed all the backyard eye candy shared this week?  Huge thanks to Eclectically Vintage, DIY Playbook, That's My Letter and Life on Virginia Street for sharing their amazing backyards. Want more?  Yeah!  Because I have 5 more inspiring outdoor spaces for you coming up next week. But before we get there, I figured it was only fair I shared our personal concrete jungle that is the Brooklyn Limestone backyard.

While our space is not in the same league as the lovely ladies above, the transformation from the "before" is pretty drastic so it's worth a mention.  Ok enough blabber...let's get down to it.  Let's start with the before...

Yea, it was that bad! And now the after...

Our backyard is pretty small by most people standards but a good size for city life.  When we moved in it was an absolute disaster with a few feet of garbage hidden by a jungle of weeds. We replaced that with pavers, a small raised garden and deck. To make it work best for us, we have it broken up into unofficial zones. Starting with our raised deck, we make the most of the limited square footage by going vertical.  Then down the steps to the street level we have ample seating in one area, a playhouse, an outdoor magnetic chalkboard, a kids table and a potting bench that serves as a workbench/buffet tucked under the staircase.  And I can't forget those edison string lights I wanted for 7 years and finally hung last year (and left up all through the winter without any issues - knock wood!) We've tried to squeeze as much use we can out of this small area while also keeping it low maintenance  (and who am I kidding? I have a black thumb so a lush garden was never in the cards)

It's been a slow work in progress but I'm happy with how it looks now.  Now if only the weather would cooperate so we could actually enjoy some quality time back here. It's too darn hot for me right now.  Autumn can't get here soon enough!

For the curious, here is a complete source list:
Trestle Dining table & Bench from World Market
Playhouse by Kidkraft from Wayfair  (before being pimped out)
Outdoor Magnetic Chalkboard is DIY 
Children's Picnic Table by Ikea but now discontinued - this one is similar
String Lights by Birch Lane 
Marble Bistro Table scored secondhand
Wicker Chairs by World Market 
Striped pillows by Lowes 
Succulent planter DIY 

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!  See you back here next week with 5 more fabulous outdoor spaces to inspire!  Want to share your own beautiful backyard?  Drop me a line or tag your insta photos with #beautifulbloggerbackyard

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