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  1. July 12, 2013
    Melissa

    I love it, Tara!!! Absolutely beautiful! Too bad I don’t live closer I’d be coming over to enjoy your space all the time. 🙂

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    • July 16, 2013
      Tara

      I’d love to have you! I get the feeling that you’d always be bringing over delicious nibblies for us to share! It’s too bad that I’m so far away!

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  2. July 12, 2013
    Amy of while wearing heels

    What a lovely and lush yard you have. I love the brick pavers and the shade elements (I’m part vampire too).

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    • July 12, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you, Amy! Lush is definitely the word for our backyard – there is greenery everywhere (and invading in places where it shouldn’t). The shade is one of my most favourite parts of the backyard. It keeps everything so nice and cool!

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  3. July 13, 2013
    Danni@SiloHillFarm

    How gorgeous Tara! Love the patio furniture and all the greenery! Shade is something I have a problem finding here on the farm with all the open fields! Looks so inviting!

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    • July 13, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, thank you, Danni! It’s been a lot of fun watching the yard (finally) come together! I do think I might consider trading my shade for the view of acres of fields and a creek in my backyard, though! 😉

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  4. July 13, 2013
    Kenz @ Interiors by Kenz

    Your backyard is glorious. I am so envious. Maybe in 30 years we’ll have a backyard that doesn’t blow chunks. One can dream 🙂

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    • July 13, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you, sweet Kenzie! Honestly… it was a dirt pile for years. And I didn’t know what to do with it (or myself) when I was out there. We’ve only just gotten the hang of it… and I still have an unstained deck and an ugly back door, and some weird patches in my sod. I’m learning that the backyard is the reno that never stops needing renos. (And have you noticed that quite often, people who have beautiful backyards often have regular ho-hum houses, and then if you have a beautiful interior, the yard is either kept up by a gardener or is low-maintenance shrubbery?).

      I’m so deep today. 😉

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  5. July 14, 2013
    Julie

    Beautiful green yard. It is very hot where I live in Louisiana and everything is suffering for water right now. As for the deck – we had a large one built last summer and procrastinated about staining it. This spring when we decided to do it, there was mildew everywhere and it was yukky. We had to clean and scrub before we could stain. We used Behr Semi-Transparent Redwood. It’s beautiful, but every leaf, piece of grass, muddy paw print, etc shows really bad versus how it looked on the natural wood. If I had it to do over I would go with either natural or a lighter stain.

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    • July 14, 2013
      Tara

      Julie – Thank you so much for this comment. I’ve been humming and hah-ing about what colour to stain our little deck and it’s been a tough decision between a more natural stain and a coloured stain. I definitely don’t want something that is going to show marks – the kids are constantly making marks and footprints, etc, wherever they go.

      We also had a solid-colour stained deck (the one we ripped down) and while I liked the colour of it for the first year, it wore off in a really horrible way (with the original colour showing).

      I think you’ve convinced me to stay on the lighter colour spectrum. Now I just have to get the motivation to stain it! 🙂

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  6. July 14, 2013
    Krista @thehappyhousie

    What an awesome space! And that ain’t no traditional chain link. That is some stylin’ black link that somehow manages to disappear into the background. Hmmm…. deck stain. That’s a tough one. We did a lighter grey opaque stain in our first house and liked the coverage it gave…maybe choose a colour that blends between your siding and your stone? Good luck, tough choice!

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    • July 15, 2013
      Tara

      I know – the deck stain one is a tough one, isn’t it? Trouble is, the colour of our house – which I don’t love – is pinkish. And the colour of the stone is greys and reds. I love the look of solid colour stain, but I don’t think I’m up for the upkeep. I’m liking your idea of a grey stain… I’ll take a look at those. And I’d better get on it… we only have another month of relatively rain-free living! 🙂

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  7. July 15, 2013
    Kirsten @ One Tough Mother

    This is so pretty Tara! I’m jealous! We have SO much work to do in our backyard – it’s completely unusable right now, which royally sucks because it’s huge and has tons of potential, but there’s so much to be done it just all seems so overwhelming right now.
    Great job – love the yard, the fountain, the gnomes, all of it 🙂

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    • July 15, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you so much, Kirsten! Our backyard has been years in the making. There was a whole year that we had to host barbecues and parties in our front yard – yes, it was THAT awesome – because our backyard was totally unusable. It also didn’t have a fence.

      How luck for your guys that your backyard is huge! I’m sure that when you’re feeling ready to tackle it, it will all come together. For us, it was the patio that really got the ball moving. It seemed to bring everything together. 🙂 You should post pictures of your space – I’m sure that it’s not as bad as you say!

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  8. July 15, 2013
    Alex @ northstory

    As someone who lives in a subdivision and planted a tree just to get some shade and a speck of privacy, I totally envy your lush green private yard!

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    • July 15, 2013
      Tara

      Oh thank you so much, Alex. We’re lucky that our street backs onto a ravine. it does offer so much privacy; I’m far too accustomed to it. 🙂

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  9. July 16, 2013
    Melissa

    Wow! I love it! I wish my backyard looked like that but with our HOA I know the furniture wouldn’t be allowed because it can be seen over our fences, but a girl can dream and your backyard is a dream!

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    • July 16, 2013
      Tara

      No furniture because it can be seen through fences!!? Oh no – how do you have dinner al fresco? Are you allowed to have a patio table and chairs?

      That aside, it’s nice to have a little patch of green of your very own. Can you garden in your lot?

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  10. July 18, 2013
    Bethany

    I am so in love with your backyard!

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    • July 18, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, thank you so much, Bethany! It’s the project that didn’t ever want to end. Finally – we’re feeling good about it!

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  11. July 24, 2013
    Kolleen

    Chain link is brilliant for this purpose. My sister used it in a similar fashion as her place backs up to a walnut orchard. Her’s isbrown. I talked my landlord into doing the same thing. We back up into some large properties, some with horses. We went with brown and the visual space is amazing. I live in town so its amazing to sit inside and see horses running!! I recommend it highly and if you need privacy in some areas you can add privacy slats in many colors.

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    • July 29, 2013
      Tara

      I was so thrilled with my chain link – though I was nervous at first. I’m so glad to hear that others have discovered it too! (Maybe it will be a trend!)

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  12. January 9, 2014
    Lincoln Sheeran

    Hey…. Tara I know i am so late to say you thank you for this lovely post . There are really so much good ideas to decorate patio or backyard of your home . Patio has the ability to increase the value of your home. Among the patio solutions that you can get is a patio shade canopy. This equipment primarily works for you as protection from the sun but they have been developed throughout the years to contribute to your overall home design.

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  13. March 3, 2014
    Ryan J.

    What a beautiful backyard you have.
    I hope you find enough time to relax and make the most out of it.

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