Outdoor Spaces

I thought I’d share this pretty photo from my Mom’s secret garden….

…to remind you to swing by Kate’s blog if you have an outdoor space you’d like to share tomorrow!

As for the outdoor space we’re workin’ on at Kev’s Mom and Dad’s house, well, we aren’t quite finished yet…but we’re getting there! And I can’t wait to show you what we’re gonna do with this!


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  1. says

    That is a beautiful spot. It calls for a book and something delicious to sip on!
    I’m going to guess the thing in the trunk will grow up to be a coffee table.

  2. Tina K says

    I am super jealous of your Mom’s garden! My family would survive solely on fast food and work would fire me….I could never leave. haha

  3. Lin M says

    I’m so anxious — have several old chicken coops in the barn just waiting to do something creative with them. Can you give us a hint?????

  4. Angela says

    You are so inspiring! I have caught the bug! I have been struggling with our patio furniture for a few years. We moved into a new-construction house about 9 years ago. The patio furniture thing was always a dilemma. Since money was tight, we bought an inexpensive vinyl set, that lasted about 5 years and then it was just so brittle and faded that it had to go.

    We looked at new patio furniture but there was a big problem…eveything that is affordable is very weak and cheaply made. I don’t want to have to buy new stuff every 2 years because the furniture is just not very sturdy. So we looked at more sturdy patio furniture and were shocked by the price tag on them…$4K-$5K!!!! Definitely NOT in our budget.

    We had a very sturdy patio set stored in our basement from our old house…the problem is that it is now about 17 years old so it is very dated and SOOOO not in line with our current taste. I hate to admit it, but there was a time when I thought mint green patio furniture was appealing! LOL

    So I have decided that I am going to try to sew new fabric covers for the cushions this weekend and will buy some of that spray paint you used on your bed frame for the metal table and chair frames. I have basic sewing skills so I figure, what the heck! Wish me luck!

  5. Leslie W says

    OOOOHHHH!!! I can’t wait to see what you do with the old chicken crates! I wish the weather around here would straighten up so I could go out and do some stuff outside! It seems its always raining! Maybe this weekend I can get out there, I think the sun is SUPOOSED to shine!

  6. Jennifer says

    Ooooo I have one of those too. I turned mine into shelves and it holds all my ironware. I am intrigued to see what you do with the chicken coop.

  7. Kelly Miller says

    love love love the door ! I think the crate becomes a bench or seating of some kind. Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  8. Kelly G says

    Very interested in your chicken crate project. I bought one last year and have been trying to figure out something cool to do with it. I was thinking a coffee table for the back patio. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  9. says

    Oh my goodness….that crate! Im thinking a uber-cool chandelier 😉
    But a coffee table would look kick-butt too.

    Cant wait to see what you guys have been up to!

  10. says


    Does Jude know you shared her SECRET garden?! Shhh… :)

    I’ll say the chicken crate is going to be a coffee table, book/wall shelves or a hassock.

    Your Friend,

  11. Allyson says

    Oooooh! I want one! A secret garden, that is. That was my favorite book when I was a little girl. Sigh. That blue door is just to die for.

  12. says

    Wow – that blue door is awesome. Talk about intriguing! Makes me want to go inside! :)

    Love what you’re doing to your in-law’s porch. Can’t wait to see the finished project! You’ve definitely inspired me to spruce up some things around my home!! :) Thanks for the inspiration!

  13. Leah says

    Roses are red
    Violets are blue
    I am always so inspired
    By the two of you!

    Hugs from California! : )

      • Leah says

        Okay, this one’s for you!
        Grab your guitar, Kevin, and sing this to Layla..
        (to the tune Hey There Delilah, by The Plain White T’s); )

        Hey there my Layla you’re so talented and pretty
        On a ladder again today, I’m getting’ dirty and so sweaty
        All for you
        This whole wall is just for you
        Should I paint it blue?

        Hey there my Layla don’t you worry about the dust and noise
        It’s worth the trouble, trust me, take my hand and just believe me
        Close your eyes
        Want this to be a big surprise
        I’ll be your guide.

        Oh our home is TLC
        Oh our home is TLC
        Oh our home is TLC
        Oh our home is TLC
        We blog and we tweet.

        Hey there my Layla I know some projects are hard
        But just believe me girl
        Sometimes I ask for help at our hardware store
        We have it good..
        We have the life we knew we would
        This life is good!

        Hey there my Layla we’ve got so much work today
        If we don’t get right to it soon
        We’ll waste the hours of this day
        Let’s do it all
        Whoa, I hope that I don’t fall
        Hey, what’s an awl?

        Oh our home is TLC
        Oh our home is TLC
        Oh our home is TLC
        Oh our home is TLC

        Come on let’s jump into the car
        The antique store’s not very far
        I hear that they have stuff on sale today
        Our friends all love to hang with us
        And we know why – must be because
        We’d help them out in any sort of way

        Yeah Layla I can promise you
        That by the time we get through
        Our home will never ever be the same
        We’ll take the blame

        Hey there my Layla, off I go
        But don’t you miss me – I’ll be back before you know it
        And we’ll keep on getting’ crafty like we do
        We can do whatever we want to
        We’ve got mad skills and tools and glue
        I’ll do whatever you want me to
        Wait, did you say blue?

        Oh our home is TLC
        Oh our home is TLC
        Oh our home is TLC
        Oh our home is TLC
        Home is TLC

  14. says

    I’ve used my chicken coop as a wall cabinet with a shelf inside and the door left open. I’ve also used it as a small sofa/entry/hall table in a narrow space with a piece of glass on top. Can’t wait to see your idea. They are such fun pieces to use!

  15. judy h. says

    The lovely little garden spot looks like it belongs in a fairy tale with a princess!

  16. says

    Love the secret garden! And now the chicken coop…lighting, table, shelves, cabinet…so many great choices! Can’t wait to see how you use it!

  17. says

    Can’t wait to see what you do! We have a outdoor space that I know has great potential I just don’t have a vision yet. I’m in desperate need of ideas.

  18. ann says

    Layla, I can not wait to see what you and Kevin do with that chicken coop. I have dragged one around the world(literally for my husband is in the Army)for 16 years not wanting to part with my fabulous $10.00 find. I knew one day I would figure out what to do with it. Well, I think that day might be fast approaching!!

  19. says

    oh fun! I can’t wait to see what it is!
    I love your mom’s blue door in her secret garden so much!!!
    We’re just getting started on our suburban backyard and the thought of having such a private, gorgeous, secluded space really speaks to me. I think my kids would especially love it :) Like a little spot to hide away in-beautiful!

  20. says

    What a pretty blue door. Secret garden indeed. Where does the blue door lead too? Do you trim the hanging plants or you just let it grow? I love how wild and bushy it is.

    I can’t wait what you’ll do with the wooden cage. I hope it will be a great DIY project.

  21. says

    I am headed to her garden……………….Outside space is so much better than indoor space…Mother Nature does the BEST work!!. Miss you. …tell your Mom I am on the way!!!!!!