One Room Challenge: backyard oasis, week 1

In case you missed last week’s Instagram post, I am officially participating in this spring’s One Room Challenge! If you’re unfamiliar with it, One Room Challenge is when a group of 20 designers and influencers makeover a room or space in 6 weeks… documenting the progress each week with a huge reveal at the end of it all! The last time I participated, I made over the bathroom in my rental loft, but now that I’m a homeowner, it feels like the stakes are higher! I am so excited to announce that we will be making over the mudpit we call a backyard and turning it into an incredible oasis, perfect for summertime entertaining.

Let’s start with some before photos and notes on the space, shall we?

One Room Challenge, my backyard oasis makeover week 1. before photos, moodboard and design inspiration. @mycraftyhmelife #oneroomchallenge

This is what our backdoor looks like — a jumble of random stuff, Lacroix cases and giant trash containers. As a household, we don’t generate much trash, but require two massive recycling bins. The city only collects every other week, so it tends to stack up. Finding a way to conceal the bins would be amazing and definitely keep them from being an eyesore. Also, I want to powerwash the house so the siding looks fresher and then get new lighting and maybe even a new backdoor. Maybe we should paint the steps, too…

Once you round the corner, here is the view. Our fence is quite sad and all of the vertical boards need to be replaced. They are pretty soggy and rotten. The wider 4x4s that hold the fence boards in place are actually still in good shape, so the plan is to keep those and work around them. I also really hate the lattice along the top because people walk by and always look into our yard! Even though we are in the city, I’d really love for our backyard to feel more private.

One Room Challenge, my backyard oasis makeover week 1. before photos, moodboard and design inspiration. @mycraftyhmelife #oneroomchallenge

As you can tell… nothing is really growing back there. Or at least nothing is growing nicely! The chickens have done a number on the yard, but it’s also just always been so. incredibly. muddy. I’ve spent the first two years of homeownership (year 1 recap + year 2 recap) removing dead tree stumps and anything overgrown, so now it feels like I am finally ready to plant some good stuff! Nothing will grow under the massive cedar tree, so I want to put in pavers and convert that area to a lounge space that will be perfect for entertaining around a fire pit.

One Room Challenge, my backyard oasis makeover week 1. before photos, moodboard and design inspiration. @mycraftyhmelife #oneroomchallenge

The neighboring building is also quite tall and quite… ugly. They have gnarly overgrown bushes that drive me NUTS… and because it’s an apartment building, the bushes are never trimmed! I am going to check our local laws, but I have visions of putting a simple reed fence that’s 10 feet fall behind our actual wooden fence so that it provides a bit more privacy and camouflage for their overgrown situation. At this point, I’d rather look at a wall of reed fencing like this instead of their mess.

One Room Challenge, my backyard oasis makeover week 1. before photos, moodboard and design inspiration. @mycraftyhmelife #oneroomchallenge

Isn’t it just so sad looking??? This side of the yard has been neglected for so long, especially after we got the chickens.

One Room Challenge, my backyard oasis makeover week 1. before photos, moodboard and design inspiration. @mycraftyhmelife #oneroomchallenge

As for the deck, I want to convert that into a dining area because we grill practically every night during the summer and into the fall. Having usable outdoor space is crucial to us because it makes the house feel SO much bigger!

One Room Challenge, my backyard oasis makeover week 1. before photos, moodboard and design inspiration. @mycraftyhmelife #oneroomchallenge

And last, but not least… a new chicken coop! The ladies definitely need a new home, plus I would love to add a few more to our flock. We plan to relocate the girls to another portion of the yard so that we can take over their yard and have more space for ourselves! They will still be allowed to free range, but just in another part of the yard.

In terms of the design plan, here is a moodboard of what I am feeling:

One Room Challenge, my backyard oasis makeover week 1. before photos, moodboard and design inspiration. @mycraftyhmelife #oneroomchallenge

I have been obsessed with Meg Pflug’s backyard since the first time she posted about it — from the black fence to the foliage… it’s perfection. We also really need a new chicken coop and new fire pit (our was stolen out of the yard not too long ago!). I also really want to have more greenery so that the space feels more lush. And finally I want a super chill, hangout space with bluestone pavers so that we can entertaining all summer long.

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One Room Challenge, my backyard oasis makeover week 1. before photos, moodboard and design inspiration. @mycraftyhmelife #oneroomchallenge

There are so many incredible sponsors giving product for One Room Challenge, so here are a few of the pieces I definitely want to incorporate into our makeover. There a few more surprises coming, but I don’t want to give it all away at once!

sources:

  1. copper LED string lights
  2. taupe & ivory outdoor garden pot
  3. black and white striped outdoor pillows
  4. Stori Modern Graphic loveseat
  5. black outdoor wall sconce
  6. Jill Rosenwald vase
  7. Pom Pom At Home Newport throw
  8. firewood storage
  9. rock LED landscaping lights
  10. concrete side table
  11. wood burning fire bowl
  12. Rock Ridge Stone irregular thermal bluestone
  13. blue moon outdoor pillow
  14. woven stool

So that’s the plan! What do you think??

One Room Challenge, my backyard oasis makeover week 1. before photos, moodboard and design inspiration. @mycraftyhmelife #oneroomchallenge

Be sure to follow along with the other designers participating, too:

Apartment 34 | Beginning in the Middle | Coco & Jack | The English Room | The Gold Hive

Gray Malin | Jenna Sue Design | Jojotastic | Kelly Rogers Int. | Linda Holt | Marcus Design

Michelle Gage | Natasha Habermann | The Painted House | Rambling Renovators

Sacramento Street | Shannon Claire | Sketch 42 | Stephanie Kraus | Style Me Pretty Living

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