A few weeks back I had the honor of joining my good friend Jen over at City Farmhouse for the Lowes Spring Makeover event. You can catch up on Jen’s post explaining more about how people entered to win the makeover here. If you follow me on Instagram you got a few sneak peaks, but have been SO patiently waiting to see the full reveal. Let me just tell you, we had a blast! Jen is just as sweet in person as she appears online, but even more so. She is so kind-hearted we hit it off instantly. For me this was such a fun project because I got to go and just assist her. Usually when I’m working with my own clients I have all the little details to worry about, but it was nice going just to lend a helping hand and an extra eye in design. We said over and over again how much when you love what you do, it totally doesn’t feel like work. I feel like that was the theme for this weekend. We were there for 2 days with handful of volunteers from Lowes to help us get the job done. I was shocked when Jen sent me the before photo to show me the space we were working with. Let’s just say a bit taken back, shocked may sound drastic, but there was definitely an “Oh boy!” said once or twice. Take a look at the before:
I think the deceiving part in design is sometimes it’s not the large overwhelming spaces that are the hardest to work with. It’s the smaller, tricky spaces that require more creative thinking to make the most of the space. Jen left no detail untouched! We made the most of every square inch of this backyard patio and deck, are you ready to see the after?!
Below you can see the progress starting to shape up! Landscaping going in around the concrete patio that will disguise it once it’s fully matured. Some of the other Lowe’s volunteers started staining the deck right away.
Jen has a great tutorial to show you how we made them. You can see the completed look in the photo below.
Before heading up to the deck, she designed an outdoor bar area repurposing a potting bench to hold beverages in an arms reach.
One of my favorite little details is this tree stump slab I found in their yard. They had a brush pile from doing some spring clean up in their yard, and I swear this thing was calling my name! It’s perfectly weathered, and just the right size to make a pedestal out of for added detail.
The upper deck has the cutest sitting area, which a great spot to unwind at the end of the day, or sip a quick cup of coffee in the morning.
I think though the best view is at night! We had to leave Saturday afternoon to head home before the sun started to go down, but Jen had the home owner snap a picture for us at dusk with the patio lights on, and it’s just perfect!
I loved working with Jen on this project, and I think we are both itching to do more together soon! And a huge shout out to Lowes and their volunteers for their generosity and sponsorship. They were so easy going to work with!! Watch out HGTV your next dynamic duo is making waves!! You can also check out Jen’s full reveal here, trust me she has even more photos than I do, and they are lovely!
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