Build a Backyard Fire Pit This Weekend!

chairs | blankets | cooler It’s October! Temperatures are dropping, leaves are changing colors and Kim is beginning to ask if it’s too early to play holiday music. (Yes, my dear. It is way too early!) Cooler weather also has us itching to extend the usability of our outdoor spaces, and what better way to keep warm […]

Staining Our Fence Black!

This post is in partnership with Wagner.  A properly executed fence is a mix of form and function. Privacy and (dog) security can work in harmony for a beautiful end result. The goal for our Tree House backyard fence was to utilize a simple, classic design that would fade into the background and provide contrast […]

Our 3 Day Backyard Makeover!

chairs | cooler | fire pit This post is in partnership with Troy-Bilt as a part of their Flip the Yard challenge. We’ll be taking you on a tour of the space during an Instagram live tonight at around 7pm EST @yellowbrickhome. You can ask questions on our most recent Instagram post, or leave a […]

Our Outdoor Fireplace: Farewell Propane, Hello Natural Gas!

fireplace | raised garden beds | trellis | outdoor pillows Two summers ago, our small backyard went through a large overhaul, one of which was the addition of an outdoor fireplace! Originally, our mid-century was wood burning, but we converted it to propane using this fire pit kit plus a few random parts necessary for our install. […]

Our DIY Planter Boxes: Still Going (Mostly) Strong 2 Years Later!

red pavers | raised garden beds | outdoor pillows | cobalt sconce | trellis Now that our DIY planter boxes have made their way through two fairly rough Chicago winters, we’re excited to report that the majority of our perennials are still with us and going strong! We were initially concerned that perennials wouldn’t survive the winter, but […]

Tree House’s Backyard Today (And It’s Not Pretty)

This isn’t the prettiest update. (In fact, I couldn’t take a somewhat decent photo if I tried.) There are no afters. This is, hands down, all about the process. Our backyard? We’re in the thick of it. This is where we are today, and in this process, we are making progress! The only thing we can keep […]

Taking the Mystery Out of DIY Landscape Lighting

lounge chair | floor cushion |outdoor rug | fireplace | planter beds This post is in partnership with Homes.com. A few weekends ago, we spent a handful of hours adding landscape lighting to our back patio – the finishing touch we’d been planning for since the day we first mapped out the yard! I was absolutely shocked at […]

How Our (Late Summer) Garden Grows

[show_shopthepost_widget id=”2807285″] As a part of our whole backyard overhaul last year, we built in DIY raised planter beds. Although we were sure to insulate them (before filling them with a literal ton of soil and compost), we were a bit nervous that all our effort would be wasted on our cold Chicago winters. We’re still […]

The Evolution of Our Back Patio: Then vs. Now

[show_shopthepost_widget id=”2699613″] We’ve been enjoying a stretch of amazing weather in Chicago, allowing us to take full advantage of our (even more) recently revamped back patio. As we sit outside – roasting marshmallows, brunching with neighbors or taking a break from the garden renovation – we’ll talk about how drastically different this yard looks from just one year ago. […]

Umbrella Hole DIY (Because There’s No Other Way To Say It)

[show_shopthepost_widget id=”2619961″] Our back patio is as steamy as it gets in the summer, and it’s sunny for the majority of the day (it’s hot-car-hot in the mornings especially!). At the same time, we’re surrounded by really close neighbors and high fences, blocking any cool breeze. The ‘someday’ plan is to add an awning above the French […]