back yard makeover

Hey friends!  My co-hosts and I are mid way through our Christmas in July blogger block party.  I hope you’re enjoying it as much as I am.  Today, Jennifer at Laughter and Grace is sharing some excellent tips on planning your own Christmas cookie exchange as well as several scrumptious cookie recipes and printable Christmas labels.

Now, back to our regularly scheduled program….

A while back I entered a give away at Le Zoe Musings for an e-design service, and I won!

So, I have been working with Annabelle, designer and owner of Stylish Design Services to create a little back yard oasis..

“I’ve got friends in low places, where the whiskey drowns and the beer chases…”

Oh wait, that’s a different kind of oasis.  My oasis would be a cozy little retreat where we could read a book, sip tea or even dine al fresco.

I sent Annabelle pictures of my little patch,

as well as some inspiration photos.

Then Annabelle, put her skills to work to create a design plan for my space.
She did a great job of working all of my wants into a very small space, and I can’t wait to get started!
Until next time,
Anyone have a patio set for sale?  ;)

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After 17 years in an elementary classroom, Mrs. Hines retired from teaching to pursue her passions: decorating, writing and homemaking. While her formal education is in teaching, she discovered her talent for design at a young age and is a self-taught decorator. Mrs. Hines' DIY spirit has earned her appearances on the show Deals which airs on the Live Well Network. She continues to teach and inspire on her popular Lifestyle blog, Mrs. Hines' Class. Homemaking is Mrs. Hines' first love. So, when she isn't decorating or writing, you can find her at home watching television with Mr. Hines or trying to keep up with her teenaged daughter.


  1. Just gorgeous! I love the landscape design and the patio work. So pretty. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Debbie, now I have to translate that gorgeousness into reality. Looking forward to it though!

  3. It’s far too early for me to want those cookies :) hehe

    Lots of great backyard ideas :) So pretty. Good luck on finding a set, next thing you know, they’ll be on sale!!

  4. Yes, I’m hoping to find a good sale or even get patio furniture from the online classifieds.
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