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In the News: An Inspiring Outdoor Space

Since Summer is soon on its way, it's natural to think about creating functional, beautiful outdoor spaces where you can entertain and relax. In a recent LA Times article by Debra Prinzing, a family does just this, using repurposed, recycled, and found objects. Greta and Mike Jarvis, along with their daughter Annika, were tired of the awkward, unused backyard at their Manhattan Beach home, so Greta, an adept flea marketer, decided to transform their 30-x-40-foot backyard into something more family friendly. They started by getting rid of a small, underused grassy area, as well as their unused hot tub. By expanding the doors that led to the backyard, they also made the space more accessible.

To see what materials they used,


Bougainvillea and a trumpet vine were planted on salvaged trellises, and handmade Mexican chairs were upholstered in weather-resistant, colorful fabric. Antique planters and hanging containers hold geraniums and other plants. A horse trough was repurposed as a fountain, with antique spigots spilling water into the trough. The family also built a wood-burning fireplace from stucco and a rusted grain bin that became a chimney. The backyard also features an outdoor dining room — perfect for the balmy climate.

I find the Jarvis's outdoor space inspiring, and it makes me think about some of the small changes I want to make in my own yard. Do you admire it as well? Find out more of their easy-to-copy ideas over at the LA Times.


Join The Conversation
emalove emalove 9 years
This is seriously a dream backyard for me...I love spending time outside with friends in the summer and this is the PERFECT space for entertaining. Someday...
mo_ri_ah mo_ri_ah 9 years
I absolutely love it!
Just-Oh Just-Oh 9 years
That looks like a perfect space for quiet outdoor entertaining. I particularly like the bamboo growing around the perimeter.
hswany19 hswany19 9 years
I want, I want, I want!!!!
motherof3 motherof3 9 years
I love the dining area. Last year I bought an outdoor living room set and cats came and messed it up. Does anyone know how to keep cats away?
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
This is awesome.
ALSW ALSW 9 years
Absolutely gorgeous! I wish that I could transform my deck into something like this. Wonder how all this stuff holds up outside.
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