Green and Aubergine: A Peek at My Courtyard
September 4, 2009
I’m a big believer in making your home your personal refuge from the world. I’d rather spend my money on feathering my nest than taking a grand vacation. When we planned our home expansion, I insisted on creating my own sanctuary by incorporating a courtyard into the design plan. In truth, my courtyard is my favorite “room” in my home. I begin and end each day in this very spot.
We’ve been landscaping our barren backyard in several stages, and for several years. When choosing plantings, I find myself drawn, time and again, to anything with deep purple flowers or sage green leaves. Jackpot, if both occur. In nature, I find the color combination of aubergine and sage green irresistible.
In my outdoor decor, I also return to shades of green. To me, green is a color that is fresh regardless of the season. I never tire of it.
These hydrangeas are from my yard. I just love them, especially when they turn this color.
You may have caught the photo of our courtyard midway through our remodel in the “About” page on this site. Just so you don’t have to click over to it, I’ll show it to you. Here is the “Before” photo of our courtyard, midway through our nightmarish remodel of 2006.
Here’s how it looks today:
My favorite spot to lounge while the kids play outside is right here. It’s also where we like to serve wine and appetizers to our guests when they visit.
Those sofas were an antique fair steal find, and the cushions were my own DIY project. The coffee table I found at a thrift store and spray painted with antique bronze spray paint. The wall fountain and the pillows are from Target. The outdoor rug was on sale from Overstocks.
On the other side of the space, we like to eat at this table. I spray painted those chairs antique bronze years ago, and they still look great. On cold nights, we light up the fireplace.
Mr. CG and I love to decompress at day’s end with a glass of chardonnay or pinot noir at dusk. Recognize my thrift store goblets?
As pretty as it is, the courtyard is still incomplete. You may or may not have noticed, but it’s like having great furniture on bad flooring. We still need to tile the courtyard, but have refrained for two reasons. One, it’s way expensive. Two, wet slippery tile and toddler heads don’t mix well. So we’ve waited. And waited. But now that our munchkins finally understand that ‘running on wet tile equals big owie’, we should be ready to cover the concrete with travertine sometime next year.
My potted plants are all various colors of white, purple and sage.
My DIY thrift store étagère is still looking good after a summer of sunshine.
These doors lead to our dining room.
So now you’ve seen where I have my morning coffee, and my evening glass of wine. We haven’t taken a family vacation in over two years, but I really don’t mind. We have our own vacation spot right at home in our backyard.