My Great Outdoors: Jessimarie's Big Backyard

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Name: Jessimarie33 Location: Prophetstown, Illinois Type of space: Backyard

Tell us about your outdoor project and how you enjoy it: We have only been at this house for a few months, but when we moved in the large backyard was unusable. It is a constant work in progress, and we are finally at a point where we can enjoy the outdoor space. The pictures are from our recent backyard engagement party. Everyone was amazed by the transformation.How did you create it?:When we moved in, the former owner had heaps of compost, dirt and rock all over the yard. The grass was nothing but weeds, and the trees were so overgrown you couldn't see our house. We dug and leveled and planted, and now have an enjoyable space. The lanterns and candle jars create the atmosphere. Our mix of vintage chairs shows our style.

Recommended store, site, product or resource?We love vintage, so we find most things at flea markets and auctions. We also like Pier 1 and Home Depot for inexpensive pillows and things to repurpose.

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