Well Mémé, it's funny you should say that.
Since it's clearly too late to turn back, we might as well start designing that ill-advised double lot. It's more than a little overwhelming, considering my previous gardening experience consists of a few pots on the balcony of our old apartment. So, I've decided to treat our exterior design the same way I treat interior design.
First step is a whole lot of research and inspiration searching. (It's crazy how much free time you have when you're too lazy to go to spin class.) This is the fun part, because it involves looking at a lot of gorgeous pictures.
Love the architectural details and relaxed seating.
1. What do you have? A giant rectangle of yard plus a fenced in patio in an historic, urban neighborhood.
2. How do you want to use it? Some space for relaxing with a cocktail, some space for the dogs to play, and a little vegetable garden wouldn't hurt.
3. So what should that look like? Good question.
I'm working on an answer for that third one. I personally love walking through old neighborhoods and peeking into private little gardens, so I'm going to try to create my own. I also know that I need something relatively low-maintenance because let's be honest. And, obviously, we'll need to start looking for some really great outdoor furniture. Bistro chairs, anyone?
And because no post on gardens would be complete without the patron saint of gardening herself, I'll leave you with some vintage Martha fabulousness.