Well hi beautiesI have much to share with you. For starters, Luke graduated from high school last week. I held it together (for the most part) during the ceremony, but before and after…yikes, I should own stock in Kleenex. 

My second big news – and i will be sparse with the details for dramatic effect. For the past 3+ months, I have been working on the most exciting interior design projects EVER!  

Last but not least, there has been progress in my own house (what is that expression about the cobbler and his own shoes?) Several new pieces of furniture, little details here and there, and the landscaping has finally begun!

The area we are starting with is the back yard. The kitchen and family room look out to this space, so it made sense to start there. It will also be the most used since there are doors that open right out to this outdoor space.

This picture was taken from the kitchen door looking to the left.

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This is looking from the kitchen steps to what will be a dining and barbeque area. The framing of the concrete retaining wall leveled out the slope, creating a large flat space.

  Concrete wall framing

The opening in the wall will lead down to the driveway. There will be be stone steps and decomposed granite along the path part.

Concrete wall

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Here is the finished wall after they applied stucco. I went with a light gray color. Originally I had planned to have a slate cap go along the top, but the stucco looks really clean and they did such a fantastic job, I decided against it. Love it when the project scope gets reduced! On the ground is pea gravel in a sand color.

There will be plants and trees in the bed behind and an modern arbor that goes from side to side of the wall covering the table area. My old table is there for the time being.  

Gravel w table

The started framing the cement pavers that go along the side of the house to the back driveway.  To the right will be grass and a bed for plants and flowers.

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Pouring concrete

Here are some before and afters. The concrete wall was constructed in the fall, hence the pumpkins 🙂 A series of landscapers later, we are now, finally, underway.

Before - steps

This is the house back in the day.

  House before- driveway

House before- garage

 Mid-way through house renovation.

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Taken a few days ago. The dirt mound between the two walls will have olive trees along the bottom wall and a few apple trees at the top closer to the upper patio area.

Garage wall - during
 

After - garage wall

 

This week they are working on the irrigation system, so no pretty pictures. I will keep you posted as the rest of the job continues.

Have a wonderful weekend and Happy first day of summer on Saturday!

 

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