Tag: Curb Appeal

Our DIY BBQ Pad – Reveal Day!

Our DIY BBQ Pad – Reveal Day!

So here’s where we left off yesterday with the DIY BBQ pad project. Day 2 started with a quick trip for a few bins of gravel, while Dad handled the sand and the last block to put into place. You see, the block needed to…

Our DIY BBQ Pad – Day 1

Our DIY BBQ Pad – Day 1

At last, a stretch of sunny weather that allowed us to get back outside and work on the BBQ pad I wrote about here. But ‘we’ actually turned out to be my Dad! Dad loves a project and this one was right up his alley,…

DIY Platform for a BBQ

DIY Platform for a BBQ

So today my hubby and I were going to level out the area where out BBQ sits. You see, the wind flipped it over back in January, and destroyed it. But, our great weather yesterday did not hold 🙁 And so… no outside work for us today, but here’s a look at the mini project anyway.

Here’s where the BBQ usually sits.

Photo: Sheila Zeller

Well, this is the one that ‘got away’, but we’ve bought a new one.

And this is the little area we need to level.

Photo: Sheila Zeller

Well, not exactly… this is how it looked when we moved in. But we’ve since relocated the drain pipe, and pulled all the weeds. Do you remember the whole landscaping project back in the summer? (You can read about it here, here and here). We need to maximize this area so the BBQ can be swung away from the house when we’re using it.

The spot is only about 4′ x 6′, so we’ve been looking into paving stones, aggregate slabs, and a few other options. We also want to incorporate a tie-down system to secure our new BBQ in place from the nasty winds we get.

Here’s some of our inspiration.

Source: Growing Image

Source: The 2 Minute Gardener Blog

Source: Bourget Bros

Source: Pool and Patio

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

I know we’ll have to be careful how much space is left between whatever we decide to use for paving stones or slabs, and if we go gravel in between, it’ll have to be small, but this area really is so tiny that I think we’ll be able to get away with more than most.

I think we’re headed off to at least look at our paving stone options!

Have you got any plans for the weekend? I hope whatever you’re doing, it’s a great one!



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Getting Fresh With Herbs

Getting Fresh With Herbs

Fresh herbs speak the language of summer and sunshine… of all that’s good and right in the world. So, here’s a little round up to help you get started. Let your imagination run wild with these cool, creative container ideas! Like the aged look of…

Taking the Inside Out!

Taking the Inside Out!

Here’s a small Pinterest round-up, I just wanted to share. I thought these ideas were a great toast to outdoor spaces, with a little creative use of indoor pieces! Like this deck. Pinterest / Jillian Harris It was styled by Jillian Harris… you know, the…

Christmas Curb Appeal: Cedar Boughs and Bows

Christmas Curb Appeal: Cedar Boughs and Bows

Here’s a little glimpse at our boughs and bows Christmas curb appeal.

On the weekend, collecting cedar boughs was the focus – hubby did that!

And then he made our exterior swags.


Do you think he knows he has an annual job yet? 😉

The planter was next, and that was my job… but I didn’t get at it until later.

I plan to add some holly, maybe even a few bobbles for extra colour and shine. What do you think?

And we still have to decide how we’re putting up our lights around the porch area, but here’s a look at where we’re at so far.

Now all we need is a little dusting of snow for that real Christmas feel. But not quite yet… I still have too much to do!

How are things coming along at your house?

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A Cutting Edge on Wreaths

A Cutting Edge on Wreaths

The winter season is drawing near! And for me that usually means I get to watch a little bit of figure skating. I love figure skating – watching, that is! So what do you do when you have a basket of cast-offs that look like…

Play It Safe for Our Little Ghosts & Goblins

Play It Safe for Our Little Ghosts & Goblins

One more weekend before Halloween. And since there’s still time… have you thought about a little extra lighting leading to your doorstep for that dark, scary night? Here are a few ideas to illuminate your creativity. Lead the way by lining your path… Source See…

Fabulous Fall from a Teen’s Perspective

Fabulous Fall from a Teen’s Perspective

Fall colours in the Cowichan Valley are so beautiful right now, just as deep and firey as you would imagine…

I wanted to capture them before it was too late. So I asked Kaleigh if she would take some photos for me…

These images, including the one above, are hers.

Here’s a look at our Fall colours from this special teen’s perspective.


I asked for a few shots of random leaves on the ground…

And anything that caught her eye…

Did the odd animal off to the side catch your eye? 😉

Maybe some grasses and branches…

Clusters of colourful trees…

Or even trees on the side of the road…

Whatever she thought would highlight the Fall colours…

In a way that captures what we’re lucky enough to see each day…

I think Kaleigh got it just right!

I bet we could put together a display like this…


With some of the fallen leaves.

And work the grasses and branches she shot…


Into vintage vessels like these!

Thank you, Kaleigh for helping me out today. I couldn’t have done this without you!

I hope you enjoyed Kaleigh’s tour as much as I did!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Photography by Kaleigh Duralia unless otherwise stated.

Curb Appeal Hits Rock Bottom

Curb Appeal Hits Rock Bottom

Thanksgiving weekend came and went so fast, I can’t believe it’s over! Seriously, where did the 3-day weekend go? Well, I know where one of our days went. We spent the day on Saturday attempting to add a little more curb appeal to the side…