There are so many things that I love about our little beach bungalow. It gets a ton of natural light, has bamboo floors throughout (easy clean-up with 3 pets), a big kitchen, and a separate studio room in back. The only thing it was really lacking was a functional backyard. When we moved in, the actual yard area was dirt, debris, and overgrown bushes so making it a more pet-friendly place was our first priority. We ripped out the shrubs and trimmed back trees, installed edging, lattice, and sod, and created a "doggy" area with pea-gravel and pavers. Our backyard was super low-maintenance but not exactly an oasis that beckoned coffee or cocktail drinking, which are two of my personal favorite outdoor activities.
We have a small deck off of our bedroom that we hadn't given much thought to until recently. Unfortnately, I don't think I even took a decent photo of it until this weekend, because of just how sad it was. Our old metal table and chairs from Denver had rusted in the salty air and empty flower pots were stacked in a corner against a wall where the cord from the strand of lights we hung last year dangled loosely. You get the picture, it was no bueno. But a few cans of spray paint, some fresh plants, and a couple of fun decorations helped bring new life to this neglected space. Now it's a colorful and comfortable retreat that serves bottomless margaritas and the best guacamole around, no passport required. Come see it for yourself! We're open daily.