Before: Too Many WeedsNicole and Brian Cook enjoy finding one-of-a-kind furniture and decorating pieces from flea markets and thrift stores. They want to use their unique finds and uncover the glory of their overgrown yard. Landscape designer Beth Mullins incorporates a colorful combination of old memorabilia with modern materials.
Nicole and Brian Cook's backyard is overgrown with weeds and grass taller than their toddler. It's hard to see that the space was once two levels since it currently looks like one huge slope. The couple likes to collect vintage items, and they want to combine their one-of-a-kind finds with a modern look to define the space.
After: Elegant Outdoor AreaLandscape designer Beth Mullins creates a retaining wall out of radiators found at a salvage yard, which saves money and adds a rustic look to the space. Salvage rod gates form an open air pergola over the simple concrete paver patio. The pergola helps turn the patio into an outdoor room complete with chandelier and wooden bench. To make the area perfect for entertaining, they transform an old card table with a coat of turquoise paint, a salvaged grate and a few handfuls of tumbled porcelain.
Before: Dangerous YardThe yard has a unique shape with a lot of potential, but it needs a lot of work before this small family has a space where they can relax and entertain. A top priority is creating a safer environment for their daughter, Sophie, as well as some fun play elements. The hazardous steps and retaining wall need to be rebuilt, and there's a dangerously huge hole in the middle of the yard.
After: Updated YardThe new staircase made out of pavers leads down to a beautiful lawn—a great new place for Sophie to play. A runnel path full of pebbles divides the space into garden and lawn, making the yard feel a lot bigger. A seating area bordered by two salvaged windows sits in the garden. Among the trees and plants, sculptures made of old springs and globes add a unique touch to the yard.