Friday, August 17, 2012

MY Big Backyard Makeover!

This post will be the first of two and maybe three, revealing my BIG backyard Makeover! Mr. Bubble and I have almost two acres, the majority of which have never been touched by human hands. I decided that THIS was going to be the Summer that I tackled one small area and since he has been working on the West Coast all Summer, it was the perfect opportunity to surprise him with a Makeover! I have been a Landscape Designer for over 27 years now but most of the time my clients want a very traditional design, so for my own yard Makeover, I decided to think way outside the box and come up with something really fun and unique. Thanks to Pinterest, I was able to find so many great ideas that I decided to create some inspiration boards. I'll let you see if you can figure out my Makeover "theme"!

This fist board is all about color.
 As you can see, I wanted a bright, happy color scheme!

This next board is all about plants.

I wanted plants with BIG, bold foliage. This is easy to accomplish here in Charleston as many topical plants thrive in our hot, humid summers. Banana Trees, Hydrangeas and Elephant Ears are some of my favorite plants. In fact; I used about seven different varieties of Elephant Ears.

This last board was my inspiration for some of the ideas I wanted to incorporate into my landscape Makeover!
 So have you guessed my theme? Well, in case you haven't, I wanted to create a lush, tropical, Caribbean feel! 

Tomorrow I will post before and after pics so you can see my whole Makeover project start to finish! If you would like more inspiration, please visit my 
Pinterest Boards where you will find all these pictures and more with their sources listed. I'm linking this post to Jenny Matlocks and Alphabe Thursday for the letter M. Thanks for stopping by today! Hugs and Blessings, Nan


  1. a tropical, caribbean theme sounds relaxing. I hope you include lots of seating.

    enjoy your day.

  2. Wow! I can't wait to see what you did. The boards are beautiful! It looks like you put so much thought and creativity into the end result! Thank you for showing us.
    Erica :)

  3. Wow!! That's colorful for sure!! Bright and bold!

  4. Your choices for inspiration guarantee a wonderful outcome, I'm sure. How fun it must be. Looking forward to the final finish!
    Good Luck!

  5. Your bright colours gave me some ideas for my stall next Saturday at the Teddy Bears Picnic. It is an event for the Hospice I work for. My stall is called Goldilocks Cottage and we have the old summer house at the end of the garden.
    Nice bright colours!!!
    Excellent post.

  6. Just beautiful!! You have a done a GREAT job!!!

  7. Oh my gosh!

    I love this!

    I would smile every time I went out there! The happy flagstones are my special favorite. I would never have thought of that.

    And I really think the grounding effect of all your lush plantings is a magnificent way to landscape!



    Thanks for sharing this smile with us.



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