My husband, a Miami native, grew up fishing and now that we are on the water, he can have his own boat right in the back yard! Needless to say, he thinks he has died and gone to heaven. :) There are so many fun things to do in Miami when you have a boat... fishing, setting up stone crab traps, lobstering, shrimping... Plus there are remote little islands and sandbars, perfect for a Sunday afternoon picnic, and restaurants you can boat to for dinner, Venice-style.
Our back yard had this dreadful wooden deck when we bought it. I am not a fan of wooden decks, and this splintery old mess had seen its better day.
We will fill in the recesses with sand and grass, and then create layered steps going down to the dock. The rotting dock will also be replaced eventually.
Mark D. Sikes
via Belclaire House
We are also constructing a huge covered patio, which will be decked out in pure Palm Beach Chic-ness. During the lovely South Florida "season" - roughly October through April - most entertaining takes place outdoors, and I predict we will be spending the bulk of our time on our future patio. Here are a few of my backyard and patio inspiration pics.
Our patio will definitely have a haint blue ceiling. In the south it is believed this blue ceiling keeps evil spirits away. It's also believed to fake bugs and insects out. They think it is the sky, and won't take up residence on your porch.
You know I simply must have that Santa Barbara Designs pool umbrella, which I blogged about here.
Our patio will also be decked out with a pair of circa 1970s peacock chairs, identical to these! I found mine (in mint condition) on Craigslist for $200, what a deal!
Stay tuned for more construction updates... I think I'll show you our drastic kitchen transformation in progress next.