Tree House

It has been busy couple of months transforming our grand kids play yard into something more functional. They really didn't play out there anymore anyways... and the upkeep was far more than I wanted to do... Here is the before photo I took when I initially made this area, before the grass grew.

 Here is the after....

I took down the fence that separated the backyard from the side yard and completely decked the entire area. Zero to low maintenance is my ultimate goal. I nailed lattice to the fence and planted ivy and thorn-less climbing white roses to match the existing fence this is now connected to. I've got the chairs all lined up for a party~
 We also bought two matching gazebos to go in this area. With the new deck added it raises up this area about two feet. The low branches from the trees that are in the front yard makes it feels like your in a tree house. Its really cool :-)

The fountain that was existing in this area seems smaller now that the deck is up higher. I am going to add some plastic fish to the fountains base so that the grand kids can fish in there.

I've also been playing with some different pirate things around the yard... sea shells & nets...
 Staining barrels, hosing off dusty things...

 I picked up two smaller barrels that I'm going to use for trash cans. You can see those in the lower right hand corner of this next photo.
 Lastly, a photo of my two boys, Pee Wee and Chumley. They were looking straight at me until the wind blew a few leaves off to the left and of course they just had to look to see what was going on!
If you know anything about cats, you know they only give you one chance to get that purr-fect photo then they are off and exploring the world.
big hugs,


  1. Youre always up to something there arent you! I think you should come visit me. YOu have the best ideas and you just know how to do everything it seems! I need your inspiration and ambition!! LOL. so does my yard!
    love your kitties!
    have a great weekend Cheryl

  2. Hello from Spain: your porch area is fabulous. I really like this space so elegant. You create a great space to enjoy the outdoors. Keep in touch

  3. Looks like a beautiful transformation. Love your cats! Thanks for sharing with us!

  4. IT's so wonderful in every possible way!

  5. Beautiful transformation, Cheryl!!!
    It looks like a great place to kick back, relax and have your morning coffee!
    I'm right there with you when it comes to low maintenance.
    Enjoy your new Oasis!

  6. Don't you love when the ideas for decorating come flooding to mind? I can see how much fun you had turning them into concrete plans! Double gazebos, double wide deck.... time to party!!!!

  7. Hi there Cheryl, thanks for stopping by and leaving me a sweet comment:) Love your transformation of that sweet space! I know you will be enjoying it for YEARS to come! Have a blessed week, HUGS! OH and cute pic of the kitties:)

  8. I love what you have done this with area. It looks perfect for sitting out on a warm day. The kids still have a fun piratey place to play too! The cats are adorable (I have 2 myself so I completely understand how difficult they are to photograph)!

  9. Looks great Cheryl. I love that you're still keeping your grand kids in mind with the plastic fish in the fountain for them to fish in. How sweet.


  10. Looks like a nice place to relax and enjoy the fresh air. You did good!
    Hope you enjoyed the weekend.

  11. Hi Cheryl! It has been fun catching up on here and seeing all of your fun pirate party stuff. You sure do go all out, and how lucky your guests will be. I love the new look of your yard too.

    Thanks so much for stopping by to visit. Have a super weekend.

    Kathy M.

  12. Your grandkid's play yard with the pirate theme is wonderful. It must be a magical place for them. You transformed this area into something they will always remember. It looks great.

    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  13. We are just starting with the grandkids. I can imagine my yard filling up with so many fun things.


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