Happy Monday! I know you’re happy to finally see this post, and I must apologize for not getting it published last week. Sometimes life happens.
In The Land of Making Do, farm life happens. Chores. The best news is that one major project of every year – spraying water seal on all our fences – is finally complete (until next year – ha!). High five!
Back in the blessed air conditioning, let’s virtually stroll together through the yard of my friends who won my personal award for the best Garden Party Tablescapes and “Serving Scapes”.
Do you remember the plate wall behind the “beverage tub”? Here’s a different view that shows off the candelabra sconces. Isn’t this wall wonderful?
To the right of the plate wall sits an umbrella table on the patio made of colored floor tile. You can just barely see the aqua tile in the picture above. (Why didn’t I get a better picture of that tile?)
Behind the table you’ll notice the fireplace. The chimney is covered by a vine, and it’s beautiful with the New Orleans style iron fencing leading to it.
From the place where I stood to take the fireplace picture, one 45 degree pivot to the right, and you see this tea cart for serving, nestled in the flower bed corner.
I love the bottle candelabra! I think we could make one of those. Any of you interested in doing that?
Another 45 degree pivot puts you facing the back porch. Notice the bottom portion of the chandelier candelabra hanging from above. (Sorry, no full picture of that!) Notice the end of the day bed sofa – beautiful iron work. The rug grounds everything wonderfully, don’t you think?
Four tall black square posts support a pagoda above. (Should have gotten a picture of that, too! Huh…am I fired?) Mr. Garden Party built this pagoda with the help of his son and son-in-law. A little later, you’ll get a peek at another one they built.
To the left of the double doors is an iron shelf filled with decorative goodies.
Those are some amazing chunky candlesticks!
Get a load of these beautiful pillows! Doesn’t that scream “come to me and get comfy”?
Behind the day bed is another sitting area. The stone pathway from the tea cart leads to it. The “H” burlap cloth table is set for serving desserts.
Mr. Garden Party must use this area while he grills (to the left). I love the shutters that flank the mirror. More candelabra, greenery and flowers. Love!
A large concrete urn planter nearby holds a vessel with another pot holding a fern. How unique! Notice the pathways leading here and there through luscious greenery.
Across the pathway to the left is the water bottle server you saw in the garden party tablescape post. This picture shows a larger view of the old-fashioned tulip tree that provides a perfect canopy for the area.
As a hint about garden tour part 2, we’ll see more seating offered in other areas of the yard. Here we see how easy it is to add interest by leaning an old shutter against a tree. And, who needs matching chairs?
Further into the yard, we spy the second pagoda structure built by Mr. Garden Party and his two handy helpers. More about that in part 2, as well.
There are some really neat things at the pagoda. I’m looking forward to showing you the details. Tomorrow. I promise – no more farm chore delays. So, stay tuned… 🙂
Update: Join me here for The Amazing Yard of Mr. and Mrs. Garden Party – Part 2.
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