Sinton Tour: Garden

I thought it would fun for our family and friends to do a series of posts showing off various aspects of our house. Also, it’ll be a great reminder in a few years (or maybe a few decades, who knows!) of where we started with the house and what we’ve changed over the years.

Far and away, there is absolutely nothing we need to do to the back yard. The garden is amazing! All we need to do is maintain and try not to kill everything back there. I also have some ambitious plans of growing vegetables…

The back of the house and covered patio. The windows above are the master bedroom on the right and master bath on the left.

Southern fence

Facing the street (east) on the south side of the property…our A/C! Very important.

On the south side of the property, facing west. One of the container plants in front is peppermint! (Our seller left them for us)

The south fence and cover plants.

Facing due east.

A broken chimney thing – I think our realtor called it a “chimea”? I want to get rid of it and plant artichokes back here.

From the southern fence, the shed. When we get a composter I will put it somewhere back here.

Slightly to the right, the south-west corner of the yard, grill, shed.

To the right again, part of the shed and the north-west corner of the yard with 2 raised beds!

Facing north now, the raised beds are in the left corner and you can see two of our oak trees and part of the deck.

The flagstone patio. For all of the pictures I just posted I was standing on the dark colored rug. That is in front of a sliding glass door (with a doggie door) that leads to the breakfast area and kitchen.

Two raised beds, both are 3’x11′. I have big plans of growing lots of greens – lettuce varieties, kale, spinach and more! Yum!

Standing near the raised beds, the view of the deck.

This flower wasn’t blooming yesterday!

One of our purple-tinted skylights.

These are on the vine/tree in the north-west corner of the backyard. Anyone know what they are?

More bulbs like the one above.

The bulbs are growing on this tree/vine in the backyard.

Standing at the apex of the two benches, this is the multi-level deck and the sliding glass door that leads to the living room.

View from the sliding glass door off the living room.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tour of our backyard! Look for more mini-tours of Sinton in the coming weeks.


Project: Guest Bed Frame

Ryan and I bought this bed frame when we moved in together on 26th Street in Minneapolis. It was an old house that we were renting with a few other friends, and we lived in the attic.



It was lightweight, the look wasn’t too bad, but most importantly at the time, it was cheap! I think we paid under $100 for it. It’s no longer available from IKEA.

That was over four years ago, though, and the bed isn’t in great shape:




Yeah… that thing has been through 3 moves, including several months in a storage pod coming down to Texas from Minnesota

Earlier this year, when my in-laws were coming to visit us, we made the decision that it was time for a new bed and frame. So this bed went from being ours to being the guest bed (yes…looking like *that* all this time. I’m a bit ashamed.)

I’m about 2/3 done revamping the bed frame, and then I have some work to do on dresser that will match it. It’s not a jaw-dropping change but I think the difference will be awesome, and when we have visitors I will be excited to have them stay in a pretty guest bedroom, instead of feeling bit¬†embarrassed over the state of our furniture.

No “TA-DAAAA!” pictures today, but they’ll be coming soon!