Monday, July 2, 2012

Still thinking about the fun times at the Blogger Backyard Party last weekend, sponsored by the Home Depot.  As you saw in the Before photo, the focal point of our backyard was a large trampoline.  So, it was nice to finally have a patio, seating and some trees.



Love, love, love the sectional!  Also love these stackable chairs – inexpensive (they are on sale right now too!), comfortable and easy to store.  The end table was a $5 Aberfoyle find which I spray painted with navy outdoor paint. (PS Would love to paint the fence an off-black colour but don’t think that will happen any time soon.)



This photo cracks me up. Not sure what I was saying but everyone looks shocked! There is always so much to chat about when you get a few design bloggers together.

Aly and Jordana (Home Depot’s PR team) with Jen and I.  Yes, it was very sunny, hence the shades. I think, I’ll have to invest in a pergola or gazebo next year.

Lisa and Lindsey

Yvonne, Christine, Tim, Chris



The best photos at a party are the unposed ones like this.

Macarons – yum!

  Love this photo of Sarah – she is glowing!

And this photo of my gorgeous sister Arlene.  She’s really thinking “OK Van, you can get off my lap now. You’re not 10 any more!”


I really think outdoor rugs like these cozy up the hard patio surface. The ones above were brought in for the party but I just may invest in a couple. I also placed planters around the patio (see left of photo) for some colour.

Group photo - smile!  (All photos by Leah Kirin)

(Thanks Home Depot for organizing the event – your team was a pleasure to work with!  Visit the Home Depot for everything for your backyard/balcony/porch!)

If you require decorating advice, please contact me at vanessa(at)vanessafrancis(dot)com.


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