I have shared parts of my home, both indoors and out, in various blog posts but usually it's the 'pretty' side of my life.
Today I'm sharing the utilitarian part of my deck.
The part I usually don't show you.
You've seen this seating area before. I love my little fire pit area and use it often in the warm months.
However, the other side of my deck actually gets used more often.
This is the 'utilitarian' side of my deck.
Where the BBQ lives under the ever-so-stylish black plastic cover.
Where my dirty gardening gloves are tossed, right next to the white gallon container of plant food.
Where the hose is hung up.
And the dogs hang out, scratching at the kitchen door to get back in.
This is real life.
But just because it's a work area doesn't mean it shouldn't look good.
I try to keep it clean and tidy.
And add decorative accessories.
After all, I use this kitchen door as my main entry.
When I come home from work and trudge up the steps from the garage, this little birdhouse makes me smile.
And the sweet smell of Stock greets me and welcomes me back.
A couple of cherished wall hangings make it really feel like home sweet home.
This one is a bit small for the wall, but I love it regardless. It's original art made from a recycled oil drum.
I just adore it. And it reminds me that my home is filled with love.
I have plenty of plants around, which is not unusual for me.
The herb boxes are starting to fill in and the aroma of fresh herbs fills the air in the cool mountain mornings.
From the kitchen window you can see the arch I added for climbing vines. It spans the two herb boxes.
There are Morning Glory and Moonflower vines planted right under the arch. I can't wait to see how these fill in and grow up and over the arch.
I also planted some Gloriosa Lilies at the edge of the boxes to grow up along with the other vines. Last summer they were one of my favorite flowers and I truly hope they do as well this year.
Just past the BBQ and hose there's some additional seating, along with my deck swing.
I spend a lot of time enjoying that swing, watching the birds at the feeders.
And, of course, I'm greeted with a view of the mountains as soon as I step out my door.
I am truly blessed.