"Modern Country Lifestyle" Instagram Accounts

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Lately, I have been so captivated by the Instagram accounts of "celebrity" interior designers that embrace nature and their environmental surroundings.  As to be expected, the interiors of their homes are tastefully designed, approachable, collected, and inviting.  While the interiors are beautiful, it is their actual properties and country-inspired lifestyles that caught my attention.  Their properties feature no shortage of picturesque rolling hills, lush landscaping, amazing flower beds, and stone-paved gardens.  The fact that they grow their own veggies and edible flowers, raise chickens for eggs, and care for other farm animals (goats! cows! pigs!) is what I love about their refreshingly organic lifestyles!  It's modern country living at its design best!!!

While we won't be raising any farm animals, we do plan to TRY and grow some veggies and flowers around here despite not having a single green thumb. 😉  Here are my three favorite designer accounts on Instagram that have been providing me with a big dose of "modern country lifestyle" inspiration.  Make sure you check out their IGTV stories too!

This husband-wife architecture and interior design duo is my absolute favorite right now!  I have been enjoying the virtual tours that they are giving of their California property, Patina Farm.  Their beautiful grounds are unmatched!

While Lauren can be recognized for her HGTV show, I started following Lauren for her personal home adventures.  Her designs are so approachable and made for real living - check out her home.  I love her property and earthy, organic, laid-back vibe!  She just started a chicken coop and has been making soup from her backyard foraging.

Joanna Gaines is 1/2 of the infamous "Fixer Upper" duo!  She single-handedly gave shiplap its turn in the spotlight.  She and her husband, Chip, renovated a farmhouse in Texas and gave it the modern farmhouse charm that her designs are known for.  Their gardens, however, are my favorite aspect of their home!  (Note: Be sure to check out the fun cooking videos that her kids filmed while sheltering in place.)

Please feel free to let me know about any other similar accounts that I should be following!

Backyard Makeover Update

As we continue to stay home due to the coronavirus, I couldn't be more grateful to have a usable backyard to retreat to for some outdoor time.  This was definitely not the case last summer.  We still have minor landscaping (smaller plants, mulch, raised garden bed), furnishing (dining area), and other finishing touches to add (lighting, accessories), but the main aspects of the backyard makeover are done.  Here's a peek into what it looks like today.  One day when it is more "finished", I may get around to giving a full reveal. 😉

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You can see the before photos here.

It has been so nice to retreat to our backyard for some outdoor time!  We have spent many nights gathered around the fire pit eating way too many s'mores (sometimes in our pj's)...

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CAD Interiors backyard fixer upper home improvement renovation exterior updates gardening landscaping interlocking pavers fescue sod grass installation fire pit natural privacy hedge plants pavers

...and our boys have clocked in numerous hours playing on a real lawn!

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CAD Interiors backyard fixer upper home improvement renovation exterior updates gardening landscaping interlocking pavers fescue sod grass installation

The lemon tree was one of the only things that we didn't remove when we gutted the backyard.  It continues to bear fruit with absolutely no work on our part!  We use lemons for baking and cooking, making cleaning solutions, adding it to our beverages, etc.  We've also given so many away, but still can't keep up with its production.  I only hope that the veggies that I want to grow in our to-be-done raised garden bed produces the same bounty!

Here's a recap of what's been done:

  • All demolition and prep work ✔
  • Installation of new paver patio and pathway ✔
  • Run gas lines ✔
  • Build fire pit ✔
  • Sprinkler system installation ✔
  • Bender board installation ✔
  • Drip irrigation installation ✔
  • Sod installation ✔
  • Plant privacy hedges ✔
  • Set-up trampoline area ✔

Still left to do:

  • Address the brick courtyard patio floor (to blend in with the new pavers)
  • Add plants to landscaping
  • Build raised vegetable garden bed
  • Add top soil or mulch in planter areas
  • Lighting - install landscape and hanging twinkle lights
  • Furnish and accessorize

As a reminder, here's a look at the backyard right before demolition (summer 2019):

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It's come a long way...