Before

Last year, we embarked on a Yard Makeover, which you can read all about here.  There was one final bit of the project though, that we were having a devil of a time completing: finding someone to design and build a custom wrought iron gate to replace the battered wooden one between the driveway and backyard.  We wanted something open that would allow the breezes through to help cool the backyard on warm summer days. I was adamant that I didn’t want something that looked institutional, though.

It’s taken eight months, but as of Sunday we finally have our new gate, and we’re thrilled with the results!

After

The designer copied a scroll motif from the metal work in our baker’s table in the grill area to add some interest.  A definite improvement, n’est-ce pas?
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I’d promised to post pictures of the last bit once it was finished and all the furniture in place.  The table took longer to receive than anticipated, but finally it’s come together.  Here’s the before picture, just to remind where we started:

Additional starting point pics can be found here.
And this is what we have today.  From the kitchen door:
Ground level:
Yes, those chairs look quite similar to the ones you see in Parisian sidewalk cafes. 
I couldn’t resist. 😉 But they’re comfortable, and allow us to easily fit six around the table.  There’s an electric fan over the table to cool the patio on warm days, and we hung random lanterns for fun and a bit of ambience in the evenings.
The baker’s rack in the corner is great for setting out food buffet-style (our default setting when entertaining). 
Here’s the seating area. 
We’d purchased a firepit for the center, but le monsieur decided he’d rather have a place to put up his feet, so we replaced it with that ottoman/coffee table.  (Doesn’t quite match the chairs, but close enough.)
Fountain/hammock area.  You can see how much the plants have filled in since early June.
All Yard Makeover posts can be found here.  It’s good to be (almost) finished*, and we’ve really been enjoying our revamped outdoor spaces. 
*The last thing, replacing the gate between the driveway and back yard, is finally in progress. We’re working with a wrought iron artisan on a custom design.
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