Surprise MOM With A Colorful Backyard Blooming With Style

May, 10, 2018

Well hello there! Welcome to the May blog hop. I’ve joined up with some very talented blogger friends to share with you today our fabulous outdoors spaces. For those coming over from Styled with Lace, welcome and so glad you made it. Kim and Lacey never disappoint! If you’re looking for inspiration, you’ve come to the right place. Now put your sunglasses on and let’s head to the Backyard for a Mother’s Day treat.

Old Man Winter is Gone

Well this last year was brutal weatherwise for Upstate New York. It felt like a bad version of the film Groundhog’s Day. But the five months of living in a snow globe has finally ended! AMEN! We now have beautiful blooming trees, rolling hills and flowers popping up everywhere just in times for Mother’s Day and our hometown Lilac Festival. 


Labor of Love

Every year just before Mother’s Day I ponder over what would be a great gift for my mother. She’s the kind of woman when she wants something she just goes out and buys it. With that in mind she’s really difficult to buy for. Growing up, she would to tell us “All I want for Mother’s Day is for you and your sister to help me in the yard.”  So what better gift this year then to turn back the clocks so-to-speak and give her the gift of setting up her back yard and planting perennials. We started with the plantings on a picture perfect Saturday afternoon after a quick trip to the local flower market.


When The Cat’s Away The Mice Work Their Tales Off

On Sunday while my mom was at her real estate open house my step-father and I set up all the backyard furniture and there was a special addition to the arrangement this year. A brand new teak bar cart!

Amie_freling_meme_hill_studio_raymour_flanigan_bar_cart_outdoor_mothers_day_ideas_rochester_ny_outdoor_furniture_pretty_sunbrellaWe brought out the all weather outdoor carpets made from recycled plastics. These amazing rugs are a breeze to clean up and do not fade! What’s better thank having a durable colorful rug outdoors? We put up the colorful striped umbrellas that served as our inspirational color palette. 


From there came out the cushions and an array of weather resistant fabric pillows. These fun patterns bring the indoors out. We are never short on pillows. Can you tell that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree? 


This year I surprised mom with Lodi outdoor entertaining cart  from Raymour & Flanigan.  This bar cart serves as the perfect portable end and serving table. I set it up for outdoor entertaining but this versatile cart could be used for planting too. I could even see this in my art studio holding all my painting supplies. Hmmmm. I might need two….

Amie_freling_meme_hill_studio_raymour_flanigan_bar_cart_outdoor_mothers_day_ideas_rochester_ny_blue_pottery_plantingTo dress things up I planted a succulent garden in one of her delft bowls, and brought out her cobalt blue dessert plates, blue and white table linens and turquoise ombre flutes to celebrate her successful open house. 


Are you a fan of succulents? I am! Fresh and Faux.

Just as you enter the backyard by way of the slate stone path are two tall clay urns that welcome you in. We mixed perennials and succulents to add texture, color and height. 



Let’s Bring This Outside

Turquoise and blue are my favorite colors to decorate with. It was a no-brainer to bring these colors outside.  In the Summer we are constantly eating outside to enjoy the warm weather. My step-father has even set up outdoor speakers in the backyard so that we have the best tunes. 


We brought over to the outdoor living room more potted plants in large ceramic pots. Each year we purchase my mom a flowering annual plant to add to the backyard garden. 


Magnolia Trees are my favorite! They’re in full bloom now in NY!


There are statues around the backyard and although Saint Francis has some chips he still remains our favorite bird feeder. 

St. Francis Gardens: Providing Food and Water For God’s Creatures

*Gardens honoring St. Francis are full of color, sound, scent and movement, and birds and butterflies abound. … Predictably, St. Francis of Assisi is a popular saint for nature-lovers, and gardens are often dedicated to him.

saint Francis outdoor garden sculpture, bird feeders

We finished the backyard makeover just in time and my my mom couldn’t be happier. She looked out from the window over her kitchen sink and was so surprise at all the color we added this year. It’s one less thing on her to-do list.  We had a wonderful space to unwind in before our weekly Sunday night dinners. 

outdoor teak bar cart from Raymour and Flanigan, mothers day ideas

Shut The Front Door

We can no longer use the front door. a family of robins have called my parent’s Spring wreath home. If you look closely at the top right you can see the nest. Come on in thru the garage because this mom is fiercely guarding her babies! 
 a pink tulip wreath on a dark front door, Spring wreaths from Wisteria

Marvelous MOMs

How will you be spending your Mother’s Day? Are you one who likes to get out and do something or one who likes to get away from it all and chill? I am a chiller.  We will be spending the day with my family and I haven’t asked for much. I do need a new pair of flip flops and my car needs to be vacuumed. LOL! hint hint…. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend! Now you’re ready to head on over to my California friend Ashey’s Modern Glam Home. You will love all great ideas and her recent renovations! 

xoxo Amie

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beautiful Spring tulip wreath, from door wreath

backyard patio furniture , Spring backyard


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    May 11, 2018

    Amie what a beautiful surprise for your momma! It turned out so lovely. I love the blue outdoor glasses!

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      May 15, 2018

      Thank you so much jackie! She is a tough one to buy for and she loves when we help her in the yard. I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

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    May 11, 2018

    I absolutely LOVE the colors you chose, and that TREE!!

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      May 15, 2018

      Thank you so much Martha! We don’t have a ton of flowering plants heer until mid May so we need all the bright happy colors we can get!

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    Rhonda Hallstrom

    May 11, 2018

    What a lovely surprise! Yes, I do too love succulents. The colors you chose are making it feel like Summer!

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      May 15, 2018

      Thank you so much Rhonda! Love me SOME COLOR RIGHT? XO

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    May 11, 2018

    Amie you are such a good daughter! What a fabulous gift to give your Mom! Everything looks gorgeous; I especially love her new bar cart!!!

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      May 15, 2018

      thank you Joan! She’s my inspiration for all the hard work that my sister and I do. We love the bar cart. Now to find some time to relax and use it!

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    May 11, 2018

    AMIE!! I love this post. Your mom is so cute and I love that succulent bowl you made her. I bet she is thrilled to have that cart because it’s awesome! Great job, friend! Happy Mother’s Day to you all.

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      May 15, 2018

      Thank you so much Yuni! Yes we had a great day chilling out at he Lake! Now its all back to the grind. xo

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    May 11, 2018

    This is so beautiful Amie! I love all of these fresh bright colors for summer! And always a fan of succulents!

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      May 15, 2018

      Thank you Ashley! Succulents are my new best friends. They love longer with this non- green thumb.

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    May 12, 2018

    That is so sweet that you did that for your Mom! She looks like she loves the space. Love all the fun pops of blue!

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      May 15, 2018

      Thank you so much Bethany! Yes she was surprised. Now trying to find time to enjoy the finished outdoor space!

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    Kim Hazel

    May 12, 2018

    Amie how sweet of you to do the for your mom! Its a gorgeous space and Im sure she’s thrilled 😉

    kim & lacey

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      May 15, 2018

      She was Kim! Thank you so much. Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

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    Summer Adams

    May 14, 2018

    Ok your front door wreath was soooo gorgeous and then I was swooning over your yard and the gorgeous patio and THEN you share your cute mama! I’m DYING!!!!!! I love this all so much! Why can’t we be neighbors???? I’d be over in a heartbeat! You rock, girlfriend! xoxo

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      May 15, 2018

      Aww thank you Summer! Can you imagine the fun we would have. We’d never get anything done! LOL!

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    May 14, 2018

    What a heartfelt Mother’s Day gift!! I love all that you decorated with your step father!. I’m sure your mom was so excited by your refresh of her deck! Great job and blog post!

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      May 15, 2018

      Thank you so much Janine! Yes she was actually relieved that it was all done just in time for some relaxing outdoor weather!

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    May 25, 2018

    Amie how very special that you did this for your Mom! Gorgeous space!! Love all the pretty blue details. Magnolias are my fave! Hope your Mother’s Day was lovely xx

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    June 1, 2018

    Wow, so beautiful flowers! ❤️

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      April 15, 2020

      Thank you so much! Looking forward to more Spring flowers

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