As you’ve probably noticed, we’re not particularly of the “country-decor” type when it comes to our yards, so you might ask why we’re considering wine barrel plans… The answer…
WE LOVE WINE!!! We’ve never wanted to limit the style of our home or yard to one particular style. Rather, we love to incorporate things that reflect who we are individually and as a couple. And, well… We. Love. Wine. That’s about it! While we’ve been thinking about how we want to incorporate wine barrels into our back yard for a while, we found some inspiration a few weekends ago…
A few weekends ago, we ran out of town with two of our best friends (also adorable newlyweds who we met in the most odd way possible), Rachel and Brandon. This is us (not my best pic, but cute none-the-less).
Yup, we escaped to the hills to visit Rachel’s parents, and while there, we did some wine tasting at some local wineries (Rachel’s dad happens to be a concert pianist, so he had the hookup with the wineries and scored us some free tastings)!
Anyways, we had the most beautiful day. We packed snacks, lunches, and ourselves. :) It was absolutely perfect weather- beautiful sunshine without being too hot. Perfect. And here’s where the inspiration comes in…
At our first winery, we went into the tasting room and were greeted with this beautiful, rustic tasting table:
We immediately fell in LOVE and knew that we had to have at least one in our back yard, if not two! We’d likely not have chairs around them and instead would leave them open for a more casual approach to brief eating (and drinking) before returning to the pool or yard to play! Regardless, we knew that we could totally make the table top portion and the doors on the barrel, no problem. And in case you couldn’t see the details above, here are a few more detailed shots!
After we finished our tasting, we bought a bottle of wine and took it out to the beautiful outdoor picnic area to enjoy our gourmet, packed lunches! Again… Absolutely. Perfect. Everything.
We had a wonderful lunch with the perfectly paired wine! Per our tastebuds and per Rach (who happens to have a somelier license from a previous career… ya, she knows her stuff!)! Here’s some pictures of the glorious pleasure that was food and wine.
Us ladies thought we packed enough food, but maybe not… since the boys were trying to eat each other! Is it weird that they look so happy while being eaten?!?!?
Oh ya, and muy importante, let me introduce Ollie!!! Yup, that’s him! Isn’t he cute?!?!? Rachel’s his real mommy, but I’m his adopted mommy/auntie! LOVE my pup! He’s the sweetest, cutest, non-yippy pup ever! Seriously, he can put a smile on my face any time! Rachel even texts me random pics of him sleeping and playing just so his auntie can stay up-to-date with him!
After we finished up there, we moved on to our next winery… Tulip Hill! And let’s just say that their gardens didn’t disappoint! Check this out:
Seriously… the ENTIRE place was like this! It was the most unbelievable display of planted flowers I have ever seen!!! I know this isn’t totally house-related, but let’s just sum it up to this… I can only dream of having such beautiful flowers, so chalk this up to some SERIOUS inspiration!!!
And here’s just a few final shots of us before we left the winery. Ollie got to be in all of the pictures!
And just two more, for good measure… LOL
FINALLY, after all that garden inspiration, back to the wine barrels… As I’m sure you can tell, we’re definitely planning to whip up some of the barrel-table magic, but to better incorporate it into the landscape (so it’s not just some random barrel table placed in our back yard), we also wanted to do some planters of some sort. AND THEN… Centsational Girl came to the rescue with her post all about wine barrels this week! How perfect was that?!?!?
Here’s my favorite picture of ideas from the wonderful Kate (aka- Centsational Girl), and I think that we’re most likely to go with the tiered planters and of course, we’ll DIY ‘em! You can check out here DIY version here. But I’m still totally diggin’ that raised drink barrel!