Sunday, April 7, 2013

The Fabulous Ficek Back Yard

Annnnnnd that's a wrap on spring break.
  With wonderful memories tucked inside my head and heart, photos to tell of our adventures, and life long friendships created, I'm already looking forward to our next trip down South!  We spent time in the following states: Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, and and mostly South Carolina.  While in South Carolina we met up with an old friend, Ted Ficek, and his beautiful wife Rachel and two kids who we didn't previously know.  Oh dear, you can't even imagine the kind of girl Rachel is. We were two peas in a pod - she loves junk as much as I do!  Boy, if we would have had a few more days together, we could have done some serious damage!  More on that another day.  

I want to show you some of Ted and Rachel Ficek's awesome backyard.  If they dream it, they do it!
Enjoy this photo tour of their South Carolina backyard.

Ted made this old barnwood table on-the-spot.
Vintage lanterns hang over the table on a chain attached to the vine-covered pergola.

This rusty old metal yard sofa looked perfectly at home in their charming yard!
The back deck is hung with vintage lanterns that were lit up when us weary travelers pulled in after dark.
  Such a fun welcome!
Look closely at this fountain.
Any ideas how they made it?  It's base is two large flower pots put end to end, a bird bath, topped with a pineapple that I think she had to break down and buy.  They found the water pump at a garage sale and Rachel salvaged old bricks to go around it.  I told my hubby to study it over real good so he could replicate it for us.  Ha.
Another metal resting place.  Of course, I want one of these now!
Vintage glass bottle "garden".

Awesome play area that Ted build for the kids.
 And now you know what you can do with those old tires!

Ted built this too.  There's not much this guy can't do, okay?  The white part way at the end on the left he built for Rachel's photography studio, but it has since turned into their daughter's gym for her to practice gymnastics.  And boy is she good!

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 Wasn't that great?!  I felt so inspired being there. :)

What was your favorite part of the Ficek's backyard?

If you liked the vintage-ness of their backyard, wait until you see INSIDE their home!
Check it out HERE.

My Uncommon Slice of SuburbiaBeyond The Picket Fence
The Shabby Nest


  1. Oh I wish I lived down south. I love the colors in all the pictures. It looks so relaxing. Nothing like the few inches of snow we got yesterday in Alberta.

  2. That yard is AWESOME! I love those lanterns, way to cool. The creativity is so unique. Makes me want my own yard now. Thanks for sharing.

  3. So fun and creative! Would love for you to share at my {all things creative} link party!


  4. Love the back yard photos, thanks for sharing !

  5. Oh my goodness that's wonderful! I want that table and lanters!!

  6. Wow, love that outdoor style. They have some great vintage pieces. Thanks for sharing them.

  7. What fun outside decor!! I love the rusty gliders.
    Mary Alice

  8. oh, wow--look at that play area! what a great backyard!

  9. Well, the green rusty glider of course. I want to live on that thing!

  10. brings back memories of my grandma's southern indiana home!

    stopping by via MMS and would love to have you visit anytime, beautiful blogger.

    smiles to you.


  11. Love the outdoor table and chairs.

  12. What an adorable outdoor space! Love it!

  13. As a rust goddess who lives in South Carolina, I adore what your friends have created. I love the vintage metal garden furniture and all the old wood pieces. Very creative use of the old lamps for lanterns.

  14. oh my goodness how fun it was to read this post brought back awesome memories
    I enjoyed my visit here please come visit me at


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