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Happy Fourth of July, design lovers! I hope you all have a long, languorous day spent outdoors with family and friends on tap.  I know I do!

backyard scrabble board

Photo: E. Spencer Toy

If the backyard barbecue I’m going to had a hand-built Scrabble board like this one, I might not show up here tomorrow. (Scrabble and I have a long, loving history.) This outdoor board was built by Sacramento, California architect Kristy McAuliffe with stained poured concrete. She crafted the tiles from baseboard trim and adhesive letters and numbers. I’m wondering if Ms. McAuliffe needs a new best friend?


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  1. Julie says:

    Miranda – My GRandmother loved to play Scrabble – sitting at a card table. Would you call her a lazy-ass-out-of-shape American?? She gardened, made bread, jam and froze vegetables, walked to church every Sunday (something you might try for compassion) and to town for her mail every day. I dare you to call YOUR grandmother lazy to her face!!

  2. Stewart says:

    That's one way to pass the time on a lazy day. You might want to build a pergolas over it though in case it rains,

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  5. Greg Rowland says:

    My company, Grow Land, LLC in Scottsdale, AZ added an outdoor Scrabble board to a Bocce ball Court landscape remodel made with concrete pavers of various colors. It turned out fantastic and the picture was even featured on The Home Hunter Tv Show. See the picture of it on my FB page. If you have any questions, please message me via FB.

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