I hinted around about this before, but it's probably time for the full 'fess-up:
I kind of like our totally weird "blue boat" backyard.
I know, right?!
It started when a bunch of T's family was over. There were a dozen or so of us mingling back there, and I realized how well the space was accommodating the crowd. It's not a big backyard at all, but the staggered steps meant that everyone had separate little conversation spots, none crowding the other. We could've had two or three times the crowd and still had room to spare... all in a tiny plot of an urban backyard.
So I know, I know... the color. It's still weird. But if we painted it white, or just stripped it down to weathered wood, I might really like it. Some of the boards really need to be replaced, so I imagine next year we'll tear down at least some of it and rebuild.
But here's the shocking thing about that: while I don't want to entirely replicate the existing construction with new boards, I really do want to take inspiration from it going forward. Staggered steps, leading down to (actual) ground with landscaping? Built-in seating with lots of room for planters? Yes. Please.
At any rate, that's next year's dilemma. This year, we're making do, and doing so surprisingly well.