Progress update: Here is what I have completed so far in the back corner of my back yard. I call it my "secret garden". I got the old door from my mom's boyf's daughter who was tearing down an old farmhouse, the old window from friends and I built the bench and pergola. I installed the lattice on the side of the door and window (it's difficult to see beside the window, but it's there), because I want to grow Virginia Creeper across the pergola and create a private little romantic "room" so to speak. It'll eventually creep over top of the door and down the side of it there as well. Then, when that tree you see in the foreground grows bigger it will create a real sense of privacy back there to just go retreat to with a book and a beer... or a cup of tea... or whatever.
I'll probably put stepping stones along the ground there so that you can walk and not hurt your feet on the mulch (Thor's suggestion, and a good one).
Might be nice to make love back there someday.