The photo above is where it all started. I read Joslyn’s post about transforming her back patio and I fell head-over-heels in love with its cozy glamour. This line jumped right out at me, “Pre-operation loungify, we never sat out there. Now, we’re out there all. the. time.” See, we also have a patio that we NEVER go on. Living in San Diego, it seems a shame that the kids would rather play indoors than spend time in our big, sunny yard. And I attempt to take my book and coffee outside every so often, just to get my vitamin D, but invariably I hasten back to the living room couch, uncomfortable and bored on our stark covered patio.
So I added “make our patio beautiful” to our summer list, and this past weekend we finally got the ball rolling. J and I stained fences, cleared out old toys, and even donated the kids’ wood playhouse, which had turned from a play spot into a hiding place for brown widow spiders. This week, I’ve been deep in online shopping mode, ordering a new outdoor rug, modern metal chairs, pillows, globe lights and floor cushions. I’m even flirting with the dream buy: a canvas teepee. I’m picturing the kids (or me) hiding out with a book, or napping on a hot summer afternoon in a little place of their own. My vision is an extension of our house, an outdoor living/dining space that is casual, colorful and inviting.
We’re on a tight budget, so sadly, I won’t be replacing our generic teak patio set, but I am planning to put my thrift store savvy to work hunting down all kinds of accessories to make the space a true outdoor living room, worthy of the coolest dinner party or the most casual afternoon lounging. Pictures to come as we make progress. (You don’t want to see it now; it’s horrible!)
Here are a few items I’m dreaming of (and a few I’ve already purchased):
6. indoor/outdoor floor mat (bought this first and am basing my color palette off it)
8. white Tabouret stacking chairs (bought these already to try to spice up my teak dining table)
Do you have an outdoor space you use? Any features you love that I should add to our wish list? (I have been scoping out little fire pits as well!)
*top image credit Joslyn Taylor