Summer living isn’t just about beaches and barbecues – some of my favourite times are spent right here at home (staycation anyone?) on/in my favourite room of the house – the patio!
I HAD THE BEST DAY EVER last weekend!!
My kids were home with me, the weather was gorgeous, we went out for ice cream, had nachos outside and just “hermited” in my favourite room of the house…
This outdoor room has always been my favourite place to spend time. Caesar’s and guacamole after work on Fridays, watching the kids swim in our “ghetto pool”, pot lucks with friends, basking in the sun and especially those moments of warm breezes and silence with just me and a good book.
I can coast on that high through whatever drama this week brings – let me show you why:
This 12′ x 18′ space is sheltered by a large pergola with wisteria vines crawling over top.
On one end I have my hot tub (which I’ll cool to pool temperature during the summer months), my little outdoor living room and our patio table for dinners outside.
Last year we had a large patio umbrella covering over the seating area, but this year I thought I’d try this 12′ x 14′ sunshade I found on Wayfair. Takes up a lot less real estate on the patio and provides a lot more coverage – so far I’d say this was a good purchase.
If it weren’t for mosquitos, I might never leave my patio from May to October.
(Sorry, I pressure washed the patio before taking photographs and clearly missed cleaning off my new chippendale planter).
For the most part, I commandeer the couch and this small side table for my patio living.
Our patio dining chairs are easily 15 years old, and save for a fresh coat of paint last summer, they’ve held up remarkably well.
I found these adorable flamingo dessert plates at HomeSense a couple of years ago, so the rest of the patio colours came from them.
Sangria, salsa, nachos – the epitome of patio living!!
If anyone is looking for me – this is where I’ll be.
ALL. SUMMER. LONG.
Patio living DIY projects:
- Round patio coffee table
- Chippendale planter
- Fishing weights
- Cement planters
- Privacy screens with garden box
- Garden Gate
- Hose reel post with solar light
Now head outside (weather permitting) and get your patio living on!
Have a great one!