I have been promising this for awhile, but the outdoor space it finally ready. But next time I want to finally get an outdoor space together, I need to actually make progress before August when it is too hot to be outside even at night….. and when all the flowers and herbs are looking a little wilty….well because they are hot too.
Anyway it would not be an After without an Before. So he is the unofficial before (stolen from the raised beds how-to). Basically when we moved in we plopped a table in the middle of the deck with cheap plastic chairs and hung lights very very straight on the pergola. Oh and Derek installed outdoors speakers as soon as the wire was discovered. Priorities.Here we are now:
I swear I did not have Winter pose…that is where she was laying when I walked out with the camera.
The other side-
The umbrella gets moved frequently to shade the plant and the sectional. I can’t decide if I like it better with or without….hmmmm.
The long view. Yes I am aware that it leans. I swear this is the only angle you can tell. A couple of people have given us ideas about how to fix it but frankly none of them sound that fun and we have not cared enough to pursue it yet. 10 points if you can spy the shell pink mini blinds in the ugly master bath in this picture.
On a daily basis I use our rolling cart for gardening stuff, but it multi tasks for entertaining or BBQing-
And at night (without a tripod obviously). I like how the sectional area is less lit but still bright enough.
And to prove they were not nearly so cooperative the entire time….
In case you are wondering, here is where I got stuff (on a budget of course):
Tile-Top table and umbrella- Lowe’s or Home Depot years ago on clearance
Sectional: Wal-Mart (blogged here)
Rocking Chair- Jo-ann’s (blogged here)
Outdoor Rug: Home Fabrics and Rugs (blogged here)
Garden Stool: Homegoods (here)
Blue side table- hand me down transformed with the power of spray paint
Outdoor Pilliows-made by me
Rolling Cart- made my Derek (tutorial here)
Painted Pots -another DIY project (tutorial here). The non-painted pots are from Homegoods.
And the final DIY project- the canvas panels on the pergola (here)
So what do you think? Now I am starting to get the itch for fall and cooler weather so we can start spending time out there again.