I hope you all had a nice weekend! We've been working our buns off trying to finish up our back patio and flower beds! The weather is going to be perfect for the next couple of days so I want to relax and enjoy the outdoors. I don't know about you but I can't relax when there are projects to finish. There are still a few small things to do but for the most part we are done!
Here is the patio off the back of our house:
We chose a patio (instead of a wood deck) because of the low maintenance. All we have to do is hose it off when it's dirty. The steps were built by Handyman Hubby and painted the color of our house trim.
We didn't go with concrete steps because of the cost. What we wanted was going to cost A LOT so we went with wood instead. I wanted wide, deep steps coming off of the house so Handyman Hubby built this. I love having a place for all my potted plants and flowers. It also serves as extra seating when we have company over.
This area has gone thru a huge transformation! I wanted a seating area that was comfy and inviting. The chairs and table are from Target (last summer) and the outdoor rug is from Lowes. I added some pillows and potted flowers. I've had the little stools for several years and used them at the kitchen and bathroom sinks for my kiddos when they couldn't reach the faucet. They were in my garage sale pile until I realized what great foot stools they would make.
My umbrella is old and faded but still works! The patio faces the south so we have full sun all day and it gets really hot! Some day I would love to have a pergola over this part of the patio but for now I make due with the faded umbrella.
The other side of the patio is where the table is located. Our table is wood with 4 wood benches and painted the same color as the steps.
This area stays shaded for most of the day thanks to our Honey-Locust Tree. I love the way the low branches make this area feel secluded and cozy!
There is a tin bird house hanging on a low branch along with 2 metal lanterns from Goodwill. My daughter painted the wooden birdhouse and the hanging turquoise jar is a garage sale find.
Under the tree is a birdbath that gets very busy on hot summer days! The birds line up and wait their turn to splash around in the cool water! We can see the birdbath from our bay window and love watching all the different birds that visit.
There are flower beds around the entire patio with perennials, stepping stones and a few garden accessories.
The fountain was a birthday gift several years ago. I've always wanted a fountain and was so happy to find this on clearance at a great price! It was placed next to the bay window so we could hear the water inside the house.
Just a few steps off the patio is our fire pit and swing.
There is plenty of room to put chairs all around and the swing is close enough to also enjoy the fire. We tend to use the fire pit more in the fall on cool evenings to roast marshmallows and make smores.
Whew! I'm exhausted from all the yard work! Time to sit outside with a good book and enjoy my patio!
Have a great day!!
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