Patio Dreamin’…with Arhaus!

One of the draws for us when we bought our home was the screened-in back porch. We knew CoCo the Black Kitty would especially love it, and, as someone who loves to have the windows open and fresh air flowing through as much as possible, I was pretty excited about it, too. But we got a bonus! In addition to the screened-in back porch, we also got a beautiful brick patio! Here’s what we did with it soon after we moved in:

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Nothing fancy! Just some potted plants, a couple chairs and an umbrella.

Here’s what it looks like today:

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A few little things have changed. The house has been painted. You can see that the plumerias (which bloom a beautiful shade of pink!) got too big for their pots, so I created a large bed to plant them in. Look how much they’ve grown! My other pots are filled with “experiments”, aloe (you can never have too much aloe, especially when you cook like I do!) and herbs. Also good to have lots of fresh herbs around my house!

I freshen the chairs with new cushions each season, and yes, we still have an umbrella. It’s the same deep red color, except it’s solid on both sides. We learned, after leaving the first umbrella out all the time, that umbrellas are no match for the strong storms we get over the summer here in Florida. After two bent-in-half umbrella catastrophes, we now keep it in the garage until we’re ready to use it!

The other thing you’ll notice is the small white table on the right. That is actually a fish-cleaning table right from The Bass Pro Shop, but my sweet in-laws bought it for me to use as a potting station – and it works beautifully! It’s normally located around the corner, but my hubby moved it closer to the back door so my preggo self wouldn’t have to walk so far. Hook it up to the hose and it’s got a functioning sink and everything! Love it!

It’s a tad bit more disjointed than I’d like it to be, but it’s pretty comfy, and it works for us!

However, I noticed something the other day.

I heard a strange noise outside, and, since I knew Taffy the White Doggy was in the yard, I stepped out to see what she was doing. I immediately observed her dragging one of the chairs across the patio.

I knew she was making a valiant attempt to catch a lizard, but I scolded her and sent her inside all the same. When I walked over to the chair, I noticed that BOTH of them actually showed signs of being dragged across the bricks, and even looked a bit wobbly, as if they had been pounced on one too many times. Hmmm. Maybe it’s time for some new furniture out there.

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Transforming an Outdoor Space – A Guest Post!

Summer is in full force here in Central Florida, and many take advantage of the season by reinventing their outdoor spaces! (Myself included – you may have read my post where I was dreaming about my patio?!) So when Jenny from Tesco contacted me to see if she could write an article exactly along those lines, I was thrilled! I hadn’t heard of Tesco previously, but after visiting their site, I decided that they offer some fantastic items! Here’s what Jenny had to say…

Creating and maintaining a beautiful garden is hard work. Many amateur gardeners strive to create a beautiful natural space but don’t necessarily know where to begin. Improving an existing garden can seem a daunting task for many, but in reality there are several great ways to create the perfect outdoor space or transform an existing space from a run-down or overgrown jungle to a well-maintained beautiful garden. Here are few great tips for sprucing up a garden.

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Much like any indoor space, the place where everyone ends up spending the most time is where they feel most comfortable. Don’t spend a fortune on fancy looking (but wildly uncomfortable) furniture when something simple and utilitarian will do. There are a range of garden tables and chairs available everywhere from the internet to charity shops so be sure to compare prices and quality before making any purchases. A picnic table or some outdoor sofas can quickly turn a garden from a space to observe to a place to experience. Be sure that outdoor furniture purchases are able to withstand the elements or if they will be taken in during winter, that there is suitable space for storage.

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