Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Patio Seating Area

Hi, Everyone, hope you had a great Mother's Day weekend, 
mine was nice, but pretty quiet.
 My goal last week was to finally get the lower level patio sitting area cleaned and put together so we can have a place to sit and relax. This is under the deck, so it's somewhat covered, but not waterproof. I found the two seat cushions and bench cushion online at Lowe's, and they were just what I wanted. They're outdoor friendly and have the look of heavy linen or hemp in a dark khaki/taupe color. I wanted something neutral, that would match most of my pillows and quilts, and not show pollen/dirt/or grunge and I think these will work out fine.

This is just the basic layout, I have some tweaking to do. I have a large lantern that I've yet to find and a few other trays etc. but I at least have the essentials. The park bench is old and I've repainted it several times. It had been out in the elements in the back yard at the other house for years, so I'm glad that it was made well with heavy wooden seat boards. It weighs a ton, I can't even move it by myself. It received a good scrubbing and a few more coats of white exterior latex. 

These pillows are from my stash and not weather resistant, so they'll come indoors or under cover when it's rainy (which has been this last several days). I did find some cute outdoor pillows at Lowes so I'll have them out most of the time. I'll show those when I get more accomplished out here.

This wicker rocker was on the sun porch at the old house.

You can see my green goat cart wheel in the background. 
right now it's holding the outdoor pillows.

Since this area does have some "cover" I've had to make the decision to use my extra wicker pieces, since I don't have space for them in the house. I'm going to have to be diligent to blow them off with the leaf blower after rain, but it was either use them here or sell them and not have anything...so I'm using them.

Here's the potting bench directly across from the sitting area.
it's still a work in progress...

I'm just getting started on my container plantings out here. I want some "shade loving" containers for this area, I'm thinking a mix of Impatiens, variegated coleus, and some ivy. These are the sun-loving flower containers that I put together last week, but it's a big space so I need a few more accents out here. You can see some stakes in the background that are around some fruit trees that had been planted. I'm not sure what we have, but since there are 3 or 4 trees, I may feel like I'm living in an orchard. I'm worried that they will attract deer and I'm not thinking that's a good thing. They're fun to watch, but not while they're eating my plants and trees for lunch...

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