I hate to say it for fear of jinxing it, but I think we might actually have spring back in Nashville. We had a bit of a crazy winter (more snow in one weekend than we normally get in an entire year) and then the flip flop between seasons. I am officially in the throes of Spring Fever, and have set my sights on something I wanted to do last year but wasn’t able to: Spruce up our back patio.
Guys. I don’t know if you remember this, but last summer I got a job. I have never really gone into it in detail here, so I guess it is sorta time. I am a Design Consultant at an amazing place called Summer Classics. We design and manufacture outdoor furniture and we also have an interior line (which is called Gabby. If you are a designer, you know Gabby). So all day I design amazing patios and outdoor spaces for other people and then I come home to this:
So yeah. It’s time to get serious about this patio. Seating, a rug to make the slab more comfortable to walk on or sit on so my son can actually play on it, plants galore. That’s what I am thinking. Comfort is key, and then I’ll make it look pretty.
Now since I work at a place that makes the absolute best patio furniture (style and quality) one would think that it would be a piece of cake to outfit this patio to the nines. I guess if this house wasn’t a rental it would be easier…but it is a rental and we honestly don’t want to invest the money into a set of furnishings that might not work when we finally do decide to buy a house. The furniture we design is built to LAST, so I want to make sure it can travel with us. Our little slab is too small for what I really want:
This sectional and lounge chair, but in the dark Black Walnut finish and some great pillows and cushions. This is called Rustic, and it is a top five best seller at work. Maybe one day…
For now I am going to go a little more simple. Here is a little idea board I whipped up…
Not sure if this is the actual idea that will happen, but this is what I am kicking around in my head right now. The fire pit we have, and the table we have and I would really like to keep it, but maybe repaint it. It is fading. But I love it. The rug (and Pouf) are from Dash and Albert, which is one of our favorite vendors at work. The chairs are from World Market, but I don’t know if we will get them or not. I also want to do a ton of work on the landscaping, which might take up most of my time/budget. I don’t know if you guys are reading Deuce Cities Henhouse, (and if you aren’t you should be) but my girl Scoops knows her garden stuff. I credit her (and my MIL) for my interest/love/ability in gardening. I mean look at this yard…
(Both images via Deuce Cities Henhouse)
GARDEN GOALS. Just looking at this makes me want to grab a shovel and start digging.
Anyway, that is the latest project I am kicking around. Just trying to get the yard a snazzy for spring and summer. Since I have lived here one gardening season, I know what works and what to change. If I make any progress on this project, I will be sure to post!
Thanks for reading!