I shared on Friday how we were in the process of fixing up our lower patio area. This summer will mark two years since our house was built so the first summer our priority was obviously setting up the inside of the house and we did set up the balcony that year. Last summer we made the main deck our priority so this year it was time to do something with the lower area.
Our main deck area is great, it's definitely our favorite area to be but in the afternoon hours when the sun directly hits, it can be unbearably hot some days. We debated adding a full deck below or adding brick but in the end since we won't be in this house forever, we decided to clean off the platform that was there, cover the dirt area with mulch to make a little garden and add some flowers out front. The back of our house backs up to trees and such so it's a nice view and a private setting. I wish I remembered to take a before photo but I most definitely forgot (a "during" photo - here).
I've always loved the idea of rocking chairs so we decided quickly what sitting area to put out there (and the chairs came in two days!), threw some pillows that we used to use on the deck area (before the Lilly pillows came about), added a table for each of us and we were done - pretty simple!
We got it all setup over the weekend so we've only enjoyed the area together once for cocktails and Stella and I spent some time out there last night too. The breeze is wonderful with the shade and I'm really happy how nicely and simply it worked out! Another plus is that we can hook Stella up on her tie and she can play outside without being confined to her leash.
napkins (old, pottery barn - these are similar)