I was so excited yesterday when Amanda at Serenity Now told me she would be throwing another Decorating Dilemmas Party! This is my ABSOLUTE favorite blog party ever. Where else can you get free, unabashed decorating advice from fellow savvy, "full of talent" bloggers? And of course, you can give advice on their projects too! It's so much fun and I hope you'll go over and join the party.
Okay, here's my current dilemma....
Spring is a comin' and my back patio is in need of some lovin'!!
(sounds like a bad country song!)
Here's what it looks like...
(sorry for the big white space on the right. I took this photo last Spring before I really knew what I was doing! Okay, I still don't know what I'm doing most days!)
I stained the concrete in 2 colors, a rust and black. Then I painted the black border all the way around.
Here's what the patio looked like before...
(that's Mr. FYN in all his glory! And my mom-in-law's weiner dog. I love callin' them weiner dogs, instead of dauschands!)
So I think the concrete stain was a good thing, you?
Okay, so here's where I need YOUR advice.
Goal: To furnish & accessorize the patio and make it look LESS ghetto and MORE fabulous!
Budget: Pretty much non-existent, but I'm savvy at cheap treasure hunting, repurposing, spray paint, etc. Will probably have to buy a few things, but trying to stay as LOW as I can go!
Measurements: 24 Ft x 10 Ft. (4 ft is not covered and is typically where we put the BBQ pit)
Windows to consider: There are 3 windows to the left of the back door ( 2 are 3ft wide x 5ft tall & center one is 4ft wide x 5ft tall) and 1 window to the right (little under 3ft wide x 5ft tall)
What we do on the patio: Watch the kids
terrorize each other play, BBQ on the weekends, visit with friends after the sun goes down. We really don't eat out there much because of the Houston heat & Texas sized mosquitos!
Theme: Anything goes. My home is beachy coastal but the patio really doesn't have to relate! I'm open for anything!
Furniture: We actually have a really BAD aluminum patio set with loveseat, 2 chairs and coffee table out there right now, but I didn't take a pic because I swear it would break my camera! The straps are so worn out that you almost hit the ground when you sit down. I think they are bound for the trash, and are not "saveable"! The coffee table might be saved. It's just a basic rectangle with the tempered "wavy" glass (sexy!) I like the idea of something that doesn't look like a set, but it needs to be slightly weatherproof. Sometimes the rain in Houston is the "blowing sideways" kind!
We've also installed some very wide bamboo shades on the side facing the yard, since this picture was taken, to block the afternoon sun.
I truly appreciate your help and I'll give you my 2 cents on your dilemma as well!