Saturday, July 21, 2012

A Tour of Our "New" Outdoor Space

We've been working on our back yard this summer now that we have more outdoor space. We added to our concrete walls and added some new gates last fall. More security and privacy, but also more living space.

The patio has been here for years, built by the previous owners. It has a roof with shade cloth, so it's livable even during the day. We just added some side tables to the existing chairs and lounges. They're Martha Stewart by Home Depot, some assembly required but very easy to put together.

We also have grills for outdoor cooking and a table for dining. The table gets used everyday. It's great to have breakfast outside!

 We added a bench to one of the side yards. It came unfinished and DH added the teak oil.

More of the same Home Depot tables. The fire pit came from a friend's moving sale last summer and will be great to have once the weather cools down in the fall.  We also added a solar powered fountain.

Smudge readily adapted to it as his new water bowl. DH found the stone owls at a local store, Jackalope. What a fun place to shop!

DH chose a hammock for the other side yard.

Very comfortable and a perfect place to see the stars at night.

I've already posted our swing before, but we added a couple of small tables for beverages and such. This is one of the cat's favorite spots for hanging out.

Now for a few decor items. DH has acquired several decorative solar lights like these:

They're really cute when lit up at night.

Also, metal folk art roosters

and St. Francis.

As always, there are more things we'd like to do but it's already an enjoyable space to relax in during the evenings.

I hope you enjoyed the tour!


J said...

Loved the tour...are you ready to take overseas holiday bookings??? What a perfect backyard to come home to and relax...

Patricia said...

You have made such an enjoyable outdoor space, and I loved the tour. My absolute favourites are the roosters - gorgeous!!

Mary Beth said...

I love it! It's got everything necessary for a relaxing evening outdoors. Thx for the pix of Smudge, too :)

SewingLibrarian said...

Nancy, I'd like to know your opinion of your solar-powered fountain. I've been thinking of getting one for our patio. The location that I'd like to use for a fountain doesn't lend itself to an electrical cord! We are in San Diego, so we have much sun. Does your fountain store energy, or do you use it only during the day? Any info would help me as I'm a newbie at solar. Thanks!

SewingLibrarian said...

Whoops, I'm so intent on getting information that I forgot to say how lovely your patio and yard looks! Nice job, and I say that as one who is in the middle of the same sort of project.

ACorgiHouse said...

I love it too! I will hopefully soon be decorating a warmer weather outside space, so I'm taking all tips. Do the solar lights come on automatically, or store energy and use a switch? Have to look into those. I especially like the roosters :) K

Cennetta said...

Wow! Your outdoor space is beautiful.

patti said...

A lovely, inviting, desert space.