Gigihawaii is seeking advice about decorating her patio. I am definitely not the one to give advice in that area. As you can see, our patio is pretty plain:
I look at gardening magazines and Pinterest boards with envy of all the beautiful outdoor spaces that people have been able to build. I think about what I could put in this very large space we have off of the family room, but every time I come close to adding something, I pull back, remembering that anything I put there will have to come off when I clean the patio. The patio seems to be a dirt magnet, and during the summer months I am constantly cleaning out there.
Usually I take everything off of the patio floor, moving it out to another large cement slab we have in the yard that we call the greenhouse because that’s what the original owner had planned for it. You can see the chair skeletons lined up out here for their cleaning. Then I sweep the patio floor and hose it off. With our water shortage this summer, that second step may have to be eliminated unless we’re going to have guests. Terry and I can live with a layer of dirt.
So, the more stuff I put ON the patio, the more I will have to take OFF to clean it. In addition to that wrought iron table and chair set, there is also a chaise lounge that the cats use for their bed and a small cart I got for my gardening pursuits. Both fairly easy to move.
Before our hiatus in San Francisco, I had another wrought iron table with two chairs as well as a large barbecue grill that sat on the patio. I gave both items away in our downsizing effort. I keep two large wicker chairs and an ottoman in storage that only come out in the summer months and usually stay out on the greenhouse pad. It’s a lovely place to sit on summer days, under the shade of the pear tree.
I’m sticking with my minimalist backyard decor for now.