|Fun new Pottery Barn dishes|
A month or so ago, Hank built a small deck off our back door that I really wanted as a place to put iron rocking chairs that belonged to my grandparents. I've had them for years, and have always enjoyed sitting in them. We had no real covered areas in the yard, so building the deck off the back door, in what little shade we had, seemed to make sense. I would be losing one of the few good beds for planting vegetables, but felt it was worth it to have a new sitting area.
|Before- digging out the old landscape timbers that were an ugly, rotting eye sore.|
|After- pretty new deck! We have since added pots of flowers.|
This deck still didn't really solve our "entertaining area" problem though, which is where this weekend came into play. Armed with some cash from a wedding gift, and a coupon to World Market, we picked up a picnic table and a pretty turquoise umbrella for shade. I knew building an actual pergola to cover our concrete patio was not very likely, so the umbrella is an inexpensive (and portable) solution that will certainly work! Hank put it all together this weekend just in time to have guests over for dinner on Sunday night. We're really happy with how it turned out! Now I just need to finish it off with some more potted plants, and maybe some fun lanterns hanging down from the umbrella.
|Before- the pidly old, way too small table that I gave away to neighbors.|
|After- the awesome new picnic table that will eventually be stained to match our new deck.|
|The table is set for dinner, complete with a water bottle that we took with us from Hotel San Jose, where we stayed on our wedding night.|
|Marley is ready for her guests to arrive! Nothing beats new people who feed her table scraps.|