It has been a while. How are you?
Many things have happened, but I will not bore you with stories and words. I will go directly to the point, showing you the space that has evolved the most in the last few weeks, the patio.
You have to know that our patio was a collection of big things we were not using everyday (like the grill, some boxes and random staff), which did not look very nice. Sadly (or luckily, depending on the point of view) we did not take any picture of how it was before. But I tell you, it is a shame we waited so long. Every nice and warm day we wished we had some furniture out there to enjoy the good weather, so finally few weeks ago we finally put things in motion.
First of all we thought carefully of the kind of furniture we would enjoy the most on our patio. We knew for sure we did not want a dinner table for example. We spent quite some time thinking that maybe a pair of sun chairs where to relax would be nice, but after trying few models in the shop we were not thrilled at all. They did not feel very comfortable and in the patio the sun shines only in the late afternoon and it did not seem to make much sense to have sun chairs where there is mostly shadow.
We were full with doubts when at the end a sale advertisement of a local furniture shop arrived in our mailing box and finally we found something we could commit with: a super comfortable and handsome outdoor couch that came together with the coffee table. Oh, how much we love drinking our morning coffee and enjoy the silent of our back yard on it. It is one of the best purchases we have ever made!! There is not one single thing I don't like of this couch.
So, from this baby we based the patio plan. First of all we brainstormed on how to "protect" the couch from rain (and snow) and we ended up using 4 white curtains on the right corner and front of the space. They give such a luxurious look. It really feels like being on some kind of expensive resort.
To fill the space between the couch and the back door we used a tall vase with petunias and a lantern with citronella a candle against mosquitoes.
I am sure that things out there will evolve further, but so far I think we accomplished on our goal of creating an enjoyable space for these hot and lazy summer days.