And we've been wanting to spend more and more time outside lately. The problem is we don't really have any proper patio furniture.
When we moved into our house, we placed our old condo's dining room set outside on our patio because it was too small for our new house's dining room and we weren't sure what to do with it at the time:
It's stayed there for the past 9, almost 10 months:
It doesn't look bad from far way but the chairs are chipping:
And the table has some bubbled up parts on the top of it which I'm assuming happened from it being pelted with rain during monsoon season.
The patio is a decent size (15' long by 9' wide) so we'll be able to replace the old dining room set with a nice conversation set to lounge around on.
My boyfriend generously gave me part of his tax return to, and I quote, "buy whatever furniture I want for the house" sooo I'm going to be ordering this patio set from Target:
[ Image via Target ]
It's 20% off until the 23rd and Target's offering free shipping on all orders over $75 so that'll be a nice chunk of savings as well. I also have one of their Red cards so on top of the 20% off and the free shipping, we'll get an additional 5% off. Can't beat it!
I plan putting the love seat underneath the window with the two chairs across from it and the coffee table in the middle. The grill will most likely stay where it is. That plan might change though!
Aside from addressing the furniture situation, we'd also like to address our view:
See how we're staring at the side of our neighbor's house (the huge chunk of red)? It's not a terrible view and could definitely be worse but we'd like to prettify it if possible.
I'm thinking about buying or building some kind of slatted screen to help block the wall a little bit while adding some extra privacy. Kind of like this Photoshopped idea:
I like how it helps minimize the view of their wall but still lets some light in and doesn't completely enclose the patio. If we add the screen, the grill will move somewhere else so the love seat can be placed in front of it with the chairs across from it and the coffee table in the middle. We'll see what happens!
Additional plans include re-hanging the string lights, adding an outdoor rug, possibly adding a few plants in planters, and maybe hanging a piece of art from the slatted screen.
What do you think of the plans? Anything you'd add that I forgot?