We love our backyard, but we need to work on making the patio more inviting!
Spending time with friends and family outside in the spring, summer and fall is something that Bruce and I both love. Whether he is manning the grill or just relaxing with a lemonade or cold beer, the backyard is one of our favorite spots. Making the patio more inviting was on our Spring/Summer “to do” list, as I’m sure it’s on most of yours.
Two years ago Bruce built our pergola, and we love it! It provides so much shade, the back yard gets full sun for most of the day, so it gets hot back there. This weekend we spruced up the garden and the flower beds as well as decked out the patio and deck. It’s much more inviting and we’re all ready for company!
Making the patio more inviting with pillows and an area rug.
As you can see I didn’t skimp on the pillows. Nothing better than a great cushion as you sit down to an al fresco dinner or relax with a cold glass of fresh lemonade.
We love having the privacy fence. Our yard is nice and big but we do live in a housing addition. It’s so nice to have our peace and quiet when we want it. It makes it the yard more cozy and inviting.
I would really like to add a rug underneath the table to anchor it and define the area. Brown or beige would work best pulling in the color from the curtains and the pergola. I don’t want a busy rug since I’ve compiled quite the collection of patterns and graphics with pillows and the curtains. The cement floor gets so warm in the sun, a rug would feel cozy on your feet.
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I’ve found 3 that I think will work. I love all of them, which one do you like best? I love the texture and patterns of #2 and #3, but the price is so right for #1!
The first rug isn’t an indoor/outdoor rug, but we have used this same rug in the past and it lasted for 3 or 4 years. And for the price I’m okay with it not lasting forever! What do you think? I’m really kind of in love with the border on the second option. Each of these rugs will help in making the patio more inviting, but I need to weigh out what’s more important; the cost or the look.
Each of these rugs is a 5 x 7 which would be perfect under the table area.
We love hanging out with Hummingbirds
One of our summer highlights is watching for the Hummingbirds. We’ve planted flowers in the garden to draw them in and added a few Hummingbird Feeders to supplement. It’s so fun to have them buzz around the garden while we’re relaxing on the patio.
We make our own nectar for the feeders. If you’d like to make your own you need 4 cups water per 1 cup sugar. Bring to a boil, the boiling liquid will kill any bacteria which could harm the Hummingbird.
I also soak my feeders in a bleach water solution for several hours and rinse them out really well before filling with completely cooled nectar. You can store left over nectar in the refrigerator. Change the nectar a few times a week, check this chart at Wild Bird Shop to find how often to change nectar in your area.
Our feeders aren’t red, I love the royal blue of our glass feeders, they match our decor. I know that Hummingbirds are attracted to the color red, but they still visit ours frequently, and they come back every year. Hummingbirds have a great memory, once they find you they will come back. So make sure your feeders are filled each spring.
Don’t use red food coloring in your nectar, this can hurt the Hummingbird, even in small amounts. If you feel the need for a bit of red near your feeder, tie a ribbon around the top of the feeder to draw the Hummers in. When my hair was “fire engine red” they would flit around my head when I was outside. I bet they thought they had found one huge red flower!
You should have seen me dancing to get out of their path! It was pretty hilarious I’m told!
Making the patio more inviting with Backyard Games
Another spring/summer addition to the patio-yard games. We love to have friends over to play. It gets you moving and it’s a blast. Croquet and Bocce are a few options and all our friends like to play corn-hole.
Here are a few more games that I would really love to add to our stash. Dice, Dominoes and a Giant Jengaish Game-Tumbling Timbers. Don’t these look like “fun just waiting to happen”? Use the Dice to play a great game of outdoor Yahtzee? These games could be tons of fun for the entire family, or group of friends. I bet it could get a little rowdy and boisterous! Just the way we like it.
Fourth of July is right around the corner, this could be the perfect outdoor activity for our get-together! Or yours.
Do you have a favorite yard game? If so, fill me in! I love to have fun and get exercise at the same time and yard games are perfect for this. The competition is fierce around here. Loser does the dishes! LOL
Wouldn’t this be a great afternoon with the for the kids or adult friends? I know, I’m a geek! LOL But I’d love it! It would be a lot more fun on a cool summer evening than sitting in front of the Television!
Would a patio be complete without a Grill?
Although Bruce loves a round of cornhole, this is his favorite part of the backyard. His Weber Grilling station. Smoking and/or grilling is his favorite game. And he’s really good at it! Yeah for me! LOL This is the Weber Grill he uses most often.
I wasn’t overly thrilled when he decided to get a charcoal grill instead of gas. But Bruce has worked magic with this grill, creating many memorable meals. He has even used it to smoke meat for an entire day, like the Brisket below! It was so tender and flavorful, incredible.
And I can’t believe I forgot how much I love the taste that a charcoal grill gives the meat, or anything else we decide to cook on it. The possibilities are endless and I don’t have to turn on the oven. Win Win!
Recently we were given a Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker/Smoker. Some really incredible friends had an extra smoker and knew that Bruce would enjoy having his own, so they bequeathed it to him! We are so excited to add to our Weber family. Can’t wait to break it in!
Do you have a charcoal or gas grill? Which do you prefer?
The cushions on the chairs above needed a bit of freshening up too, so I whipped up some new cushion covers using the rest of the tablecloth I used on the front porch bench. They look pretty snazzy topped with Make Lemonade Shop pillows! I’ve always loved a great pillow and these add so much personality to the area. Making the patio inviting and cozy.
We need to finish up the deck area, there’s a railing going along the end behind the grills and part of the front. We’d like to stain it the same espresso color as the pergola, but that’s a project for another day, we are ready to enjoy the summer! It’ll wait!
We’re not quite finished with making the patio more inviting, but it’s almost there. The Lemonade is fresh and cold, come on by for a game of Bocce and let’s kick back! It’s my favorite time of year and I don’t want to waste a second!
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Pillows-Handpainted Sun, Make Lemonade.
Chairs (similar) and chairs and here Chairs (I can’t find and exact match but here are some at great prices)
Yard Games Croquet (similar) and Bocce (similar) Tumbling Timbers/Jenga , Dice and Dominoes at Redneck Retreat
Weber Grill and Smoker
Hummingbird Feeders (similar) and Hummingbird Feeder