Back Patio Planning

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I’m back patio planning.

It never starts in the snow.  Not even during spring rain.  But, when the grass starts growing, emerald city, green, and the tall trees begin to rustle and wave, and the new leaves work out their whispy whispers, then I feel I can’t keep in the cocoon any longer.

I have to be out their in it.  In the wind, warmed by the sun and welcomed by the bird’s songs.  I don’t just want to go out, I want to live out, as much as I possibly can.  Play out.  Eat out.  Read out. Relax out.  Be out.

The summer months are short, here, and so we have to make the days long.  We lengthen them by lingering, lounging and letting go of whats calling us back in.

It’s Monday and my mind should be on laundry and long lists of to-do’s.  But today, my one thing thats trumping everything is cleaning up my back patio.

 

back patio love via la la lovely

I’m back patio planning.

It never starts in the snow. Not even during spring rain. But, when the grass starts growing, emerald city, green, and the tall trees begin to rustle and wave, and the new leaves work out their whispy whispers, then I feel I can’t keep in the cocoon any longer.

I have to be out their in it. In the wind, warmed by the sun and welcomed by the bird’s songs. I don’t just want to go out, I want to live out, as much as I possibly can. Play out. Eat out. Read out. Relax out. Be out.

The summer months are short, here, and so we have to make the days long. We lengthen them by lingering, lounging and letting go of whats calling us back in.

It’s Monday and my mind should be on laundry and long lists of to-do’s. But today, my one thing thats trumping everything is cleaning up my back patio.

I should probably call it my week thing, because it will likely take the week to get it cleaned and comfortable, after a cruel Chicago white out kind of winter.

This year, I’m thinking our back patio needs a bit more then a clean up.  It needs a little re-fresh.  This was how it looked a few years back.  It’s mostly my cushions that need more then cleaning.  I’m tired of pink and the white is at the point of now return.  I’d love to get the cushions recovered in a dark grey (like the image above).  If that doesn’t happen, I’ll do my best to wipe them down and throw a dark blanket over top.  The thing I love about the patio is that it doesn’t have to be perfect it just has to be practical. It only asks for a few this and thats to make it inviting and inspiring.

Need a couch.  Why not pallets and a covered mattress?

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A hammock always makes every outdoor space dreamy.  I’m also loving the mirror trellis (DIY here).

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For an outdoor table think European and take an older one, from inside, outside.  I adore the look of indoor furniture outdoors.

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A fireplace is on my one day some day house list.

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If you don’t have a fireplace or built in fire pit how about a portable one?  I la la love the modern look of Erin’s.

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I can’t invent this up at my house, but I imagine what it might be like…. a kitchen that opens up to your patio.

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Have you already come out of hibernating?  What makes a cozy patio for you?

Here a few of my outdoor essentials:

 

 

images via : tia borgsmidt / Inside Out / Take Over Time / Stijl Habitat /Design For Mankind / One Kings Lane

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Responses

  • Nelson Bartley
    Commented on May 18th, 2015 at 1:59pm

    ROCKING CHAIRS!!! Got two new ones-a little modern looking-to sit on my front porch. (Cuz that’s where the mountains are…) I LOVE love love to rock.

  • Trina
    Commented on May 18th, 2015 at 2:13pm

    Oh, yes….rocking chairs…and facing mountains…divine! xo .t enjoy!!!!!

  • Maria del mar
    Commented on May 20th, 2015 at 10:46am

    If only I had a patio and if only Paris had better weather! We can’t have all we want all the time huh? xoxo

  • Trina
    Commented on May 21st, 2015 at 4:17pm

    oh my….no….i have the patio (not so great weather, most of the year) but i dream of paris, often. le sigh! enjoy the city of lights and love. xo . t

  • Brittany
    Commented on May 21st, 2015 at 9:58am

    Ugh, I still live in a tiny apartment so a back patio is just a thing of dreams!! But I love how cozy all of these are… gives me plenty of inspiration for the day that I finally have a house. I’m definitely going to need to work in that open kitchen/patio, that’s just dreamy!

  • Trina
    Commented on May 21st, 2015 at 4:16pm

    one day, some day. i’ve got a list for that myself. hope you have a fave cozy / happy spot, just for you in your apt. xo . t

  • Eva
    Commented on May 27th, 2015 at 8:06am

    Hi Tina,

    I found my padio so boring, so I tossed my furniture and went on an eBay hunt to find some crazy vintage rattan furniture. I went for the Hawaiian look, which is a little odd here in Germany where I live. I also bought Little Wing Chimes from Anthropologie (http://us.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/home-garden/34701607.jsp#/) which looks so lovely.

    Eva

  • Trina
    Commented on May 27th, 2015 at 1:44pm

    I love it! Sounds so ecclectic and interesting…which is far better than boring! thanks for sharing your fun idea! xo .t

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