Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Summer Patio

Welcome to the Summer Porch Party!

We are blessed with 3 outdoor areas, and I have a little of 2 to share.  Our house has a balcony, which creates a covered area below.  From Labor Day to Memorial Day, I keep a little bistro table and 4 chairs on the balcony.  We seldom use it, but I have had a tea party or 2 out there.  {Just kind of a pain to haul all of the things up, and then back down, but if it's requested...}



But, the memories are worth it.  Just look at that face.  How can she go to 1st grade this year?



Anyway, I digress ~ here is the lower, covered patio, ready for summer.  This furniture sits in the outdoor kitchen from Labor Day to Memorial Day, but we get out the power washer and clean everything up, and move it all around for the summer.

Just love to sit here with a book in the evening and look at the pool and fountain.  It's so relaxing.  

The door on the right goes into the family room and the door on the left into a little hall that goes to our bedroom.  We don't really use that door.  



I keep a basket of flip flops by the back door ~ that pavement gets hot!!





That is not a blank white block, it say "there are fairies at the bottom of our garden"  and for some reason is doesn't show up in the pictures.




A basket of necessities, goggles and sunblock.



More necessities, pool hats and toys.




Here is a great spot to blog or watch the action.


Close up of the fountain and flowers.



Here is our 3rd outdoor area ~ignore the pumpkins as I forgot to retake a picture:-)

For summer we move the dining table and little bistro table in here so we can dine in the shade.  Our family is often here for lunch and swimming and it is blazing hot everywhere but here.  
With the 2 tables and 4 barstools {we've added one} I can seat 14.  It comes in handy when the whole family is here, or when the girls have friends over to swim.





Much better to eat in the shade, plus we are close to the grill!




Joining Kim for the Summer Porch Party.
And Terri at A Creative Princess.










11 comments:

Lori said...

Love your yard. I just added you to my Texas ladies list.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

GORGEOUS Sue!! Martina

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

What beautiful spaces. I love the green and black combo and I'd love to spend some time there!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

How nice everything looks. Love your outdoor sitting area. It would be nice to listen to the pool fountain. Nice pool. Thanks for joining the party.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

I love everything! I can imagine how much relaxing, laughing and fun go on in those lovely spaces.
Hugs,
Penny

Debbie said...

Oh Sue, how I would LOVE to have a paradise like that. My favorite thing is how you creatively arrange all the necessities and make them look like part of the decor.

Maybe the fairies are covering the writing with their wings. Yeah... that's it!

The Martys said...

It looks good and I cannot wait to relax there in a few weeks. Those lounge chairs are calling my name for a nice nap and a good book.

I cannot believe how little E looks in that picture.

❀ⒹⒺⒺ❀ said...

Now that's a place to relax and enjoy family.
Beautiful!

Dee

Kim said...

Just when I thought your home couldn't get any prettier Sue - I forgot about the outside! Gor-GEOUS!!! You certainly have a knack.
xoxo,
Kim

Rettabug said...

Oh my gosh, Sue! I can't imagine a prettier back yard space, truly. You guys have thought of everything one might need to enjoy being out there. Sure wish I could join you!

I love all your lime green accents with the black...it really looks sharp! And that sweetheart of a granddaughter is just too precious for words. I love the shot of her pouring tea...you should crop that down & frame it for her.

fondly,
Rett

p.s. giggled at your "blogging elbow" comment.

Rettabug said...

p.p.s Where did you find the little glass pedestal that she has her cookies sitting on? It is ADORABLE!!!