Summertime blues? Not with these gorgeous patio additions!

Summertime blues!

 

One of the best parts of spring and summer is the ability to enjoy the outdoors. An enthusiastic gardener, I not only like to create new plantings and flowers beds, but I also love to show off the fruits of my labor by entertaining outdoors.

A few years back, we terraced the backyard to make the space more useable and installed a brick patio. What a world of difference some basic hardscaping made in our use of the space!

The patio has become a go-to spot for cocktails, brunches al fresco, and late night bonfires. Of course, hardscaping alone isn’t enough!

In order to maximize the functionality of the space and to make it as comfortable as possible, I have outfitted it as an “outdoor room.” Outdoor rugs, furniture and accessories turn a simple patio into an oasis — I never want to leave!

I’ve showcased a few of my top picks above.  Now, staycation doesn’t have to be a dirty word…

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