A few folks suggested an indoor/outdoor rug for the patio, and on a trip to Lowe's, I nearly bought a small runner to dress things up, but then I saw the Perfect Rug. It was a bit pricier, but with the overtime I've worked and some funds I'd set aside, I decided it was worth it. (And when I say pricier, I mean it was ~$70 instead of the $15 runner.) I picked up a few other things, and here's what I ended up with.
I'm so excited - this was just the touch the space needed to make it look truly inviting.
I couldn't resist the silly solar kitty, of course, and you'll see I've added a top to my spring green table. On a whim, I bought a single slate tile, and it happened to fit perfectly. I plan to get two more and make more solid shelves on the other levels of the table. The candle atop the table is a Off citronella candle, since it gets kind of buggy in our back yard.
The morning after I brought the rug home and set up the patio, I peeked outside and found that a friend had decided he has a new living room.
I'm not sure whose cat this is, but he was very cute and very friendly. He sat there talking to Mr. Handyverger, our cats and me for a while. I've seen him around before, and he looks pretty well-fed and cared for, so I think he must belong to one of the neighbors.
Of course they knew where the suckers live... Mr. Handyverger threw him a treat. Or two. (sigh.)
See that railing in the picture above? It got a makeover, too. I'll share it in my next post!
Thanks everyone for the patio suggestions. I'm glad I took them! I'll be sure to let folks know how the rug wears throughout the summer. It's currently a bit damp from recent rains, so we'll see how it dries out...
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