Friday, July 15, 2016

French Country Patio Restyled ... Again!

I know. I know.
I just got my French Country patio just the way I wanted it.
And now, I went and changed it again.

Here are two "Before" Pictures I showed you about six weeks ago.

The bistro table by the fence.

The garden bench by the house.

The arrangement before was pretty and Frenchy-looking 
but the morning sun on the bistro table was so hot, we couldn't use it. 
And all the patio umbrellas we saw were too big for the little table.

I kept looking around the space trying to figure out a better arrangement.
That's when I wondered if the garden bench might fit under the window box on the trellis.

I checked it out with my tape measure and it fit perfectly.
So I moved everything around . . . again.

I moved the wooden garden bench to the other side of the patio and it looked perfect there.
The two big pots of baby boxwood got nudged about a foot closer to the bench, 
making the vignette seem more intimate.

Here's an "After" Picture.

Can you believe someone threw these beautiful pillows away?
I found them while riding my bike down an alley and made a quick U-turn to check them out.
They'd been placed very carefully on a clean piece of cardboard atop a dumpster.
You should have seen me with a pillow in each hand riding my bike home!
I knew they'd be perfect on the patio.

The bistro table is now nestled into a corner of the house and it's in the shade 
until about 2 we can use it for breakfast and lunch and evening cocktails.
I like it better there anyway. Funny how that works out, huh?

Here are some "After" Pictures!

I also added another honeysuckle vine to the patio for more greenery. 
I've read hummingbirds love honeysuckle flowers. 
Wouldn't that be cool to have those little jewels darting around the patio?
Dog TV.

This corner of the patio is perfect for a gathering of
watering cans, an old ladder and more plants.
I'm trying a cherry tomato for the first time in a new Home Depot pot.
Love the curvy edge.

I found this Mason jar lid with a built-in solar light at a local shop.
Just put it in the sun for a few hours to charge and
it makes a pretty patio light at night.
I put some dried hydrangea blooms inside for an accent.

One last change was the little cement cherub that had been by the corner of the house. 
With the bistro table there now, it was just too crowded
so I put it behind a couple of pots of flowers by the stairs. 
Hmmm. Like it better there too!

Now, everything is just right . . . until I move it again!

Lesson Learned:  Don't be afraid to change something if it isn't exactly what you want.
Like Goldilocks in The Three Bears, keep trying until you get it just right.


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  1. Pat,
    I think this arrangement looks better! The bench made your stair area look crowded but the bistro table and chairs look perfect there! Such a pretty spot. And I get the "until I move it" thing. Drives my husband crazy. LOL. have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Thanks Cecilia. I appreciate your sweet comments and am glad you like my new arrangement. Believe it or not, it's still all in the same place! I'm usually good until I drag something new home and have to find a home for it. Hugs,

  2. I love what you did. How great those pillows look too and they were 'free'.

    Have a lovely weekend ~ FlowerLady

    1. Hi Lorraine. Thanks for visiting my new and improved patio. Glad you liked it.

  3. Super cute, Pat. I like the new arrangement. And I chuckled with the vision of you first checking out the neighbor's trash; secondly, what you must've looked like riding doubt with a big smile on your face.
    Happy weekend. Enjoy the patio!

    1. Thanks Rita. Glad you like the new arrangement. How can you not pick up brand new pillows that are free? Still smiling.

  4. It's great when you can move things around and end up liking it better. I need to go for a bike ride in your neighborhood!

    1. Thank you Ellis. My bike rides always seem to turn up some kind of treasure. And, no, I am not a hoarder despite what my neighbors may think! Wish you could join me sometime.

  5. It looks so pretty the way you have it. I really want that cute bistro table and chair's so darling! How great that you found those pillows!

  6. I love your whole patio. From the pavers to the plants. The update looks perfect!
    :) gwingal

    1. Thank you Nikki. I like it so much I may not change it again. Nah, probably will when I find a new treasure that needs a home.

    2. Thank you Nikki. I like it so much I may not change it again. Nah, probably will when I find a new treasure that needs a home.

  7. Hi Pat, my name is Anne and I'm a first time visitor to your blog (by way of Amaze Me Monday). Your patio is great. Function and comfort first and foremost! Looks like you've been able to get that PLUS design, so kudos! Anyway, have a great day, and hope to see you stop by my blog sometime to say hi!

  8. Hi Anne, It's so nice to meet you. Thanks for introducing yourself and for checking out my blog. So glad you like my patio. I stopped by your blog and am wondering where you live. I'm originally from Ohio and know there are a lot of Amish communities around. I still get a thrill seeing those beautiful black buggies emerge from the fog.

  9. Pat, it looks just wonderful! And I agree, change it up if it doesn't make you happy. We've lived in our home for twenty years and I have changed the door colour four times. I have loved them each time and for now, I love the yellow. What a great find those pillows were! Lovely colour too. Your patio looks very cozy. Thanks for sharing with us.


    1. Thank you Sandi. I want to change my door color too but can't decide what would look good. Like yours, it's been several different colors!

  10. You have such a pretty backyard!! I love that solar mason jar. I will have to find one like yours. :)

    1. Thank you Julie. I hope you can find a solar jar lid. We love ours!

    2. Thank you Julie. I hope you can find a solar jar lid. We love ours!

  11. Well it all looks so lovely! Us woman have the right to change things around, right? :) Love the pillows and rippled edge pots. A friend gave me a solar light like that a couple of years ago for my birthday. It's fun! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    1. Thank you Jann. I'd like to have a whole row of those lights. Wouldn't that be pretty?

  12. Love the look! I really like the table with the chairs by the corner.

    1. Thank you Valerie. I appreciate the feedback on the table and chairs.

  13. Pat-
    What would we do if we couldn't change things?
    Whatever you do, the results are always fabulous!

    Happy TOHOT,
    White Spray Paint

  14. Such charming summertime touches and your furry model is darling. Thank you so very much for linking up this week at Thoughts of Home on Thursday! We love the special sparkle that you add to the gathering.

    1. Thanks for visiting Laura. My furry model says thanks too!

  15. Your patio is lovely. Love the little solar light mason jar. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm.

    1. Thank you Sharon. The solar light reminds me of catching lightning bugs in a jar as a kid.

  16. Looks wonderful! Thank you for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  17. I love your patio the way you rearranged it....everything seems to find the place its meant to be over time. SO sweet and those pillows are so nice. Laughed at the image of your riding home with them on your bike.

  18. Thank you CatieAn. I appreciate your stopping by. Can you believe I'm still rearranging a few things? Guess we never stop decorating. Basically, I've just added more pots of plants and just scored an old cast iron fireplace grate at an estate sale which I've filled with pink petunias and red geraniums.