Whew, how did it get to be mid June already?! We’re just starting to warm up here in Nova Scotia. They blackflies and mosquitoes have dissipated (just in time for the June bugs to arrive) and we can finally start to enjoy some outdoor living. Two years ago my brother (aka Captain Carpentry) helped add a back deck to our home. We haven’t had much of an opportunity to use the patio, but late last fall my husband installed a hot tub and it’s basically only been used as a thoroughfare to the warm water. With the hustle and bustle of starting a new business (The Union Street if you haven’t got to check it out yet), I don’t have loads of time for fixing things up these days. In an effort to not spend what little summer we have fussing about how to use and decorate the patio, I thought I’d jump right in and set it up. We still need to think about painting or staining the deck, and just planted fresh grass, but that can come when we have a little more free time. For now this little Mini Patio Makeover will have to do.

 

This is the blankslate I started with before…

Mini Patio Makeover Before

Not much to look at, or very inviting if we want to have guests over for a BBQ.

To get the ball rolling I knew I needed to add some greenery. Planting perennials or anything…

This is an excerpt from the article Mini Patio Makeover which originally appeared on http://www.fynesdesigns.com/.