Kate is part of a four-link parties going on this week by four different women. I'm linking up to inspiring outdoor ideas and sharing my favorite entertaining space. It overlooks the back gardens and is close to the kitchen - two reasons why it's my favorite!
When we moved here seven years ago, there was only a concrete slab off the dinning room. I added a brick apron on two sides and dressed it up as best I could.
The next summer, son L added a larger apron with pillars at the corners.
The next year, we added a raftered open roof and planted Akebia Silver Bells, a fifteen to twenty ft vine at the one corner...it was its third move in as many years!
And the next summer we added a composite floor over a part of the concrete slab,
making the floor space bigger.
Today, when we entertain outdoors, it looks like this. I used HD drop cloth (what else?!) to make panels to fit in between the rafters, using Velcro to fasten them. It makes fabulous shade but does get really dirty if left on for the summer. Good old Clorox takes the stain out!
Last summer, I held a tea for twenty-two ladies here. The table looks like it goes on forever - but it was beautiful!
I used two sets of dishes and alternated them to serve these beautiful ladies.
- five years ago -
- today -
My favorite sitting place is the swing (behind the vine), even if it's only taking a breather from work or just simply to drink in the beauty!
I love this outdoor space!
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