|before during the clean up stage|
|after, not only the redo but the moonsoon|
We put up a Papel Picado banner, shade cloth, throw pillows, bought some plants and an outdoor rug. Reused our outdoor furniture and lamp. Converted the fountain to a flower garden for red petunias and white allysum....that's nature's red and white polka dots. Then we took a yard cart and put all the indoor plants out for the summer. The chimanea was fitted with an electric faux fire, we have solar lights hanging all around and for Lammas, we had our first mini bonfire on our welcoming front porch. I'd like to think that my Mom would be happy with the transformation of someplace where she was only allowed to have a small wrought iron table and two chairs, which got put up in the garage after every time they were used for fear that some evil person would come and steal them. Heaven's NOOOOOO. To a change to an open riot of color and fun.
Still need to refinish the concrete that the old fool painted with house paint.....3 or 4 times. But other than that, the salvaged wood sideboard resplendent with garage sale, thrift store finds, and seasonal falderall give an aire of happy welcome. The fae have houses on the old round table, the extra large turtle stands guard near the fountain flower bed and lavender and cucumbers are bountiful on each side of the gates.
I'd say it shouts, hey come say hello.