Last week, my quiet and tedious afternoon emails were interrupted by the ringing of the doorbell. My neighbor had just had something delivered – a birthday gift from his wife: a stone fire-pit. He needed to borrow the wheelbarrow to transport each brick down to the backyard patio, and we have no problem sharing tools so yay! I invited him all the way into our incredibly dirty and chaotic garage (it’s a hot mess y’all!) to retrieve the wheelbarrow from the deepest bowels of my garage. It’s like when my visiting teachers are stopping by, so I start by cleaning the areas they will see first. Then, all proud of myself, my visiting teachers manage to make it into every room that not only did I not get to clean, but that I’ve stashed laundry baskets heaping with toys and other miscellaneous items that have no home. Anyway, that was a bit of a fiasco and he had to borrow the wheelbarrow again the next day because they didn’t like the fire pit. I’m sure you didn’t see this coming, but by the end of the week we were in his backyard, sharing yummy food and drinks while visiting with my neighbors. We have such great neighbors! My fingers are crossed that we’ll have a patio crawl soon – although I’ve got to get my patio cleaned up for something like this! Every room in our house has a budget and honestly, I definitely allotted exactly ZERO dollars to the patio. Oops.
I love this budget-friendly patio that can get me through until next fall (as found on pinterest here!)
While I wait for my budget to show up, I think I can maneuver in a few sly purchases here and there: a fire pit, a cozy blanket or two, and what else? What do you think makes a patio a patio? I want it warm and inviting, does that mean I need a couch? Lights strung from end to end (classic, right?!)
Here are a few options in a variety of budget ranges that I’ve been looking at from Wayfair.com. I have a love-hate relationship with fire pits – they make a huge mess – so I included a gas fire pit option as well. Is plaid still in? I think so, it’s pretty classic! Lastly, these mesh plate covers are 100% necessary for patio sit-ins because what are gatherings without food?! I hate bugs.
If I had to pick my top five must-haves for a perfect patio:
- Fire Pit: wood burning or gas, you won’t regret having one!
- Lights: tougher than indoors, string up some lights for that special glow.
- Rug: The Mr just surprised me with an outdoor rug – a hint perhaps?
- Seating: large colorful cushions (Moroccan!), couches, chairs, swings, hammocks!
- Grill: Because if you aren’t eating grilled foods, you aren’t really living!
What are your top five must-haves for your patio?
This post is sponsored by Wayfair.com. All thoughts and opinions are my own.