When we moved in, the gated courtyard was not my favorite. It had white stones instead of grass and where there weren’t stones there were overgrown azalea bushes.
The stones seemed a little out of place to me. If this was Arizona or Nevada, I could understand but Louisiana is like a sunnier and way less hipster version of Seattle for the amount it rains here. I wanted green.
Of course I asked our contractor (mistake number one of hundreds) if he could remove them. He quoted me something astronomical, which I started to notice he did often when it was apparently something he didn’t want to, or couldn’t, undertake. So the stones stayed.
It’s not like I was going to remove them.
Here’s The Puppy wandering around trying to find a spot to go the bathroom. He’s scared to walk on the stones and he would be lost eternally to the azaleas. He had no options.
So I ripped up all the bushes, planted sod and decorated with giant pots of flowers. Yes, I planted sod. I’m amazing even myself these days.
For the rocky-part of the courtyard, since clearly they were there to stay, I thought about how I could at least make it slightly more attractive. I found this amazing little bistro set on amazon (prime!) but was concerned when the box arrived flat. Not sure what I was expecting but I thinking maybe a more table and chair sized box. Apparently someone had to put them together.
When I was at a lighting showroom picking out exterior light fixtures, I found this little matching pendant light perfect for above my table.
My last stop was the gardening store. Final touch, pots of pansies everywhere. Then I was done.
Now I see all the amazing things you can do outside. Read outside. Have morning coffee outside. Drink cocktails outside. Write this blog outside.
Honestly, the possibilities are endless. I don’t know if I mentioned this but you can drink cocktails outside. It’s amazing.