I absolutely love Spring, especially when I get to clean off our back patio and start dreaming about long, hot, summer nights of entertaining with family and friends.

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What I love about our outdoor entertaining space is that there’s not much I have to do.

When we bought this house 6 years ago, it was here for us to enjoy. Our plan is to eventually replace the 8 foot slider with French doors, but that is down the road (when children are through with school and college – like a zillion years away).

For now, we don’t let that stop our entertaining moments. Things will never be perfect and that is okay.

I think we all have to fight off stagnation and either move things around or freshen things up. We can decorate the same way, year after year, or we can try new ideas. I try purposely to see things with fresh eyes, and keep a good attitude about the things that I have.

If we focused on the things we don’t like about our homes, we’d never say “yes” to inviting people in!

There’s plenty I’d love to change about our side-yard area, one “dreamy” idea would be to add an outdoor kitchen. We’d put it to good use, but I also know it’s far from reality.

For 5 months, our outdoor space is like having an outdoor family room that’s larger than our indoor one:

-We purchased our sectional 5 years ago and it has held up excellently in the elements.
-Love the reversible cushions that can change the design of the room.
-We took 2 coffee tables from our “old set” and put them side by side, adding a table runner to make it look like ONE table.
-Spray painted the $2 yard sale lamp black and added a new shade.
-The other items came from home stores on clearance or was very inexpensive.

Cozy–a place where our family hangs all spring, summer, and fall–we have about 6 months of togetherness.

Freshening up the back area:
-Blow the back area of dirt, dust, and leaves
-Clean off the tables with Windex
-Move pictures around
-Add a table runner
-Put a tray down
-Add a Springy wreath, and some kind of decor item that ties in with the outdoor theme
-Place pillows around that also tie in

And enjoy the moments.

No matter what the size, what do you love about your outdoor space?