My friend Sara came by to catch up on the roof deck of my hotel last night. Sara and I worked together when I lived in Dallas and we were fast friends. Fast as in, I don’t really remember how that friendship formed. She was just there. Sitting on such a well designed patio lead to a full discussion. Patio’s are an extension of your home and require investment. If you want it to look good, you’re going to have to put in the effort. Here’s a few thoughts that we both agreed upon:
TEAK IS EXPENSIVE AND MEANT TO BE WEATHERED
Teak is costly and requires a bunch of maintenance. It will grey. It is a natural material that is meant to be weathered. If you don’t want it to look grey, it will have to be oil treated regularly. If you’re not up for the maintenance, I would not spend the money!
SUNBRELLA FABRIC IS WORTH THE INVESTMENT
Sunbrella is a manufacturer of outdoor fabrics. It is treated and will resist stains and sun fading. It is pricy and worth every penny. Outdoor fabric definitely falls in the “you get what you pay for” arena. Don’t go cheap. You will be replacing your cushions every season if you don’t.
ADD AN OUTDOOR RUG TO ANCHOR YOUR SEATING GROUPS
Just because your outdoors doesn’t mean you can’t use a rug! Outdoor rugs anchor a seating group and add a cozy feel.
YOU CAN SPRUCE IT UP IN A COST EFFECTIVE MANNER
Investment does not always equal money. Now that fall is around the corner, you may be inspired to spruce it up but not be full of cash. Add that extra touch by buying cute outdoor lights like these from Target:
If you don’t have money for teak, Target also has GREAT lounge options, like these:
And how cute is this little side table:
In summary, don’t be intimidated! Put in a little effort, don’t be afraid to invest and get out and enjoy your outdoor living space!