Let’s talk about patio decorating ideas and making a romantic sitting area in the garden or on the porch! I just could never have a garden without a romantic sitting area. And really – I think every porch – if it’s big enough at all – should be used for a little out door living. There’s just nothing like being ‘one with nature’ and if you can’t get out into a woods and walk a woodland path now and then – a relaxing porch or patio area – is just about the next best thing. Is there anything more relaxing than sitting in the porch swing – early evenings – and listening to the sounds of nature and watching the lightning bugs flutter about.
Our home is my hobby and I tend to get a little carried away in explaining how I do things – but if you’d like your home to be your hobby – bare with me on this – ok? 🙂
Patio Decorating Ideas – Before You Start
First and foremost before you start any decorating project – you must clean. When I was a little girl growing up – we were always told “Youdon’t ever want to put a clean blouse on with a dirty neck.” That old saying holds true for everything in my opinion. I would never ever consider decorating an area without first clearing and cleaning it and starting from scratch even if every single thing you just took out – is going back. 🙂 You need a neat and tidy and clean yard even if you have 15 kids. In FACT – 15 kids would be GOOD, because look at the free WORKERS you have. So don’t let that be a liability – it’s your ASSET. Just train them well. One of the most used quotes in our home when our kids were growing up was “Don’t put it down – put it away” Everybody should brand that quote into their minds. It just makes for more peaceful living.
So just be planning your clean up – alone or with your spouse and or kids and first just clean up your yard to perfection. I’ve always called a clean up like that “Picture Perfect” 🙂 You want nothing laying around that isn’t part of your decor. All bicycles and tricycles need their own parking spot in the back yard along with little wagons and smaller toys. Everything needs to have a place and everything needs to be IN that place when not being used. Another quote we’ve always used often through the years is “A place for everything and everything in it’s place.” It’s the only way – because CLUTTER – clutters your MIND. And who wants to struggle through their days with a cluttered mind?
SO – the very first thing you want to do to make a romantic sitting area in your garden or on the porch – is to totally declutter it of any tools or litter of any kind.
You want just the basic porch furniture and your plants and candles out there.
You want your porch to say “WELCOME – You’ve come to a HAPPY place and you’re surrounded by love and people who care about the simple things in life.”
Flea Market Gardening, Amazon or Major Chain Stores –
It ALL Says “We Care About Our Home” if it’s clean and neat!!!
I LOVE to go junking to find a few good pieces for our porch and I love signs – so we have signs here and there throughout the whole canyon. And I have many treasures that others have discarded and I’ve brought them home to love and cherish in the canyon. I LOVE decor with a history and it’s own personal story or where it came from and a hint of how it ‘lived’.
Patio Decorating Ideas – Patio Seating Ideas
Small Table and Chairs
Where to find a small table and chair set
Ice Cream Parlor Table and Chairs Set on Amazon
The small table and chairs set pictured below is a bistro set I picked up several years ago at a junk store near La Center, Ky. I had found it when I was out junking alone but I was in the car. SO I paid for it and came home to get the truck and I picked Kim up to go back with me – and just as we were coming off the Kentucky side of the bridge – that old truck started smoking like a good bonfire that’s just getting going. We jumped out – and ran away from it in case it burst into flames and called Geezer who came to our rescue. 🙂 We picked up this little table and chairs a little later that day – and it now has more of a story than a lot of my treasure finds in the canyon.
You can often find these at a home improvement store or a Walmart or a Target in the garden department. As with everything, we love the idea of getting it on Amazon and having it come right to the very patio we’re going to be relaxing at it on. I use amazon for a LOT of the things I would normally have to get in the car and go get –
Where to Buy Ferns
Like many of the other items needed for giving your patio a freshening up – you can buy ferns at your local nursery, Walmart, your local home improvement store and even sometimes at the grocery! You don’t have to get a big one – because using the Fern Growing Tip above – you can have a little one grow into a HUGE one – in about 3 weeks. Just pick out the healthiest one or ones you see. I’m in the process of doing a section of woods beside our home and building an Enchanted Garden path – and I plan to buy 1-2 ferns and just break them apart and put them along that path and see what happens. HEY!!! If I hunt real good – that little experiment will cost me about $8. 🙂
Boston Ferns are super popular and if you can’t find them locally can be ordered from Amazon.
Kim said the other day that Massac Nursery just outside of Metropolis has some fantastic looking ferns! Here’s a link to the Massac Nursery website!
Patio Decorating Ideas – Setting the Mood with Candles and Lighting
Candles really set the mood of any space! You can go out and buy expensive candles – they are available everywhere – but you can also fill your patio with candles very inexpensively!
I use quart or pint fruit jars and I tie rag cloth bows around the tops – but just down enough that you don’t have to worry about the flame. And the tall tapered candles put out the best light, so that’s mainly what I use. I also use a lot of the utility candles – which give about 4 hours of light. Just be sure your flame is just below the top of the jar so the breeze doesn’t blow it out.
Set of 12 Glass Canning JarsBall Green Glass Jars – available individually or in a 3 packBall Mason 8oz Quilted Jelly Jars – set of 12Ball Quart Jars – Blue – Set of 4Quart Mason Fruit JarQuart Ball Jar – Purple
Set of 12 Long-Burn Emergency CandlesTaper Candles 7 Hour Box Of 45 Household CandlesVotive Candles – Unscented – White – 12 Hour – 30 piecesStonebriar Tealight Candles, 6 to 7 Hour Extended Burn Time,(Pack of 200)
I also love to change things around on our porch. You may come today and the swings and chairs will be loaded down with old quilts and ruffled pillows and the tables will be covered with vintage linens here and there – and tomorrow you may come back and there won’t be a piece of fabric anywhere 🙂
Now how to I find time to DO all of this? I’m a devout homebody. I go to the grocery once a week and always to church – but other than that – you can usually find me foo fooing around the canyon – inside or out.
I LOVE changing our porch around now and then. I have lots of old quilts and vintage linens so I even change colors and patterns. I LOVE – LOVE – LOVE the shabby chic look – but I also love the neat and tidy and simplistic look without all that fluff. Any evening you’re liable to drive up and I’ll have lighted candles all around the porch in my fruit jars. And you won’t find an expensive candle in our canyon. I know how to time them to light them so they’ll burn out just about 10pm – before we head off to see Mr Sandman … and I have little lamps on the porch that stay on 24/7 and all year long.
I always loved the commercial by Motel 6 – where they said “We keep the light on for ya.” SO I do that TOO in Round Knob Canyon. IN FACT – those lights – lit up a burglar in the late winter of 2016. HIS light was on – but nobody was HOME – WHO tries to prowl a home that’s lit up on the outside? FOR THE LOVE OF PETE!!!!!
Just give me some old rugs and ruffled pillows and a few vintage linens and I’m in dream land …
Would you like to make a romantic setting on your porch or patio this spring? Do you need advice? I’m just a facebook message away. And if you DO have a garden or patio you love – send us some photo’s and we’ll share. OK?