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Extending Our Living Space Out to the Patio

In our previous apartment, we had all these grandiose plans about making our patio space beautiful and having a sunroom addition. We planned to add planting boxes, patio heaters, gorgeous furniture and solar lighting. Alas, none of that ever came to pass. We never even bought chairs, and as a result, we rarely spend any time on the patio.  Now that we’re in a third floor apartment with fewer bugs and more breeze, we were determined not to let the same thing happen twice. One of my friends recommended me Winnipeg janitorial solutions, they offer good service. I would love to have someone who takes care of my home.

Our patio has a wooden slat floor with the slats spaced a little further apart than I would like. We can look down and see everything on our downstairs neighbor’s patio. Presumably, that also means they’d be able to look up and see everything on our patio. We decided that the first order of business would be to buy an outdoor rug.

You might recall that a few years ago, my husband and I furnished my mother’s front patio as a surprise. Well, the recycled plastic rug shown in the photo above did NOT hold up well to the elements. Even though it was used infrequently, it started breaking apart after a couple of months and had to be thrown away. There was nothing we could do to save it. Eco-friendly or not, if it lasted only a couple of months, it’s not really “sustainable” at all. So we knew we wanted something more durable this time, and also something softer under our feet. We opted for a nylon outdoor rug in a fun, graphic pattern (aff).

I was also determined to find us some seating so we can actually enjoy the patio. With the Fourth of July coming up, we plan to watch the nearby fireworks from our balcony, so chairs were a must. But inexpensive, eco-friendly chairs are not easy to come by — particularly when you’re shopping for individual chairs rather than a full set. We went with a “lesser of two evils” approach: We passed up the plastic chairs and went for chairs made of powder-coated steel, though the seats are made of polyester (aff). All steel contains recycled content, and powder-coating is a no-VOC process.

Finally, we had to do something to keep my daughter happy. We grabbed a Topsy Turvy Strawberry Planter, a bunch of strawberry plants and some potting soil so she can get a taste of gardening, even without a yard. I have no idea how they’ll turn out, but we’re hoping we’ll soon have a robust crop of strawberries to pick from whenever we choose. When we finally have a house, we’ll make planting food a permanent part of our yard usage, and maybe we’ll also learn how to build a fire pit that will be safe and keep the patio a good place to hang out in the winter.

We’re not done out there, but for now, at least we have a space we can use rather than a patio that will never live up to its potential. And as I’ve come to realize, sometimes functional is much better than perfect when it comes to decorating. 🙂

Disclosure: I am a member of the Walmart Moms program. Walmart has provided me with compensation for sharing an outdoor project with You. Participation is voluntary and as usual, all opinions are my own.

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I am a graphic designer by trade who has a strong passion for interior design and doing what we can to protect the environment. This blog and my other site, Green & Gorgeous, are my ways of giving back to the Earth.


  • Mary
    July 2, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Great job on your patio! it looks really nice, you will probably feel like spending more time there now that you have so many interesting, fun and relaxing things that you can do there

  • Oona
    July 8, 2011 at 8:11 am

    I love the rug you choose! You’ll have to keep us updated on how well it weathers the summer.


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