These are the chairs underneath my gazebo I bought from Target about three years ago. I hated the upholstery on this furniture. So one day I was mulling it over, and thought of the large embroidered tablecloths I had in the linen drawer. Out they came. I threw the cloths over the chairs and loveseat, and just started tucking.
This is what I ended up with. I was pleased. I covered the plain brown cushions (gold on the loveseat), and when they’re dirty, I can wash them.
That’s Abi up there in the chair. Never shy when it comes to a photo op. I believe she thinks she’s a model.
As you can see below, I have lots of pine needles. That’s because I live in what is considered the Piny Woods of East Texas. And let me tell you, there are lots of pine trees! Thus, lots of pine needles.
This gazebo is just sitting on the concrete of my courtyard. Since it’s pretty close to my house and the neighbor’s next door (these are garden homes), I have never had to have holes drilled to tack it down.
If you’re in the market for a 10 x 10 gazebo, I highly recommend this one. And it’s come down in price. I paid $399. I saw this week it is on sale for $250. It is a cheap way to have a roof over your head when outside. And when there’s more money in the budget (that isn’t going for other constant remodels), I may have a permanent one built. But this has fully sufficed for me during these few years. I can take a book or magazine and a cup of coffee out here and listen to the rain.
Now that I’m having the decks built, I probably won’t spend as much time out here. Unless I want to sit and read and stay out of the rain!
There is really lots you can do in a small yard. I am listed as a nationally certified wildlife habitat. All it takes is to show that you provide for nature in your yard. This means water and food (can be berries, etc.) and some shelter, like trees and shrubs.
If you’re interested, go to http://www.nwf.org/ and bring up the yard certification form. You can fill it out online. And have your own yard certified as a wildlife habitat.