You may recall me mentioning that I had a baby almost this time last year. Before said baby arrived, I had done a great deal of gardening, even while I was in my delicate state. I planted flowers and built beautiful herb gardens on our deck and brick patios. My patio set was adorned with lovely and inviting cushions. I had, in fact, created an outdoor oasis for my small family, which was soon to grow a touch larger. Fast forward to the warm Summer months when that newborn had come to town. Watering plants was exchanged for keeping a baby alive. Sitting outside with a glass of wine was traded in for going to bed at 7pm. Last Summer was Sink Or Swim, my friends. Herb gardens were shriveling up all over the place. Flowers were all but a distant memory. And my lovely deck furniture and gorgeous glass pottery? Well, we might have left that all outside during the snowiest Winter on record. We all but let the outdoor oasis turn into a mirage, fading out of view. We are obviously not proud of this but it is what it is.
Rather than recreate what I once had, I am looking to bring a little "Zen" to my outdoor space. If I can make it peaceful and stylish at the same time, I think it would really become a place where I could relax after a long day and just read in the Summer evenings. Not too overdone, I daydream of a sort of minimalists spot where I can light some (citronella) candles and reflect on my day and the days to come. I know it seems kind of hokey but I can just imagine the scents of all of my herbs and a breeze... well, it just sounds dreamy, right?
What do you think of the Patio set up of my Zen dreams?