I want it to serve two purposes: one, that we would have an al fresco dining area, and two, that Katie and I could play/read/do homework/sit out there and enjoy the courtyard. It's beautiful and there are always bunnies hopping by or neighbors walking their dogs.
I searched for rugs, a table and chairs, plants, decor, and sweet little bits that would make it a place that not only we would want to be, but a small area to entertain a friend or two on occasion.
We painted the top of the table a bright turquoise and then sanded the legs. The other chairs will get a fresh coat as soon as we decide on a color. The mid-c tables, cat paint-by-number, and industrial "C" came from estates, as did the wooden hangers. I printed the quote on heavy card stock and hung it on the most worn chair. The mat (rug) came from World Market.
I had my first cup of coffee and quiet time out there this morning, and I'm in love with the space already. I'll add a few more plants and pretty flowers, and then invite you over for a visit.