We love having friends and family over but our previous patio situation was dire. It was a tiny little block of cement that was accessed through a single metal door (with a terrible tripping hazard of a door frame!)
One end was a flower bed and the other a wall that blocked out any late afternoon sun, plus it was only about 2m wide so whenever you sat on the one side of the table you ran the risk of toppling over backwards down the steps! Dire and dangerous!
Unfortunately once we started speaking to our builder and working out how much everything was going to cost us we had to shelve the idea of an undercover patio area… and then because we were already doing so much and it just made sense to do it all at the same time we went ahead with it anyway!! Eeeek
Our bond took a bit more of a beating, but what I can say is this… it was SO WORTH IT!
Almost every single day when we step outside onto our patio area we commend ourselves on a great decision (Truthfully it was actually our builder’s prompting that pushed us into doing it and we are so grateful to him! Thanks Donovan!)
As South Africans we live outside. For 9 months of the year (even more if we’re lucky to have a mild winter) we entertain outside by hosting braai’s. That’s the South African way! We made sure we built a brilliant braai… in fact I think my husband spent more time on this one element of our build than any other!
Since we’ve moved back in I’ve lost track of the number of braai’s we have enjoyed in this space… but I do remember the first! As there was no other furniture, or even a kitchen, in the house the 4 of us perched around our outdoor table to enjoy some boerewors… and that was it! No salad, no potatoes, no garlic bread! Just meat. Haha desperate times!
We’ve had family braai’s and kid’s birthday parties, meetups with international visiting bloggers, small group socials and an epic New Year’s Eve party that ended with a midnight swim in the pool!
We have used our original patio furniture to furnish the undercover area including 2 x wicker chairs which were a hand-me-down from my in-laws and a Bali-style teak wooden table and chairs which we invested in a few Christmases ago.
A stunning aspect of this new space is our “lounge” style furniture which we found at Mobelli… It’s a great addition to this living space and has really made us “live” outside far more often.
I hosted a memorable mom’s wine night under the stars and we enjoyed an evening with my brother & sister-in-law and our kids watching an electric storm in the distance… and of course, it’s always the perfect spot for a drink, whether it’s just the two of us, or an evening with friends.
The cool thing about this Salone v2 lounge set from Mobelli is that the cushions are all-weather cushions which means that they can stay out permanently – come rain or shine! This has made it really easy to plop down on the couch at any time and enjoy the view, the birds, the stars… They only need to be dusted down if it’s been particularly windy.
A big trend at the moment is to use indoor-style upholstered furniture outdoors and this set does just that! It’s also made of aluminium making it super light and easy to move around.
I love that our patio space has an undercover section to shelter from the elements and the midday sun, and an open air section where you can soak up the rays (with a bit of shelter from the umbrella if needed) or enjoy the night sky!
Our patio addition has changed the way we enjoy our home… and how we entertain others. Since we’ve finished the renovations and created more indoor/outdoor flow we’ve been living outdoors far more often. We LOVE it… and probably will do for years to come!
What do you think?
Mobelli (for outdoor lounge furniture, stools & umbrella)
Images: Kathryn Rossiter
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