The last part of my July mini tour is the pool area! We love it so, so much and rarely a day goes by when we are in town that there isn’t a crew back here enjoying it. Sit back, relax and stay awhile….
We didn’t add much more than a bunch of flags to dress up the backyard for the fourth! Our neighborhood does a huge fireworks display and we can’t wait to welcome friends here in celebration this weekend.
Like with other holidays, I tried to choose festive but useful decorative items. I added to my patriotic towel collection with these cuties from Target. They are decorative and functional, so a great thing to look for.
I’ve put flags in my pots for decades and continue that tradition back here. The gardenias that were originally in the bed along the house didn’t survive our winter, so we just replaced them this week! SO much better. I added the two urns at the ends of the bed as these are the two spots the puppies tend to stand – for a view inside the porch and a view outside the fence on the other end. This has been a great solution to them trampling more plants.
This is a multi-use space. We’ve had dinners, parties, prayer meetings and just good old fashioned ping pong and dice games here. I realized that I never shared the details on where we landed with the ping pong table – I made a note to dig up those details and post it soon. The large flag here is hung with 3 small white screw hooks. Honey put them up in 2021 and they are virtually unnoticeable the rest of the year.
The cabana is a favorite shady relaxation spot. It makes for great privacy from the street and serves as a fence on that side. It lines up with one side of the courtyard and is centered on the pool. I purchased the six small patriotic buntings to go across the front of the cabana in 2021. They are perfect in that they don’t hang so low that they block any views. They are hung with command hooks and then secured with short lengths of pipe cleaners. Otherwise, the wind knocks them loose. We leave the command hooks up and just have to add the flags each year.
In addition to the buntings, I pulled a few pillows from my collection for the cabana. They were previously located in other places for the fourth but found new homes here. I fell in love with the details and colors on this Georgia pillow and thought it was perfect to move outdoors with my patriotic decor.
I’ve used the buntings on the porch railings since we moved in! They go up on permanent hooks that I also use at Christmas for garlands.
The egg chairs at the end of the pool are SO comfy. They were my Valentine’s Day gift from Honey a couple of years ago. They are the Better Homes and Garden brand from WalMart and a fraction of the price of a similar chair at Serena and Lily or Target. I do carry in the big cushions when we won’t be using the pool, which is the only con. As you can see, I have tried to keep the pool area completely maintenance free with items that can stay out 365 days a year.
Last summer I found these cute patriotic floats on sale and they survived summer #2. Again, patriotic decor that is useful! Oh, we also added two more ledge loungers since last summer. They’ve been such a hit that people are always stalking them, just waiting on someone to get up.
I’ve finally got my business to a manageable work load and I feel time with the boys slipping away (hello, class of 2024!) I try my hardest to stop work by 1PM (I start before 6AM) and most afternoons you’ll find me reading in the chair under the umbrella and most evenings on a float with the family. I was very hesitant to agree to this pool, but am so thankful Honey wouldn’t let the idea go!
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Enjoy your holiday weekend!!
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