Friday Afternoon Revamp Project: Our Patio

In the summer of 2012, my then boyfriend (now fiance) Mike and I were living in an awesomely large and perfectly located house in the heart of Austin. The only problem? We had a roommate, one of the guys in Mike’s band Mike and the Moonpies. We had both been living with roommates for close to a decade and were ready to live on our own. I scoured rental houses on the market for about two months leading up to our move and kept turning up with no good leads. With the constant flow of college students and the major influx of people relocating to Austin from around the country, finding a house to rent in a good location has become a daunting task. I found myself looking at shanty houses, trying to decide where my couch would fit. I toured cramped duplexes, sometimes with three other potential renters at the same time. I literally saw other potential renters run to the house in question when we’d pull up to the curb at the same time. I even considered buying a home but, let’s be real, two weeks isn’t enough time to make that sort of decision. I weighed the option of putting all of our stuff in a uhaul and camping on my sister’s couch until we we able to find the right place. Panic was setting in.

So I did what any woman would do: I broke down.

And in the heat of my meltdown in the 11th hour, Mike found a place that had just surfaced on a rental website. It was in Dripping Springs, a small rural-ish town several miles west of Austin. In my delirium of panic, I was shuffled to the car and driven to the place.

Our little house in Dripping Springs

Our little house in Dripping Springs

It was adorable. A smaller house than the one we currently had, but just the right size for us. And it was in the Texas Hill Country: surrounded by trees and wildlife (deer run through our yard daily!), a mile from a neighborhood lake, 2 miles from the famous Hamilton Pool and Reimer’s Ranch (see below). It had plenty of room for our little beagle to roam and gave me my own studio office to work with plenty of light (my previous studio was a garage). We were in love!

The famous Hamilton Pool. Only a few miles from our house!

It’s hard to believe we’ve been here for almost a year already!

Both of us have been so busy, we rarely have time to do any decorating but I’ve made a commitment to take some time out once a week to spruce something up around the house. This afternoon I’m going to hang these lovely little wicker cafe lights from Target on our cute little patio. I’ve also got some sweet pea seeds to plant around the giant rosemary bushes around the house. I think we’re going to have to grill some steaks tonight to celebrate the new lighting, what do you think?

Wicker Cafe Lights and Sweet Peas for today's project.

Wicker Cafe Lights and Sweet Peas for today’s project.

Mike and our little man Gilley relaxing on the patio.

I’ve also been looking forever for an adequate planter for my miniature cacti. I happened upon a photo someone posted on Facebook of their cactus in a hatch green chili tin. Brilliant! If you plan on trying this, I suggest getting cans of varying sizes (maybe some old looking tomato cans or corn cans along with the smaller chili tins). Here is my first cactus in a hatch green chili tin:

My mini cactus in the perfect container!

My mini cactus in the perfect container!

The sweet peas may take some time, but I’ll post a picture of the cafe lights in their full glory on the patio. Honestly, I think every patio needs cafe lights, y’all!