Location: Kansas City, Missouri
With more than one space to choose from, we enjoy our outdoor space almost year round. The brick patio has a living/dining space that is shaded and cool in the morning and shaded again early evening. The winter sun warms it up enough that we can sometimes be found out there in winter months having lunch. We use our outdoor shower about 9 months out of the year.
On the east side of the house is a hosta/fern garden that is always shady and (relatively!) cool in the hot midwestern summer. You can find us on the screened in porch most evenings from May through October - reading, eating, sometimes watching movies. Our outdoor space is definitely a well-used part of our living space - our four dogs love it too! We seem to have gravitated toward old, rusty things - be they furniture, a bird house with a metal roof or an old finial from a barn or other building. We love watching the birds in our yard, so the fountain, grasses and brightly colored flowers are as much for them as they are for us.
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