Aloha, and welcome to my mini Maui lanai makeover!
And a BIG welcome to those visiting from The Procrastinator’s Summer Porch Tour 2015!
Kathy from Petticoat Junktion is the brainchild of this marvelous event! A few procrastinating bloggers have banded together to showcase their own summer porches. Are you late in the game too? Good! You won’t feel out of place with this group. 🙂
Because I’m in the land of Maui at the moment, and I miss DIYing (I really do!), I wanted to join this fun reason to play with my current space!
My son and I are absolutely blessed to be renting this amazing ground level condo, owned by a friend of our family. I love love LOVE it so very much, because when I wake up each morning, I can slide those patio doors open, and feel the crunch of the grass (and a million flower petals) beneath my feet.
The beautiful, surrounding gardens offer a natural extention to the patio, and I couldn’t be more in love with the grounds! More on that soon. First? Let’s pretty things up.
Because it’s a rental, you obviously can’t leave anything of great value out, only to have it stolen, or ruined from the nightly sprinklers.
But even if just for this event, I wanted to cozy it up a little, to show that just a few very minor tweaks can really enhance a small space.
These aloe vera plants have already come to my rescue, nursing my first Hawaiian sunburn. And they worked!!
So they will also get some special treatment as a thank-you… 🙂
First off, everything was moved off the patio, then the tile floor got a good scrub with just a scrub brush and dish soap.
A few weeds were pulled, and some bricks arranged around the air conditioner just to tidy things up.
I will say… in a perfect world, I can see landing a bunch of reclaimed wood and building a little coffee station or serving area along the right wall or over the air conditioner. But having no junk nor tools on hand (imagine..), I just pulled a few things from inside the condo.
So as I was working, I took a small break and walked the grounds. Upon returning, I actually gasped…
Such a startling difference, with really, very little done!
A pretty lamp for a little nighttime illumination, and the tall grass hiding the air conditioner were the main game changers.
Two beach towels helped soften the hard lines of the chairs, and the bright pillows adding a little Hawaiian punch! ( I couldn’t help myself…)
I’m really crazy about the lamp. They were a set in the bedroom so they are not outdoor compliant. But they cast the best filtered, soft light! And on a non rainy (sprinkling?) evening while sitting out there, it’s perfect.
These flowers had actually fallen from the trees and were nesting on the lawn, so I borrowed a few.
Ohhhh.. you have no idea what the lawn looks like. But I’ll show you. There are gorgeous petals everywhere you look!
Seriously… this is what fallen leaves look like in Maui. Incredible, isn’t it?
And here’s the newly enhanced garden…
The two aloe vera plants were sitting on stepping stones of their own, so I just moved them over a little and incorporated some things that were already sitting outside, and added a couple of coconuts.
The sprinkler hose was embedded into the soil, and is keeping ‘my yard’ green, so it’s allowed to stay. 🙂
The pretty cement bird cloche houses a candle inside, so it’s perfect beside the lounger.
I can barely believe that gorgeous palm leaf can live outside in the elements.
And my insanely amazing yard. Would you like a little tour?
You can see an entire blog post on these beautiful grounds HERE.
This is my view from the patio. I love peeking through all the trees and vegetation, framing that gorgeous arbor in full bloom.
And how do you take your kona coffee? 🙂
This was so fun! I hope you enjoyed my little tour with a twist! Think this little oasis would do it for you? 🙂
You can visit my own patio back home (from last summer) HERE.
If you’re curious, you can view the rest of my Maui posts HERE.
And now, I have a treat for you! Visit the blogs below to see what porch beauty awaits elsewhere…