Create an Outdoor Gathering Spot – Patio Fire Fountain Giveaway

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This post was sponsored by Aquascape®

When we started our side yard project at the start of this year, I imagined it being completed by spring so we could enjoy it all summer. Well, it didn’t get finished and we haven’t been able to enjoy it yet. I know I keep saying it is getting closer to completion, but now I’m holding out hope for mid-fall :). But the snail’s pace and frustration with that project didn’t really stop us from finding a way to enjoy another part of our yard.

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I love easy projects that can almost immediately transform your surroundings. In our last house we built a firepit on our pea gravel patio and it was one of those projects that instantly gave our yard more purpose and function. We hoped to build another firepit on our backyard patio at this house, but we decided for safety reasons we should put it further from the house. Since we didn’t have time to prepare a new gravel area for it this year, we decided we’d save that project for another time.

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But I cannot tell you how THRILLED I was to discover a few weeks ago that there was an easy way to create more ambience in our backyard. This Fire Fountain by Aquascape is absolutely perfect for our patio! We didn’t have to wait for contractors, there was no mess and it took just a few minutes to set up! That’s what I’m talking about.

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The Fire Fountain established a beautiful focal point for our family to gather around and enjoy.

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The soothing bubbles from the fountain mixed with the warm flicker of the flame is so comforting and relaxing, amazing for those chilly fall evenings!  At the end of the evening, you just extinguish the flame and unplug the fountain. Let it cool, cover it and it will be all ready for next time.

This is exactly what our space needed, and the perfect way to bring the family together.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!

HOW TO ORDER:

If you can’t wait or want to find another model or check sizes, you can find details and ordering information from Aquascape (check out everything else they offer, too, including other types of fountains and ponds!) or you can find a great deal on the model I have here (mine is the medium size!).

The only two things you might want to have for the fountain is paraffin oil for the flame and decorative river rocks.

PS. Did you catch a glimpse of our freshly painted garden shed in this post? :-D

Townhouse Update: Small Balcony Makeover

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Hello! Kylee here today to show you my tiny balcony makeover! When we first bought the townhouse 2 years ago, I was especially excited to have outdoor spaces to grow plants. I have a super tiny backyard and a very small balcony off the main living area on the second floor.

Balcony Before

When my husband Lance and I moved in, I immediately bought the table and chairs for the balcony with high hopes of spending lots of time out there, but the truth is we never really sat outside. The deck just felt so “blah” that I guess we just never felt inspired to be out there.

The deck doesn’t have a great view, so it needed to be inviting enough on its own to beckon us out. This spring I decided that I would try to find ways to make this tiny space a more worthy destination.

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Flowers were a must for making sure I enjoyed this space. I found some cute but affordable pots and planted a variety of flowers. Because I can see them all from inside, I usually remember to water them. To water the plants I have to go outside, so having plants to take care of helps a lot in my enjoyment of this space.

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But once I got the plants, I realized I wanted to do something to disguise our red railings around the deck. Not only are my floors cherry hardwood and my couches are red (see the post about our red couches here!) but the exterior of the townhouse (and the deck railing) is also red, so I was tired of seeing so much RED! I needed something a bit more neutral to look at from the inside.

This bamboo fencing not only minimized the red railing, it added a nice tropical vibe to the space (so we can even pretend we’re on vacation, too!). The fencing would also be a great way to add privacy if you have a balcony with open siding. Although, for privacy or covering something unsightly, I would recommend double layering the fencing as the bamboo spacing varies and there are definitely some gaps (as you can see below!).

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Pretty outdoor pillows and a patterned rug went a long way to give the space a little bit more personality. Even with outdoor spaces, it helps to add some personal touches!

Small balcony herb garden

You may recognize this wine stand as my previous coffee stand (seen in this post). When we got the cart that I’m currently using as our coffee station, we set this rack aside with hope of repurposing it. It fits just perfectly out on the balcony and has been the perfect place to grow the herbs I use in my favorite recipes.

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Ever since our little makeover was completed, I have spent quite a few mornings outside savoring my coffee before work. Lance and I have shared a couple of meals and glasses of wine on warm nights. We love looking at it every day and it’s become an extension of our living space.Balcony plants

My effort was minimal and budget was low, but it didn’t take much to transform this tiny space. Just because a space is small doesn’t mean that it can’t have a big impact on your home and life.

Thanks for letting me share! Do you have a tiny outdoor space that could use a little update?

Sources:

Outdoor pillows

Bamboo fencing

Table and chairs

See more of my past posts of my townhouse here!

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