A few months ago, I was in the mood to organize my patio a bit and just update the look a little. With having a very small patio, and it being my only outdoor space, I started itching to have a place to hide all of my miscellaneous items.
I made a trip to Lowe's and looked around at the organization options, but didn't see anything that really caught my eye. I'd found a display of recycled material outdoor cabinets, but the only one I saw at the time was a bit more money than I wanted to spend. But luckily, I wandered back to the display and discovered a slightly smaller cabinet for a perfect price. I picked up an enviro elements resin cabinet, put it together for myself, and immediately crammed it full of my things. It was very easy to put together and has held up well the past few months.
While I was there, I looked at the welcome mats and found a few recycled ones, but nothing that really struck my style. Then I came across the cutest owl mat, made of recycled rubber and other materials. I still smile every time I step over the owl to enter or exit my house.
And of course I had to get new outdoor pillows for my chairs. While they aren't technically recycled, they still show off my love of birds and trees and bring a cute natural element to my patio.
What I love the most about my patio redesign was the simplicity and ease of being green without having to spend money or find an obscure store or rely on the Internet. One simple trip to Lowe's found everything I needed to solve my storage problem and freshen up my outdoor style.
The only problem now is that it's just a little too hot to actually SIT outside on my patio. Oh well, I'll look forward to September.