This post is sponsored by Lowe's Canada, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
SUMMER IS FINALLY HERE. I’m so excited I wet my plants!
In all seriousness, I was convinced the snow was never going to melt but now that summer is here to
stay we’ve started working on our endless summer projects.
First up was our patio because to be honest it’s a space we never used due to the lack of privacy
and furniture but thankfully Lowe’s has such an incredible outdoor selection! We were able to
transform the patio on a budget and now we’re spending so much more time outside.
It was important to me to keep our patio decor to a minimum and ensure that not only were the things
we purchased functional but kid-friendly as well. I’m not much of a “decor” person, while I love
pillows and I might have one too many throw blankets, I’m not the kind of girl who has various
shelves with knick-knacks on them.
I try to be very intentional with the pieces I purchase, and I want everything to have a purpose
which is why I planted herbs in our planters compared to flowers.
Herbs are something I use daily. Whether it’s in a summer cocktail or a home-made pasta dish, being
able to walk onto the patio and pick them fresh is incredible and honestly it has inspired me to
step out of my comfort zone and try new meals.
Our go-to herbs are rosemary, basil, and parsley and here are some ways we use them:
As mentioned above a kid-friendly space was an absolute necessity for me. I wanted my son to be able
to live his best life and be able to eat his popsicles without me worrying that he’d ruin the
furniture. These Navia
stackable chairs are under $60 and made from weather resistant wicker.
The most inexpensive purchase for this newly decorated patio space was the string lights that came
in just under $25. Sold in-store only, they completely tie in this area and are extremely functional
for those late-night patio chats with the hubs while both kids are in bed…. and by late-night, I
mean 9 p.m., ha.
Now that we have the patio decor out of the way, let’s chat about the
Solutions privacy fence
that I loved SO much I put on two different areas on our deck. The DIY privacy screens and fences
require “no screws, no nails, no hassles” and are sold in three different kits for various
We used both Kit A and C and purchased the deck boards separately to complete this project. We
hemmed and hawed about potentially using composite decking instead but ultimately chose the pressure
treated lumber for cost savings although I do think the composite would be a great option as well.
I should have timed my husband when he was installing the privacy fence, but it was extremely quick.
I would say that in less than 30 minutes I went from being able to watch my neighbour in his hot tub
to having ultimate privacy and be able to comfortably walk out of my patio door without seeing
things that well . . . I’d prefer not to see, ha!
All in all I truly couldn’t be happier with how our patio turned out. If you need me, I’ll be
sitting on our new patio chairs, sipping on some basil cucumber water fresh from my “garden” while
watching my toddler eat his 13th popsicle of the day.
About the Blogger:
Jessica Van Gaalen is a work-at-home, coffee addicted mom who runs a lifestyle blog and Instagram account with emphasis on motherhood, parenting, food, DIY, and more. She's best known for her sense of humor and keeping it real through the struggles of motherhood. Follow her on Instagram, Pinterest and her blog.