In the springtime, this older woman’s
fancy lightly turns to thoughts of stepping stones and other
outdoor paraphernalia. According to the powers that be, we no
longer have mere balconies or decks or patios, we have outdoor ‘rooms.’
The aim is to carry on your indoor decorating style outdoors. It’s
an appealing idea but a bit daunting to those of us with no money
in the kitty to replace the green plastic table and chairs with
wrought iron patio furniture.
Still, all is not lost. With a few
dollars and a smidgen of creativity, you can make your
balcony/deck/patio an inviting place to entertain or simply while
away sunny hours watching the birds and squirrels. If, like me,
your favorite place in the sun gets too hot to handle at a certain
time of day, this might work for you, as well.
beach mat blinds are super easy to install and, at a buck a
piece, hard to beat for price. Simply use garden variety tacks,
(also available at dollar stores) to nail your mat to the wood on
the inside of the patio overhang. Make sure that the tacks go
through the colored trim, or you might get some shredding and
ensure that the end with the tie goes at the top.
When you are finished using your blinds, simply roll them up and fasten them with the
attached strings. I found the ties on these mats a tad skimpy so I
bought some decorative tassel ties (three for a dollar in the craft
section.) Shoe laces may do just as well. It’s
always a good idea to keep your makeshift blinds rolled up when
not in use to protect them from inclement weather, playful pets
and creatures that may come prowling at night.
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