On Friday, I wrote about the beginnings of our new “Equestrian Lounge,” if you can call a table and chairs a lounge. Over the weekend, we made some good progress, but it’s not finished yet. After hauling over an old table from the ranch’s back yard and even older chairs from all over the ranch, I got to thinking about getting some better chairs. As soon as that thought crossed my mind, I realized that I could get a new patio table and chairs at home, and take our old stuff out to the barn.
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The table no longer lives on my patio, but this is what it looks like.

Other than being beige, there’s nothing wrong with my table and chairs. The glass isn’t cracked and none of the chairs are frayed. But. The truth is, our whole back yard and patio is nothing but the color of Café au lait – otherwise known as beige. I thought about it for less than a minute and realized that our patio set is getting older, and we’re ready for something with a bit more color. I placed an order with Home Depot.
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Tan walls, cream-colored furniture, brown shade, chestnut lounge chair … all words for beige.

With a click here and a click there, a new table and chairs were on the way. I was able to pick up the table on Saturday which meant the old table is already at the barn. Four pretty new chairs should be here in about ten days. I ordered them in red, or as Home Depot calls it, Chili Red. When they get here, the old chairs will join the table out at the ranch.
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Won’t these be pretty?

In the meantime, I ordered a few other things for our lounge. Such as …
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Custom-made, details to follow!

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Bamboo and aluminum wind chimes – coming soon.

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How pretty is this?

When I went to Home Depot to pick up the table, I stopped by the gardening shop to buy some plants to fill in our “Zen Rock Garden.” My thumbs aren’t particularly green, but when properly motivated, I can usually keep something alive.
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Periwinkle Vinca plants.

We added some succulents as well and then built a border all around our Equestrian lounge with the river rocks.
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We nestled the plants in amongst the stones, As the Vinca spreads, it will look really pretty. We hope!

Then I raked and raked and raked to remove as many of the dead leaves and fallen sticks as possible. I doubt it will ever again be swept this clean, but for now it looks pretty inviting.
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“New” table and old chairs.

Once my new chairs arrive, I’ll take the old chairs out to the ranch. For now, I am thinking of keeping both tables and chairs. We have the space, and who knows when we might throw a garden party.
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Missing the “new’ chairs and the decorations, but progress has been made.

While the lounge isn’t finished yet, the bones are definitely there. With the new chairs and decorations, it’s going to actually look like something. My husband surprised me by bringing lunch out on Sunday. It was really pleasant eating at the table and sitting on a real chair rather than hunched over an old tire with my lunch on my lap – something I’ve done plenty of times before.

It might not be a glamorous lounge, but it’s the perfect lounge for us. Stay tuned for more!