Friday, October 12, 2018

How many people does it take to screw in 15 lightbulbs?

I've been wanting to freshen up the back porch for a long time,
making it more of an outdoor living space and less of a dusty dog playpen.
I still don't have a vision for what the final design will be, 
but I know I want it to be fun and whimsical, 
so I started with a 48-foot string of patio lights...

...and a willing helper.

Maybe if we had paid more attention to what we were doing
instead of taking pictures of each other,
we would have noticed how bad my original stringing scheme looked
before we'd completed the installation and had to start over. 

Things we learned while hanging patio lights:
1. It's all about the drape.
2. A black cord against a white ceiling is not a good look.
3. Screw all the measuring and the math and just hang them until they look right.

Alex: That end needs to go down just a little bit.

I expected the lights to add a fanciful touch to the space,

and they do exactly that.

I feel as if I've moved and have a brand-new back yard.


  1. Looks inviting! Now, (because they're on sale), two couches for the pooches. Separate couch for mama. Cozy ottoman for Jccat. Ladders for the sweet chicks. Don't forget the low table for drinks! Denise

  2. Love it! A magical space in an already magical place. :)

  3. Ooh I love it, great job. Very inviting and cozy!

  4. Looks great! I hope the 'carcass' in the last picture is a toy.

  5. Atmosphere! Party, party! Great lights - were did you get them? Rebecca2

    1. Amazon - there's a link at the top of the post when you click on "patio lights."

  6. I love Alex on the ladder. Looks good so far. I can't wait to see the rest.

  7. Your coffee/cocktail lounge is looking great!

  8. Fabulous idea and execution! Alex is a good supervisor.

  9. Alex takes her snoopervisory position seriously lol

  10. Suggestion...paint the ceiling black, add glow in the dark stars and planets (paint on or stickers or both). Don't forget a table for outdoor dining and/or sipping margaritas.

  11. LOVELY! Can you please come over and do my side porch? Hubby won't get out of his chair to put them up.

  12. Love the lights......very festive!

  13. Looks nice but I am concerned about what will happen in one of our New Mexico winds.

  14. New lighting always makes me feel special! It looks fancy and fun!

  15. Your porch is ready for a Halloween party!

  16. I bought those lights too and hung them on my back porch. Love them so much!

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