Several of you commented on my patio in my last post, and in another recent post I told you how hail assailed the canopy of my beloved gazebo. Perhaps the hail was divine intervention; the mosquito netting on my four-year-old gazebo had long since met it’s demise, and the canopy was weather-beaten and in need of replacement anyway.
Over the weekend, the replacements arrived and Hubby installed them, so I thought it would be nice to share some photos of this outdoor room, which is my little sanctuary. You will often find me here reading magazines, entertaining, sipping coffee—or martinis—when the weather is nice. It’s a bit weathered, yes. But I tell you, once the sun goes down and I bring out the candles, it is magical.
With my gazebo back in working order, I’ve decided it’s time to spruce it up a bit. Hubby and I toddled off on Saturday and picked up the lantern. We wanted to elevate our candlelight, and prevent the candles from being blown out by the wind. Was so happy to find this sizeable lantern at Pottery Barn, and at 20% off.
Replacing my furniture is not an option, but I’m on the hunt for some great pillows to add some color to this space. As I continue to add to the decor, I’ll be sure to snap some photos to share with all of you.
PS: Here’s the recipe for my signature drink, the Dirty Martini (a.k.a. the Vahni-tini?):
- After removing pimentos with a toothpick, hand-stuff large (queen) Spanish olives with fresh bleu cheese crumbles.
My preferred brand is Carbonell, from Costco.
- Pour 1 oz olive juice (from your olive jar), 1 oz dry vermouth, and 3 oz Bombay Sapphire gin into a cocktail shaker.
If you can’t handle the gin, substitute your favorite vodka instead.
- Shake vigorously, for at least 20 seconds (you want to see ice chips).
- Pour into martini glass and garnish with olives.