One of things I love the most about owning two vacation rentals is preparing the houses for our guests. I recently went to The Blue Roost in Port A with a friend who is a WORKER. She paints, she moves furniture, she brainstorms. I love having her with me.
While there, it became abundantly clear that the patio furniture at the Blue Roost had outlived it’s welcome and we desperately needed something new. We set out with the intention of purchasing another patio table and chair set but we didn’t find anything that was just right. As we shopped and talked about the house and guests, what became clear is that we were searching for the wrong items. My vision of the house is a place where connections are strengthened and memories made. I wanted the stage to be set for leisurely breakfasts, lingering afternoon conversations and casual dining. So rather than find a traditional table and chairs, we searched for furniture that would create a more conducive environment for the goal of connections. We also decided the first corner of the deck needed a welcome and flexible sitting space. We found these great chairs and tables at World Market. And happily, found the pillows at Bed Bath and Beyond to tie in all the colors – including the coral on the front door! Serendipity at work.
What isn’t in the photo is the cute bench across from these chairs. The new set up with the chairs allows for better movement between the upper and lower deck in addition to a more flexible seating space. So we found the right furniture, but couldn’t fit it all in my Hyundai, nor could I schedule at timely delivery service. My friend had the brilliant idea of renting a truck, so we went to Home Depot down the street. I thought we’d get a pick-up. We ended up with a Penske! I was terrified! However, with a little encouragement from my friend and the Home Depot folks. we successfully got everything home and the old furniture taken to a location for donation. Three chairs, two tables and a bench later, I love the new look! And I can add truck driver to my resume.
A hard days work called for some hammock time. What fun is a vacation rental if you don’t get to have a little vacation out of the deal!