Having purchased a few pieces, we were now on a mission to finish off the deck. We spent most of Saturday going from store to store. At a garden center up near Allentown, we fell in love with a rectangular table top gas fire pit with a granite top. But at a price tag in the thousands, it was not to be. We've been toying with whether to add a fire pit or not. We've also been trying to decide whether we want/need a dining set since we NEVER eat on the deck anyway (too many bugs). The last time the rusted out grey set was used was two summers ago for Sarah's graduation party - and at that time it was brand new. We've seen a few dining sets we liked okay if we were willing to spend in the range of $2000. (Who knew outdoor furniture could be so pricey???) But nothing that we've fallen in love with. So to be honest, despite shopping on both Saturday and Sunday, we haven't brought anything else home. But we are looking at these:
IF we go with these two pieces, we would really only have room on the deck for two more chairs. No dining table. Although I think the firepit table top and our little slate tables would fill the need for table space. We would also go from being able to seat 10 on the deck (the furniture that we are replacing) to only being able to seat six. I'm not convinced it matters - there are usually only five of us here - on the rare occasions we have company, we could bring out seating from the house if needed. Ah, decisions!
Not having made any purchases on Saturday, we went back out on Sunday (yes, Mother's Day) after I had started laundry, stripped and made the bed, polished the dining room table, went grocery shopping, and did a little more laundry. First store - closed. Second store - nothing we liked. Third store - Bucks Country Garden - we had never been there before. We didn't find any outdoor furniture we liked but we did find this:
It is a hibiscus bush that has been trained into a tree. We're having a bit of a cold snap right now, so it is indoors, but as soon as the weather warms back up, it will go out on the deck. It has the most incredibly gorgeous blossoms! See for yourself: