State of Mind Sunday // Dreamy Outdoor Patio

state-of-mind-sunday-tiny-outdoor-garden From top left // Cheetah is the New Black / My Domaine / The Jungalow / The Fresh Exchange

You know the saying “you always want what you can’t have”? I know that it doesn’t always have the most positive connotation, but I’m really lusting after these gorgeous, dreamy outdoor patios. Don’t get me wrong, I am lucky and blessed for everything I have. But I still wish with all my heart that I had an outdoor patio where I could sit and drink tea, read a book, and enjoy the fresh air. A girl has to have something to work towards anyways, right? I was spoiled to have a little balcony during our stay in Saint Tropez, which made me realize just how nice it is to be able to sit outdoors in your own space. It’s such a simple luxury that I took for granted before and never will again. 

If you live in the United States, in the suburbs, or in a not-so-crowded place, you’re probably wondering why a patio is such a big deal to me. Well, let me put it into perspective for you. There are over 7 million people living in Hong Kong. It’s one of the most densely populated cities in the world. I grew up in a suburb outside of Atlanta with a population of around 55,000. Our house was on the top of a sloped hill, so we were lucky to have a big backyard with a creek running through it and a forest with tons of trees and wildlife. We had a big wooden patio with a dining table, lawn chairs, a bench, and a BBQ grill. In the summer, family BBQs out back were a regular thing for us.

I miss the smell of the trees, the rustling leaves, the cool breeze. Now, every time I go home to visit my parents, I spend as much time on our outdoor patio as possible, usually curled up reading a book or eating banana ice cream & watching Netflix. I can’t wait until one day I get to have my own outdoor patio. I’m dreaming of how I’d decorate it: full of vibrant plants, string lights, wooden furniture, and bright colored pillows. I’ve definitely been getting inspiration from Pinterest lately, so that when the day comes when I’ll be able to create my own dreamy outdoor patio I’ll be ready.

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