When we bought this house there was a large patio out the back.
In Queensland we like to sit outside when we entertain on these patios and they are often shaded by pergolas.
We were lucky as ours was under the roof of the house so there was not problem with that.
The problem was that our house is on the top of a hill with a large exposure to the western, afternoon sun....
and the western, afternoon sun is fiercely hot in Queensland !
So to cool the house down and prevent the afternoon sun from boiling those inside the house
and to be able to use this outdoor area we enclosed it with shutters.
(Of course on hot days we just stay inside in the air conditioning. )
We furnished it and lived with it for ten years and were relatively happy with it but recently we felt ready for a change.
So off we went looking and before long the old stuff was packed up and sold on
and new furniture arrived.
This is the new look.
We're going French Provincial - a style I love and which suits our climate.
( I already have it in my bedroom. )
I love the white , it makes it all light and airy.
It's still a work in progress.
The coffee table has to go.
We think we (Tony !) will have a go at painting it white.
and we will just work on bits and pieces to enhance the look.
We're pretty happy with it so far.