Shenita Rodgers beautiful outdoor space

What was your inspiration behind creating your space?

We’ve always enjoyed our patio space; but, with the pandemic placing us in quarantine, we decided to make some changes to our outdoor space. After 17 years in this home, I decided that I wanted a different vibe. So, we decided on something more exotic and zen. We wanted a space that was very relaxing and a great retreat from the rest of the world.

What is your favorite dish or drink to have on the patio?

I have a peach-based drink that everyone requests when they come over. It’s very refreshing…a splash of Crown Peach, Orange Juice, Pineapple Juice, and Grenadine. I like to add a slice of peach, and a sprig of mint from the garden.

How do you spend your time on the patio?

Usually, I come out early in the morning, with my tea, to have my devotional time. It’s so peaceful to watch the sun come up and listen to the water in the fountain, the birds, and the wind chimes. The rest of our time, on the patio, is spent reading or listening to music. Occasionally, we’ll catch a game or a movie on tv.  We also like to grill out or make breakfast on the weekends. It’s nice to sit out and enjoy a good meal. We usually enjoy our space most evenings, until the wee hours of the morning.

Where did you get most of your decor and furniture from?

After about 15 years, we decided to change the furnishings in our conversation area. We found all of the seating at Sam’s Club. When it was time to accessorize, I simply pulled things that fit the aesthetic, from inside our home. I love just shopping my home for accessories…no money spent!

What is your favorite feature on your patio?

I am obsessed with mood lighting. The string lights, candles, lanterns, and fire features just set the mood at night. It instantly creates a zen vibe.

Is there anything that you would like to share with the group?Just have fun creating your outdoor space. Let it be a reflection of you. Create an environment that speaks to your spirit and make it a welcoming retreat from the rest of the world.