When we moved into our current rental, the back patio was not very appealing to me. It seemed small and the tall bushes just seemed “in the way”. With Hallie graduating in May, we decided it was time for a patio refresh to create more outdoor living space for a place to host a party and for us to be able to continue to enjoy!
This was a little screen shot of our patio space from our walk through before we moved in…not a great shot, but it shows a bit of it.
After adding some furniture and freshening up the space a little…it quickly became one of my favorite spaces in our temporary home! The last project I completed was painting the, once purple, chairs. It’s amazing what updating some thrifted items/furniture can do for a space!
One little problem we had run into with our back patio is the lighting! I would sometimes forget to turn the string lights off before we went to bed. I wouldn’t notice the lights until the middle of the night when they would wake me up, beaming into our room. It seems crazy how I could fall asleep with them on and then they would wake me up later…crazy, but I guess not surprising since I can wake up to the sound of a feather falling! When Lutron Electronics contacted me and asked me to partner with them and test out their Caséta by Lutron Outdoor Smart Plug, our problem was solved! I’ve always loved our Lutron Electronics controls and this new plug is just as amazing as the rest!
The Caséta by Lutron Outdoor Smart Plug is the perfect addition to our Lutron Smart Lighting system, as it now controls our outdoor string lighting, setting up the perfect lighting on our patio! It also allows us to access our string lights from anywhere, schedule times on/off for our string lights, and avoid having to always plug and unplug the lights by hand. Ours are set to come on at sunset daily and turn off 3 hours later. We can even turn them off earlier from our Lutron App right from our bed if we want to!
The new Caséta by Lutron Outdoor Smart Plug is WeatherProof+…it’s built to withstand the extreme Arizona heat and monsoon summer rain storms! We can even pair the Smart Plug to a Pico Smart Remote to control our lighting, by mounting the Pico Smart Remote anywhere its convenient…outside on brick, glass, or any other flat surface. I’m thinking that big window there would be a perfect space for one.
I also found a way to hang our large flag on the end of our patio, without damaging the stucco!! Living in a rental can bring various challenges when trying to decorate. I’m always looking for ways to hang things without causing damage to the surface area.
I remembered that Trav had these large clamps in the garage that we sometimes use for projects. I decided to try them out since we have a little bump out in the stucco area down here on the end of the patio. They worked!! They hook nicely around the “bump out”…I just clamped each end of the flag with them.
No screws, hooks, or nails were needed! Yay! I’m so glad we found a way to get the flag up there without damaging the house!
I would love to hear, in the comments below, what you think of our little patio space, and if you have ever used Lutron electronics before! We sure do love ours and can’t wait to use it in our new home to come!
- Caséta by Lutron Outdoor Smart Plug
- Pico Smart Remote
- Frosted Globe String Lights
- Small American Flag sticks
- Rattan LED Lanterns
- Bessey 24″ Clutch Bar Clamp
- Loveville Area Rug