My interest in everything DIY started with hammocks. As a youngster growing up in Nags Head, NC, I worked part time at a local store learning how to weave the complex rope pattern.
Somehow, I ended up getting good enough to teach others. They even sold a few of the hammocks I wove. It was tough work — one mistake on the finished product, and I’d have to start all over.
The store where I learned to weave had a patio area that was great for testing outdoor furniture arrangements. It was our own little laboratory for trying out everything in the store to see how different furniture types fit together.
When starting from scratch in an outdoor space, I’ve always recommended starting with one key element, and then letting everything else flow out from that beginning into a coherent look. Most of the time, people settle on using an outdoor dining set or conversation table as their centerpiece.
Here in the southern U.S., where I’m from, you also see a lot of folks building around their grills :-).