I love outdoor living spaces....I love to look at pictures of outdoor rooms. But, sadly I can't really, totally enjoy what I see because I know, from personal experience - on a small scale - that they are difficult to keep clean...and believe me, I'm not a neat-freak. When I find wonderful pictures of outdoor rooms, I like to look, but spend most of my time trying to determine the surroundings that have the potential to create leaf clutter and dust. The picture below reminds me of the first stage of my arbor room...white, open, airy, loved it...until it rained and the Wisteria started shedding leaves. That's when I added a solid roof over the vine-covered beams. That worked to keep furniture cushions dry and I no longer had an arbor of Wisteria to drop leaves. But, the dust continued to be a problem. In the spring everything in the room, floor to ceiling was green with oak pollen, in the summer it was dust and cobwebs...with leaves. This led to the next stage...screening in the porch. I'm here to tell you that glass maybe the only barrier that can fix the problem. Rather than forfeit the sights, sounds, and smells of the great outdoors, I've not entertained the thought of glass just yet. With glass the outdoor room would just become another indoor room...what's the purpose of that? I think I'm learning to accept dust, shriveled leaves, and a few spiders. Enjoy the views!
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