First, the barbecue needed to go. We have a lower, larger, eating area and the barbecue could easily have a home down there where it's less of a focus upon exiting the house. Once the barbecue was off the porch our entertaining space increased dramatically. Now the small bistro table, chairs and bench were more centered which allows for easier conversation. I brought a few pots from other parts of the yard and created a vignette along with my new St. Francis statue. Now I get to plant them (bonus!). I found the statue and the green pot at Home Goods. Isn't HG so much fun? I'm always finding treasures there at bargain prices.
In addition to the added space we now have there is also room to set up a couple extra folding chairs when we have more guests. As the Japanese Maple grows it will give us more privacy from our neighbors. I can see up spending many evenings on the porch with our friends!