I have returned from my glorious vacation. In fact I arrived home two nights ago but I definitely needed some time to collect myself. My week spent in Sleeping Bear Dunes was possibly the best vacation ever. Just me and my boyfriend, unplugged from the internet and the usual routine, relaxing at a picturesque cottage just a few miles from several Lake Michigan beaches, stunning dunes, and charming wooded trails.
It seems too often people intend to relax on vacation and end up running around frantically trying to complete their planned agenda. We planned only one activity in advance (a fun cruise on a catamaran) and just let the rest fall into place. My fondest memories are simply sitting by the campfire at night, gazing across an open field and a tree-lined horizon at the stunning sunset. I could wax poetic about it for quite some time but I think you get the picture.
And as I’m constantly reminded by my ever so slightly tanned self in the mirror, it’s great to really spend some time outdoors and I need to do it more often. I find myself supremely envious of the gorgeous outdoor spaces I’ve collected here today. While luxury isn’t always attainable, cozy and quaint isn’t all that difficult to create with the right inspiration.
A courtyard is near the top of the luxury list. A charming wire dining set is very versatile. Via Huate Design.
Okay big time with the luxury here. Obviously most of us don’t have a yard like this, but it’s still lovely to admire. I love the generously-sized mats laid out for lounging. The home of Eugenia Silva, photographed by Gonzalo Machado for Architectural Digest via dustjacket attic.
Not even fair. By architect Ken Tate via Houzz.
Of course Reese Witherspoon has a unbearably adorable outdoor dining area. I love the simple but classy seating and most of all the cool shade offered by plant life. Photographed by William Waldron for Elle Decor.
Okay so clearly I am often drawn to luxury outdoor spaces. I’m still liking these simple, low mats for seating. I wonder if a smaller pool-less space could pull something like that off? What do you think? Photographed by Manuel Gomes Da Costa for Elle Decor España, via nicety.
Ah here we go. A perfect example of a much less grand space with very simple elements that is perfectly charming. (Please disregard the fact that this is actually a renovated 12th century castle in Italy. Derp.) At the top of my wish list for outdoor furniture would definitely be something that can recline. Preferably with your feet up. Am I right? What items would be in your dream outdoor space? Castello di Vicarello via desire to inspire.