Still Some Summer Left

You must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all. Thoreau said, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.” Don’t be resigned to that. Break out! – Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society

Still Some Summer Left | | Still Some Summer Left | Country Style Australia | design-vox.comStill Some Summer Left | |

one Jimmy Schönning via desire to inspire
two | Lisa Cohen and Heather Nette King for Country Style Australia via dustjacket attic
threeLa Fete + Alixann Loosle via Style Me Pretty

I Want A Garden

I Want A Garden |

Like many, I love Fall. The outdoors are much more appealing to me when there is no risk of becoming uncomfortably hot and instead I can cozy up in a sweater. And yet the roads are still ice free and it’s perfect bonfire weather. How can you not love that? Also this.

I Want A Garden | |

Guh, I want a garden. I don’t just want a line of tomatoes out back. I want a legitimate, sprawling garden. À la Secret Garden. I suddenly have a powerful urge to watch that movie again. More and more I am realizing that I think my dream home may be in the country. I have never lived in the country, always the suburbs. So I can’t really say for sure how well I’d take to it, but I’m hoping one day I will be able to give it a try. Having immediate access to nature trails, open fields, starry skies… sounds perfect to me.

I Want A Garden | Country Style Au |

Don’t you wish you could be transported to this spot right now? I sure do. A city girl, I am not.

one | via Blood and Champagne
two | Town & Country via Savvy Home
three | Michael Wee for Country Style Au via dustjacket attic

Tranquil Outdoor Spaces

Tranquil Outdoor Spaces | |

Oh man is it ever Monday. I never seem to sleep well on Sunday nights which creates quite the struggle Monday morning. An overcast sky makes matters worse. I would much rather be some place sunny, enjoying beautiful outdoor spaces like these.

Tranquil Outdoor Spaces | |

Tranquil Outdoor Spaces | WI BING TAN on Flickr |

I would just love to have a backyard like this. Japanese gardens are the best. Feathery trees, moss-covered stones, gigantic koi. Not much better you can do in the way of tranquility. Do you like this style?

one | Mark D. Sikes, photo by Patrick Cline for Lonny, via dustjacket attic
two | Miles Redd
threeWI BING TAN on Flickr via Twisted Sifter

Grand Greenery

Grand Greenery | | via

It’s been a rainy few days here in West Michigan. Monday we had the freakiest thunderstorm complete with a pummeling of hail that startled the crap out of me as I drove slowly down the highway. Weather in general has been a bit of a bitch this week, what with that awful tornado in Oklahoma. If you’re dealing with less than perfect weather too, I hope these images of lovely outdoor spaces can transport you to sunnier times.

Grand Greenery | | via

Grand Greenery | | via

one | Skona Hem via nicety
two | House Beautiful via nicety
three | dustjacket attic


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