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
one | Jimmy Schönning via desire to inspire
two | Lisa Cohen and Heather Nette King for Country Style Australia via dustjacket attic
three | La Fete + Alixann Loosle via Style Me Pretty
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.
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.
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
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.
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
three | WI BING TAN on Flickr via Twisted Sifter
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.
one | Skona Hem via nicety
two | House Beautiful via nicety
three | dustjacket attic
If you’re in the same hemisphere as me, welcome to my least favorite time of the year weather-wise. I like some snow for Christmas but once January starts to drag on and we get gray day after gray day, I’m thoroughly ready for Spring! Doesn’t this first picture just exude warmth? I would love to be kicking back with a fizzy drink on this beautiful patio.
Casual, ethnic, rustic, and so very calming. With a breeze behind you, this porch would be the perfect place to meditate or dream the afternoon away.
This backyard is so very stunning, don’t you agree? I love plant-life, but I tend to side with the folks that say acres of lawn is unnatural and wasteful. Large lawns require so much water to stay green not to mention all the mowing. This backyard is so green but that’s largely thanks to the vertical planting and the topiaries. I adore topiaries, so this looks like heaven to me.
one // Michael Smith
two // Photographed by Morten Holtum, styled by Lykke Foged via 79 ideas
three // Mark D. Sikes for Lonny via Savvy Home
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.
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