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Dreaming of Green

January 28, 2013

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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.

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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.

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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

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Outdoor Bliss

August 28, 2012

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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Gimme Some Great Outdoors

June 22, 2012

Aaaand it’s Friday. I’ve had a bit of a crazy time this week and while I’m inclined to whine about it I think I’ll spare you. If my schedule wasn’t completely full for the day I definitely would be going for a long walk. The sun is out and I always find being outside therapeutic.

This spot is about as welcoming as it gets. More people should take advantage of outdoor fabric for effects like this. I find it enchanting. From a hotel in the jungle of Belize, via desire to inspire.

Simple, cozy, and PINK of course. So much seating you could throw a party out there. A bit of a luxury, no? Designed by Kishani Perera via Shop Talk.

Chevron is a little overly trendy in my opinion, but I would not say no to that floor. It is awesome. This shot is so Secret Garden. I love it. Can you imagine having something like this on your property to escape to? C Magazine via delight by design.

Archways always pique my interest, even more so if covered in plant life. Photographed by Sharyn Cairns for Country Style AU via dustjacket attic.

Cute furniture, but I still don’t like rugs like this. What I do like is the use of those shutters as a massive screen behind the sofa. It’s a great focal point and also gives the space a cozy enclosed feeling. Lonny Mag via My Favorite and My Best.

This outdoor area screams chic and hip. It’s luxurious and laid back at the same time. I just love it, especially the fretwork on the glass. Via delight by design.

A beautiful shared courtyard in Los Angeles. Via Design*Sponge.

This space is so simple and quite humble, but I am really feeling its vibe right now. A little moody but still with feminine colors, lots of soft textures, a sweet breeze and nice view… and most importantly to me at the moment is a spot to lay down. Nap time please. Via buddha interiors.

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Stylin’ Outdoor Spaces

May 1, 2012

It may be a little gray out today (I know it is in my neck of the woods), but summer is on the way! Well, at least in this hemisphere it is. 🙂

Shut up. Just shut up. It’s like a dream, right? Of course it belongs to the rich and famous, but elements of this gorgeous outdoor space could be brought in to a more modest setting too. The home of Tory Burch photographed by Norman Jean Roy for Vogue, via Savvy Home.

Here’s another shot of the same home. I’m completely smitten. The home of Tory Burch photographed by Norman Jean Roy for Vogue.

I’d love to have an expansive patio area like this. Lawn is pretty, but high maintenance. Paving over everything doesn’t have to mean a lack of plant life, as beautifully illustrated in this photo. The home of Nanette Lepore, styled by Carlos Mota, photographed by William Waldron for Elle Decor.

A lovely brick wall and tall plants provide total privacy. That’s a great modern fire pit too. From Lonny Jan/Feb 2010, designed by Trip Haenisch.

So simple and yet so breathtaking. From UXUA Casa Hotel in Brazil.

It’s easy to be enthralled by the expansive, high-end looking spaces, but of course something like this is what many more of us actually have. The bright colors bring so much life to this porch, as do the sweet succulent plants. From the home of Julia Galdo and Cody Cloud, via Design*Sponge.

This space seems elaborate but really the elements are quite simple. Photographed by Carsten Klein for Schöner Wohnen.

What sort of outdoor space do you have to work with? Are you happy with where it’s at or could it use a little attention? I’d like my porch to be nicer, but it’s not a high priority because I virtually do not spend any time out there. But I might spend time out there if it was nicer. See my problem? Oh well. I’m content to daydream about future backyards for now. 🙂

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Dreaming of Sunny Outdoor Spaces

November 11, 2011

Well it happened. My area saw snow yesterday. The first snow of the season always has an interesting effect on people. Everyone talks about it. Typically you either love it or you hate it. I can handle a little snow, I mean who doesn’t love looking out the window and feeling like you’re in a snow globe? It can be very beautiful. But when I consider braving the bitter cold and the icy roads, I get a sudden urge to pack up and nomad my way to a warmer climate. Don’t even get me started about scraping ice off my car.

So perhaps it’s fitting in this fleeting time when I can still see some green grass before it’s blanketed in white that my mind has drifted to the design of outdoor spaces.

This architecture is stunning. And yes I suppose this is more of a courtyard than an outdoor space strictly speaking, but it’s close enough. Just look at all that wonderful green. Via My Favorite and My Best.

Photographed by Francesca Giovanelli via Shöener Wohnen.

So simple and pleasant. Photographed by Lucas Allen, designed by Alexandra Angle.

Via Design*Sponge.

This pretty much melts my face off. Via From Greenwich.

Such a sweet outdoor dining space. There’s so much beautiful texture in the stone and brick, and I love the effect of the warm glowing light from inside the home. Photographed by Johanna Ekmark via Söderberg Agentur.

Via Oscar Properties.

An excellent example of what can be done with a small space. To me the color choices here are perfection. I might just have to replicate this on my own little deck. You know, later, when winter isn’t about to pummel us. Via From Greenwich.

Happy Weekend!

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Enjoy The Outdoors This Autumn

October 12, 2011

We have had uncommonly warm weather for October thus far here in Michigan, but I hear that’s about to change. Soon sweaters will be necessary, and frankly I’m okay with that! While I don’t like cold, I love the mild cool weather of the fall season.

Just a beautifully photographed little outdoor scene from the Fall 2011 Sweet Paul Magazine, photographed by Colin Cooke.

I love this sweet little set-up. Charming, no? From the home of Amy Osaba via Design*Sponge.

This is just so dang pleasant. How wonderful it would be to enjoy a morning cup of coffee here. Via nicety.

Beautiful and livable. Via IKEA Family Live.

I’m not much for swimming but would love to relax beside this pool. By Mirador Builders via House of Turquoise.

The home of Nancy Neil via Design*Sponge.

A wonderful spot to escape too. I love the use of stone. Via nicety.

I am head over heels about this outdoor space. I adore plant walls, and the use of color is phenomenal. My dream outdoor living area. The home of Jacqui Getty via Honestly WTF.