Spring Porch and Patio Decor Inspirations

Warm winds are blowing; if it isn't already, soon it will be time to open up those windows and let the fresh air in. Even better will be spending time outdoors on porches and patios. Whether a front, back, side, or balcony, outdoor spaces extend livable areas and help us connect with nature. Looking forward to sprucing up your porch or patio in anticipation of the warm months? Here are some fabulous examples to get you started! Decorate a back porch table with books in birdcage like this creation by Thistlewood Farms. A fire pit, pillows, and throw make a perfectly cozy conversation area as here by Coordinately Yours.   [sc:adsense ] Dramatic porch with curtains accented by lovely potted plants by French Country Cottage. Black and white farmhouse porch makes a … [Read more...]

Colorful Perennials – Flowers for Spring Containers

Spring! Just the word makes me think of color, fresh air, blooming buds, sunshine - all the wonderful things that make our world beautiful. This time of year is the perfect time to add some color to your outdoor garden, porch, or patio area; and what better way then with containers filled with spring flowers! Some of my most favorite flowers are daisies, lilies, geraniums - all great for container planting. Since they are perennials, it will be easy to reuse your containers at other times of the year, so make sure you purchase hardy ones that will stand the test of time (and weather!). Here are some beautiful containers that have caught my eye - looking for inspiration so I can dig in and get to work! This is actually a "salad garden" - but I love the idea of planting … [Read more...]

Simple Outdoor Gatherings

Throwing an outdoor party doesn't have to be stressful or expensive. Using simple everyday items from the home to spruce up an outdoor space can provide a serene spot to have a beautiful party... In a garden, on a deck, under a tree - doesn't matter where you have it or why, it can be done very easily. Every outdoor party must have lights! It adds a touch of magic and ambiance that can turn any "plain ole space" into something grand. This table setting is simple - white everyday dishes, linen tablecloth, and greenery for a punch of color. A bold pattern of red stands out on these "dishtowel" placemats. Inexpensive towels or table napkins can make a pretty backdrop for complimenting dishes. Red is a great choice for summer! I LOVE this space. Something like this can be … [Read more...]

Pretty Porches – Decorating an Outdoor Living Room

The great outdoors is the "living room" of the summer - and nothing is as inviting on a summer day than a pretty porch... decked in flowers and ferns, comfy rockers, soft lighting and maybe even a little music playing (Sinatra for me!) in the background. I love to look for inspiration on how to decorate my porch for summertime - I hope these great ideas inspire you too! This is a more modern porch - love the day bed and the decor - definitely an outdoor room! This swing is glorious! Naps, coffee and a good book - sigh... This is such an inviting space - small meals outside, chatting with friends over ice cold lemonade, or board games with the family while the fireflies light up the evening... The soft cushions, cute table with rocking chairs, and colorful flowers are … [Read more...]

Getting Creative with a Small Backyard

I am a big fan of small yards. While I love the idea of vast amounts of open space, the maintenance scares me. So how do you fit a lot of function into a small space? This outdoor room is a inspiring example of what can be done with a small yard. You may think you have limited space, but with a little planning, you can really pack a lot into a small area. This particular yard creates spaces for children, an outdoor kitchen and serving bar, room for socializing and the ever important ambience through the use of a small fountain -- all carefully tucked into a small backyard. The secret to effective space planning is creating zones. By designating even small corners for important elements, you can enjoy your yard without missing out on any function. Inspiration images: HGTV article … [Read more...]

Outdoor Living: Build a Trellis!

Looking Forward to Spring? We're getting closer and closer to that wonderful day, the first day of Spring! That means it's time to start thinking about this year's outdoor projects! These pictures show you a couple versions of a neat little project that can be done in a weekend. I would tell you what it is, but I don't know! Pergola or Trellis? I'm just about ready to give up on figuring out exactly what constitutes a pergola and what would be more aptly named a trellis! If you want to start down that dark path, you can start here. I'll just call it a trellis and be done with it! Here is another one: By whatever name, these structures are really great to have. They: are quick and easy projects don't have to cost a fortune (but can spend a fortune if you really go … [Read more...]