Weekend Randomness and Thoughts on Outdoor Spaces

First a little randomness . . . On Saturday, I was running a few errands and popped over to the Summit to look for a new handbag.  And what did I spy with my little eye . . . 
This guy.
Yelp.  The Mr. Donald J. Pliner.  The guru of comfortable, yet fabulous sandals.  He had a group of women swarming around him three rows deep.  They were snapping pictures, giggling like school girls and drinking lots of champagne.  I was mesmerized by the whole thing!  Oh, and almost forgot, he was signing their newly purchased shoes - I'm not kidding.  I have to say it was a very fun event to just happen upon on a Saturday.  Then on Sunday, we had beautiful weather, great tasting food (I feel like I had a butter IV put in for Sunday Lunch), and time with friends and family.  Very relaxing and fun. 

  Now for some interior design thoughts!  Since what seems like the early arrival of Spring here in Birmingham, I've had outdoor spaces on my mind.  Here are few that have caught my eye.

In trying to decide why I liked all of these (and some are very different from others), I think I am drawn to outdoor spaces that feel like interior rooms.

Places with amazing views and preferably of the water.

Those that evoke a sense of privacy.

Yet comfort.

And those that are lush.  This one in particular drew me in.  What an excellent use of a hankerchief size backyard.  It's sleek while still being super green and luscious.

I also love outdoor spaces with great lighting.  Even at our own house, I love to sit up near our kids play area and look back down at our house in the evening.  All the lights inside create the coolest shadows outside.  Looking forward to doing that this summer, and seeing all the fireflies. 

I'm also drawn to large containers of plantings and lots ivy growing on walls (which drives me husband crazy - he hates ivy).  

So, how's that for some random thoughts on a Monday!  What are some of your favorite things about outdoor spaces? M.


  1. Yes, lush containers, ambience, inviting seating. Looking forward to all the pollen leaving so I can get cracking on sprucing up our deck and porch!
    Happy Monday!
    xo Heidi

  2. Definitely a seating area and a canopy of high trees. I love dappled sunlight in a garden!


  3. Beautiful post!! Wish it would warm up here. And thank you so much for your nice comments recently! I feel so badly that with Easter and family in town, I've been too busy to respond. I'm hoping to get back into the swing of things very soon and catch up on my favorite blogs!! Hope you had a great Easter!

  4. Rooms outdoors, definitely. A place to eat with friends gently lit by candles or Italian string lights, a fireplace (preferably an aged one), lots of plants, perhaps the soft song of running water somewhere.

  5. Wonderful post! Love out door rooms and these are great..I am going to pin some.


Thank you for thoughts on my post! M.