Showing posts with label outdoors. Show all posts
Showing posts with label outdoors. Show all posts

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.

Mid Week Pick Me Up

The kids were home from school yesterday - no power.  Now I'm looking at squeezing five days of tasks into three.  I don't know about you, but I need a little spot of goodness today.

Thought you might too.  This image made me sigh and think, "OK, I can do this!"
And so can you!  Have a productive day. M.

The Garden

There is always this short period of time when our garden seems to be at it's peak and then within a just a few days, it begins to look burned up and dry.  Thus is life in the South.
 You really have to enjoy it while it lasts.  I adore sitting on our back patio with my hubby in the evenings enjoying a glass of vino.  It is a wonderful way to end the day.

I have the very rare husband who enjoys working in the yard.  (I know, I know, I'm very lucky!)

One of my favorite spots is this little area of our patio.  You can actually see it from the chairs in the picture above (it's to the right).  This spot is very shady and is really the only place impatiens are able to survive in our yard.  Do you see all those little plants under the bench?  Well those are impatiens that have self seeded from years past.  

Every year, we pick a different color for the pots.  And every year, they seed themselves and pop up everywhere.  It's hard to tell the color variations in these pictures, but they range from purple, pink to even a coral color. 

I love how they create a carpet effect. 

This is another favorite spot for me.  This plant (which I have no clue what it is), hopped a ride with us from our previous home.  We did not purposefully bring it, but it's so incredibly evasive (I truly think it is some kind of weed) that it was growing in the same pot with a plant that we placed in this corner. 

It self seeded and we decided to keep it.  What I love most about this plant is that at the very end of the summer (when everything else is looking dead and dry), it blooms the most wonderful tiny white blooms.  

Totally covers the entire wall in a sea of tiny white flowers.  When that happens, I know summer is almost over.  
When it blooms this year, I'll post a picture for you to see.  Reminds me of a wedding - I  think I say that every year.  
What do you like best in your garden?  I would love to hear about it! M.

PS: I just got an email from House of Fifty - their fall issue is live.  I think I'm going to have to do a post about my favorites from all thes new issues of on line magazines.  If you want to see all their hard work click here House of Fifty or go to my right side bar where I have links to all my favoirtie on line magazines.

House Bling - Front Door

Since every door needs a little glam . . .

Starting with my favorite - hard to believe door hardware can make me swoon!  I  just adore the look of this one.


All these offerings are from Rocky Mountain Hardware.  And sadly, I'm not being paid to show them off! But, they are simply too beautiful not to share with you.
Notice the rope/beading detail around the plate and the ornate pull of this one.


 This one reminds me of "The Other Boleyn Girl."  The deadbolt alone would make a stunning dinner ring.

I love how this one has a hand worn look to it, like this door has been opened so many times that the handle is smooth to the touch. 

More beading and an oval plate - so elegant.

This one reminds me of a mountain resort, maybe the Ritz at Bachelor's Gulch.

Don't forgot the door knocker!

Here's a modern version.

And one perfect for a rustic cottage.

Don't let the door hit you on the way out today! M.

Make the Most of the Evening Light

I love it when I first notice that it is light much later in the evenings.  Even though the days are still a bit chilly, it tells me that summer is indeed around the corner.  This time of year is so busy with my kids' after school activities.  It's so easy to get caught up in the shuttling around and forget to enjoy this wonderful time of year.  

So, I thought I would give you a few images to dwell upon today.  

P.S. The new issue of Australian online Magazine Adore Home is just out, and it is not to be missed.  I know what I'm going to be doing when I get a little down time!  M.

Please Come Home!

Dear Summer,
I am writing in hopes that I can persuade you to come home earlier than you initially planned on being here.  I know you are very busy and have lots to do where you are, but we really need you here at home.

First, I feel like I owe you an apology.  I know at the end of your last visit, I seemed distant and preoccupied with the coming of Winter, but I promise I will not do that to you again!
Speaking of Winter, he has been very unpredictable during his visit with us.  One minute he is in a crisp cool mood and the next he is a blustery fool!  I hate to complain about him like this to you, but I know you completely understand what I am dealing with.  I wish you could come for at least a few days next month, just to calm him down a bit.  

We miss you so much.
Even the children are starting to ask about you.  It's just not the same without you here. 
  All those late afternoons that turned into early evening just sitting outside relaxing and enjoying each other's company.
I know I don't appreciate you like I should, but all that's changed.  I am more than ready this time for your arrival.  
If you come home, I promise not to neglect you for a single minute.  We could have so much fun together.  
We could plant some of those geraniums you love so much, or maybe go for some ice cream.  Maybe a a swim.  Heck, I'd even be willing to man a lemonade stand on the block, if you would just come on home.   
I know this is going to sound crazy, but even the food tastes bland and unappealing without you here - tomatoes, corn, herbs  - they just aren't the same. 
Think about it.  Will you?  
I'll wait to receive word be way of your friend, Phil.  Until then, please try and stay warm!
[photos via Decorpad

If you have time for a party this weekend, come on over.  I am participating in the following Link Parties!

Craving . . .

Is it just me, or are any of you craving a little summer time? 

Those long days of summer - I could really use a late summer afternoon of chat time with the girls in a garden like this.  Can't you just hear kids' laughter coming from that field beyond?  I can even smell the fresh mint from the plantings behind those chairs!  Oh summer where are you?