The Great Outdoors

15 Jun

It’s almost the weekend! After having these last few weeks of warm weather, reminding us that summer is officially here, I so badly wish I had an outdoor space! Somewhere to hang out on a Saturday afternoon, sit around a bonfire when the nights get chilly, or enjoy a glass (who am I kidding- bottle) of wine after a long day at work. In the meantime, I’ve decided to start saving pictures of amazing outdoor spaces and items for inspiration for that day that my outdoor dreams come true. Here are a few of my favorites all from Better Homes and Gardens!

The first and most important thing: Greenery! I love being surrounded by nature and feeling that cozy-back-to-the-basics feeling. Plants, bushes and flowers are a must. I also love the cute pots with the chalkboard square! I’d love to have a garden some day where I can grow everything I eat, but these are a very cute way to display herbs!

Going along with the gardening theme, I came across this simple yet stunning idea for a centerpiece. I love the colors and would love to have something this beautiful on my own outdoor table!

Next up, I love me some lighting. Bring on the tiki-torches, the strung lights and the outdoor chandeliers. I can see it now. These lanterns with colorful candles are super cute! They would brighten up the space while bringing some natural light into the space. I’ve seen lanterns on sale for around $2 that could be easily painted and used for this!

There are soooo many beautiful pictures to go through, but this one definitely caught my eye! I can see how this patio would turn some people off. It’s close to neighbors and lacks that privacy that many people are looking for. I love that the designer took that as a challenge and built the beautiful fence wall with crawling vines to make the space more intimate. I’m also in love with those pillows and box planters and would absolutely love for this patio to be attached to my apartment. Right. Now.

Now, for a little fun. I personally don’t even care if I’m in my 20’s, I would love to live in this play house. How cool is this?! It was made from leftover materials used on the actual house on the property so it cost the owners basically nothing to build. All it’s missing is a “No Boys Allowed” sign.

Other items on my future outdoor space include a hammock, a huge outdoor couch/seating area with a big cast iron table, a great big barbecue grill, fire pit, tons of pillows, and one day, a beautiful view of a lake with my speed boat waiting at the end of the dock with a full cooler and nothing but blue skies. Snapping back to reality… I’m going to head out and make the trek back to Michigan for a few days for some fun! Cheers and have a great weekend!


One Response to “The Great Outdoors”

  1. Amanda's Zone 5A Garden June 15, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    Lovely color combination. Whenever I throw so many colors together, it looks like a hot mess, but yours looks effortlessly chic.

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