Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Charming Courtyards Part I

I have posted about courtyards before but I have more to show you, so I'll be doing a few posts over the next several days to share them with you.  Enjoy the romance of these cozy, yet elegant, spots.  I can't resist them!

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Love that gorgeous brickwork!

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Lush, with elegant brickwork and a water feature?  Amazing.

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Spanish Style works for me too!

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This brings back good memories of trips to Spain and Italy, where courtyards are a must to escape that sizzling heat.

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Inviting in the best possible way!

I hope you enjoyed these.  More coming soon!


The enchanted home said...

What a scrumptious post Barbara!! I love courtyards and if blessed with the right weather think I could live in one! These are just stunning, defniitely bookmarking this post!!

Splendid Sass said...

Oh so beautiful, Barbara. I am with you on the brick.
Seem the patio is the last thing to get attention, but these ideas can change that.
Happy Wednesday.

I Dream Of said...

Oh these are lovely. I think we are going to get rid of the little patch of anemic grass in our backyard and replace it with blue stone, brick or little pink rocks-- hopefully the results will be as inviting as what you've shown us here.

michele said...

it's on my someday list for sure. they are a rarity in the midwest so extra special in my book!



An Urban Cottage said...

I wish I had a little private oasis like one of these.

Luciane at said...

Hello, my beautiful friend!

How are you doing today?

It's always so great to hear form you!

This is stunning, Barbara! Truly the kind of post that makes us dream... go somewhere so distant and feel inspired. Thank you!!!


Luciane at

Acquired Objects said...

I wish I had a courtyard too! These are absolutely gorgeous!


The Buzz Blog said...

Such lovely spaces - I can already feel the summer breezes... Some o fthese remind me of my aunt's villa in Florence and her fabulous courtyard where we dine under the stars. Looking forward to our visit to Seattle next month!

Victoria said...

I love courtyards. I had two in my last house, but none here in SW Florida. I do have a lanai and I am going to say it qualifies as a southern courtyard. There. I feel better now. Thanks for these beautiful images to dream about.

Patricia said...

What spectacular courtyards! We got rid of all grass in the back patio years ago and have brick and stone with trees and vines. Alas, the rainy season has arrived in Miami (usually referred to as Summer), so it's back inside to air-conditioned rooms till October for us here in South Florida!

Ana Maria

Stacy CUrran said...

They are ALL so lovely! I'd take any of them :)

Garden, Home and Party said...

I would enjoy any of these, I have a few favorites, but they are all spectacular.

debra @ 5th and state said...

more to come? GREAT! love a courtyard. that first image is of my friends courtyard, designer Mary Bairstow in atlanta.
wishing you a happy week barbara!

Wendi @ Classic Chic Home said...

All of these courtyards are gorgeous, Barbara. Any one of them would be a dream come true!

Meghan @ Wishful Thinking said...

This post has me wishing summer would hurry up and get here already! I really love the idea of using a bench as seating against a table with small chairs scattered around!

The Vintique Object said...

Barbara, I am eating this post up!
I love courtyards more than any exterior feature I can think of. It's the New Mexican in me. Great post!


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