Monday, June 25, 2012

Outdoor Flair

Hi Everyone!  Hope you had a good weekend.  We had particularly *bad* weather on Saturday and surprisingly *awesome* weather on Sunday.  We still have family here from Germany (gotta love those European vacation days!) so they helped us on Saturday with some house projects, and on Sunday we got to show off how incredibly beautiful and unique Seattle can be  :)  We were also out both nights this weekend, exploring new restaurants in the area which was a ton of fun.  It wasn't a bad weekend I'd say. :)  

As a side note, I have had some questions about sources lately and I wanted to make sure you all knew where to find all of this incredible inspiration.  I have pinterest boards here and at the bottom of each post (when it applies) I include a link to whichever board(s) are relevant. Hope that helps!

With all of that sun shining yesterday, it really felt like Summer is truly upon us!  So...I had to share a few of these beautiful outdoor spaces that have great style. Whether it's a small detail like a window in a wall, a great vignette, or a grand sweeping space, I think all of these have something special.  Take a look:

Outdoor room framed with vines and punctuated with Pebble entry rug
So inviting!  It's amazing how much just a few steps up or down can add so much to the ambiance of a space - even outside.

I really like this one for many reasons - in addition to a great feel, the glass roof lets the light flood the space while still protecting it from the elements.

an awesome backyard
This one would transport me to Spain - not bad at all!

lovely - interiors outside
Another beautiful outdoor mirror.

outdoor fireplace




This makes the most of a side entrance - very charming!

Hidden BBQ. The barn doors are a brilliant idea!
LOVE this idea!!!

Nice tiny yard.

Outdoor Mantel  <3

patio with pergola and fireplace outside a Spanish Mediterranean house


A relatively humble small space that anyone would love to sit in...

Love the log stools. Love the tree... Great for a BIG family outdoor space.
Do I spy petrified wood stools??

Spanish Colonial courtyard pool

I think I'm going to need to buy some old shutters at a flea market coming up...there are so many possibilities!


My kids are done with school as of today - yahoo.  :)


The enchanted home said... are a master at rounding up so many sensational outdoor images, just gorgeous!!

Acquired Objects said...

I love how even the smallest of places has a lot of style. Barbara you always seem to put up pictures that gives me great ideas and this is no exception. I have some massive corbels that now have a use because of your post!

Enjoy your week!

Splendid Sass said...

These images are stunning,and I am saving the image of the garden pool for inspiration.
I know all about bad weather. I am in the Florida panhandle in Seagrove. Looks like we are going to welcome Debby as a guest soon.
I know that you are happy to have your children home.
Happy Monday.

Robyn said...

I love starting out my day with a visit here. Thanks for the beautiful tour, Barbara.

michele said...

loving the idea of the steps. i agree. makes such a giant impact.

lovely lovely lovely.


Unknown said...

So many beautiful outdoor spaces. I'm tweaking on mine and love getting inspiration from as many sources as possible.

That last photo put a big smile on my face!

Happy summer to your kiddos!
xoxo Elizabeth

Leslie said...

Beautiful Barbara! I like the idea of having the BBQ under-cover WOW! genius and perfect for the PNW.

Suddenly the heat of summer will be upon us. Usually the weather gets warmer starting July 5th ;)

BTW, we are staying ON the canal in Belgium and are planning to take the touristy little ride.


Stacy CUrran said...

OMG I HAVE to have those petrified wood stools!!! AMAZING!

Thoughts on Design said...

The last picture does it all for me... Perfection... Love the corbels and shutters. Did you notice the corbels don't match??? I like the casual relaxed feel that conveys. Then there's the little grotto-like space with the 4 old folding wood chairs. Perfect for a summer evening glass of wine and candle light dinner. And of course, the barbecue. I can't quite figure out if it's conversion of a garage. But really, who cares...

Thanks for the end of day inspiration...


PS: Thanks so much for your comment on Sally's New England Home guest blog post.

debra @ 5th and state said...

wow barbara, you always delight! repinned so many for my inspiration boards. i would be thrilled in any of those gardens
much love

The Buzz Blog said...

I would give anything to lounge around these beautiful outdoor spaces... Thank you for the brief moment of relaxation!

paula said...

What a beautiful world when you have a beautiful properties like this. The place is perfect for a relaxation. Love to be there! Thanks for the tour up of this.

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Carla Aston said...

I love that tree growing out of the wall. So many beautiful images here.

Meghan @ Wishful Thinking said...

Summer has eluded us again so I am living vicariously through you! I would love to live by a lake and have a little chill out spot like the last pic!

Taylor Greenwalt said...

So many beautiful images. Love the barbeque in the covered area. The barn doors are a great idea also.

Splendid Willow said...

My kids are also out of school as of yesterday! Wihooo Barbara - we have our lives back!

Up for some evening fun with Marianne and myself this week? Or next?

Hugs to you.


Wendi @ Classic Chic Home said...

So many gorgeous outdoor spaces, Barbara! I truly love all of them. Have fun with your kids this summer!
~ Wendi ~

Sharon Lee Johnson said...

Lovely spaces, all of them! I especially love the idea of an outdoor fireplace! And that barn door hiding the gas barbeque - ingenious! X Sharon

Marianne said...

If only we had beautiful weather more often here to enjoy a beautiful space like these. That first photo is breathtaking! Hope you enjoyed our bit of sun today!


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