I just wanted to thank everyone for the lovely comments you made on my patio project update. I’m always hesitant to post photos of my own house because it IS so personal and you know that you are putting yourself out into the blogesphere to be judged in one form or another. I also realize that I am not one of those fortunate people who can spend thousands of dollars at a time and have instant design success. My process is a bit more realistic in terms of economic times. I’m a long way from finished but as I tell my clients (and myself often), “Its not about having the most, its about making the most of what you have”. One of the sweetest comments came from Luciane at HomeBunch.com who reminded me to take pride in what we’ve already done. Thank you, sweet friend for the reminder that we should all take to heart.
That said, here’s a bit more outdoor inspiration to keep us all dreaming of warm days and cool lemonade:
I ADORE that fire pit. Is it weird that I’m craving smores right now?
Love the mix of the traditional and contemporary
A taste of India in your own backyard? Yes please.
Love the use of the plants as a backdrop here. So secluded and rich.
I think this is my favorite and closest to what I’m hoping to achieve for my own space.
So lovely and elegant but it still begs you to kick off your shoes and curl up for a while.
If you’ve been reading this blog for the past year or so, you’ll recall we’ve been doing some renovations to our back yard for some time. Now that spring has sprung, it’s time to get back to work and I’m so excited about it!
Remember, we started with this:
And today we have this:
And as you know, projects of this size are ALWAYS a work in progress
(dead grass patches and all)!
This will soon be our out door kitchen:
Complete with barbecue and yes…my husband’s dream…a kegorator.
And right now, the other side looks like this:
It’s comfy, it’s cozy but it’s not quite there.
So, I began this morning looking for some inspiration pictures of beautiful porches and came across this:
Is this awesome or what??
Of course, it didn’t take long for me to become sucked into the blog of the fabulous Rachel Halvorson of Nest Egg. She’s extremely talented and this project was a dream job for one very lucky client.
She’s either tiny or that swing is HUGE.
Incredibly cool space for sipping a cool glass of wine.
Are you familiar with them? I have to admit, until I began my part time concierge job at Whole Foods, I wasn’t. Daily I would get phone calls asking if we had them in stock. At Christmas time, our store could hardly keep them on the shelves and to be perfectly honest, I couldn’t understand why. I have always been more of a stilletto kind of girl:
However, working at Whole Foods a few days a week doesn’t really make these shoes very practical for me.
So, Toms…Didn’t love them at first sight but I must admit, they’re growing on me.
THEN, yesterday, a woman came in wearing these, and I was hooked:
My store doesn’t carry these awesome glitter versions, so I looked up Toms website and found even more reasons to fall in love:
They are insanely comfortable and since they come in these cute girly styles, I think I’m a convert. Of course, the more research I did on these shoes, I also discovered that they were born out of an EXTRAORDINARY humanitarian effort.
One for One Movement
In 2006, American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS Shoes, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One. Blake returned to Argentina with a group of family, friends and staff later that year with 10,000 pairs of shoes made possible by TOMS customers.
After watching this video, I have NEVER wanted to buy a pair of shoes so badly in my whole life. It doesn’t take much for me to want to drop my entire pay check on shoes, but this…this makes it worth doing. How sweet are those children?
Who doesn’t love Target for home accessories and up to date goodies for their home? Since Super Target is the closest grocery store to my house, I’m in there almost daily and when I have time, I try to take a few extra moments to browse the isles to see what kind of inexpensive goodies I can find to update my home. Recently however, I found myself on Target.com and stumbled upon some awesomely AWESOME (sorry for the redundancy there) dining room chairs. See, when we moved from California to Texas a couple years ago, my parson chairs that I bought for my dining room table didn’t fare so well. Chips on the legs and tears on the fabric from rubbing up against who knows what for 3000 miles over the course of a week had taken it’s toll and I’ve been on the hunt for cute, but inexpensive chairs ever since. I may have found what I’ve been looking for: