Great Outdoor Living Spaces
Welcome to our Great Outdoor Living Spaces Blog Hop Summer Edition, where you can gather great inspiration from blogger from across the US.
I am thrilled to be invited to join such a talented group of bloggers, to showcase our great outdoor living spaces on this summer blog hop. Join me on a home tour, and investigate some of my favorite outdoor spaces. Then hop on over to the next blog participant on the list at the bottom of the post. Once you have made the circle and get back to me you will have seen it all. I know you guys are going to love this I know I sure did, tons inspiration and unique styles.Many of you may not know this, but outdoor living spaces were a huge consideration when purchasing our new home. Since we both work from home, and spend our days together 24/7. We wanted our home to be a retreat, full of resort style of living. Basically, a full time day to day vacation home. We love being surrounded by nature, lots of trees, lakes, and wildlife, which made choosing this house plan easy. To us the more outdoor living spaces the better. The first thing we added to our home was a rotating tangle proof flagpole, and flag which stays up year round. Our neighborhood has a lovely small town Americana street scape, and several of our neighbors have also chose to do the same thing. No worries, we meet all the federal laws and regulations, as it is illuminated after dark with our DIY landscape lighting, which you can see more on how to add your own here at this post.Currently we have upgraded a few pieces from our builders basic landscape package, which were holly bushes, to heavenly scented gardenia bushes. You can also see we placed a few large focal rocks into the planter bed to add texture and visual interest. We also added a fringed leaf Japanese Maple, which is one of my absolute favorite type of specimen trees. Hopefully, over the years this tree will become a beautiful focus piece as you walk up the sidewalk to the porch, and continue to give us just enough front door privacy without block all the natural light.
I have always dreamed of a rocking chair front porch and I was able to have two rocking chairs for sunning, and sipping lemonade on those hot summer days. I picked up these cute pillow that say “Welcome Y’all” in metallic gold script to make those rocker just a little bit more comfortable.As you make your way around toward the back yard can see we have added several plants via two hanging baskets. The hooks were custom made by a local blacksmith I found at a festival and look like a vine growing right out of the ceiling. We have added in some lush Canna Lilies which have not bloomed yet and you can also see where we relocated those holly bushes to there new home.This is our new patio installed at the beginning of this year. You may remember the project from DIY Paver Patio post in April. If not click this link for more DIY information and to see the tutorial. We have finally got the hammock set up out back for relaxing in the shade with a good book, or as my husband prefers to rest after mowing the yard, which is quite a hill.I have added these amazing pillows that I got for a total steal of $5 a piece at Hobby Lobby last year, at end of season. I figure anything that catches a lot of weather outside, I do not want to put a lot of money into it, since it just won’t last. So most of my outdoor items are bargain basement, end of season sale items that look pretty but don’t break the bank. If they get ruined I toss them and get new next end of season.You also may remember this is same location we added the DIY Vertical Herb Garden if not here is the link to DIY post. The herbs love being under the deck with filtered sunlight, which keeps them from melting in the hot Georgia sun. We added the retractable coil hose for easy watering. This is a look at the deck which is above the patio area, directly above the hammock and herb garden area. We consider this is our sundeck and grilling porch. Home to our Big Green Egg, this is the area where most of the entertaining is done while we are grilling out. As you can see one of my kitties, Ralphy, has made himself at home on our outdoor sectional set we purchased on Amazon. Fun fact, the succulent garden located on the coffee table is actually planted in an antique, 3 loaf, vintage Wonder Bread baking pan from the old wonder bread factory. I found it several months ago on an antiquing expedition.As you look across off the deck you can see our outdoor fireplace patio where. This is where we are more likely to have evening cocktails and chat around the fire. The patio can be used anytime of year since the fireplace provides warmth in the cooler months. You can see how we built this amazing patio and fireplace at our DIY Patio Paver post.
Now you can see why this patio makes the perfect spot to kick back, relax and sip on a delicious libation like this Simple Strawberry Sangria cocktail. Be sure to check out the recipe located in our Recipe Box. I promise you they are so refreshing and delicious especially this time of year.
This is the final stop on our ground level outdoor living area and it contains one of my favorite pieces. This custom made Dodge Ram bench, was purchased for my husband to commemorate the old red Dodge Ram he drove in high school. It is custom made this one of kind tailgate bench for us. I tell you, it is perfection. It has a super deep seat to curl up on, it fits perfectly in this space between our columns, and it makes my hubby smile when he looks at it.You may also notice I tend to have a love for collecting vintage items and here is another one of my finds a old pot belly stove. While it not longer works I still love to use it hold potted plants of flowers on my screened porches. I am loving the name Black Betty, so if you hear me refer to Black Betty it is this gal. I am not sure why I have the desire to name everything, but I do, I once had a fern that I named Hubert, I don’t know why, but I did and it is just my thing.
Now remember I said outdoor living spaces were very high on our priority list when building, so here is the first of our two screened porches. This porch is located off the main floor by way of the JENRON DESIGN offices. We are still developing this area, but so far we have painted the ceiling haint blue, stained the beams, added edison bulb string lighting and a huge oscillating fan. We also made this fun window box using an actual old antique window. We also found that fun wood carved pitch fork on an antiquing trip with friends at The Screen Door in Asheville, NC . Which is one of my favorite antique stores on the planet.Our second screen porch is located on the second floor, directly off the Master Suite. This particular porch was featured in 2017 Spring One Room Challenge, hosted by House Beautiful and Calling It Home. We created a Southern Style Sleeping Porch , here is the link to post for the full timeline for this 6 week project. By far the Southern Style Sleeping Porch is one of my favorite areas to spend time. I get asked all the time “do you sleep out there?” and the answer is yes we do. On pretty nights when there is a breeze, we grab an adult beverage, and sit out there. We listen to crickets, katydids, and tree frogs. We watch the fireflies in the moonlight. Looking for shooting stars, all the while realizing we have a very blessed and amazing life. I hope you guys enjoyed to the outdoor tour of my home. All items in this post can be found under SHOP MY STYLE. Here is the complete list of all GREAT OUTDOOR LIVING: Summer Edition participants, and their links:
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