Friday, July 24, 2015

Outdoor Living

One of the most peaceful and enjoyable times
for myself and family
are spent outdoors.

Of course when the temps are not 100 degrees plus.
Here in Texas we are in the triple digits heat index and it is 

But that did not stop me from doing a little sprucing up for the back patio.
I call this the outdoor living room.
When the temps cooperate, we spend a lot of time here
enjoying the garden and being together with family and friends.
Ready to sit back and enjoy a cold drink~

Read a good design book~
Or try and stay cool under the fan my guy added.
Boy does this help move the air when it's a scorcher!

This season I added some pretty pillows for the sofa found at Lowe's end of the season sale.

To the  side chair, I just turned a flag pillow around to the red side.
I love to add a throw.
It's not needed now, but the decorator in me has to have it.
You get that, right??

This old wood burner has moved around with us from house to house 
through the years in our job transfers.
The movers were never happy with me.
It weighs a ton!!
And twice, came out of the basement.

We added a shelf above to display a few accents that I change up seasonally.
The garden word block was a flea market find.

This lantern holds a faux timer candle that comes on each evening at the same time each day.
I love these timer candles and use them all around my home.

The wire basket was a two for one sale from Michael's late in the spring.
I popped in three fern like faux pots.
In the past I always had real plants here, but  from watering and dampness,
I'd have to repaint each year.
Finally (I got smart)  decided a faux grouping works better 
and they stay nice and pretty in the heat.
The 2 outdoor floor lamps got an upgrade too 
by wrapping the shades in burlap ribbon.
It makes a soft night time glow and easy to change out if needed.

On each side of the window I added these battery operated sconces.
They turn on and off from a little switch at the bottom.

My Golden always stands close by to greet us.
This garden dog was a gift from my guy last year.
We raised 4 Golden Retrievers and this precious statue represents them all.
The table near by is ready for outdoor dinners.
To the table top, I added 2 left over floor tiles from my kitchen redo.
It helps pull the look together with the stained patio floor.

So that's it for the outdoor living room.
Sorry for the sunny glare in the window.

The Fleur De Lis box under the coffee table
is my dad's old tool box.
It's ready to hold books and magazines sunscreen and more.
He had painted it blue ~ and the distress is the real deal from years of use.
I left it just like it was except that I added a little stencil to the sides and the phrase.
Dad would understand me doing that.

Just a few subtle changes with decor and accents bring a new look.
I'll be back next time to share my outdoor stone and shell beach.

Till then, you can find me here when I'm not creating.

Enjoy the last days of July!

Stay cool and have a nice weekend!


Also, just want to thank everyone for your kind comments on my guys
new home office space below. 
He enjoyed reading your thoughts and comments.


Kelly-Anne said...

Hello dear Celestina Marie... What a lovely outdoor you have created for yourselves...I am sure it must be so pleasant (when it isn't too hot, of course!) to sit out there...
And how cute your garden goldie is! I have always wanted a golden retriever...and you've raised four! :)
Happy weekend to you and lots of love!

The Cranky said...

What a lovely spot to relax!

Valerie-Jael said...

Looks like a wonderful place to sit and relax - enjoy and have fun there. Hugs, Valerie

The Bear's Blog said...

Beautiful! Cloudy and storm threatening right now, love these stormy, dark days.

Happy Weekend.

Jan Hermann said...

What a lovely space to enjoy the outdoors. I love the fabric on the cushion on the chaise! It's so is everything else...but that just caught my eye.

Jan ♥

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a lovely place to relax.

Have a great weekend ~ FlowerLady

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I LOVE IT ALL, but that tool box.....Oh if only I had kept the numerous wooden tool boxes my father had from the did an outstanding job of painting it my friend! And like you, we have been enjoying our patio this summer. Ruben comes home from work and we sit out and read poetry, discuss ideas, then eat. The squirrels entertain us just on the other side of our screen. The other day, it rained squirrel. Let me explain.

We had gone inside, but left the French doors open onto the patio. We're sitting there when suddenly, we heard a KERBLUNK and saw a "thing" fall from the sky. It was a squirrel! He evidently tried to hop from the tree to the roof of the patio, but missed by an inch or two....teehehehe...we checked up on him, he seemed a bit shocked, then carried on. teeheheheeee

The fun never stops!

Keep cool dear one. I keep hearing how brutally hot it is your way!

TexWisGirl said...

you have a lovely place to escape to as the sun sets (or rises).

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

What a wonderful oasis you've created! It's so great to expand our living area to the outdoors when we can. I know how much we love our little condo patio! All your touches are fabulous but of course the center of it all is your dad's tool box. It's those things that give us that sweet feeling of "home". Beautiful Celeste!

Love & hugs, Edie Marie

Anonymous said...

Oh my, Celeste! How gorgeous is your outdoor living room. Most of us would hope our indoor living room would look this pretty! You've certainly got the touch, my sweet friend. Have a great weekend.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

eileeninmd said...

Good Morning CM, you have a beautiful outdoor living space. I love the cute Golden! Have a happy weekend! said...

Good Morning
Your outdoor space is so gorgeous! Love it all. Those faux plants looks so real, I would not have known they were fake at all. Everything is so pretty and so cozy. Enjoy your beautiful space

Feral Turtle said...

You have created such a beautiful outdoor retreat! Love it.

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

What a wonderful place to enjoy the outdoors!

Linda M. said...

Celeste, Your outdoor living room is so beautiful and inviting. Enjoy. Linda
PS - Keep Cool!

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Celestina. Your outdoor living room is really pretty and very comfy looking. I can see how you would spend so much time there. You must be sweltering in that heat. We haven't gotten out of the double digits but can hardly stand it. I love all your pretty touches and the tiles on the table are genius..Happy Weekend..Judy

Cynthia said...

Celeste your outdoor living room is gorgeous. The Golden statue is so life-like. Have a nice weekend


Dee said...

Hi Celestina. Whenever I visit you, I leave your wonderful blog feeling so much inspiration. You have such a lovely outdoor room... truly magazine worthy. Oh and I know exactly what you mean about throws. I have one in almost every room in my house... lol.

Have an amazing weekend... :)

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Ugh I'm glad we don't get such high temps. I don't handle the heat like I used to! You have a nice outdoor area to relax and enjoy the backyard view. I think I'd be swimming on the pool frequently to cool off! The old tool box is a sweet reminder of your dad. I don't blame you about the faux plants for that spot- makes perfect sense! Have a great weekend!

Rose L said...

Wow! What a patio! I thought the dog was real at first!! That is the kind of dog I like! I have garden "cats" and my 2 live ones stay inside.

Joy Junktion said...

What a beautiful and relaxing space, Celeste! Next time I come to TX, I'm stopping by your place, it looks like it's calling my name - LOL! Blessings for a fabulous weekend! Cindy xoxo

Dreaming of Vintage said...

Oh my Celestina! What a lovely patio! I just purchased a few outdoor pillows from Hobby Lobby that were 80% off! Have a wonderful weekend my friend!

Kim said...

What a beautiful place to spend an afternoon or evening! Clearly, whether it be inside or out, you have a knack for making your spaces lovely!

Anonymous said...

Celeste, this is such a gorgeous place to unwind! You have turned your porch into an inviting space that I wouldn't want to leave. I love your Dad's tool box; what a great idea to add decorative touches to it. The wood burning stove is also a wonderful idea and provides such a nice place to add seasonal decor. Your view of the pool makes this area a perfect place to relax. Have a wonderful weekend!

Denise said...

so very cozy. I love the outdoors too.

1CardCreator said...

It may be hot there but your space looks so cool, calm and relaxing. Beautifully put together as always. ~Diane

Anonymous said...

Hi Celeste, What an inviting area to relax or entertain. I adore the pillow you added to the sofa. I love the birdies and I think I see birds on the throw as well. Neat idea with the burlap on the lamp shade. I don't have any of the battery operated candles but would love to purchase a few, especially with fall around the corner. Your dad's tool chest is just perfect and I did not realize that you had goldens as pets previously. How I wish you could warm up my outdoor space with your creative ideas! Take care in the heat and enjoy the weekend.


I'll come over for some lemonade on your lovely porch!

cynthia lee designs said...

What a beautiful out door space!! We have a nice patio outside off of the dining room...but I wish it had a roof over the patio. We get a lot of stormy weather here and everything blows I gave up on making it pretty out there.

Heaven's Walk said...

You have quite the decorator's eye, Celeste! Everything looks so chic and welcoming! I can just imagine you spending quiet, cool evenings out there chillin' out. :)

xoxo laurie

Junkchiccottage said...

What a wonderful outdoor space. Looks like a peaceful place to sit and relax. So pretty. Love your Golden statue from your sweet hubby. Just adorable. Have a great week end.

Conniecrafter said...

Gorgeous setting, so inviting and comfortable looking. I love the added touches with your Dad's box and how you made it your own. I haven't seen those candles on timers will have to check that out. We are HOT here too in Southern Illinois with the heat index in the 100's, I am ready for some cooler temps to enjoy the outdoors!

handmade by amalia said...

What a wonderful space to relax and enjoy the summer. Love all the pretty details.

Kathy said...

Such a beautiful outdoor living space! We consider our patio an extension of the house and use it nearly year around but my decor never stays so nice looking as yours. Everything seems to be in constant need of being dusted.

Dorthe said...

You have a wonderful outdoor setting there dear Celestina Marie, what a fantastic place to enjoy dinner, or just read or look into the air :-)
So many lovely pieces have you also collected for this place in the open, dear friend.
Thanks for showing and a happy weekend to you !!
Dorthe, oox

Brandi said...

Hi Celeste! I always enjoy my visits to your blog. Each post tells a story. Your outdoor patio looks like such a lovely place to sit and relax. I can imagine how much you and your husband enjoy it throughout the year. I think it's so sweet that he bought you the golden statue to remind you of your past pets.

Anonymous said...

Hi Celeste! I'm still enjoying your beautiful space! I would love for you to become a Bathroom Diva! Anytime, sweetie, I'm here!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Wow Celestina that outdoor area is just beautiful just like you home! Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

What a lovely space...perfect for relaxing, reading a good book. You have so many treasures, each with their own story. I adore your Golden. Love your Fleur de lis box. Thank you for your sweet visit. Chloe is feeling so much better today. It's wonder with all she has been through. Happy Sunday. xoxo

Debbie said...

What a gorgeous outdoor room to spend the lazy days of summer, Celestina! You have such an eye for decor ideas.
Love this space!

Donna said...

What a gorgeous and relaxing looking outdoor space, Celestina! I had to laugh about your wood stove being moved so many times! I bet that thing is heavy! I think my favorite things about the space are your dad's tool box (love it), and the Golden statue. Well I love everything, really, but those two are the best!! Stay cool:)

chateau chic said...

Your outdoor living area is beautiful! Hopefully the fan and shade help you to enjoy time there even in the extreme heat.
Mary Alice

Claudia said...

Hi Celeste, your Outdoor place is wonderful! Such a lovely place to stay! Wonderufl decorated, with so much love, it must be wonderful to relax there or sit down with friends or family!
I love the retriver dog , a beautiful memorie of all the dogs, you had!
Wishing you a wonderful new week, filled with love and hugs, blessings to you, my dear friend,
Claudia xo

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Just love your beautiful porch....truly a gorgeous Southern Porch!!

Creations By Cindy said...

Well your sprucing up is beautiful work! WOW! Oh I do love the tool box so much too. have a nice patio. Love it! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Jillayne said...

Gorgeous! I'd never want to go inside... you have created the most lovely outdoor space Celestina, lovely and elegant but not at all fussy. I'm sure with the extremely hot weather you get there this is a lovely little oasis of calm and cool joy.
Many hugs,


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Celestina Marie
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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..