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.

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