July 10, 2010

Outdoor Living

The beauty of decks and porches is that they increase our living spaces...just when we need them most. (after being couped up inside from our loooong New England winters.)

Here is our back deck...the place we flock to on those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer we've been experiencing...or should I say steamy??

This is our ninth year with the pool, but just this summer we had the deck built out to meet it. We enjoy being out here so much more now. Nothing like a refreshing dip and a barbecue.

A pool is such a blessing in hot weather...I never want to take it for granted! Come on in, the water's fine!!!

At the front of the house, we have a wrap around farmer's porch.

I don't live on a country road with loads of privacy, but that doesn't stop me from making the most of outdoor living, enjoying the fresh air every chance I get. A porch is such a wonderful luxury. I don't think I'd ever want to be without one.

...A place to daydream

...Sit a spell

...Read a good book or magazine

...Chat with a friend

...Sip something cold

...take in the beauty

...or even indulge in a quick nap

No porch is complete without some old shabby wicker! That being said, I love my porch! It's never the same twice, and constantly being redecorated. Next week it may look totally different, as I love trying to find new ways to re-purpose and re-station things I already have. I'd LOVE to see some pics of YOUR outdoor living spaces.


Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Hi Karen...your outdoor spaces look VERY warm (in a cool way!) and inviting!! Email me your email address and I'll hook you up for White Wednesday!

Victorian1885 said...

Good afternoon Karen
One thing I wish our 1924 Home had is a porch..I love yours! The wicker is a must and yours is perfect. I can imagine curling up with a cup of tea and enjoying the garden views and a good magazine. Have a wonderful week!


Debbie B said...

Karen, this is just gorgeous. You are a decorating artist. It all comes together like a beautiful painting.

Barbara Jean said...

I'm so enjoying my visit here! Beautiful blog.


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