Tuesday, May 3, 2016

My Five Favorites ~ Ways to Decorate an Outdoor Space

For our Five Favorites topic this month we're sharing our Favorite Ways to Decorate
an Outdoor Space. We had more than our share of snow in April and I'm jealous
 seeing those of you who got a jump start on your outdoor areas and gardens. I'm 
hoping to get out there soon and spiff mine up. I'm sure these friends have some
great ideas for me to steal ~ be sure to check them out!  

Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles

I'm so excited to welcome our guest this month Julia @ Cuckoo 4 Design is one of 
the most genuine and talented in our blogging community. I think she gets up an hour
early to leave kind comments on all the blogs! On top of that, she's an awesome mom,
 has a huge heart for animals, and is always the one caring for strays, too sweet!
Oh, and she's created an amazing outdoor space! Green thumb, maybe?  
Cuckoo 4 Design 

My Five Favorites

I love to use umbrellas to define seating areas and give them a more intimate feel. 
They're also a great way to add a pop of color or pattern to define your style,
whether classic, coastal or preppy.
Potted Boxwoods
 One year instead of planting pots of flowers I planted several pots of boxwoods
for our deck. I didn't think they would survive the Colorado winter and planted them
in our yard at the end of the season. I loved the classic formal look, I think I'll do
 it again this year.  #lazygardener

 What can I say?
 Nothing makes a statement like pretty bold pillows!

The possibilities for lighting are endless and the ambiance cant be beat. 
I haven't figured out a great plan for stringing pretty bulbs across our deck...yet.
 (This is the year!) 
I include lots of hurricanes for candles, lanterns, and oil torches.  

A mirror is a fun, unexpected addition that can offer a pretty reflection of greenery, 
or boring siding in this case.  Haha! :)
Be sure to put it in a space where birds won't run into it.

Don't miss these ladies' My Five Favorites:

Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles
Julia @ Cuckoo 4 Design

You might like these previous Five Favorites, too:


Julia Konya said...

I should have said pillows too. yours are so so pretty. I'm a huge fan of your garden. Such a beautiful space to hang out in. Thanks so much for having me and sorry that I messed up my link, it's a new one now :(

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i love these ideas so much!!! i need to find a good heavy mirror- we get such high winds! love your outdoor spaces- you are such a pro!

Mountain Mama said...

What a gorgeous outdoor space!! I'm drooling! We don't even have leaves on the trees yet and the forecast calls for rain, rain, and more rain!!!

Kris Jarrett said...

Your patio is the bomb! I've never noticed your potted boxwoods before - do those survive fine through winter? Such a great idea! I also never thought about this issue with the birds and the mirror - that could be an issue at our house...

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Your hammock shot is rocking my world right now. I just jumped out of my chair to scan my rainy back yard yet again for two trees somewhere that will work. I love the pretty planting around it, so peaceful and the way life should be!!!! I need to create an oasis like that this summer!!!!!

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

Oh my goodness, with our big windows across the back we have birds smacking into them almost every day! (eek!) Your yard is one of my very favorites... I die over that vintage rattan set (can't believe you got rid of it!). Be sure and spread the word if Home Depot does their awesome boxwood sale again, I kept watching last year and never caught them.

lori said...

You're such a pro at creating sanctuaries. Sixth favorite= Sweet Rio ringing the bell in your backyard when she wants to come in!

Vel Criste said...

Need to add more lighting outdoors, potted boxwoods are a fave of mine as well. :-)

Lori Richardson said...

Does anyone happen to know a source for the beautiful pink floral pillows?

pam {simple details} said...

Thank you, Lori! I made them about three or four years ago, the fabric is K-Odessa (Fuschia) it looks like it might be available at Regal Fabrics. Good Luck!

Slightly Coastal said...

Pretty spaces! Thanks for the inspiration!

Calypso In The Country said...

Pam, your backyard and patio are so gorgeous! Don't feel bad about your weather - it's been chilly and rainy all week with no end in sight here in NJ. Hopefully that means the flowers will be blooming soon! I borrowed your idea last year of using potted boxwoods. They held up pretty well and I didn't have to worry about the deer eating them. I will probably do it again this year. Great tips!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

So beautiful Pam....I so remember that amazing magazine spread featuring your gorgeous yard and deck....brings back memories of it!....Your outdoors is just as beautiful as the indoors!

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