Wednesday, April 13, 2011

"the outdoor room"


Increasing daylight and warmer nights has me thinking about improving my outdoor living space. These are some of the images I'm daydreaming about lately...



My husband and I are huge porch fanatics (see previous), so you might see a theme here...







What I wouldn't give for a porch swing...






One of the most stylish fire pits I've ever seen.





Designing an outdoor space makes me want to be a kid again (a kid with lots of disposable income). If I were, I would load my imaginary dream yard full of whimsical things like these...




Another dream scene. Wouldn't this be the best summer party idea?







Somehow making an outdoor chandelier work is my ultimate fantasy.




I'm always a sucker for rustic settings...



I'm always on the hunt for more inspiration. What are your favorite outdoor room ideas?

(images via desire to inspire, Marie Claire Maison, Dedon Collections, MyHomeIdeas.com, notmybeautifulhome, various  tumblr channels - let me know if you see something I'm missing here)

36 comments:

Kristin Wyly said...

I want to live in every one of these and I want to live in them now. TREEHOUSE?! YESSS. Wanna go watch a movie outside and then sit on the porch swing all night? YOU BET I DO.

The Fancy Teacup said...

Some of the porches emulate beautiful southern charm. My favorite would have to be the seaside porch, such a clean and fresh view. And the whimsical swing--super cute and looks fun!

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Sarah said...

Oh gosh, now you have me dreaming of MY dreamhouse-- two story wrap around porch like they have in Savannah.. heaven. And I love the mason jar lanterns!

Laura said...

That hershey kiss shaped swing with the pillows inside is the perfect book-reading/hideaway spot... <3

xx

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Liana said...

omg all of those photos are so cool and inspiring! i desperately want to decorate my back deck (i don't have a porch) but some of the wood is weak and we have to get it replaced so i have to wait until then... :( can't wait to see what you guys come up with though!

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devorelebeaumonstre. said...

sigh. I'm totally going to be dreaming of gorgeous outdoor spaces tonight. <3

kate funk said...

Makes me soooo excited for summer!!!
velvet cupcakes

Fashion Confessions of a Mommy said...

Lovely porches. I love the southern wooden ones the best. And that one with the movie screen is sure amazing.
The thing is I think it is not just the porch but you kind of have to be on a street that people walk about and you can sit for hours and watch and chat with neighbors. Not sure if such streets exist here. But I can only dream.

Plami said...

Gorgeous!!! I will have a yard someday!

XoxO
Plami

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thechyrelgomez said...

gorgeous photos. i wish we have a garden at home.

Rose said...

Yes, yes, and YES! I want to go to there!

In all fairness, I have a lovely honeysuckle shaded porch of my own, with room for a bistro set and a few extra seats....and there is a pavilion in my backyard, though the canvas blew off in a freak tornado ( this is OREGON we're talking about!) last year, and I've yet to replace it.

But I still want to go live and eat dinner and take long naps in every single photo you've posted!

Chloe Rushworth said...

I so wish I had an outside porch, maybe I could be the first person in England to build one. I'll keep dreaming.

C x
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Nikki said...

these are all amazing! I so badly want a porch too... My parents have a (i don't know the english word) veranda, a sort of glass house attached to the back of the house :) It so wonderful to sit in there, looking onto the garden... x

Anna said...

WOW.
This is amazing.
My absolute favorite is the one with the mattress mats outside with the projector screen :)

Lydia said...

I want to live in all of these! The one with the movie screen!!!!

Christina said...

Thanks for sharing. These images are positively transcendent

Christina said...

Thanks for sharing. These images are positively transcendent

Miranda said...

love, love, love, love, love
The first one is amazing. I can't get enough of patios, porches etc. in the summer

Miranda
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Kimberellie said...

oh, you've put me in my happy place today! We were wanting to do our backyard/really just a patio, this summer. I would love to have it one day be something spectacular! Even more so, I'd love a big yard with a big porch! I so share your love of porches! And I LOVE those Mason jar tea light holders: too clever.

Yes. Happy place achieved.

Vivi said...

All I know is that when I get my own house it's going to consist of a balcony, front porch and veranda. Easily. Nice post!

Sing said...

I love these, so peaceful and serene.

Carly said...

I love each image more than the next....what amazing inspiration! I need to "step up" my outdoor decor.
Loving the front porch photos especially..since I have one:)
C

Britt+Whit said...

wow this is def eye candy! Love the lanterns and lights.

I am coming to DC next weekend-any tips?

Britt+Whit

La Petite Marmoset said...

I love all these pictures! Makes me want to have dinner outside right now! That greenhouse looking outdoor dining room is my fav. We have a treehouse with electricity in my backyard that I think you would appreciate!
La Petite Marmoset

K said...

I'd converted to conservatories, but I hadn't thought of a tent! My dream home keeps expanding! (I should really have got dream-planning-permission!)

K xx

Mekinking said...

great pics, no I want such a beautiful room or porch at my place. and the 'private cinema' is awesome!

stylefyles said...

Awesome collection of inspiration. I'm right there with you for most of them. Growing up, I always wanted a treehouse but we never had one. And porches are just fantastic all around, especially when they're big, wraparound and house porch swings.

Ana said...

These pictures really give me outdoor setting envy! I love that first porch swing, it looks so cozy...but truth be told, I'd be happy in any one of these places.

Jaclyn said...

So incredible! I love the outdoor movie and bedroom photos. Makes me want to go on a luxurious camping trip :)

Fauxshionable said...

You really must visit Mackinac Island. I'd say it boasts some of the most beautiful porches in the country. Great photos, makes me want summer!

Giselle said...

Oh that first porch is amazing, reminds me of the homes in Charleston, SC :) And that beach porch so serene and lovely.
~Giselle
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Eli said...

Makes me want a porch to begin with. Our apartment in SF only has a backyard patio (very little places with the luxury of any sort of space outside here). But were working on making it look nice, thank you for these awesome inspirational photos!

Heather Pranitis said...

These are some fabulous photos and I can't pick just "one" favorite - their are several that I love!!

Bren Herrera said...

gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. great showcase!

Bren
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Bionica said...

I absolutely love the porch chandelier
so cool =)

-Bionica

sugarmouse said...

i LOVE porch swings and treehouses!! :D :D :D and oh my my, all these pictures just made me soooo happy :D :D *swoon*

thanks for sharing!