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My, oh my, that view!

I love the all white decor – it’s clean, it’s modern. But I would probably add splashes of color if this were my place. Maybe a bright tablecloth or colorful placemats. A plant or two. Still, it’s stunning.

I got the image from Pinterest. It was sourced from There are more photos of this villa in Greece (they do have a plant or two) on their site so follow that link. Thank you to whoever created such a beautiful space – I love your look!

I’ll be back tomorrow, hope to see you here.

What do you think? Is this lovely or nerve-racking or both?


It’s hard to say without seeing the wider view – the way the photo was shot makes me nervous, which I’m guessing was by design.

But I love the idea of dining with that view. It’s very Appalachian, isn’t it?

I got this image from Pinterest. It was sourced as coming from But I’m not sure which photographer to credit. So I’ll just throw a general “thanks for sharing your interesting photo” out there to the Internetland.

Aaaahhhhh, this is gorgeous!


I got the photo from Pinterest. Here is a link to the article written about the back yard in the July 2005 issue of Southern Living Magazine. According to the article, the landscape architect was Harold Leidner of Dallas and Pool Environments in Plano, Texas. Read the piece, particularly if you’re interested in how he decided which plants to use.

Nice work, Harold! I’m a big fan.

Aaaaahhhhh, this takes me away:


It’s not the photo itself or the table decor that draws me. It’s the emotions I feel looking at it. I can imagine it so clearly…family and good friends, cheeses, breads and fruit, a gorgeous view.

There’s something about sharing a meal outdoors that makes me feel like we’ve got it pretty good in this lifetime. Tugs at my heartstrings a little bit.

(I found the photo on Pinterest, it is credited to, but I don’t know where they got it from, who took the photo, or where the location is.)

I like the idea of showcasing beautiful outdoor living areas, but the reality is a different matter. Whether I’m searching on Pinterest or just googling “outdoor living,” the vast majority of images are from enormous houses with impossibly huge back yards. It was fun to daydream about them for a minute, but I keep hoping to find images of more down-to-earth backyards. Outdoor spaces for everyday people. They are not that easy to find!

Of course, the fancy yards are great. I personally love the infinity pools and gigantic outdoor kitchens. But after seeing thousands of images, I find that I can’t relate to very many of those yards. Which makes me think you probably have trouble relating, as well. I mean, how many of us are really going to have an outdoor dining area that seats 30 people? How many of us have a pool and a pond and a perfectly manicured lawn? My guess is not many. Or, at least not many of my readers!! I don’t believe I have attracted the super wealthy crowd on my humble little blog here. (If you’re super wealthy and you are reading this blog, please, feel free to contact me about donating to my newly created “dream life” fund – it’s a great investment! Uh, a great investment for me, that is!)


If you have a beautiful garden, or outdoor living space, or know of one, and you’d like to share it with my readers, please send me photos! I’d rather use examples from real people.

In the meantime, I’ll keep looking for more low-key examples out there on the web. Like this charming space:


Very simple, very sweet, and (hopefully) inspirational to anyone looking to makeover a backyard space on a budget.

What do you think? Would you rather see photos of the fancy backyards, or the realistic ones, or some combination of both?


It’s not so much the kitchen design I like so much (although, from what I can see of it, it’s cool!), it’s that someone is making good use of their rooftop space – that, I love!

I got this image from Pinterest, who says the credit for the kitchen work goes to Stonehenge Hardscape Atlanta. Which is nice for a change.

Are you using your roof for outdoor living? Would you consider it?

I’d love to hear from you!

I like this funky little space. For one, it’s a good upcycle to use those pallets to create an outdoor living area. Also, I’m a sucker for red.


I got the image from Pinterest.

I’ll be back tomorrow with photos of pretty flowers, for May’s Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, and on Thursday with May’s Garden Nonbloggers’ Bloom Day. Hope to see you back here.

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