Thursday, April 5, 2012

Outdoor rooms ...

Our pergola is our sanctuary, a welcoming outdoor room where we can sit outside with comfortable seating and glasses of chilled vino at hand. It's our 'go-to' spot for relaxation and entertaining that extends our home's gathering space when company comes to call.

Image via Tiny White Daisies.

To me, a successful outdoor room incorporates the beauty of nature with the practicality of comfortable seating, some protection from the elements, sturdy flooring underfoot, ambient light sources, and sounds that nurture enjoyment.

Image via Simple Everyday Glamour.

It doesn't really matter how elaborate or simple the space is furnished as long as it is conducive to lingering over meals and conversation, day or night. I love the little luxuries that make outdoor rooms come to life!

Image via Dreamy Whites.

Why not treat outdoor rooms the same as interior spaces? Bring out upholstered pieces for special occasions, add pillows, artwork and floral arrangements.

Image via House to Home.

I find there is nothing more relaxing that taking a few minutes in my 'stress-free' zone. A cool glass of tea and a good book can whisk me a million miles away, if only for a few minutes. Bliss!

Image by photographer Nancy Neil

I had to post the photo above simply because I am dying to add vintage Salterini Clamshell chairs to one of our outdoor spaces. The pergola patio has a great dining table, but could really use some additional table seating. Every time I'm near a flea market, I check out the outdoor furnishings. Hey, you never know when you might come across something that will work perfectly for your needs.

Image via Nice Space.

Cushions and pillows add guest comfort and are easy to change out from season to season, creating new decor schemes in minutes.

Image via Little Blue Deer.

Outdoor rugs have come a long way in recent years and provide great inspiration for decor color choices. Don't stop there. Why not transition a beauty from inside and let it get a bit of fresh air while you entertain special guests outside? Love it!

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