17 June 2009

Outdoor Inspiration




~three images above courtesy of the Bottom of the Ironing Basket~


I don't know if you know this, but we have a pretty fabulous property.  It is an acre and a half, with an old (1930) barn, a chicken coop, a great playhouse that is (nearly) finished, a fire pit, and all sorts of established trees - fruit and otherwise.  I would say that it has a LOT of potential.  Sadly, what it doesn't have is a resident with really great vision...  You see, I can find photos of snippets of things that I like, and would love to incorporate, but to envision the entire thing as I would like it to be just isn't in me.  (you see, I am well aware of my limitations...)

Right now, in my own personal dream world, I would wiggle my nose - Samantha style (you must be at least 35 to get that reference...) and a large shade tree would appear just north-west of our fire pit - creating the perfect afternoon shade for a wonderful dining area.  Sadly, I can stand up there wiggling my nose all day long and yet, no tree appears...  

I have found various outdoor photos that inspire me greatly.  I love looking at them and imagining how I could incorporate these looks into our property.  Now if only I could get that money tree out there to bloom...

xo


These two really know how to put an outdoor area together~





I just love the feel of this photo.  I imagine listening to the silence, broken only by bird song~




You can never use too much linen~

~modern country living~


22 comments:

Hilde Heimdal said...

wonderful garden pictures, really inspiration :)

Simone said...

Absolutely beautiful.....I so want an outdoor space where I can entertain like that. If you see any spare money trees on your travels, please call me ;)

Christine--RHP said...

*sigh*
I get all dreamy over those lush green outdoor spaces...
I have lots of vision!! Beam me up and I'll be your landscape designer....

Adam and Hayley Peterson said...

Me too, I have a hard time invisioning it all together. And you don't have to be 35 to get the Bewitched reference. I'm 22 :)

Juju said...

Love the Bewitched reference. Personally I always wanted Tabitha's ear pull :)

Super lovely photos!
The first one inspires me!

Susan said...

ooooh. Makes me want to go outside in the hamock with a good book and NOT go to work. :)


susan @ www.peanutpetunia.blogspot.com

Kristin said...

Lovely, just lovely! I will try wiggling my nose for a money tree too and if one grows in my yard, I will share with ya! I just will!

giulia said...

Finally here, Mme Mimi C., only a day or so before I have to go offline for maybe two weeks. Mimph.

I love everything & I was looking for pink roses yesterday...so it was Meant.To.Be.

And you won two contests? I'd be jealous except that is so not proper & you are so nice.

I'm getting ready to set things up on the bric blog (well, both) & will add you there so the feed can come thru while I'm off.

(I completely get the Samantha reference, btw. Wriggle-wriggle)

xx/svs/giulia

Valerie said...

Hi Mimi.

I so enjoy your blog and posts.
(I loved the Bewitched reference and I do think you have to be over 35 (I'm almost 40) to get to claim some form of first-hand knowledge of the show...TV Land doesn't count!) ;)

I have the same problem, very little vision for our entire property. I've even hired two different landscape artists to do renderings for me that just haven't lit my candle. I think now that I have been purusing magazines and have some idea of what I like and don't like, I might try it again with the landscape artist!

Then there's the problem of money...lots of old growth trees on our property, just no "old money"! LOL

blondiensc said...

Gorgeous!! If I had a lot of money, which I don't...I would love a garden like you have pictured, any of them really!! Those barn house boys they sure know how to put a picnic together, huh?

Alicia said...

Money helps but its time. A frind of mine with a gorgeous property...took 10 years to get it where she loved it, so hang in there. I love all your images & especially the notion of silence with only the birds breaking it...add a hammock tied beneath two grande shade trees & thats my vision.
I wish I could Samantha my nose & come help you. Im actually good at the layout bit....

moa said...

hi -
your pictures is soul-food....
lovely -
hugs from moa

Jessica - {LivingBetterTogether} said...

Just discovered your blog.. such great inspiration. I love all of these outdoor spaces! :)

Kimberly said...

I love these photos. You are so fortunate to have the land. Your vision will come in bits and peices with time!! My problem is that I know exactly what I want, but as my hubby says, it all takes money :) KIM

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

You are so blessed to have such a wonderful property. I have dreamed of having land and mature trees, but I live in nothing like it.
You have chosen some amazing inspiration photos.

abeachcottage@typepad.com said...

I so want that nose wiggle thing, especially right this minute, the cottage is a tip and my behind is stuck to the chair while I surf blogs, hmmm...

love your images, the lush greeness calls me

Sarah

Duften av erteblomster-Vibeke said...

LOVELY post, as always :)

Federica said...

These are amazing!

Jeanneoli said...

These are gorgeous images. I am ready to entertain outdoors...if only the weather would start working with me. I can't wait to see pictures of your yard...You have such a wonderful style that I know you will make it all fabulous and perfect for your family. That whole money tree that....always not enough for all the projects:-)

Nancy*McKay said...

...and if the wiggling of your nose doesn't do it...

you can always have...

...Scotty beam it there...

Barn House said...

WOW! Thanks Mimi...Can't believe you put us with those amazing photos?!?! And really can't believe you haven't invited us out to see your amazing place...(guilt, guilt, guilt--lol). We may just invite ourselves one day...but don't be scared.

J & J

Here, There, Elsewhere... and more said...

Delightful post - I love Spring and Summer when we can spend so much quality time entertaining outdoors..:)