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Inspired By: Garden Getaways

by | May 2, 2017 | Decorating Inspiration, Gardens & Outdoor Rooms

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Just as I enjoy creating comfortable destination inside, I find outdoor spaces can be designed in much the same way. Design elements, furniture, and architectural pieces can help to define a space and draw you in to a special destination within a yard, garden or patio.

Now that spring is here, I have so many ideas swirling around in my head for “garden getaways” in our new yard. Too many ideas. Honestly, it can be kind of overwhelming to be me sometimes, haha (anyone else overwhelm themselves with all the ideas and possibilities? Yes? No?). But like all inspiration and grand plans, it can take time to dream up and implement the ideas that make the most sense.

In our last yard, we managed my “big dreams” by focusing on one “zone” at a time (see my post on how to design a backyard). See the backyard transformation here. Zeroing in on designing one special area can be a way to stretch the budget and resources as well as a way to help focus attention on one project at a time.

Today you’ll find a round up of inspiring outdoor destinations and garden getaways.  Enjoy!

Which one speaks to you the most and why?

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Inspired By: Garden GetawaysCountry Living

Inspired By: Garden Getaways

Inspired By: Garden Getaways

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Inspired By: Garden Getaways

Inspired By: Garden Getaways
My Old Backyard – The Inspired Room

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My small deck makeover before and after – The Inspired Room

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Shop some of my garden finds with the arrows below!

Inspired By: Garden Getaways

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  1. Cathy

    What beautiful reminders of weather that’s much nicer than what we’re having today! I especially like the sheltered patio by the New England-style house with shingles.

  2. Taste of France

    I really like that last one with the white Tolix chairs.

  3. Ella

    Wow….wonderful visions for the warming weather ahead! I can never pick just one, lol. First & sixth have my heart & soul transfixed. Beautiful shady spots to cool off in while enjoying a good read or visit with some of my favorite peeps.

  4. Elizabeth@pineconesandacorns

    I love each one of these spaces. All of them would be a great place to relax and read on a beautiful summer day.

  5. Kay

    My fave would be a tie between the gray shingle house (climbing roses! bricks! Adirondack chairs!) + that huge black pergola (instant outdoor room!) Our blank slate of a garden needs a huge white pergola of its own; there’s one I want at our local home center.

  6. Martina from France

    Beautiful blog and post. Yes, I know exactly what you mean by ‘overwhelming oneself with possibilities and ideas’. But I learn to slow down and create in due time, without pressure.

  7. Pat M.

    I have many favorites in those shown – it’s too hard to choose. I do love the casualness of pea gravel and it makes for beautiful photos, but in reality and for everyday use, not so much. It doesn’t stay where you want it and requires too much maintenance for me. Give me good old solid brick or pavers any day and I’ll be happier. Where I live we’ve had so much rain the past couple of weeks that anything outside has been put on hold, but I’m looking forward to drier weather and creating at least one new outside space this season.

  8. Yvonne

    I like the last one with all the greens. For me, simple is better and I’m new to the outdoor decorating and planting scene. I have a pea gravel area now with a graywashed picnic table and light blue bistro chairs. I would love to have old brick on my now concrete patio and a pergola! Yes, I get overwhelmed with ideas but, like Martina, I’m learning to let it evolve at its own pace. Love your blog and books, Melissa! Now I’m going to try to soak up your outdoor tips. Thank you.

  9. Debbie - Mountain Mama

    I love that brick patio with the white wicker furniture – you just know that house is near the ocean! All great photos, and I’m hopping over to check out your deck post from 2014. Looking forward to seeing what amazing space you create at your new home!

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