Outdoor Rooms

Outdoor Rooms

I’ve always been intrigued by outdoor rooms. The outside is always so full of creative possibilities! My husband and I spent many hours in our last two houses designing and creating living areas that stretched the borders of our home. I love the idea of taking some of the same design principles we use on the inside to create special spaces outside.

We bought our current house As Is, which as I’ve explained before, meant it was sorely neglected. Because we’ve had to spend so much time and money bringing things up to speed, decorating both inside and outside has taken a backseat to more fundamental issues. Nevertheless, our backyard is begging for some attention.

Outdoor Rooms

As I was thinking through what could be done with limited money, time or manpower (story of my life, darn those limitations!), I started to consider basic design principles that would help me get going on the project. I’m not a gardener by any stretch of the imagination, but a lot of the same principles I use for creating style and function inside a home apply to the outside too. More often than not, we can accomplish a lot just with creativity. That is good news for those of us who have access to more creativity than funds.

To explore some outdoor room ideas, I will do a series of posts coming up periodically over the next few months sharing creative inspiration for designing outdoor spaces. I’ll even do a few Drive Bys in my own neighborhood to illustrate some points!

Outdoor Rooms

READER PARTICIPATION: I could use your help on this! If you have some creative ways to define, create or decorate outdoor rooms, email me! I’d love to share your photos and ideas over the course of our series (which will go on periodically over the next few months) so start gathering your outdoor room inspiration!

Photos: House to Home


Beauty: Daisy Cottage

Beauty: Daisy Cottage

Beauty: Daisy Cottage

Beauty: Daisy Cottage

Beauty EVERY DAY

One of my favorite songs, ever, is “Morning Has Broken”. The sweet lyrics, written by Eleanor Farjeon, in 1922 (which coincidentally is the same year that Daisy Cottage was built) always seem to speak softly to my soulÂ…

Morning has broken, like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
Praise for the springing fresh from the word

Sweet the rain’s new fall, sunlit from heaven
Like the first dewfall, on the first grass
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden
Sprung in completeness where his feet pass

Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning
Born of the one light, Eden saw play
Praise with elation, praise every morning
God’s recreation of the new day.

I can honestly say that I try to never miss the chance to say hello to a brand new morning. They ARE precious. They ARE beautiful and we are blessed to have them. Mornings are to be treasured. To me, they are THAT special.

My favorite mornings are when I take the time to witness them on the back porch where I can be entertained with the rambunctious antics of the neighborhood squirrels and listen to the many spirited birds who share this little patch of land with us. I smile when I see that a new red bloom has emerged during the night, treating our eyes to glorious color.

Beauty: Daisy Cottage

I choose to sit in my white rocker because it is like an old friend to me. We’ve been together forever. I so love its’ chippy paint and weathered lines. They are little details that, to me, make this rocking chair more comforting — more beautiful.

Beauty: Daisy Cottage

Beauty: Daisy Cottage

Beauty: Daisy Cottage

Before I sit, however, I like to reach into my china cabinet and choose an extra pretty cup to celebrate that first, hot cup of coffee that I am about to enjoy! I truly believe in USING our pretty things every day. And a beautiful morning such as this one definitely calls for that.

Beauty: Daisy Cottage

Ah yes, morning has broken indeed. True bliss! A simple rocking chair, a pretty cup, hot coffee, and a sweet morning to witness — just beautiful. This is one of the ways that I find beauty every day. I hope that you can savor a few moments of YOUR mornings too, for it is your GIFT to receive. Please be kind to yourself and OPEN IT.

Beauty: Daisy Cottage

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