Outdoor Living Spaces

July 27, 2011

Many of you are living with sweltering heat and probably can’t remember what a chilly day feels like! Well, our sunshine lasted a whole day this past weekend before heading back your way. Not really sure what’s up but we’re hoping that it means we’ll get a long and gloriously warm Autumn for Fieldstone Vintage Market in September! Rachel mentioned yesterday that applications are now open and we’ve been very busy bees handling all of the encouraging responses that we’ve received from potential vendors. Definitely a good start for what’s sure to be a fabulous day in the field!

A strange fact for the end of July…we haven’t eaten outside on our deck at all this summer! Well, we tried once in June but everyone was whining about how cold they were so we moved it on inside. Very sad! I’m in dire need of new patio cushions but think I may try to get the last life out of mine until next year…unless I can find some great end-of-season sales, that is! When the warm summer evenings are finally here to stay, here are some outdoor spaces where I would love to sit and enjoy a glass of wine…or two…

House Beautiful

Elle Decoration Germany via bluepoolroad

Red Online


Desire To Inspire

Now, the rest of you may be longing for something a little bit more refreshing. Cocktails poolside, perhaps? Or better yet, lakeside…



Art & Decoration

And when dusk falls, what better way to linger on warm summer nights than with strung lights…and some mosquito repellent of course!

Apartment Therapy


If you’re anywhere but on the West Coast, are you keeping cool outdoors? On another note, we’ve had some recent submissions from readers that we can’t wait to share. Feel free to send us before & afters or photos of your spaces anytime to birchandbird(at)gmail(dot)com. We’d love to see what you’ve got in the works!


1 Tracey { 07.27.11 at 12:56 am }

Oh my…… These photos are beautiful, one of my favorite thing are lanterns and strings of lights. Thanks for posting!
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2 Dionne_C { 07.27.11 at 6:18 am }

I love outdoor spaces. I love the pops from those yellow chairs in the first pic – so pretty!

3 jessica { 07.27.11 at 7:53 am }

i love summer for this space and the opportunity to use it!
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4 Victoria @ Edin's House { 07.30.11 at 10:02 am }

We’re currently building an outdoor space in our backyard… I hope when it’s finished that it looks just a little as good as the images you’ve shared!!
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7 lawnchair { 08.16.11 at 11:39 am }

I am all ways looking for new ideas for outdoor living spaces. thank you for this post and the great pictures.

8 Atlantis Rail { 10.05.11 at 4:52 am }

Outdoor spaces sure are beautiful and can be made better with wonderful choice pieces of furniture and accents. Safety can be one concern for some especially on decks and porches, as long as there is a reliable railing system, all is well. Don’t you just wish we can have all these wonderful outdoor areas in one house? I would!