Tuesday, July 30, 2013

~Patio Living~

I'm trying to get back into the swing of blogging more often again and have lots to share especially outside since it's Summer, but finding the time is the problem.  Today I'd like to share some photos of our patio where we spend most evenings eating dinner and just hanging out.

I recently got a larger table so we can all sit at one place and it will be better for when we have company over.  I put one of my World Market umbrellas that I use when I do shows in the middle ofthe table t o use during the days when the sun is too hot out and I really like the softness it brings to my patio. Interesting how one item can sometimes change the look of an entire area. Enjoy!  xoxo K.

I also added some of the Ikea cushions from inside that I love just for the photos since I liked the softness they added to this area as well.  I wish I could have cushions out here all the time, but the furry critters around here don't understand that I don't appreciate muddy paw prints and hair all over them.

The patio has mostly black wrought iron furniture with metal planters and statuary.  I also love how my whiskey barrels are looking this year all full with the jasmine, ferns and white petunias.

The arbor and fence along the grass are just metal parts that I had picked up over the years and my husband put them together for me to add some heigth. I'd like to add some boxwoods along the grass someday. 

I would like to say Thank you to not only Abitare Country magazine for featuring my home in their July/August issue, but to Rita from Rita's Shabby Chic Rose for sending me a copy.  I could view it digitally, but wanted the real thing and she helped me out with that.  Thanks again, Rita.  I really appreciate it! 
Linking with:
Wow Us Wednesday
Treasure Hunt Thursday
Be Inspired Friday
Feathered Nest Friday
Funky Junk


  1. Congratulations on your feature Kathleen! Your yard is as beautiful as the inside of your home!

  2. Congrats on the feature article Kathleen.
    Your home is amazing and how wonderful to share it in a magazine.
    Your patio looks very inviting, no wonder the furry critters like to gather there, :)

  3. I really enjoyed seeing your lovely patio area, Kathleen. Such a pretty and peaceful retreat. Congratulations on the magazine feature!


  4. Lovely !!!...enjoy summer darling !!...love Ria...x !

  5. Your patio looks so beautiful and relaxing. Love what you did.

  6. What an amazing patio!! Love all the plants you have. Looks so inviting!

  7. Your patio is so inviting and so beautiful. Congrats on your home feature.

  8. Your patio looks just lovely, Kathleen! When I see pictures like yours, it makes me miss our patio at our old house. I love the way you've decorated your space and it looks like the perfect size, too.

  9. Congratulations on being featured in the magazine! Your patio looks just lovely. I bet the scents out there from the flowers is just heavenly. I like all the black wrought iron, too. xo Diana

  10. Lovely spot, wish I had a place like that to relax during the lovely summer moments.

  11. Oh your patio looks so peaceful and pretty. It looks like each piece, be it planter or statue is in it's perfect spot. I'm sure you do enjoy dinners out there. How very nice! Thank you for sharing.


  12. Pretty gorgeous. Could be some place in France! The fence is wonderful. All that green in the background is somewhat of a shock. Not a look we have around here! Congratulations on the feature!

  13. love the patio and the whiskey barrels. Christine from Little Brags

  14. Jealous over your outdoors room, a place to dine in the beauty of nature. Kathleen, I so wish this were my back yard, the French doors, the wood siding, the canvas umbrella, the tone on tone of blacks it's truly a summers dream to dine with you.

    Thank you for the summer post.
    And congratulations on your home being featured, I will have to look it up e-mag it.

    Thank you for your beautiful visit to my White and inspiring the piece I painted.

    See you soon


  15. Ooop's I hope it went through?
    If not I will make it short and sweet. Your dinning experience on your summer patio I am sure is divine, everything down to the French doors, the wood siding, the canvas umbrella, the black of chairs, it truly would be a relaxing place to summer dinning.
    Congrats on your home feature, I will have to e-mag it.

    See you and your beauty soon, thank you for your visit, it always adds beauty to my heart with your comments.
    Beautiful summer nights to you .


  16. What a charming patio space you have. I love the simplicity of it, but yet its so cozy and lovely. I always love a white umbrella, but never could find one at a reasonable price. So pretty. I adore anything white and soft and romantic. Enjoy the rest of the summer. It goes bt way toooo fast! I work at a retail store, and we are getting in harvest and haloween merchandise this Friday. Yikes!

  17. I adore your sweet patio, Kathleen! It looks like an extension of your beautiful home. Just like another room! :) Congrats on the mag feature, too! How exciting for you!!

    xoxo laurie

  18. Very Nice... What a great area you have created! Would love it if you came by and shared it at One More Time Events... Hope to see you there... Tammy
    Congratulations on your feature! I can certainly see why the did feature you. Well deserved.

  19. ☼ ☼ ☼ With us it has partially 36 °, as it is nice to sit under an umbrella!


    Rosine ♥♥♥

  20. what a wonderfully peaceful place...love the umbrella!

  21. Wow...what a great outdoor room...very, very inviting!!
    Congrats on the feature ~ well deserved!

  22. Oh wow I must get this mag!...Your patio is fabulous!...love the way your barrels look!

  23. Surprise, Surprise...[not] I am so loving your patio..as I am flipping thru the various patio scenes I am re working " my own patio and deck in my head.."I see lot of work in my futures in the next week! Thanks for the motivating me!

  24. Hello Kathleen! Your patio looks fantastic, really lovely!
    Congratulations for the feature.
    Besos from Argentina, Silvina

  25. HI Kathleen!
    I am in love this little oasis you have created!
    I too use black as my outdoor furniture color and love how timeless it makes the space. I can see myself spending a lot of time here as well!
    Happy weekend!
    hugs to you my friend!

  26. Kathleen congrats on being featured in a magazine! Your patio is gorgeous! It's the place where I would want to be in nice weather. I love pops of color by am now leaning towards softer muted color. I'm going to stay awhile and look around at some more of your home. I've been away from blogging for 5 months! It takes awhile to build momentum again.

  27. very very nice! I love the chairs! and of course congratulations :)

  28. Obsessed with the variance in planter height! Great job!!

  29. Your patio is beautiful Kathleen! I bet it's a wonderful place to spend the evening.
    Congratulations on being featured in that great publication!
    sending hugs...

  30. i want to have a patio just like that!

  31. Congrats on your feature. So deserving of this honor. Your patio is so inviting and beautiful.