Monday, June 29, 2009

Green, Rustic and Romantic Backyard Spaces

Sorry about the delay, internet connection went down at
home yesterday. Trying to get it fixed.

In the meantime, we've been having some great weather in
San Francisco the last few days. The weather has inspired me
to do more posts on outdoor living and backyard spaces.
The space above is rustic, charming and romantic. Can
you just see the space at night lit up with lanterns and

I think some of the most romantic things about
Paris are its wide boulevards, gorgeous architecture,
cafes and of course little romantic vignettes like this
little balcony overlooking the street. One doesn't always
need a lot of space to make special little place.

When I was young, I loved tree houses. Who am I kidding?
I still love them. Wouldn't it be dreamy to have a tree house
like this in your backyard? Complete with drapes and a bed.
I love it.

This is such a relaxing porch by the sea. I
could totally lounge here with a book all day.

If you don't have a porch but a courtyard instead,
it can definitely serve a similar function and space.
An inviting place where you might have tea or prune
your plants.

Talk about a fresh and romantic space for dining.

Here's the same space without the canopy
between the trees.

Nothing like a white table setting with
candle light for romantic ambience.

I love the idea of putting sconces on the trees.

The pink table cloth really adds color to this space. I love
all of the plants and the cute chairs as well. Looks like a
wonderful place to have a summer meal.

The green and romantic spaces above led me to
think about shade gardens. There are certain
plants that grow wonderfully in the shade and
make for very pretty gardens. I've picked out
3 books on Shade Gardening if any f you are

Making the Most of Shade

Hope you are all having a
wonderful summer thus far.

Photos from We Heart It,
House Beautiful, AhParis and more.