lets go outside + play

Happy Earth Day!

Yay, the sun is shining again. I cant wait to be outside on our new deck later. It needs a month or so before we can stain it, but dramatically changes the look of our yard. I want to get good quality outdoor lounge furniture, like this one from pottery barn, for the space.

But that will have to wait until my pocket allows, sigh! For now, i think i’ll add a couple of wicker chairs and a love seat, which i’m hoping to find at a thrift store.

I really love creating several seating zones around the garden. It adds so much character to the yard, almost like an outdoor home. a living apace with lounge furniture, a dining space with a long reclaimed wood table below fairy lights and lanterns, a breakfast nook, a bench, a little work space, and a spot for naps…

Isnt this spot for two charming? a perfect setting for a romantic brunch….hmm..

or a stone patio in a sunroom – lovely!

or how about entertaining on the front porch?

ah!! cant wait to have mid-summer night backyard soirees.

hens and chicks..my fav succulents, and they look great on tables too. I want to create a vertical planter to hang on one of the walls of my potting shed.


i like this idea for the indoor-outdoor space/potting shed that we are working on. i want it to be multipurpose, a space to read magazines, work on my macbook, sip tea, and when we entertain, it can double up as a bar area. and i especially like the use of cinder blocks to make a work table. did i tell you my mother made her bar using cinder blocks and glass in their home. it was so unique looking and everyone who visited loved it.

do you have outdoor-indoor spaces in your home? what do you use them for?


images: via itsmaryruffle

Indoor-Outdoor Feel in NYC Condo

I am totally loving the indoor-outdoor trend in homes and I hope it is here to stay. I came across this gorgeous condo in the East Village on NYT and was impressed with the creative fusion of modernism and Indian sensibilities. The 12′ reflecting pool with goldfish and an interior wall covered with ivy, not only look great but also energize this home. Home with outdoor elements like water features are welcoming and evoke calm. The floor to ceiling windows, and concrete floors remind them of Indian homes. Though the home follows a mostly white theme, there are splashes of rich Indian hues like saffron, persimmon orange and peacock blue.

See more pictures of the condo here.





Original article on NYT here.