Outdoor Outlets

Outdoor Outlets
Apparently, some people in other parts of the world actually ENJOY summer.  What an unimaginable fantasy!  If you don’t have to wear oven mitts to drive, then consider yourself one of these lucky people and enjoy some of today’s outdoor inspiration.
First, a ridiculously lovely screened porch from Linda at It All Started With Paint. Isn’t this the most inviting scene?  I wish I could crawl right in.  I call the chair with the pom-pom pillow.

Becky from Reinventing the Ordinary did exactly that, by reinventing her ordinary patio with a built-in barbeque and plenty of plants to liven up the joint.  I also love the outdoor curtains, and I’m totally going to curtain my patio too, but first I should probably get curtains for the inside of my house. Priorities, sigh.

Cece from N Your Dreams had a little outdoor dilemma to deal with when the winter snowplows mowed over her mailbox. Yipes! So her husband installed a big swingy pipey type thing (technical term) so it can now be easily be moved out of the way come snowy time.  Problem was, it was not so cute.  But Cece knew it just needed a little sparkle and so she made the cutest little mosaic mailbox I’ve ever seen.  Don’t you agree?

So, are you a gardener?  I try.  I try EVERY STINKING YEAR.  All my neighbors can grow stuff.  But all I can grow is despair. Even my six-year-old is better at gardening than me.  (It’s almost mystical how good he is actually.  Anything he plants comes up triple in size to everyone else’s.  His little bean in the paper cup at school is always the tallest.  We each planted a tomato plant this year, and everyone’s died except his. It’s like, five feet tall.  Sometimes I make him go talk to my plants, no lie).  Anyway, maybe if I had a cute little stick-fenced plot to garden in like Wendy from Vintage Fan Girl, things would be different for me.  But probably not.

And finally, Erin from Just Grand recently redid this old shed at her lake cottage.  And by ‘redid’ I mean she hauled that hot mess far away and built an outdoor shower in its place!  Ahh, it looks so serene! I want to go to there.

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  1. June 29, 2012 / 7:49 PM

    I laughed out loud reading the ‘oven mitts while driving’ bit. Always love your B&A’s… these are no exception. Looking for a little warmth here in Alberta…. or maybe tips from your mini master gardener! 🙂

  2. June 29, 2012 / 8:16 PM

    Oh thank you so very much for sharing my screen porch! And after I got it all set up we hit record highs here! As in driving with oven mitts highs!



  3. June 29, 2012 / 8:44 PM

    Drive with oven mitts! You are hilarious!!!!!

  4. June 29, 2012 / 8:46 PM

    Thank you so much for featuring my outdoor shower!
    These are such interesting posts and I love the way you get right to the point on before and afters….
    Well done!

  5. June 29, 2012 / 8:48 PM

    PS. You should come visit…. Then maybe you will enjoy summer!

  6. June 29, 2012 / 11:17 PM

    I remember those oven mitt days in Cali where you would try to drive, without touching the wheel.

    Loving the screened porch. I will call that bench seating. That and a book sound just right!

  7. June 29, 2012 / 11:41 PM

    It’s so tragic that peoPle think driving with oven mitts is a comic exaggeration. Excuse me while I go take my cookies out of the trunk. The timer just dinged and I don’t want them to burn.

  8. June 30, 2012 / 12:33 AM

    Oven mitts is the truth! Have to do that when I visit my sister in the summer.

  9. June 30, 2012 / 12:45 AM

    Linda’s screened porch is a serious rock star! Here’s to sipping mojitso, margaritas, sangria … whatever elixir you choose while chilling on a fabulous porch.

  10. June 30, 2012 / 3:07 AM

    All the features are wonderful. I have wanted to mosaic my mailbox for a while now, think maybe I will put that on my to do list, and Linda’s porch is so darn cute, but not when it’s 101….


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