Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Inspiring Outdoor Spaces for Spring

Spring is here and that means spending more time outdoors gardening, entertaining or just relaxing (that is, if the weather has warmed up in your neck of the woods!). I discovered some beautiful outdoor spaces to motivate and inspire you to transform your backyard into a retreat, with tips and links on how to do so without breaking the bank.

Lattice back garden bench from Cost Plus World Market: $129.99

This cozy outdoor space is my dream - especially with the view of the ocean (and the bottle of chilled champagne)! What really makes it feel like a living room are the outdoor drapery panels and area rug, which add warmth and texture.

Pick up a couple cans of spray paint and give your old metal chairs a fresh new look! Mix and match chairs with low bar stools for an eclectic vibe. Photo found here.

Black and white with touches of yellow - this is one of my favorite color schemes, especially for an outdoor space. The bold patterned tablecloth and dramatic chandelier really pull everything together. The area rug adds warmth and gives it that great indoor/outdoor feel. Photo found here.

Soften your outdoor space with some drapery panels and pillows! Indoor/Outdoor panels from Target: $49.99-$59.99; Outdoor pillows from Crate & Barrel: from $29.99.

Add a punch of color to your garden seating area with accent pillows!

A collection of vintage flea market artwork is displayed on unfinished and whitewashed walls. Photo found here.
A simple white linen tablecloth is an instant way to soften the look of any outdoor dining table. Create an intimate setting with a rustic tea light chandelier and lanterns set about.

I adore this chunky wooden dining table mixed with simple eclectic dining chairs. Notice the chandelier hanging from the arches above? This would be the perfect spot to entertain on a warm summer evening!
Create an elegant retreat in your backyard with this beautiful 10' x 10' canopy from home decorators for only $199!

Target offers a wide range of outdoor furniture and accessories at very reasonable prices. These are a few of my favorites: a) (3) piece black wicker set: $219; b) verde green hanging lantern: $49.99; c) flourish outdoor accent pillows: $39.99; d) set of (4) sphere lanterns: $119; e) folding dining chair: $99; f) large outdoor dining table: $199.

Discovered via Home Depot, these are all nice selections at great prices: g) five-piece cushioned dining set: $199; h) black striped rug 8' x 11': $159; i) black hanging lantern: $70

Other places to find good deals on outdoor furniture:


  1. Just discovered your is wonderful! I love the images you select! Thank you!

  2. I love the striped pillows! And the third image down just calls to me :)

  3. great post. i love the outdoor setting with the chandelier hanging from the arches too. dining outside makes the food taste all that much better i swear! :)

  4. Great ideas and spaces! I wish it would stop raining so I could enjoy spring!

  5. i love when it becomes PATIO TIME!!! sitting in the sun, reading mags, bbqing -- it is all going to happen SOON!

  6. Gorgeous post! I love the timber cross leg table with the red metal chairs - stunning! Tracey xx

  7. That red bench is the cutest thing EVER!
    I would love a lovely outdoor space. It's my next project I think - when I have more money. We are in serious need of some kind of patio area first.

  8. What a great post! I adore the second photo...The view and the coral pillows are fantastic!

  9. i esp love that picture with the vintage pictures hung onto the wall. i wish my house was WHITE! it's this... peachy orange... dying to be able to paint it white, black and yellow.

  10. Wow, such beautiful spaces! I love them all, especially the second one with the ocean view.


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