It doesn’t matter what time of the year it is, I am always dreaming of outdoor spaces.
There are a number of ideas that appeal to me in this image from Southern Living. Hydrangeas are a favorite of mine, and I love that they line both sides of this path of pavers. I like the picket fence, the little bistro set, the urns at the end of the path, and the structure (created from old windows). A charming getaway in the backyard.
Toile slipcovers are just the icing on the cake in this image. The stone walls and the gray painted door and shutters and the rough stone floor add to the French look, and did you notice the little demilune table and the mirror?
.Who knew the golfer, Jack Arnold, liked French Country design? Isn’t this kitchen amazing? That huge black island, the china hutch filled with Ironstone, the hanging cooper pots, that range alcove – oh, be still my heart. And I love that it looks like you have the option of an open kitchen, or you can slide those big, beautiful doors, and hide the mess. Edited to add: My photos and information about this home came from another blog. A very astute reader, Suzy, kindly took the time to email me to let me know that she thought this might be the home of Jack Arnold, the Tulsa, Oklahoma architect. I found his blog and saw a photo from his home, and Suzy was right! Jack Arnold designs gorgeous French style homes. Between he and Charles Faudree, I’ve decided there must be fabulous French design in the water in Tulsa! Thank you so much, Suzy, for letting me know so I could correct this post.
I think, before Pinterest started telling me I had already pinned something, I pinned this study four times. I love all of this room. I can imagine selecting a book from those beautifully painted built-in shelves; taking it to the bench in front of those wonderful glass doors; and spending an afternoon reading with a breeze blowing through the opened doors. And that Frenchy looking painted desk and the toile upholstered French chairs aren’t bad either.
Can you tell I’m a little smitten with his home? Oh my goodness, those big blue shutters, those curved dormer windows, and that open structure with a fireplace (which appears to be the back of a garage). Look at that manicured lawn, and I love the vine covered arch between the two structures.
The mantel in Pat’s Lodge room is beautifully decorated for Fall. I love those tall pinecone filled branches on each side, as well as the addition of Pine tree needles framing the beautiful pumpkins and leaves on the mantel. And she tied everything together with a beautiful Fall painting.
Another gorgeous Fall mantel. I love the falling leaves, hanging from the mantel, and even scattered on the hearth. The pretty brown urn is decorated with straw and pumpkins. I even like the way a pumpkin is tilted against the urn, as if it just grew there.
Isn’t this bay of tall, stacked windows breath-taking? I could do some serious dreaming while sitting in this spot.
I hope you enjoyed some of my favorite images as much as I enjoy them. Thanks for stopping in today. laurie
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