GREAT OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT SPACES

A LANDSCAPE DESIGNER ONCE TOLD ME TO CONCEPTUALIZE YOUR YARD AS YOU WOULD A HOUSE....CREATE "ROOMS" IN YOUR YARD...I NEVER THOUGHT OF IT THIS WAY AND I LOVED THIS CONCEPT! IT MADE ME THINK THE YARD IS EVERY BIT AS IMPORTANT AS THE HOUSE...ITS AN EXTENSION OF THE INSIDE SO TREAT IT THAT WAY.  HERE ARE SOME GREAT "OUTDOOR ROOMS"!!!

LIVING SMALL!

AS THE YOUNGEST OF THREE GIRLS, I TYPICALLY GOT THE SHAFT....I HAD TO SLEEP ON THE FLOOR IN HOTEL ROOMS, SIT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BACK SEAT, HAD THE SMALLEST ROOM (AND IT WAS TINY!) ETC ETC ETC.... BUT THIS WAS NOT A BAD THING! IT TAUGHT ME TO MAXIMIZE EVERY SQUARE INCH OF A ROOM...AND IT ALSO TAUGHT ME TO LOVE SMALL SPACES... THEY WERE COZY, EASY TO CLEAN, AND ADORABLE! TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THESE SMALL SPACES THAT I LOVE!!!

BEFORE AND AFTER: BACKYARD

THIS WAS OUR HOUSE 6 YEARS AGO.....THE WALLS WERE CAVING IN ON US AND IT WAS TIME TO EXPAND......

AND WE LOVE IT! BUT THERE WAS SOMETHING MISSING.....TO THE LEFT OF THE BACK PORCH WAS EMPTY SPACE.......HMMMMMMMM......

A TERRACE WITH A BUILT IN GRILL WAS EXACTLY WHAT THIS SPACE NEEDED!....AND A SCREENED PORCH WAS A BONUS!

I KINDA THINK IM PRETTY SURE THIS IS THE LAST BIG PROJECT.......

MY NEW FAVORITE INTERIOR DESIGNER: MARK SIKES

TODAY I RECEIVED THE NEW MARK SIKES BOOK "BEAUTIFUL"......OMG OMG OMG......MARK SIKES DEFINES MY PERSON INTERIOR STYLE.....THIS IS WHY I LOVE MARK SIKES: HE'S DESIGNS A SOPHISTICATED TIMELESS AND CLASSIC LOOK IN A COMFORTABLE AND LIVABLE WAY. I LOVE HOW HE THROWS IN WICKER AND RATTAN IN A FORMAL SETTING...COMFORTABLE!!! HE LOVES BLACK ACCENTS THAT GIVE ALL THE WHITES A GORGEOUS CONTRAST....HE LOVES BOLD STRIPED RUGS-I DO TOO!!!! HE LOVES BLUE AND WHITE CERAMICS...AND HE LOVES GARDEN STOOLS AND CORAL....AND HE THROWS IT ALL TOGETHER AND IT LOOKS PHENOMINAL!!!!!!.....MARK SIKES IS A DESIGN GENIUS. PERIOD!!!