Hello and welcome to the Summer Outdoor Spaces Blog Hop hosted by AnnMarie & Anne from Simply2Moms!
If you’re visiting from Lana’s Greenhouse or if you just happened to stop by, I’m so glad you’re here.
I am joining some talented bloggers in a summer outdoor living spaces blog hop.
Ever been on one before?
They are really fun and provide lots of great decorating ideas from touring other people’s homes.
We all have different decorating styles so there is much to see.
Be sure to check out all of the outdoor living space inspiration at the end of this post.
About My Outdoor Living Spaces
My two favorite outdoor living spaces right now are my deck and fire pit areas.
I love hanging outside and both these spots are perfect for summer hangs.
What I love most about them is they are warm, cozy, and inviting with views of my backyard gardens.
My decorating style is a garden-inspired, rustic farmhouse.
As an avid gardener, I love to bring the outdoors in and decorate my home based on what’s going on outside.
So it’s no surprise that my exterior spaces would be centered around my flower gardens.
I love to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful blooms.
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Welcome to My Home!
As you walk up to my house, you’ll see expansive flower gardens.
While not part of my outdoor living spaces per se, they add to the curb appeal of my home.
Oftentimes, I’ll grab a seat and enjoy the views.
As you walk to my front door, you’ll be greeted by gorgeous perennial blooms in the front walkway garden.
This garden has been a labor of love since adding to our small 3 bedroom ranch home 15 years ago.
And I love to sit on the front porch and enjoy the hard work that I put into this garden.
But that’s enough of the front gardens.
Let’s hang out in the backyard where we love to relax and entertain our family and friends.
Welcome to My Backyard Garden!
As we head into the backyard, you’ll see the garden shed that I recently made over.
Directly in front of the shed is my vegetable garden where I am currently growing different tomato varieties, cucumbers, lettuce, celery, strawberries, zucchini, sweet peas, peppers, basil, cilantro, and parsley.
The Fire Pit Garden
The fire pit area is to the right when we walk into the backyard.
This is one of our favorite spaces during the summer.
We love to listen to good tunes, roast marshmallows, and enjoy some good quality family time in front of a roaring bonfire.
We don’t always sit here with fire though.
Sometimes, we enjoy the view of the backyard gardens while sitting under the tree.
I love sitting in the gardens and enjoying all the pretty flowers.
We bought these adirondack chairs several years ago from one of the local woodshops.
They used to be bard red.
But I decided to paint them after painting my garden shed this year.
I had leftover paint and it was time to get rid of the red.
Doesn’t the neutral color just blend in with the rest of the hardscaping?
Now that my kids are grown, we dismantled the playset that used to be here in the in middle of the backyard.
It used to be the view from the fire pit garden.
The only remaining piece from the play set is this ladder that sat like an A-frame when we dismantled it.
I thought it would be fun to keep it for sentimental reasons.
And then grow some climbing roses up it.
The backyard looks so strange now without the playset.
But I’m getting more used to it.
We recently added a bunch of solar lights to this area.
The solar string lights not only help with lighting but also add a lot of ambiance.
It looks so pretty with a fire going at night!
Do you believe these are solar lights?
They work really well.
The lights turn on at dark and off in the morning.
And they have a soft warm white glow too. I really love them.
To learn how to hang string lights in the garden when there is nothing to attach them to, click here.
Outdoor Living on the Deck
In addition to the fire pit area, we have a multi-tiered deck that houses both a dining area and living space with an outdoor fireplace.
We are out here as much as we can during the warmer New Jersey months.
I bring all of my houseplants outside to summer her on the deck.
And I also plant several container gardens with lots of pretty summer flowers.
This year’s color theme is pink.
We probably spend the most time out here.
Coffee in the morning, brunch a bit later, then dinner on the deck is the place to be.
But it is even better at night when we turn on these gorgeous twinkle lights.
The outdoor living room area is probably the least used outdoor living space.
Not that we don’t enjoy sitting here, because we do.
But we tend to sit at the dining table under the gazebo or the fire pit more often.
This deck is enjoyable mid-day when it is shaded by the trees.
It offers a great view of the backyard gardens and is a great spot to read a book.
We’ve had this wicker deck furniture for too long.
I would love to update it with an outdoor sectional sofa.
Maybe next year.
Follow the Outdoor Summer Living Space Tour!
The Summer Outdoor Spaces Blog Hop continues with Kim from Shiplap and Shells.
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