Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Summer Spaces, lots of them!

Hi all! I would like to join some summer parties. More information is below. Just to show you an overview of my summer spaces, I created a mosaic of panoramic photos of the yard and deck.

As you can see, I like a natural looking yard.

Add Image
In case you have not heard, there is a Blog Party going on from 6-20 to 6-25 at Vanessa's.

Check it out at
I am joining Jenna's Summer Spaces at
and Sherry's Summer Entertaining at

I apologize in advance for posting a lot of pictures but I do have a lot of summer spaces and I wanted to share them all with you.

Let's start with the gazebo. Sometimes, I drink my coffee and read the newspaper there in the morning and then I see a deer watching me from behind.

We have lunch here sometimes even if it is just my mother and me and I often have tea with a close friend, Debjani.

Next, let's go to the secret garden. I call this as such because you do not see it from the house nor from the deck unless you go all the way to the edge. It is situated very low and you have to climb down a few steps to get there. Before we bought the house, this area was not even used, it was very bushy. We had the bushes cleared out and added railroad ties to create terraces.

I have created various seating nooks here so we can spread out and I can sit anywhere when I get tired from gardening, which I do a lot.

My last barbecue and swimming get together with friends was held here.

My grandson enjoyed rocking on the stone bunny rocker when he visited last week.

I just love it when grandkids visit and they are just roaming the property.

I have created various walking paths to make it easier to walk and climb around.

Now, lets go back up.

We had a wet deck built to entice the grandkids to visit more often and keep them occupied when they do come.

Are you ready to go for a swim now?

My 3 year old grandson is not afraid to jump from the board into an 8 ft. water but I am, lol! And they are not afraid to slide down either but I am! I know! I know! I am a chicken:-)

I have a big clock there on the wall so that John can check the time and not be late for work. He often comes home for lunch to swim.

Around the periphery of the pool and deck, you will see a lot of seating areas, pretty much in every corner and more. Here's one!

Some loungers. Hubby likes to read here after swimming.

And then there's the arbor. Did you notice we have another one in the secret garden? Sometimes, I just have tea and a snack here while blogging and playing Scrabble on the i phone.

This parlor table set is the latest one that I bought. I bought it from Homegoods in Houston. I fell in love with the design and color. I told my friend that it will be our next setting for having wine, cheese and crackers. But I just started a diet yesterday so I will have to postpone that.

And this is the farthest settee from the house. We will have to go down to get to it so it is hardly used.

I hope you enjoyed the tour of my summer spaces. Thank you so much for your visits. And I would like to thank our hostesses, Vanessa, Jenna and Sherry for hosting.


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Christine, your yard is totally fantastic. I would so love to be there and enjoy that wonderful pool. It is so hot here. Everything is just beautiful. Hugs, Marty

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Chrsitine, Wow, your yard is gorgeous! I love the gazebo and the pool is wonderful! My grandkids would love the fountain. Thank you for joining Summer Entertaining.

Lori said...

Saw you at the block party. Where do you live that everything grows so well. Love your agapanthas

Vintagesouthernlife said...

I always enjoy your posts. Your outdoor areas are just gorgeous!

Dolores said...

I love all your seating areas, your yard and pool are so beautiful and inviting!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a great vacation spot for you and your family! Thanks for sharing it with us.


I have enjoyed looking at hese wonderful pictures of your enchanted, gorgeous and fabulous garden you have my I wish I could join you for real!!, and have fun with you, your friends and the cutest grands you have, by that great pool! Thanks for sharing it with us. I just dropped from Susan's TT. Love, FABBY

Sarah said...

Christine, with all your outdoor spaces and the special water features I imagine you have more than the grandkids visiting frequently. The wet deck is amazing. What a clever feature. ~ sarah

All That Glitters said...

I bet your family just has a ball at your home!!! You have so much eye candy!

mississippi artist said...

Girl, you have been busy planting haven't you? It all looks great! I visited with Katherine Tuesday at her new general store-she was busy-busy. It all looks cute though and Bobby and I are going over Saturday for lunch in the cute little dining room.

laxsupermom said...

Wow! Your gardens are gorgeous! I love how you have your yard set up into separate outdoor rooms. Love, love, love that gazebo and I can see how it'd be a favorite spot for tea. Your pool area looks so inviting. What a great place for the grands to let loose. Your secret garden is absolutely enchanting. I love that you rescued that area from the brush. Thanks so much for sharing your gardens.

I'm hosting my monthly Before Blogging Throwback Thursdays party, and would love for you to take a pic of something you made/did/bought before blogging and share it at my party. Can't wait to see what you bring.

Anonymous said...

Your spaces are all fabulous Christine. I know everyone has the best time when they visit!

carolinajewel said...

Your yard is gorgeous - love all the different "rooms." The fountain and pool would feel good on a hot day like today! Looks like everyone loves your yard!

Sares said...

Your yard is very natural and peaceful. I just love all the little secret spaces here and there and everywhere! I bet the little ones just love visiting and playing in the water too. It would be magical for any child.

I'm happy to hear you got your package. I am sorry it took so long to respond when you told me it arrived, I have been having computer issues. NOT fun.

Have a wonderful day Christine!

Sweetladyelaine said...

Your yard is beautiful! I love how all your seating is so intimate. You did a fantastic job.
Thank you for sharing. Blessings My Friend,

Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

What an awesome and beautiful yard! As if the pool wasn't enough, you have a wet deck? You must be VERY popular with your grandkids! :)

Diann said...

That's it Christine! I want to take my vacation to your home! LOL Everything looks just wonderful!

niartist said...

Absolutely beautiful Christine, thanks for pointing me back to these very inspiring photos!

Christie, Describe Happy said...

Wow, wow, wow!! There are so many things to discover in each corner and area! You have such a talent for creating inviting spaces that are interesting and cozy! The street lamp and loungers by the pool are some of my favorites! Oh... and the wet deck!! Lots of fun!

Popular Posts

Blog Archive

Mary's Masterpiece Monday

Susan's Metamorphosis Monday

Tea Cup Tuesday

Tablescape Thursday

Fertilizer Friday

Pink Saturday