Outdoor Decorating for Spring

With all of this wonderful & WARM spring weather we’re enjoying down here in Alabama, I’ve got outdoor spaces on my mind in a BIG way!  We’re working with a contractor these days to concept a pergola to be build over an existing brick patio in our backyard.  I love the current patio but the southern sun is just too hot with no shade once summer arrives!  So, of course, I turned to Pinterest from some backyard pergola inspiration and she did not disappoint!

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I was instantly drawn to the pergola above because the patio is almost exactly like our existing brick patio so it gave me an idea of how the design and the flooring would look together.
I’m loving the size of the one above and the little privacy fenced corners.  Wouldn’t those be beautiful with clematis and wisteria climbing the columns.

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This last pergola is much more unique the the others….I love the arched top and the round columns.  Not matter what size and pergola style we end up choosing, I’ll definitely want one with round column posts to match the architecture of the rest of our home.
All that outdoor pergola inspiration got me on a whole backyard kick so please enjoy the rest of this outdoor inspiration photos I rounded up.
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Loving paver and grass checked patio….such whimsy!

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And what about this beautiful blue stone outdoor fireplace with built-in bench seating and overhead pergola. Who would ever want to stay inside at this house?!

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Bringing the indoors OUT!  Comfortable seating is key to a great outdoor space!  I’ll definitely be hanging similar outdoor drapes on our pergola.  Pull that back in the corners for a decorative touch, or close them to create a wall of fabric that turns an outdoor patio into it’s own room!

So it’s looks like there’s alot to do on my backyard agenda over the next month.  Tending to landscaping that I’m not familiar with (new house means new yard) and getting a colonial-ish whitewashed pergola built…..but the payoff will so be WORTH IT!

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My New Hobby: Wedding Flowers?

In the last few years, I’ve developed a hobby of flower arranging and have been asked to use my “talents” (and I use that term loosely) for wedding of friends.  I absolutely LOVE doing it and thought I’d share my latest wedding with you all:  Siobhan & Alex

 Siobhan and Alex have been friends of mine for years when I began working with Siobhan right out of college.  They’re an awesome, laid back couple that I adore being around.  Their wedding was unique, modern, gorgeous, and most of all FUN!
I created bouquets for Siobhan and her bridesmaids…. as well as centerpieces for the ceremony and reception (which were funky and modern).
  
 This was a spring wedding with dark, moody (and gorgeous) flowers…..
which isn’t exactly an easy combination…..

….but with help from my friends at David Wholesale Florist , I was able to find what I needed.  They’re a great wholesale florist in Birmingham that is open to the public.  So whether you need enough for one arrangement or an entire wedding, they’re a great local resource.

Hope you enjoyed the photos!  Email me if you’d like me to create something for your next event (shameless self-promotion, I know)!