Friday, February 18, 2011

The incredible, wonderous, beautiful great outdoors and we have a winner!

ITS GIVEAWAY DAY!!!! I used random. org to select a winner......I am thrilled to announce the winner of the lovely chair from Safavieh is......


Please step forward to claim your prize so that I can make the arrangements to have Safavieh deliver your newest addition! (I could not locate your email address so left a message on your blog)


Finally feeling almost fully back to normal and its full steam ahead, many house appts. today, heading to cabinet maker for kitchen color choices...wish me luck!
I don't know about you but I am really craving being outside in the fresh spring or summer air, strolling with my dog, sipping on a light tropical drink (granted I don't often stroll with a tropical drink but it sure sounds good), feeling the surge of the warm crisp air, taking in the beauty of the green grass and flowering trees and bushes. We here in NY, received a gift from the weather Gods, two unusually mild days, back to back and I think its put a little pep in every ones step! 
 I am longing for winter to go! Its been a long one for nearly all of us and for many of us in the most unexpected places, hello Virginia, Atlanta, Texas just to name a today, for all you weary souls.... I make a tribute to fabulous outdoor spaces. Country, mountains, ranch or farmland, the Islands, the coast...wherever, there are so many fabulous outdoor settings that truly take my breath away. I can easily find something in each of these pictures to draw inspiration from. I cannot wait to be in the great outdoors and when you do, why not make it every bit as fabulous as the indoors? Outdoor living is bigger than ever and the industry as a whole is growing by leaps and here are a few inspirational if not envy provoking images of some amazingly inviting outdoor spaces..enjoy! Do you have a favorite and if so, what can you see yourself doing in that space? I will go with number 1, and I can see myself and six other couples having a wine tasting dinner al fresco, on a perfect early summer night, light jazz music serenading us from the distance...... 

Suzanne Tucker did a stunning job on this winery covered loggia/outdoor entertaining space in the Silicon Valley, outdoors at its lush!

This pretty brick walled columned covered porch is intimate and inviting with a pretty limestone fireplace and a front row seat to the pool
Architect Hakan Habif designed this stunning outdoor space in Turkey, overlooking the Aegean the furniture and interesting "trunk coffee tables"....stunning!
One of my all time favorites, Tuscany inspired high elevated outdoor porch in California..dreamy by Craig White
Love how the outdoors and indoors become one in this bay area outdoors space.....what a view of the Golden Gate Bridge! Agins Interiors
Love this! Under an grape vine pergola....fabulous, elegant and sooo inviting! I could happily have every meal at this table!
Jacques Dizier brings the outside in with disappearing glass walls that incorporate the stunning living room into the outside terrace to become one, overlooking the Pacific....beautiful soft colors make the setting serene and focus on the breathtaking vistas
Bring me my Mai Tai and I am all set....beautiful outdoor space on Maui, Architectural Digest
This stunning large scaled covered porch off this home off the coast of the Carolinas, is situated to take advantage of water views on each the warm colors used here, Shope Reno and Wharton
Beautiful covered porch with fireplace by William Stubbs is  picturesque poolside
This sunny inviting space is in Napa Valley by Lori O'Kane Backen
This attractive Hamptons home boasts a beautiful indoor/outdoor area with pretty dark green wicker furniture...makes me long for a summer day Architectural Digest
Pretty outdoor space overlooks the Inter coastal in Palm Beach by Geoffrey Bradfield
Jacque Dizier created this sumptuous wood and stone covered trellis outdoor dining area...perfect. How gorgeous is that view in the distance of the Napa vineyards?
Chers "drool worthy" covered porch looks out onto the infinity pool and word WOW!
Juan Pablo Molyneaux created this lush oasis full of beautiful greenery on a stone terrace overlooking the French countryside, give me a stash of magazines and a cup of good French coffee and I am good to go!
This beautiful outdoor patio has a tree growing right through the roof, but blends beautifully with the natural, neutral colored furnishings. Architectural Digest
Designer Bunny Williams created this inviting cozy old fashioned feeling covered porch complete with outdoor fireplace...the candles give it a nice glow on a cool summer evening
Mark Boone created this beautiful covered porch/loggia...beautiful against the dramatic tall dark wood cased doors
This would have to be kind of like, the ultimate in outdoor entertaining, don't you think? With the expansive outdoor terraces, the fireplace seating area, the pool, and the ocean beyond...pretty dreamy I would say!  Agins Interiors (just in case you are wondering who this belongs to, its belongs to Restoration Hardware's CEO....yep, you probably helped pay for this!)
Barbara Barry created this beautiful monochromatic rear terrace overlooking Montecito, CA
Gorgeous indoor/outdoor pavilion in this Kona home is done by Mary Philpotts McGrath
Pretty seating area on simple stone patio....calm and serene
Robert Stern designed this dramatic neo classic section of a home that doubles as a dramatic and beautiful pool house
Breathtaking Moroccan inspired terrace off Sicily overlooks the tranquil Tyrrhenian
Frankly you don't need to do much here because of the out of this world spectacular view, but the pretty rounded patio takes advantage of a 360 degree view....perfect!

Wishing you a wonderfully enchanting weekend and congratulations Fidgi!