A Garden Reunion

 Over the weekend, my mother-in-law hosted a get together dinner/bbq for my visiting sister, her 4 children, and a dear family friend from NYC.  With a grand total of 7 kids and 5 adults her home became a hub of activity and for the first time since her move we all got to enjoy her outdoor space.  Like her home, the garden is a reflection of  her love for botanicals, with lots of personal touches and ethnic details.  Take a look:

Thank you, Natalia, for having ALL of us over for dinner on a lovely California evening.

7 Cool Outdoor Spaces And Tips On Creating Your Own

Outdoor spaces can expand your everyday living experience.  Creating one, whether it's large or small offers you extra square footage and the opportunity to enjoy the longer days of spring, summer and at times, fall.   We're in the process of creating an additional one like this in our front yard.  Can't wait to show you what we've done. Until then, here are a few tips on how to chisel out one of your very own:

For more ideas check out Cocoon's Botanical And Outdoor inspiration board on Pinterest.

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So Pinteresting: 7 Fantastic Outdoor Rooms And Tips For Creating Your Own

Even the mildest winter is followed by spring.  It's time to begin thinking about and planning our outdoor spaces.  Whether they're big, small, roof topped or open, outdoor 'rooms' allow you to fully appreciate nature's wonderful perks.  Take a look at 7 very special outdoor spaces and tips for creating your very own.

To see more of our outdoor 'room' click here.

Tips for creating an outdoor room:

1. Define your outdoor space and decorate it as you would your indoor space.  Make the two cohesive.

2.  Create privacy with large plants, curtains or natural screens.

2.  Add lighting.  It can be provided by candles, solar or electric lights.

3.  Have plenty of seating for guests and make it comfortable with pretty cushions and pillows.  Keep a throw handy for chilly nights.

4.  Place small pots on tables and side tables with interesting plants (i.e. succulents or bromeliads).

5.  Don't over accessorize with garden art and sculptures.  Less is more in nature.

6.  Look for affordable garden furniture on Craigslist and at garage/yard  sales.  Remember that you can use indoor furniture as well.

7.  Have designated outdoor plates and glasses.  I keep a basket stocked with napkins, flatware, dishes and candles so that when that spontaneous BBQ happens, I'm quasi ready.

Maybe I should add a flask or two of Gin & Tonics to it...

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