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Bookshelf: The Art of Outdoor Living

It is nearly the summer solstice and a lot of people are making the most of the long summer days and enjoying outdoor living! These books show gorgeous gardens and outdoor living spaces, and also provide inspiration for rustic garden craft projects.

Veranda: The Art of Outdoor Living

Veranda Outdoor LivingThe writer of this lush coffee table book is Lisa Newsom who founded Veranda magazine in 1977. So she knows what she is talking about and how to find the best outdoor living inspirations! The lavish full-page photos are a joy for anyone who loves outdoor spaces as an extension of the home. Photos include courtyards, pools, the gardens of a French chateau, and the gardens of well-known designers and gardeners. The journey takes you across the world, and what a dreamy journey it is!

Private Edens: Beautiful Country Gardens

Outdoor Living Country GardensGarden design expert Jack Staub leads readers on a tour of 20 spectacular private country gardens in this handsome book. The ‘Private Edens’ are mainly in the northeast, and the gardens are not open to the general public. In fact, they are so private that the owners’ names and exact locations are left anonymous. Still, you can have a peek at these beautifully designed sanctuaries, including the author’s own Pennsylvania farm boasting a pondside pavilion and a romantic cherry-tree walk. One highlight is an exotic Asian–inspired garden in Maryland – apparently created by a princess from a Himalayan kingdom and her American husband!

Rustic Garden Projects

Rustic garden projects for outdoor livingIf you feel like being creative in the garden yourself (and perhaps you aren’t quite as rich as a Himalayan princess!) this new book will give some ideas to enhance your outdoor living. The subtitle is: ‘Step-by-Step Backyard Décor from Trellises to Tree Swings, Stone Steps to Stained Glass.’ That pretty much says it all. The do-it-yourself garden projects range from a simple suet ball bird feeder to a more ambitious but wonderful moon gate of braided willow. Some of the easier ones might be fun to do with the kids or grandchildren too. How about a personalized walkway?

Do you have any photos of your outdoor living space to share with us? Or perhaps a garden project to tell us about? We are all ears! Tell us in the comment box below.

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Create Your Perfect Outdoor Room with Antique and Vintage Furnishings

Create an inviting outdoor space for summer entertaining -- EuroLuxantiques.com

A classic American patio with vintage metal furniture.

The “outdoor room” craze arguably started about 10 years ago and shows no signs of letting up. And why should it? We all love to live outdoors as much as possible, so why devote less time planning and executing a beautiful outdoor living space than you do for your interior design?

Happily, you can take your passion for antique and vintage furnishings outdoors with you. Well, I’m not suggesting you let your fine French antique buffet sit outside in the rain, but you definitely can incorporate antique and vintage furniture and accessories into your sunroom, patio, or garden design. Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

Vintage rattan furniture creates an inviting space in this cozy sunroom.

Vintage rattan furniture creates an inviting space in this cozy sunroom.

This sunroom uses vintage rattan furniture to great effect. In a cozy, sunny corner, this rattan dining set looks appealing and inviting. If you can’t find antique rattan furniture, you can shop our selection of high-quality reproduction furniture to give your own sunroom a tropical feel. It’s not exactly an outdoor room, but it’s a room that certainly brings the outdoors in.

 

 

 

 

 

Metal is the obvious choice to weather the elements year-round.

Metal is the obvious choice to weather the elements year-round.

A defined patio space makes a great outdoor room. If your living space is exposed to the elements, vintage metal furniture works very well to furnish it. These old gliders and chairs retain their shabby appeal despite the weather. Wrought iron table bases topped with potted plants make for a creative display. I also love the way this homeowner uses an old metal basket atop a metal rolling cart to show off a collection of succulents. While this patio uses vintage American garden furniture, you can hunt down great old antique French iron garden benches and seats if you sleuth hard enough.

Take your shabby or cottage design scheme outside by using an old wrought iron garden gate to set the tone for your outdoor space.

Take your shabby or cottage design scheme outside by using an old wrought iron garden gate to set the tone for your outdoor space.

For your shabby or cottage style outdoor room, an old wrought iron gate can set the tone. You can use a vintage gate or door as a functional item or for simple decorative purposes. An old farm door propped against a fence makes a lovely backdrop for flowers. And don’t forget how great weathered galvanized tubs work as planters! Hot pink geraniums look particularly spectacular against the gray-and-rust tones of galvanized metal.

 

Just like indoors, every outdoor room should include a "wow" piece. This sensational vintage birdbath does the trick!

Just like indoors, every outdoor room should include a “wow” piece. This sensational vintage birdbath does the trick!

When creating your outdoor room, don’t forget to add a spectacular centerpiece. Antique or vintage bird baths or fountains make a great statement in any garden. You can design your seating around the water feature or allow guests to meander down a path to discover it — along with your beautiful flower borders.

If you’ve created a great outdoor room that incorporates antique or vintage furnishings, we’d love to feature it on this blog! Send us your photos.

 

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!