Wednesday, May 25, 2011


reclaimed barn doors

wonderful wicker 

luxe porch, zebra-print throw rug

pop of red, just makes me happy

my daughter's house outside Austin, Texas has a
little room off the kitchen, which is not air conditioned, completely
windowed with floor-to-ceiling French windows...
we've put 2 love seats out there (she doesn't like them
anymore, but they're too good for the junk pile; bright floral prints)
added some very old tables, antiqued, and filled with flowering plants.

The useless room is now useful and totally delightful.

I can sit there with ceiling fan running, with perfect light,
and make jewelry for hours. 
The dogs like it too.

She is just beginning her gardening adventures, has Roma tomatoes
growing tall, little chile peppers (hot hot hot), lots of containers of
blooming flowers, an old reclaimed wheelbarrow - found somewhere
for $4 - which is now spilling over with purple petunias and white begonias.

Hydrangeas are planted along the shady side of the house,
and the big-leafed Mandevilla is climbing skyward and blooming profusely.

We are happy.  We are peaceful.

Joining Castles, Crowns & Cottages for
A Day in Paris
blog party
Pink Saturday

both on Saturday.

Trying to work out how I can combine those two?




Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

What beautiful inspirations~ I love a sun room with windows~ how charming! Thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

under spanish moss said...

The reclaimed barn doors are fabulous. Would love to spend time in these outdoor spaces. Beautiful!

Nuit said...

I love this! beautiful post Marsha :) I cant wait for this summer, I love spending time out in my patio with a cold drink :)

bikim said...

all these photos are just gorgeous!
love the music on your blog! i think... ...
i'll stay here for a while just listening while i'm cooking!

Ms. Bake-it said...

I love the reclaimed barn doors! They are awesome! Sounds like you made the room outside your daughter's kitchen a nice retreat. It sounds like what we call down here a Florida room or a sleeping porch. I had a room like that at my old house and I turned it into a breakfast room.

~ Tracy

Sarah (La Maison Boheme) said...

Gorgeous - love that first photo!

Charlotta Ward said...

Marsha all of this sounds so delightful!
I love the idea of you sitting in your daughter's sun room (Australian term) making jewelry. How peaceful..

The inspiration pictures are lovely. I adore the idea of an outdoor fire place and also of a swing sofa/seat. Is there anything better!?!

Big hugs

x Charlotta

Anonymous said...

Marsha, I'm so glad you came by my blog via Charlotta's. It is so nice to meet you. I love your happy little place here in the blog land. Thank you so much for the kind birthday wishes for S's 4th birthday. He had a lovely birthday.

Hope you have a beautiful day.

Anonymous said...

Forgot to say how lovely all the photos are. Sounds like the room at your daughter's house in Austin is just perfect.

P.S. Those hydrangeas are gorgeous. I too am beginning my gardening adventures. First year... I have 3 hydrangea plants I am trying to bring back from a bloomless existence. They are such pretty flowers. I adore them!

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

What a delightful collection of outdoor rooms Marsha. I love sitting on my porch. A house isn't a home without a porch.