Friday Fun: Even the Smallest Patio

It’s amazing what you can achieve with even the smallest little bit of outdoor space. Makes me feel all the more guilty for not doing anything much with my rather bigger garden, but I am rubbish at gardening and also would rather sit and read. I’d happily grace any of the patios below with my book and my presence!

Strategically placed reading chair, from Bellacocosum.com
Clever way of ensuring privacy amongst the concrete, in Crete. From designboom.com
Even a balcony is enough, if you have this gorgeous view of Granada. From Flickr.
Who doesn’t dream of climbing roses – and reading chairs? From Pinterest
This must be a problematic garden, without much sun, but a lot of charm. From Pinterest.
Of course, if your garden is very steep, you may have to consider different levels. From sfgirlbybay.com

 

Friday Fun: Head Back to the Patio for Work

In my dream world, I would be able to work on a shady patio, drinking in the fresh air, rejoicing in the cheerful chirp of birds and friendly breezes playing with my hair. In the real world, I get attacked by insects, cannot bear the heat, have my hair buffeted around by angry winds and fail to read anything with the glare on my screen. But this is all about dreaming, isn’t it?

So, with so much work coming up over the next few weeks that I’ll be mostly missing in action again, here are some places I will be working from (in my mind).

Singapore villa, from property.angloinfo.com
Singapore villa, from property.angloinfo.com
Italian villa, property.angloinfo.com
Italian villa, property.angloinfo.com
Garden shed of joy, from gardenista.com
Garden shed of joy, from gardenista.com
Cloud House, Australia, from mymodernmet.com
Cloud House, Australia, from mymodernmet.com
Another example of effortless Italian style, from Domaine Home.
Another example of effortless Italian style, from Domaine Home.
Terrace in a jungle, or so it seems, from Domaine Home.
Terrace in a jungle, or so it seems, from Domaine Home.

Where do you like to work – in your dreams? And in real life?

Friday Fun: Out on the Patio

Who wants to spend time inside, when there are such pools, patios and views beckoning? In this hot weather, however, don’t forget your sunscreen, floppy hats and books to cover your faces (tablets are just not the same thing…).

Zinc House, from Decoist.com
Zinc House, from Decoist.com
Spanish villa, from Architectural Digest.
Spanish villa, from Architectural Digest.
Greek villa, photographer credit Prue Roscoe.
Greek villa, photographer credit Prue Roscoe.
Oriental theme, from jetsetter.com
Oriental theme, from jetsetter.com
Roof garden, from Domaine Home.
Roof garden, from Domaine Home.
Armani's house, Architectural Digest.
Armani’s house, Architectural Digest.

Friday Fun: Let’s Pretend It’s Summer

The snow isn’t here yet, it’s just miserable and grey. So let’s escape into summer with these inspiring pictures of gardens, terraces and patios.

housebeauty.net
housebeauty.net
piximus.net
piximus.net
Roof garden in Maine, Robert Passaldo in Domaine.com
Roof garden in Maine, Robert Passaldo in Architectural Digest.
Laura Silverman's home, from Anafternoonwith.com
Laura Silverman’s home, from Anafternoonwith.com
Garden Room Studio, Model London.
Garden Room Studio, Model London.
Asian pool, from Houzz.com
Asian pool, from Houzz.com

Or maybe we should contemplate moving to the Southern Hemisphere. I once knew a university professor who was teaching in Brazil September to February, London March to June and spending the summers in Italy…