July 1, 2011

Porch of the Month ... July

For this month's porch feature we are headed to the desert ... yes to the desert in the middle of July! We'll be visiting with Karen Valentine from "My Desert Cottage"  {home of "Where Bloggers Create" blog party} ... if I hadn't told you we were in the middle of the desert, you would have thought a lush green oasis or a mirage or something ... Karen has created an outdoor paradise off her patio that is really tranquil and lovely ... I'll let her take it from here ...
"Even though I was born and raised in the desert, I have always loved the lushness and greenery that comes from living somewhere where it rains more than 8 inches per year.
Maybe it’s because I’m an Aquarius(the water bearer) or maybe I just always want what I can’t have!! LOL!!...

{all photos courtesy of home owner}
...My back yard porch and patio area is my sanctuary and because we do live in the desert, we are able to use our outdoor spaces almost all year round. Many summer nights have been spent sitting out on the flagstone patio with my sweetie, sipping on a cool drink, listening to music and just talking....
  ...In the cooler months, the mosaic table top that I made is replaced with a fire pit and with our friends, we all sit around the fire and drink Bailey’s and coffee. Those nights outside are my favorite way to spend an evening....

...My love of collecting old things applies to garden antiques as well. I pick up old watering cans wherever I find them (if they are the right price) and nestle them among clusters of potted plants or hang them from trees or shepherds hooks....

 ...One of my favorite finds was an old wheelbarrow that I now use as a planter. Basically, If it’s old, rusty and crusty I like it!!! 

  ...Because we are both such DIYers  we’ve achieved the look with as little money as possible. We built the flagstone patio ourselves one summer. (Yes, I did say Summer... what were we thinking???) and similar to  inside my home,  all the furniture on both the porch and patio came from Garage Sales and then was refinished with either paint or stain. There is such a wonderfully satisfying feeling when I rescue a piece that has seen better days and turn it into a beautiful and functional addition to our home."

 Not only does Karen share her beautiful outdoor living space with her human family ... there are a few furbabies who enjoy it as well ... can't you just see the smiles on their faces? Meet Jasmine {above} and Rocky {below}
 Thank you for your most gracious tour Karen ... I'm looking forward to meeting you back in your studio on July 15th !!

Want to join the party and share your creative space ... it's not too late to sign up here.

Hope to see ALL of YOU there!

Oh! ... and if your blog needs a little sprucing up before the big event, Karen can help you out with that as well ... check out here design shop here.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend enjoying family, friends, and your outdoor space!