I've been busy these past few weeks (or more) catching up with unfinished things around the garden and inside the home... lots of small jobs and things that have been hanging around far too long.
If any of you have been following my garden transformation you may well know that the back yard had been static for quite some time and I couldn't seem to push past into the next stage... so I just made myself and it's coming along beautifully. I'll be posting lots of images once it's all done but here is a sneak peek of one of the things that is finally being finished...
I'm currently having the 'pavillion' down the back of the garden finished. I had the brick piers constructed a few years ago and also had most of the timber, mostly from eBay (good for the purse and for recycling) but I just never got around to getting someone to do it for me... until now. I'll have to find a way to hide the metal brackets at the base of the timber posts... maybe just paint them brown. I stained all the timber before it went up, much easier. There are two more upright posts to put up on the right, with the horizontals as well and then it's all done - yay!
I'm also thinking of solutions for the 'pond' - you can see it there with the timber across it. They are ready-made screens from Bunnings that work just as well horizontally but they aren't wide enough to cover the whole pond... that is to say if I want to delay making the pond a pond and just use it as seating for now. I have some ideas and all will be revealed when it's all done.
I love outdoor rooms and thought I'd share a few favourites with you that I've found along the way, looking through house and garden magazines.
Above: This is from a fabulous '70's book titled 'Landscaping Your Home' by Summit Books.
Australian Interiors, April / May 2004 pg 100 - Photography: Mark Roper
Above: I like how this structure comes off the back of the house, connecting the space to it... and the lovely detail of the flowers growing at the base of the posts.
Australian Home Beautiful, March 2007 pg 24 - Photography: Derek Swalwell (image spread over two pages which is why you can see the join)
Above: I LOVE this whole house but am just sharing their take on the outdoor room. I think that recycled timber structure is just divine.. nothing like the patina of age.
Above: Australian House and Garden, November 2007 pg 160 - Photography: Simon Griffiths
Your Garden, Summer 2007 pg 31 - Photography: Dan Magree
Above: This whole garden is magnificent and worthy of its own post which I will do next time but this image shows a beautiful outdoor room off the house, merging with the garden. I love how the boundary is blurred, not so evident where one stops and one starts...
...same magazine and story as the image above...
Above: Yet another divine outdoor space from the same property as the image above this one. Can't you just imagine long lazy lunches in the cool of this verandah with the drapes gently billowing in the warm summer breeze.
Australian Home Beautiful, September 2006 pg 101 - Photography: Juan Hitters / Sur Press
Above: This is another great outdoor space... love how they've incorporated a fireplace and nice comfy lounges - how cozy! and love that little people have been included in the equation with those gorgeous chairs for them to sit on and join in.
Above: Australian Home Beautiful, September 2006 pg 39 - Photograph: (unknown)
Homes and Gardens, August 1998, No. 2 Vol 80 - Photography Nicolas Bruant
Above: How divine is this outdoor space! This really speaks to me but would definitely not fit with my current style and although I have an eclectic approach to design I think you need to keep within a certain range - the rest of this place would have to be similarly exotic to match this space.
Inside Out Jan / Feb 2005, pg 120 / 121 - Photography: Alexis Armanet / MCM / Picture Media (image spread over two pages which is why you can see the join)
Above: Continuing on from the exotic feel of the image above this one... pretty nice space don't you think. It looks so comfortable with all those cushions. This is definitely somewhere I would love to spend time with friends, good food and good wine :)
Marie Claire Lifestyle Australia, No. 8 Summer 2000, Photography Geoff Lung
Above: This very bohemian space is just like a magnet for me... so cool, so cozy looking. No need to get up from this table once the meal is finished... a great place to relax.
Homes and Gardens, August 1998 pg 51 - Photography (unknown)
Above: This article was actually written by Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud, it's about how to make your outdoor space portable, so that when you move you can take it with you - pretty good solution don't you think and I particularly like the space in the bottom image... very cozy indeed!
Inspirational Backyard Ideas, Vol 2 No. 3 pg 55 - Photography Malcolm Graves, Tony Potter or Jay Stevens
... and to finish off... this is a more solid structure than those above, made out of stone and more like a little cottage than the timber pavilions above but nonetheless a great outdoor room - though I would furnish it much differently and make it much more inviting.
I hope you like the images and they've inspired you to create or re-decorate an outdoor room. Even though it's nearly winter here now these spaces can still be enjoyed in the right weather conditions, i.e. if they're sheltered and get lots of lovely afternoon sun.
Stay tuned for when I pop back with more images of my own back yard transformation.