Outdoor Rugs for a cozy patio

See how a rug can give so much style! Moroccan ambience to your patio. Mamounia sky for The Rug Company

See how a rug can give so much style! Moroccan ambience to your patio. Mamounia sky for The Rug Company

Now that the weather is real hot (at last I could say!) we want to spent our summer afternoons and nights outside, and we should. I’ll show you today how a rug can be used for these spaces and upgrade them a lot! I don’t know if you have a patio, a balcony, a backyard or nothing but these examples will give you some joy for sure! If you do have an outdoor space at your house after this post you’re gonna go for some shopping! Maybe you’re used to see rugs and kilims only inside the house but I assure you they are great for your patio too! They add some color and warm feeling that make you want to stay outside all the time. If you put also some floor cushions and lounge armchairs, if you have plants and flowers (greenery always gives many points) and maybe a beautiful tray with refreshments you’ve made a small paradise! Enjoy…

You can overdo it of course with rugs! If you have a lot of space get bold! Beldi Rugs have a lot of them

You can overdo it of course with rugs! If you have a lot of space get bold! Beldi Rugs have a lot of them

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Beautiful balcony with a cat! Love it just because of the cat… Carpet of natural fibers is a very good idea for an outdoor space. Source unknown

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Boho style with rug and cushions. Extra feautures the lantern and the built mantel. via interieur designer

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Black and white balcony. A cozy sofa with some cushions and a rug, nothing more. via oh what a room

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Light and airy with pops of color through disctintive furniture. I love it! Source unknown

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Boho style and fairytail atmosphere under the trees! I have no words for this patio… source unknown

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Black and white balcony with almost nothing! Ikea products with inspiration. via deco crush

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And if you don’t want to put a rug outside, if you want this idea with a twist, why not painting one? Brilliant! See here how to.

Weekend!

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Summer shady patio via desire to inspire

Good morning this sunny saturday! At last the clouds in Athens left and let us feel the summer again. I don’t know what I’m gonna do today but it’s the first Saturday in months that I don’t have work plans, hooray! I was the first Saturday also that I didn’t put the alarm on, amazing right? A bit of tidying, a bit of laundry, of redecorating the house, of strolls with friends these are my plans for the weekend. Also these are the longest days of the year and I’m always very happy every time for it!
This patio above would be the perfect spot of relax with friends, drinking cold lemonade and eating cherries! Or DIYing with friends while catching up the latest news. DIY project that my blue flamingo proposes today, continuing the pinapple theme: Make your own pineapple night light! Perfect for the outdoor table these summer nights πŸ™‚

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Patios to relax listening opera arias

Well, not exactly, these are just some places I’d prefer to be this morning! Today I wake up with the melody of this song:

“Summertime” by Maria Callas

In fact it was yesterday afternoon that I was driving in the highway, the sky was magnificent with a beautiful sunset and suddenly the radio put this song…I felt like I was in a movie scene! Amazing moment… So, that’s why I wanted to hear it again today and from that moment I’m listening to opera arias with Maria Callas, I’m totally in the mood for a beautiful patio spending holiday time! That’s why I found the cutest gardens, balconys etc that inspired me, to share them with you! Have a beautiful morning!

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beautiful view in this outdoor sofa-bed. Via Casa tres chic

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Rooftop Garden. I love these tropicalia armchairs!!! via pinterest, source unknown

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Modern Colonial home in Merida. via pinterest, source unknown

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Beautiful calming porch via onekinddesign

Weekend!

yellow butterflyGood morning and happy weekend! In Greece this Monday is a national holiday so most of us we have a 3day holiday! Unfortunately I won’t enjoy it because I’ll have to work all of it for a new project I got. In fact I was happy that I’d have one day plus free for working at home where I can more productive. Is this serious? Probably…I used to think like that at school, very nerdy of me! Also, the weather in Athens last days is crazy, it’s very cold and cloudy, it helps me to concentrate.

I can always daydreem though that the sun is shinning outside, I’m in a pretty garden lying in a butterfly chair like the photo! I really hope you’ll do something like that this weekend! And if you want to be creative my blue flamingo found for you the cuttest DIY project: Clay cactus garden!! I love it!! See here for more.

clay cactusPhoto source of the dreamy garden above via est magazine

Weekend!

fun patioHello! How lovely weekends are as summer is getting closer and closer..! Such a paradise, relaxing in a cute patio like this above, eating icecream, reading a book or have fun with close friends! I would kill for these chairs too. Today I’m also very thrilled because this afternoon I’m gonna see my little niece that haven’t seen for ages! She’s the cutest little girl in the whole world!! And in the evening I’m going to a nice restaurant for an anniversary dinner. πŸ™‚ Oh, I love weekends!

For you that are in a crafty mood I found the most chic and easy DIY project for fridge magnets! See HERE the procedure.

diy fridge magnetsPhoto source of the beautiful patio above and more pictures HERE.

The great outdoors | Water

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As I have promised in the previous post about outdoor spaces here, another one would follow with the water element as a protagonist. Well, here we are, some great yards and gardens are here to impress you! I’m sure you will imagine yourself in everyone of them, relaxing under the shade, even with a cocktail in the hand!
In most of the caption links you will find the rest of the house which is also amazing.

Monteverdi. A fabulous house too, Tuscany

Monteverdi. A fabulous house too, Tuscany

Exotic relaxing space in Maison Palmeraie, Marocco

Exotic relaxing space in Maison Palmeraie, Marocco

Fabulous outdoor space - from my archive

Fabulous outdoor space – from my archive

Dipping pool with cacti garden - Philip Dixon House, California

Dipping pool with cacti garden – Philip Dixon House, California

Great spot great chairs - from my archive

Great spot great chairs – from my archive

Sandur Chair by Mark Gabbertas for Oasiq

Sandur Chair by Mark Gabbertas for Oasiq

Tranquillity in a mexican yard - from my archive

Tranquillity in a mexican yard – from my archive

When the chairs make the difference - From my archive

When the chairs make the difference – From my archive

Why not a bed by the pool? - from my archive

Why not a bed by the pool? – from my archive

The great outdoors

Sutherland Street, PaddingtonStanic Harding Architecture

Now that the weather has sweetened and we start sitting outside I thought that this is the time to drive you crazy with some photos! I’m sure you will love these outdoors spaces, as I loved them too. As you can see in the most photos, the key element is – of course – plants. Trees, bushes, flowers, cacti, everything! The other thing is that usually, you don’t need much to make a gorgeous patio, some nice cushions, furniture and keep it simple. Of course, if you have the divine space under a big tree you are super lucky. Enjoy!

Traditional patio - pebble floor

Traditional patio – pebble floor

Traditional patio - fabrics that give all the style

Ibiza style garden house – fabrics that give all the style

Traditional patio - under the shade of reeds

Traditional patio – under the shade of reeds

Under the tree - deck

Under the tree – deck

Simple things. Nice idea for water element if you don't have the space

John Rocha’s house. Nice idea for water element if you don’t have the space

Cacti and butterfly chairs

Cacti and butterfly chairs

Cacti in the perimeter - love them

Cacti in the perimeter – love them. Anagrama, Montero

Minimal style - nice color combination

Finn Outdoor Collection by Norm Architects

Francis Brodi House, with Henry Matisse ceramic mural. Los Angeles

graphic pattern in the floor. Love the tranquillity here

Graphic pattern in the floor. Love the tranquillity here – Los Angeles

Pops of colours - swings!

Pops of colours – swings! by Paola Lenti

Pops of colors - floor cushions

Pops of colors – floor cushions. By Paola Lenti