Create a Cozy and Charming Outdoor Space

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The Secret to Creating a Cozy and Charming Outdoor Space from cupcakesandcrinoline.comA few years ago my husband and I bought some wooden chairs from a woman who was selling her home….I think we may have paid $20.00 for the set and at the time I just assumed we would put them in the back yard which at first we did but they have migrated to the front…and they have stayed there.  

The Secret to Creating a Cozy and Charming Outdoor Space ~ vintage wooden chairs ~ cupcakesandcrinoline.com

My husband and I like to sit in them in the cool of the night and watch the kids, enjoy the breeze, listen to the birds and just be still.  Some mornings I like to go out early in the day, have coffee, read and just be. 

The Secret to Creating a Cozy and Charming Outdoor Space ~ french lilacs in a rustic wooden box ~ cupcakesandcrinoline.com

My goal for our front yard is that it be cozy and charming.  

The Secret to Creating a Cozy and Charming Outdoor Space ~ view of garden space from behind ~ cupcakesandcrinoline.com

Neighbors pass by on walks or runs, some walking their dogs, some walking with their family, some walking alone and we always get to wave and share a smile and sometimes have a discussion about the weather.

The Secret to Creating a Cozy and Charming Outdoor Space ~ flowerbed mix of annuals and perennials cupcakesandcrinoline.com

Our front yard is filled with flowers.  I have tried to plant it so that something is always in bloom from spring through fall, annuals and perennials, so that there is always something to see…something alive….something growing.  

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The lilacs in the wooden box above are from our lilac bush….it’s in bloom and the smell is heavenly.  When something’s blooming I usually like to cut a few of the flowers to decorate with….whether inside or outside….they are meant to be enjoyed.

The Secret to Creating a Cozy and Charming Outdoor Space ~ outdoor lighting cupcakesandcrinoline.com

The flowerbeds also have lights….there is something so welcoming about outdoor lights especially along a path or walkway.  

The Secret to Creating a Cozy and Charming Outdoor Space ~ flowerbed edged in stone cupcakesandcrinoline.com

To me, it’s also important that our outdoor space have memories.  These stones were all gathered on walks along a local trail that I used to take with my oldest son when he was a little guy.  Sometimes I would walk for miles pushing him in his stroller and I would pick up rocks off the path (they were from rock slides off the hills surrounding the trail).  I would place the rocks in the bottom of his stroller and bring them home to add to the edge of the flowerbed.  He’s all grown up but every time I see these stones I remember those walks with him.  

The Secret to Creating a Cozy and Charming Outdoor Space ~ vintage wooden chairs, flower box, french lilacs, rustic wooden box ~ cupcakesandcrinoline.com

Between the chairs is a log….it’s from the tree that used to be in the front yard but died.  I have pictures of my Daddy climbing that tree when I first bought this house….and pictures of my kids climbing it as well.  The tree is gone but the log remains…and it will go with me no matter where I have a garden or a home.  The little fairy was one of the first gifts my husband ever got me…. and I cherish it.  

The Secret to Creating a Cozy and Charming Outdoor Space ~ white sectioned box with numbers ~ 1 through 5 ~ filled with succulents and vines ~ cupcakesandcrinoline.com

The white sectioned box holds flowers and succulents that I change out all season….there are 5 slots and the numbers, 1 2 3 4 5, because there are 5 in our family and 5 is the number that makes me happiest.  

The Secret to Creating a Cozy and Charming Outdoor Space ~ french lilacs, rustic wooden box and happiness ~ cupcakesandcrinoline.com

My outdoor space is sensational to me because it’s personal and it’s real.  It’s not untouchable….it’s livable….and I like that.  

The Secret to Creating a Cozy and Charming Outdoor Space ~ french lilacs in a rustic wooden box cupcakesandcrinoline.com

No matter what your style….no matter what your taste….whatever makes you happy…whatever makes you smile…that is the secret to creating a cozy and charming space….whether indoors or out.

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If you’re looking to liven up your outdoor space and find some more inspiration please stop by and visit the wonderful sites below (and scroll all the way to the bottom for the $300.00 PayPal CASH Giveaway and Link Party). 

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