Weekend Show and Tell: Getting Outside

8 Apr

Just back from a holiday in the sun (more on that soon!) has me thinking about our outdoors.  Wasn’t easy to come from 85 degree weather to 45, but hasn’t stopped me from dreaming of warmer days here in the Northwest.  And given the fact that we have done nothing, and I mean nothing, to the property land since we moved here, everything looks like a jungle.  We have a deck that is covered in the lovely green slime that covers exposed elements at the end of a Seattle winter.  We have overgrown plant beds.  We have a vegetable garden gone wild.  And we still have moles (or gophers).  So today is all about outdoor inspiration.  And dreaming.

Features on today are these cool retro pieces of Crosley Outdoor steel furniture.  Reasonably priced and sturdy, these would be a wonderful addition to any mid-century backyard.

At our old house, we had a wooden swing in the backyard that all the girls had decorated with our names.  We left it there for the ‘Awwww…’ factor when we were selling and may just have to replace it with this sleeker one at the new house from Loll.  Made from recycled plastic waste, it’s still pricey at $225, but so cute.

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Via Pursuitist, I love rocks combined with concrete as a modern outdoor landscaping solution.  We still have an area in front of our house half filled with river rocks that needs to be finished and in my mind, it will end up looking something like this.  (Yeah, right.)

And since one of the premises of mid-century modern architecture is blurring the line between the inside and outside, check out this article from Dwell about a lovely Japanese house that does that perfectly.

blending indoor and outdoor

And in the category of ‘Oh, we are SO doing this (someday)!’ these cool DIY cinderblock planters, courtesy of Apartment Therapy.  How awesome and easy and mid-century modern is this?



2 Responses to “Weekend Show and Tell: Getting Outside”

  1. Dana@Mid2Mod April 8, 2012 at 11:54 am #

    I love the cinderblock idea. I had to dig up a huge holly beside my front door that didn’t make it through last summer’s drought here in Texas, so I’m going to build one of those about 4 feet tall and fill it with cactus and succulents. Thanks for sharing the idea!

    • Brandy April 8, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

      It’s so cool, right? That’s also the retaining wall I want. It makes me a little crazy that DIY retaining wall interlocking blocks can’t come more square. They are always tapered. Maybe it’s an engineering thing.


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