Shady Oasis (Outdoor Living at it’s Best)

This weekend I went to dinner at 2 people I consider my closest friends (and now clients) home.  We had dinner outside (which is my favorite thing to do at their home.)

I like to call their yard a shady oasis and of course I’m jealous of it because they are able to plant the complete opposite of what I am able to plant in my desert like backyard.

Go figure Liz is jealous of what I get to plant in my yard.  Isn’t it always like that?  Sorta like loving someone who has curly hair and you having pin straight hair!

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They live in a small neighborhood on a corner lot that is actually quite small but looks like they are in the forest and away from everything when you are hanging out back there.  They’ve tackled their yard doing a few a lot of projects each year and although they have different taste than one another over the years their styles have melded together quite nicely.

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This vignette is perfection!  There’s also a peek inside their screen porch, also perfection!  The table is from a local Indy store, one of my favorites The Inventorialist.

What’s cool about their outdoor space is even though it is small there are lots of different areas to hang out in.  They even have 2 fire pits and a chiminea!

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The back of the house, I love how they use metal art to create division between the neighbors yard.

Not only do they have multiple seating areas, Liz also creates beautiful vignettes using cut greenery in each area, like on their table above. The flowers were gorgeous!  We both have a thing for whiskey barrels!

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Garry is the collector in the family and has a love of metal yard art.  Here’s the thing if I had all that stuff in my yard it would look ridiculous, in their yard it soooooo works!

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A neighborhood trash find, picked up after asking for permission of course, a true treasure if you ask me!

We started the night on the side of their deck they recently had extended, it’s nice and relaxing and good people watching happens where neighbors frequently stop by for cocktails and long chats!  There home is the hub of the neighborhood and it’s not hard to know why.  Liz is a great cook, the drinks are always flowing and they love good music!

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The couch is their 2 aging jack russell terrier’s favorite spot outside!

If I had to pick a favorite spot (like if they said to me pick one or I’m not feeding you tonight)

I’d chose what Liz calls their wine area (sorry Liz, everywhere is the wine area when we hang out!)

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Isn’t it awesome!  I love the tabletop!

As far as sources go, they tend to buy a lot of original pieces and like to frequent various art and farmer’s markets in the area.  But if I had to pick some of their go to spots it would be Allisonville Nursery,  Sullivan Garden Center, The Inventorialist, Target, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware and At Home (which used to be called Garden Ridge).  The total definition of high and low.

I hope you enjoyed the tour and I’m looking forward to showing you the progress on the bathrooms in the months to come!

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