Long Weekends = Weekends Outdoors

I take every excuse I can to get outdoors (if you're a regular reader of my blog you already know this), but even more so on a summer long weekend.

Whether it's walking the beach at sunset, rollerblading a lakeside trail, horseback riding through the forest, or sitting on a patio having drinks with friends we really do need to take advantage of the short summer season we have!

We can't all get away for the weekend or a holiday and  taking that into account, why not turn your back yard into your own retreat?

Lonny Magazine has an amazing gallery of patio, deck and outdoor spaces. I have included some of my favorite and hope these inspire you to turn your home/space into your own holiday getaway space..that you get to enjoy everyday!

Patio - A gathering of chaises and a white umbrella beside a pool
LOVE everything about this space...literally EVERYTHING!

Patio - Four outdoor chairs gathered around a fire pit beside a brick wall
The chairs, the brick wall, the coziness....and of course the Hermes blankets!

Patio - French doors leading to a patio with a wicker couch and a zebra hide
Love the idea of using tall shutters for privacy....and the wicker/rattan furniture, animal print rug & french doors....

Patio - A rectangular pool with an umbrella and chaises
That pool....

Patio - Sunny outdoor living beside a pool
An outdoor fireplace!

The greenery, the brick patio and the huge expanse of windows to let the outdoors in...

Rustic stonework...

Wow....I could just wander and lounge in this atmosphere all day....

So fresh and lush....

Beachy....can almost hear the waves crashing!

A great day to night setting....

The modern pergola - like structure mixed in with the rustic details like the brick shed....

Have a seat and enjoy a latte while reading the morning paper...

Modern, Cali style....that enormous daybed!

Another perfect place for the perfect cup of coffee!

Literally a melding of the indoors and outdoors...feels like a Tuscan villa.

Cheers to a long weekend....I'm off to the lake and I hope you have the opportunity to get outdoors, relax and enjoy yourself!