July 20, 2012

Creating an Outdoor Oasis

Yesterday I drove three hours north to my aunt and uncle’s summer home nestled in the mountains of Maggie Valley, NC for a little weekend R&R. Their house is surrounded by mountains on all sides and has a swiftly flowing creek in the backyard that provides the perfect backdrop for morning coffee on the porch. And windows are left open to allow the creek to lull them to sleep at night. Oh the life.
They bought the land nearly 15 years ago and had their house built by the creek. Together, my aunt, an avid gardner, and my uncle, a doting birdwatcher, have worked in the garden every summer creating an incredibly serene outdoor oasis that is an ode to nature.
When creating an outdoor oasis, it's important to incorporate items that reflect nature. Remember to vary finishes, as it's an easy way to put a fresh spin on vintage charm. I love how she combines this vibrant butterfly with a rustic plant stand in the same space, and these sun yellow Adirondack chairs are the perfect spot for taking in the gorgeous mountain views.
It is such a beautiful place, and the peaceful bliss that comes from the creek makes me wish I got out of the city and into the country more often. I hope you guys have a wonderful weekend!


  1. Beautiful place to be, I can see why you would want to go there. It looks so beautiful and peaceful. Would love to be in the mountains now.