Making Room (s) part two. . .the Living/Dining Room

Welcome to part two of my creating rooms in the garden posts.  If you missed the entry and sitting room you can see them here :  Making Rooms

The area under our pergola would have to be our outdoor ‘living room’.  It’s the place where we do the most living.

I wanted it to be very welcoming with lots of seating.




Of course we have to have fresh flowers!



This to me is ‘rustic elegance’.  A beautiful Hydrangea in a rusty shopping cart.




Two of my sisters, a friend, and myself  each made a couple of chicken wire cloches.  An old door knob and a pearl napkin ring were added to the top.  My sister in law, Laurie had made one with the napkin ring and I loved the touch of bling.



Even the dining table has a pretty bouquet picked from the garden.



A scalloped quilt with yo-yo flowers makes a pretty tablecloth.  I made this one years ago.


The rock wall edge at the back of the pergola, (living room)  holds more garden goodies.

My chicken feeder I stenciled a couple years ago.


A birdhouse built by my dear, father in law.  Of course I added all the rustic junk.


A couple of planted tool trays.


Planted teapots sit on a small ladder alongside a few of my vintage sprinklers.  A small metal ice cream freezer is planted with impatiens and the pint size garden tools are handy for the grands.


A fun place to relax amongst garden treasures.  This to me is what I call, ‘living’!


Looking forward to sharing my ‘outdoor kitchen’ with you.



I will be sharing with these lovely parties:

The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday

Coastal Charm for Show and Share

Fishtail Cottage for Garden Party

A Joyful Cottage for Every Room in the House-Outdoors


Unknown said...

So nice and inviting! I love it!

lynn cockrell said...

Your outdoor room looks so inviting. I love the bright colors and the quilt coverlet on the table!

ellen b. said...

So charming. So many great ideas for our outdoor spaces. Love that quilt you made...gorgeous!

Michelle H said...

What a lovely and inviting place to spend time with family and friends - or with just a good book!

Pamela Gordon said...

Love it Jann!! Your yard, gardens with the rock wall, patio and pergola are all so beautiful. You have given me some inspiration for decorating the pergola we have having built and I can't wait to get to use it. I love your wicker furniture and the vintage metal chairs along with the other containers you used for planters. It looks wonderful!

Babs said...

Great outdoor living room. Love the happy colors and pretty plants. Great view of the mountains, too.

Stacey said...

That's the yard and garden of my dreams! I love your patio furniture. The boulder bordered flower beds are amazing. And those mountains!! What more could you want?

sweetbriardreams said...

I love how you have arranged the everyday internal things into an external space. I am looking to do something like this under my pergola. Somewhere to spend the warm evenings with the cosiness of a living room. Have a wonderful weekend xx

Rose L said...

Wow! Even your patio and garden are amazingly lovely and inviting!!

Junkchiccottage said...

It all looks so pretty and inviting. Love the pops of red. Very nice.

Suburban Girl said...

Beautiful, I love the repurposed shopping cart.

lynn said...

Your. Yard. Is. Gorgeous!

Unknown said...

Oh my goodness...I love your yard!! I love all of your planters, your seating area and your yes I love Thanks for sharing!

cynthia lee designs said...

Oh My...I love your backyard...everything is so pretty!! I love the quilt that you are using as the tablecloth. Is that mountains I'm seeing from your backyard? What a view!!

NanaDiana said...

It looks just great, Jann. Relaxing and inviting. I love making "rooms" in outdoor areas! xo Diana

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh Jann, you outdoor rooms are great and what a wonderful place to relax.
I just love being out on the patio and relaxing. I find myself taking things out to table to work on just so I can be outside.
Looking forward to your outdoor kitchen.

priscilla said...

Your yard is amazing Jann ! Love all your cute "junk" !!

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

LOL love the old flowered tv trays! So fun and colorful. I love the shopping cart too. Wish I could find one!

Leovi said...

Nice porch to enjoy the garden, I like! Great photos!

Creations By Cindy said...

Oh my goodness Jann! I love all the color and the fact that everything is so cozy! Had to pin the cloche with the bling! Love me some bling. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

farmhouse-story said...

your garden spots are just gorgeous, jann! i esp love that rusty shopping cart--way cute!

the cape on the corner said...

what a gorgeous mountain view (and private yard). we just put in a recycled brick patio, and like you i want it to feel like another room. i added a rug, and i really think it makes the space. enjoy yours!

Victoria Lavender said...

That's one comfy looking outdoor space! Love all the details ( I love that mountain peeking through- I have that too). So fun hearing from you, have a wonderful summer, Hugs, Victoria Lavender

A Joyful Cottage said...

You're so creative, Jann. I love all the special touches in this outdoor room. Absolutely adore the scalloped tablecloth! And what a fabulous view you have of the mountains. I'd spend all summer long right there under your pergola and love every minute. XX ~ Nancy

Unknown said...

It's like being at a garden museum seeing all of your fabulous items - that rusted grocery cart is incredible !!!

Unknown said...

Hi GF,

You have an amazing yard and gardens and what a view of the mountains! I am in love with your quilt table cloth! It is perfect and what is the name of your hydrangea bush, I haven't seen that color before.

Loving your rooms, Hugs Lynnie

Jessica@CapeofDreams said...

Such a lovely room. I love your yo yo flowers on the tablecloth. It reminds me of my great grandmother.

Unknown said...

So Jann - So,. . . when we find our new home would you come over and show me how to do some landscaping? Okay, I know, it is a bit far from Utah but I'm going to create one fabulous guest room so that we can bribe visitors from cross country! Your yard is beautiful and I love all the pops of red in your outdoor rooms. You inspire me!

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

what a wonderful backyard you have! I showed my husband your patio and we both agreed to stain our new patio extension similar to your colors. Love the big rocks and everything else. you lucky girl!

Kim said...

Wow! I love all the red, especially that beautiful tablecloth. I would never have thought to use a quilt! What a charming addition to your space!