Jul 072014

I have been having a lot of fun sprucing up our upper terrace and in particular the very boring brick wall.  The outdoor mirror has been a real hit with us and our guests.  I just love the added dimension it gives to this outdoor space. So I decided to create an outdoor vignette.

composite copy

Most years, I add a couple pots of flowers and put them more in the centre of the railing where there is an angle to the shape of the deck.  But this year, with the added mirror, I decided to sort of “decorate” around the mirror.  This way, not only could the person sitting in the “non-view” chair see what is behind him or her, they could also look at a display of flowers and nature.

As I previously mentioned, this upper terrace gets a great deal of shade from the crappy maple tree next to it.  I say crappy because there is ALWAYS some debris falling off on to the deck.  Over the years, I have fell in love with the BEST SHADE FLOWER EVER:  Tuberous Begonias!!  Their flower looks like a rose in full bloom and they bloom well into our cool autumns here in Toronto.

So I started my vignette with a big pot with these gorgeous flowers in them.

Outdoor Vignette

Tuberous Begonias

Nice, clean look but displays are better with an odd number of items…

So how about my owl on its freshened up  plant stand.  Super!

For the third element I have used some of the birch tree branches I collected after the winter ice storm.  

pinnable miror 2 copy

I rather like this look!  It was an incredibly boring brick wall and now, it has reflection, colour and more nature!

AND for me with my fractured tibia, it is a GORGEOUS place to sit, read , contemplate while all the time my foot is up and being iced!

This is a real first time I have REALLY tried to “decorate” outdoors
but for me it makes one of my most favourite features of our home really inviting!

Do you “decorate” your outdoor spaces? 
Please share!

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  13 Responses to “Spruce Up a Boring Brick Wall with an Outdoor Vignette”

  1. Nice job. I especially love the mirror idea. I love the way it reflects back all the beautiful greenery.
    Found you at the forum at Thistlewood.

    • Thanks Patti! Reflecting the greenery was my intent but I must admit it is much more pleasing than I anticipated! Thanks for dropping by!

  2. I love it, what a great idea to add the mirror. Looks fabulous. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me.

  3. It looked good before with just the mirror, but now it could be a magazine photo! Love the birch branches especially.
    Thanks for sharing this at History & Home this week, take care: Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com

  4. This is a clever idea! I have deep shade in my yard. I wonder if these begonias will grow in our hot Texas Gulf Coast weather. I enjoyed my visit. Stop by and see me when you can.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

    • The Tuberous Begonias are gorgeous but I read somewhere they do not do well in hot dry climates. The fact they continue to bloom well into October here in Toronto may be saying somethong. Thanks for dropping in!

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  6. I’m pretty sure I could spend all day out here!

    Again, thanks for joining the Link Up!

  7. I love the birch and begonias.

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