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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Show Off & Inspire-Laurie Jones Home

I am definitely an outdoor girl, so when Laurie chose her back yard as her favorite "room", I totally understood.  I love being outside and she has the perfect place for her family and friends to gather and enjoy her gorgeous surroundings.  I think you are goind to love her outdoor area.

 Hi everyone! My name is Laurie from Laurie Jones Home! I have to thank Marty for asking me to be a part of her Show Off & Inspire series. No joke she's one of the nicest bloggers out there but I think you all know that! Today I wanted to share my favorite part of our home, actually it's the outside of our home and it's my family's favorite place to hang out which is why it's my favorite! When we moved into our house almost 4 years ago our back yard was a blank space. It's a newer home so basically the backyard was gravel and spots of gras bar-without-patio

I never really enjoyed working out in the yard until I met my husband and now I have to admit I am sorta liking it because my husband and I do it together. My husband has a job where he talks all day so landscaping and working in the yard is how he relaxes. (and yes I consider myself lucky!) We've created multiple spaces for our backyard our first is the small deck that we enjoy eating breakfast, having coffee in the morning and winding down with a glass of wine at night.

My angel food cake planter is one of my most popular images on Pinterest! (Who would've guessed!)
table on porch

I spent so many hours last summer rocking my baby boy in this rocking chair!
rocking chair


The next area is our dining area. In the evening as soon as the weather gets nice we love eating dinner here as much as possible and I love having casual dinners with friends and family outside.

close up picnic table

My favorite area outside is the "living room" area where I like to hang out in front of the fireplace and read at night after the kids are put to bed.
living room_edited-1

(Can you spot my daughter hanging out in our fancy pool! Just keeping it real!)
close up family area


In the distance is my daughter's favorite spot where she and her friends hang out around the fire pit after football games and late summer nights.
close up fire pit

My husband's favorite spot is our bocce ball court he put in last summer! He likes to refer to it as competitive relaxing!
bocce ball far

He even designed and built the scoreboard too! We've had some great bocce ball parties last summer and can't wait to start up again!
bocce scorecard

The backyard is definitely an ongoing process and this year our plans include another water feature besides our bubbling rock and alot of landscaping since we've spent the last few years on the hardscaping.

under the tree


I hope you all enjoyed my outdoor living area and I hope you'll stop by my blog and check out my furniture page and my home tour and of course please say hello!!!
Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you Marty!! I loved stopping by!!! xo L

Don't you just love her outdoor area, her yard and patio are fabulous and just invites you to come, sit and enjoy.  I love it all.  Now if you don't know Laurie and follow her blog, you really want to go and click that follow button, her home is just as inviting as her yard.  
Thanks tons Laurie for letting me brag a little about you.

If you would like to be featured on Show Off & Inspire just email me, I would love to feature you.

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 Imparting Grace for Grace at Home, My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Fri
                                            French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
 The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Fri, Common Ground for Be Inspired Fri
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 Chic On A Shoestring Decorating for Flaunt It Fri
 Finding Fabulous for Frugalicious Fri ,Rooted In Thyme Simple & Sweet Fri.
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 Redoux Interiors Friday Party, Classy Clutter for Spotlight Saturday
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  1. It is easy to see why Laurie loves her back yard so much! There are so many details that were clearly lovingly put together, and I love how her yard is private as well. She's a lucky lady to have a hubby who enjoys working on the yard...does he have a brother?? ;)

  2. Oh my goodness, what an AWESOME yard! I love the fire pit area with the adirondack chairs for relaxing, and that outdoor fireplace in the "living room" area is to die for. This is definitely inspiring as we head into Spring and I ready my own yard for outdoor activity. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Laurie's backyard living spaces are all just wonderful and so pretty!

  4. What an awesome outdoor living 'home' you've created, Laurie - several rooms for several different purposes, something for everyone in the family. Landscape gardening will have you out there from spring through fall - enjoy, and thanks for sharing! I look to coming and visiting your blog soon.
    Rita C at Panoply

  5. Laurie has a beautiful backyard and I can see why it is a favorite room to her. Love all the areas she has designated. How fun to have a bocce ball court!

  6. Love how she's divided areas in her yard for designated activities.

  7. Hi Marty,
    I so enjoy this post every week, it is so much fun. Wow, Laura's yard is awesome! She must live where their is cool weather
    in the summer. As much as I love to be outside, it just gets way to hot here in the summer.........
    Like having a house outside too. What a great way to entertain and enjoy family and friends, and just relaxing...........
    Great idea............

    Blessings, nellie

  8. Such a beautiful space! I wish my yard look at least half as good as hers! Another great Show off and Inspire, Marty, Thanks!

  9. WOW, she really has done so much to their back yard - it looks wonderful and so many areas. Great choice
    Thanks so much Mart for this great post.
    Have a terrific weekend.

  10. I can see why Laurie loves her backyard! I would have been lost with all that space but she and her husband turned it all into such a fun place to entertain, enjoy family, or just relax alone. Love it!!


  11. What a gorgeous outdoor space! I have always wanted to play bocce ball.

  12. I too love outdoor spaces and Laurie's is just delightful!! Thank you for introducing her here!

  13. What an awesome yard, Laurie! Wow!!! I LOVE the portable fireplace on your patio! What a cool idea! It truly looks like it's been a labor of love for you, and you've done a fabulous job!

    Thanks for featuring Laurie today, Marty!!!

    xoxo laurie

  14. Thank you so much Marty for having me today, you have the nicest readers ever!!!

  15. Laurie, your outdoor area is beautiful and so inviting. For such a short time, ya'll have done an amazing job. I really like that large owl (not sure exactly what it is) and would love to get one like it? Can you please provide me with this info if you recall. Can't wait to look at your blog.

    Thanks Marty for sharing.

  16. Laurie, what a fabulous back yard! That is wonderful for some great living out there, love that fire pit area! Each area is just fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

  17. what a great space for Laurie and her family...her hubby sounds alot like mine with his methods to relax. But works.

  18. Come by from Marty's - what a spectacular outdoor living space - it's like a home -
    Kitchen - Living room - dining room and rec room for the kids - how amazing!!!
    Just beautiful!

  19. Fantastic outdoor space and the fire pit area....How wonderful it must be to relax in that most serene backyard!

  20. I love seeing yards and patios!! Laurie's place looks just perfect. All the different areas are perfect for drawing people outside. Going to visit. :)

  21. Marty this is a great choice to feature Laurie. What a gorgeous outdoor space. That fire place area is awesome. Just beautiful.

  22. What a beautiful back yard!!! I don't think I would ever go back into the house…with a view like this….Very Nice!!! Thank you for sharing at One More Time Events…Tammy

  23. Beautiful outdoor living space. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Wow! So beautiful! I would be sitting out there all the time with my iced tea!