interior design, outdoor

Holding Court

As we creep slowly into summer around here, I have to say that I’m beginning to wish my apartment offered a little bit out of outdoor space to enjoy the sunshine in… privately. Don’t get me wrong – I live one block from a lake and I love it, but it gets ridiculously crowded on a nice day. What I’d really love is… a courtyard.
 
There’s something magical about these spaces. You disappear into your own world the second you step into one. Surrounded by high walls covered in vines… potted trees… cobblestones under your feet… 
Even in the largest city, these spaces offer a little oasis where when you look up, all you see is the sky, and really, you could be anywhere. 

If you’re as lucky as Miss Moss, here, you even get a little balcony action. But there is hope for us small space dwellers too. Even the tiniest patch of a patio can be transformed into an urban oasis with enough effort… 
Do you remember this infamous Domino shot? They created a little patio with fake (yes fake) boxwoods and real shrubbery. And that tiny little tent that I’m not sure has a purpose (perhaps a chic way to cover outdoor storage?) I have half a mind to go cordon off a parking space next to our lovely little brick building and recreate this myself… 
*images via mark sikes as featured in house beautiful, the selby, charlotte moss via mrs. blandings, domino