Backyard Blueyard

One corner of my house that has long been on my to-do list to redecorate is my backyard. I blame the incredibly windy Dutch weather for this, as there are really only a handful of days in the year when I can actually enjoy spending an warm sunny windless afternoon outside in my backyard.

Here is a roundup of some gorgeous backyards, way luckier than mine.







Images from top to bottom, left to right: redonline.co.uk, hgtv.com, vtwonen, Debi Treloar, 79ideas.org, apartmenttherapy.com,unknown,bhg.com,lolldesigns.nl, vtwonen.com

vtwonen Wishlist!

vtwonen, the uber popular Dutch interior design magazine makes me wish I could win a jackpot or find a Leprechaun’s gold. There are simply too many beautiful things showcased by the magazine.

So each month, I’m going to do a bit of window shopping in vtwonen, creating a wishlist of some of their gorgeous furniture and home accessories.

Here is my vtwonen wishlist from the July, 2012 issue.


All images via vtwonen, July 2012

Peach and Rosemary Spritzer

Summer sunset over the vast green flat lands of the Netherlands is a magical mix of orange hues and peachy tints. A perfect match for the dusky twilight is peach drink infused with the calming effect of rosemary. The nectarine sweetness of peaches combines seamlessly with the savory tartness of rosemary.

Preparation: 15 minutes  Cool: 30 minutes   Chill: 1 hour

Ingredients
3/4 cup (175 ml) sugar
2 cups (500 ml) water
4-5 ripe peaches, peeled, pitted, and sliced
4-5 sprigs rosemary, plus more for garnish
4 cups (1 liter) cold sparkling mineral water
Preparation
Combine water and sugar in a pot and boil just until the sugar dissolves.
Add rosemary and peaches, cook on low heat and bring to a simmer.
Remove from heat. Cover and cool for about 30 minutes.
Drain the syrup and remove rosemary.
Transfer peaches syrup to a container; cover, and refrigerate for about 1 hour.

To serve: In a large pitcher, add l/4 cup peach syrup, lemon juice and sparkling water and mix well.
Serve with ice
Garnish with a rosemary sprig or some lavender.

Image: unkwown

Recipe adapted from: Martha Stewart Living