23 February 2013



I love courtyards!  I don't have one here, but I had one at my former home.  They are popular on
Mediterranean (Spanish-influenced) and Pueblo-Revival, Territorial-Revival, and Southwest-Contemporary.

It was a dreamy spot for us, and for the owls that nested and perched along the walls in the vines, the quails that made nests in my pots, and red-breasted finches.

A sentinel, male quail watching his covey.

I designed the gate and the door and had them made.

I painted the furniture.

The fountain created such a nice sound.
The saltillo tile was layed upside down to look old.

It was a peaceful spot to rest.


  1. It sounds yummy. I am a huge courtyard fan... My Hubbs is from Hawaii where courtyards are the norm. I've always dreamed of having one.. but they're not allowed in our community. Darn.


  2. So pretty....I would like to make the area under my deck feel like a courtyard....
    this summer!

  3. Lovely courtyard. You surely miss this part of your previous home.

    Have nice sunday.

  4. it will be exciting to be able to recreate some magic !
    Bec x

  5. I feel really dumb...I love the concept but not sure I know what defines a courtyard. ;) From the images, I do love it! Makes me want to see more.

    1. It is an outdoor room, usually in front of the home. It has walls on four sides and a gated or door entrance.

  6. It looks so cozy and welcoming. And it looks like your daughter had much fun there!

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