vintage finds for a modern world: backyard party.
by victoria comment

6/8/11

glen.h and jose villa.

there’s nothing like a garden party to make you feel a bit nostalgic. you get one whiff of the barbecue and your mind travels back to childhood summers, shucking corn for your mum, your dad standing proudly at the grill, a beer-flavored-beverage in hand. the sound of laughter and the ballgame on a transistor radio, perhaps a lawn being mowed, or sprinklers somewhere off in the distance. i thought i’d round up some images to help you spruce up your outdoor spaces with vintage pieces, but perhaps inspire a modern twist on that old suburban slice of paradise.

what’s your favorite way to idle away an afternoon in your garden? any specific summer memories that you hold dear?

idyllic summertime outfit, via clint w; outdoor art from Leslie Oschmann via anthropologie; west elm‘s wicker garden party lights; and one amazing hammock via jean-marc palisse.

i love the sound of an old transistor radio (reminds me of my dad!), via mister sullivan; vintage inspired croquet set from anthropologie; and style me pretty.

i love authentic and very vintage french folding cafe chairs, via alexandra angle interiors; and maison reve.

remember when you’d come upon a hidden bird’s nest? via the selby; a modern take on a mid-century modern butterfly chair, via vtwonen; and pretty backyard lights, by jose villa, via once wed.

i love the black wall contrasting the sleepy garden, with vintage cafe chairs and hammock, via alexandra angle interiors; my new favorite chair, as seen in femina, via emma’s design blog; vintage french cafe chairs via sköna hem.

vintage ‘chipped’ chairs worn in with love, via red online; i’m all for old fashioned backyard picnics and love the vintage suitcase turned picnic hamper, via stylist louise rastall; and how lovely would it be to have a potting shed, via sköna hem.

8 responses to “vintage finds for a modern world: backyard party.”

  1. Great post! For me, favorite backyard memories include my dad’s hammock (which was the “rope” kind, and actually not all that comfy) and our tangerine tree which was perfect for climbing.

  2. I’m definitely ready to have a garden party…I love everything about them. Hope you’re having a beautiful San Fran day! It’s hot, hot here today in NY.

  3. Yeah Summer in the yard! Great memories for me, is my sister and I soaking the pavement in our backyard with a hose on a hot summer day and laying straight down on it to feel the heat. (We were both kind of nuts in retrospect!) We loved making mud-pies, collecting live bee’s for fun to show our Mom, and going for hikes with the older girls alongside the creek behind our house where the Ohlone Indians once upon a time inhibited in the Mission San Jose Hills. Looking for and finding arrowheads. Collecting Blackberries at the end of summer and making cobblers. Oops did I lose myself in too many memories. :-)

  4. I love your blog! This post makes me want a hammock bed hanging on a tree desperately. My favorite summer memories would be the 4th of July, which is also my dad’s bday. We always have a huge blow out with fireworks, family and great food. I’m going to totally look into a croquet set for this year :)

  5. I have to say, that old transistor radio is such a cool find, and I really like the red and green french folding chairs as well…

    I’m not sure if I’ve commented before, but I really like your blog. Love coming here for some inspiration.

  6. that mattress hammock looks like heaven and i would love to have a string of fairy lights twinkling overhead and a glass of lemonade and a good book in my hands :)

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