Monday, October 17, 2016

October on the Motel 6 Balcony

It was a magical October afternoon when I stepped onto the balcony to serve lunch. Dappled sunlight danced across the floor, and way up in a tree, I heard a cardinal singing. Only a few years ago, this second story balcony had made a different impression. We'd dubbed it the Motel 6 porch. It still looked rather homely after we added the cedar shake.
We painted the brick columns, but that was the extent of the balcony remodel. I wasn't sure what to do with the space, design wise.

 I thought about it all winter.



I was charmed when spring arrived. We'd gotten lucky: nature had become our personal designer. 


Autumn brought the return of slow living.





The black iron cafe table and chairs were left by a previous owner, and I adore it.


At the far end, a spiral staircase leads to the memory/butterfly garden and potting shed.




  
  
As it turned out, Motel 6 was a state of mind, not a true state of being. It was eager to transform, using things we already had: slipcovers for the worn chairs, a colorful tablecloth, carefree dishes. And it became a magical perch in the trees, a place to bird watch, to drink tea, and to linger at sunset.



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26 comments:

  1. Oh, Michael Lee, this has to be one of my favorite posts/photos. I LOVE the table cloth!...and of course, everything else. Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Becky, I'm so happy to see you. Thanks for your sweet words!

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    1. Thank YOU, Michael Lee! I think of you so often, even though I'm not very good at blogging these days. Sending hugs your way :)

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  3. Oh goodness, you have been busy creating so many wonderful fall settings, tables and vignettes Michael Lee, and this one put an instant smile on my face, I just love it! The pumpkin cloth is fabulous, and the adorable kitty, OMG, I could sit there and dream all day. Wonderful photos of the porch through the seasons...between you and Mary, I feel like I need another trip to the pumpkin patch! Happy week...
    Jenna

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  4. You are really settling into the ranchburger and making it shine! What a lovely spot, it was just waiting for your magic!

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  5. Oh what a fabulous spot. i love it and you have totally transformed it into a very special place.

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  6. Michael Lee, you are so talented! You have such a beautiful home! What a gorgeous deck, and your garden and tablescape are breathtaking! I know you must really enjoy this area. What a wonderful place to sit and enjoy all of the beauty that surrounds!

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  7. And you made lemonade! Your creativity and spirit created a lovely spot. How wonderful! I also love other spots around the house...the under porch and the porch. What fun spots to play with through the seasons. Sheila

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  8. Everything about this post was absolutely beautiful!

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  9. Wow! What a gorgeous patio! I love the table cloth especially! Just beautiful!

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  10. Breathtaking beautiful! So much to enjoy and linger over!

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  11. Hi Michael Lee! Oh, I love your pretty space! You always make anything you touch gorgeous! Now leave the light on for me! :) I watch commercials! :) Wish I could pop in and sit a spell with you and that little kitty! Have a great week.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  12. These scenes are breathtaking. I love that pumpkin tablecloth.
    Marilyn

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  13. This is SOOO pretty! I adore that tablecloth, where did you find it??? The setting is just spectacular. Now I want some grapes too:)

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    1. You're so sweet, Pinky! I bought the tablecloth at HomeGoods.

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  14. Wow! Gorgeous photos. The colors are magnificent.

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  15. You have worked your magic in this beautiful spot. I always marvel at your amazing gift of styling and not to mention the written word. Breathtaking!

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  16. It's been fun watching you take each step with this house. I'm glad the plants came to life and gave the balcony a more desirable look! Love the table you set and how you've embraced the warm colors of fall. That's a great tablecloth and the kitty is cute!

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  17. It truly looks beautifu! You transformed it into a wonderful getaway!

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  18. Just gorgeous!!! I laughed when I saw the title and couldn't understand why you were living in a motel - ha ha!!

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  19. What a beautiful post, I love everything! Who is the kitty sitting on the chair?
    You certainly turned this into a beautiful spot for dining.

    Enjoy your week.

    Mary

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    1. Mary, the kitty is Gladys. She adopted me.

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  20. I think Gladys thinks that you're doing all these pretty tablescapes for her!

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  21. I love these pictures so much! First time on your blog- now a subscriber. Love Ms. Gladys too.

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  22. Stunning for sure. Everything looks like a magazine! Just beautiful.

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