Thursday, August 23, 2012

Ultimate Outdoor Decor

On a recent day trip we decided to avoid the highways and take the back roads home.  I was driving so when I spotted this yard on the other side of the divided highway, I just HAD to find a place to turn around and head back to take a closer look!  On this beautiful property, they had created what I call Ultimate Outdoor Decor!  To the right of the pond was this 'scene'.  On one side this Cadillac and camper.
On the other, this "filling station", pick-up truck and Model T. How perfectly lovely and creative!! 

Wouldn't it be SO fun to decorate this little building for the holidays and seasons?? (Maybe they do!)
My parents had one of these Cadillacs with the fins on the back and we pulled campers like this on many childhood vacations.

Had a little fun with editing these with Picmonkey.  I'm thinking this Model T picture would be fun to use on a card.  
In the afternoon we were getting hungry so when we pulled into Lansing, Indiana and I saw a sign that said, "Dixie Kitchen and Bait Shop", I knew that's where I wanted to eat! BEST fried chicken, catfish, mashed sweet potatoes and plantains I've ever had!  The decor was adorable and many of their light fixtures were made from old watering cans...
and old potato chip cans.  They simply cut out the bottoms and inserted the light fixture attachment into the containers -- so cute!
I'd encourage you that the next time you have to make a drive somewhere, find the back roads . . . you're sure to see some fun, interesting and unusual sites.

Linking to these parties this week . . .
The DIY Showoff
Marvelous Mondays
From My Front Porch to Yours
Under the Table and Dreaming


  1. I LOVE this! I'm going to make sure I show this to my husband and son!

  2. Oh lauren, what fun!!! Thank you so much for featuring this cute outdoor decor and the restaurant! You are so right to take the back roads!!


  3. Too fun!! Love "back road" road trips....that's where you find the best junk shops and garage sales too :) Laurel

  4. Ha I love it. That is the cutest yard I have ever seen. Wouldn't that be so fun to live in the country and be able to have some yard ornaments like that. Reminds me of home in Illinois. Beautiful!!

  5. It sounds like a wonderful day trip! I love that camper. I want one to put in my yard and I would fix it up, paint it pink, display my depression glass collection (i would need a bunch of those campers to fit the whole collection that is mostly in boxes now :( ) and my Hello Kitty collection (which wouldn't fit either, it is getting out of control and it is in my studio now) and I would keep changing the decor for the seasons or holidays. AAhhhhh. I can dream right?
    And that place you ate sounds so good too!!!
    Can I ask what Pic Monkey is? I have to use picasa and flicker. I am NOT computer savy at all, so if it is hard, forget it!! LOL!!

  6. We always travel the back roads...even on long trips! It's so interesting that the time goes by faster seeing so many neat sights. I never get all the photos I want though! lol Yours are wonderful!

  7. Oh, how fun! We love taking side roads on vacations because you see so much more.

  8. This is what you find when you take the time to go on the back many fun and interesting sights to see...That had to have been so much fun to stop and take those great pictures especially when it reminded you of your childhood....we love taking the "road less traveled"...Thanks for sharing this...truly loved it!

  9. Such a fun and enjoyable trips! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your lovely comment!

  10. How fun! I live in the country, so it's not uncommon to see tractors, old cars and trucks, old stores (long ago closed), etc. as you travel the back roads around here. I love the old truck. I would love to have one just like it for my farm. ;)

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. I hope you'll join the fun each week.

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage


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