Outdoor rooms defined
The shelves were too new to have anything on them when I took the photo, but I love the idea. It really makes the dining area seem more like an outdoor room. Another device making each area room-like is the use of outdoor area rugs. Even the brick pattern, without the rugs, defines the dining area. Another device is hanging art on the "walls." They also have free-standing torchieres (not shown) which look more like free-standing lamps.
And yet another room definer is the coffee table in front of the swing. The green wall is a climbing hydrangea which will eventually take of the roof trellis as well. Can you imagine a painting hanging in front of that green wall?
Over the overhang, where the swing swings, now has a brand new fabric shade my wife made for them to keep the sun out of their eyes (not shown). The sun tends to inconveniently hit the swing at cocktail hour. If you break a wine glass stem in their garden, it gets poked into the planter box in the foreground with a tea light in it.
You can't see it in these photos, but they have a great stainless steel custom grill made by the owner of the Made In America store in Elma (our friend is in the steel business). Custom features of the grill? It's got a drawer for utensils, burns both gas and wood, and has a beer bottle shelf to hold the cook's beer. Brilliant.
The most significant portion of their garden is made up mostly of herbs in concentric raised beds with a water feature and many garden figures tucked here and there, some fairy, some funny.
Maybe you've been in their garden for Garden Walk Buffalo - they have the colorful buffalo they won in a raffle from the Herd About Buffalo exhibit a few years back. That's some major garden art.
Anything you do to create the feeling of an outdoor room in your garden?