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Drive Bys: Around The World – #1 June 3, 2008

Filed under: drive bys,Gardens & Outdoor Rooms — Melissa @ The Inspired Room @ 1:00 am
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Photo: Sweet Cottage Dreams

Welcome! I’ve had so much fun doing my drive bys that I thought it would be great fun to gather up some drive bys from around the world to share! I’ve had some of you take me up on that idea and post your own drive bys to give us a peek into what you see where you are! Or in some cases, where you’ve been on vacation!

Photo: Southern Hospitality-Rhoda

It is always amazing to me how different things can look in different parts of the country or the world. That is why I am a firm believer in traveling if you are able. It opens you up to new creative ideas to stretch your mind to what is possible! But, the second best thing to traveling is to see the world through someone else’s eyes.

A Scrapbook of Inspiration – Karen Harvey Cox

So, with that in mind, enjoy the list of links to faraway places! Thank you to each and every one of you for taking the time to share your world. I am just featuring A FEW photos at random of the wonders you’ll find in these upcoming links!! You’ll have to click on each blog in the list below to see all the Drive Bys!

Photo: Neutral Dwelling

I’ve found that doing drive bys helps me to slow down and savor each detail of what I see. A pretty lantern, a picket fence, a welcoming front porch, cottage flowers framing a bench. Rather than serving to depress me or make me dissatisfied with what I have, drive bys help me see the beauty around me and what is possible. Beauty in, beauty out. In other words, seeing beauty in the world helps me reproduce it, usually with more creativity than money!

Photo: Balliwick Designs

If you all would be so kind as to let your fellow blog readers know that they can come here to see some drive bys, the participants would be forever grateful! Thanks for spreading the news. And please, if you don’t mind, would you thank each of these bloggers in their comments for sharing their photos with us on Drive Bys: Around the World?

Photo: Off The Wall Home

Let me know if you contacted me and I forgot your link…I tried hard to keep track but I could’ve missed someone on accident!

Now that I’ve whet your appetite with some sneak peeks, it is time to check out the Drive Bys! The moment you’ve all been waiting for…from Marrakesh to Australia to Texas, to Florida, Alabama, California and a bunch of places in between:


Off the Wall Home

Neutral Dwelling

Balliwick Designs

Sweet Cottage Dreams

Christine Annette

Nesting Company

Andersen Seven

Housepeepers 1

Housepeepers 2

Hooked on Houses

Compulsively Compiled

Southern Hospitality – Rhoda

Crockett Crew

Southern Seven

My Marrakesh

Hathersage Hall

A Haven for Vee

Mrs. B


Happy Turtle

A Scrapbook of Inspiration

And of course, my latest drive by, The Outdoor Room edition

NOTE: If you’d like to participate in the next Drive By, follow the instructions here and I will do another DRIVE BYS: AROUND THE WORLD post in the near future to share your view of the world! Show us your favorite neighborhood, the gardens you love, the little gate that makes you smile, the beauty you find in your world!

Photo: Nesting Company


41 Responses to “Drive Bys: Around The World – #1”

  1. Seeb Says:

    I’m ready for your drive bys and sent you an seems you’ve seen that, yet.
    Wish you luck with your Drive Bys.


  2. Michelle Says:

    Melissa, thank you so much for organising this. I had great fun participating and can’t wait for the next one.

  3. Irene Says:

    Hello Melissa,
    My post is up at the Happy Turtle! Thank you for another lovely idea of yours!

  4. southern Says:

    This was a lot of fun. My kids think I am insane to take photos of food and garage sale finds then I really embarrass them and go down streets taking photos of houses. I love all the details of architecture and to see how small items placed on the porch or in the yard makes a home feel so much more cozy or inviting. Can I make a suggestion? When looking at the drive bys above, I do not know what area of the country I am looking at. Could we be sure to add that to our posts next time so people will be able to know? Thanks again!

  5. karen Says:

    Hi Melissa, these homes are as beautiful as ever. I love your drive bys. I have already been browsing amongst the links touring so many wonderful neighborhoods, and the best part is I didn’t have to get a drop of gas for my car!! Have fun. Karen

  6. Melissa, this was so fun! I can’t wait to get back home this afternoon and hunker down in front of my computer to look at everyone else’s collections!

  7. Well, I only have about a hundred things I need to be doing this morning, but I spent the last hour ogling all these fun drive-bys instead! Thanks to everyone who participated. I enjoyed getting to know some new blogs I hadn’t seen before! -Julia 🙂

  8. Jen Says:

    I love all of them!

  9. Beverly Says:

    Melissa, every one of these is fabulous, and I love that you shared your drive-by concept with all of us.

    I’m sorry I couldn’t get it together in time to participate, but I will be ready for Drive-Bys, The Sequel.

  10. teresa Says:

    Thanks again for putting this together- great fun-
    and after visiting these site- I must say “we are truely a blessed people.”
    Thanks :}

  11. bandelle Says:

    Melissa, this is such a beatiful idea. I purposely take some of the back streets to my destinations just to drive by the lovely homes. It calms me…

  12. Robin Says:

    It’s great to see the lovely houses and yards without having to leave my house!!
    Hugs to you!

  13. Trina Says:

    What a fabulous idea.. I can’t wait to take some time and go through all of the drive by pictures…I’m a little late but I just might have to give this a try in my area sometime in the near future! Thanks for all the inspiration!
    Trina xx

  14. janet Says:


    Thank you so much for all the organization. I just love seeing everyones’ pictures of their favorite places. Can’t wait for the next one. I took some lovely home pix on my trip to LA in April…maybe the next tour.


  15. Sure, I was happy to do it! I love sending folks over to see all the cool Drive Bys!

    Have a lovely day everyone!

  16. Just wanted to let you know that I tagged you for the Arte y Pico award celebrating artists in the blogging community. You can see the post/award Here

    Your blog inspires me.

  17. Brenda Kula Says:

    I love that green porch!

  18. Janet Says:

    Gorgeous drIve-bys, and thanks for making us take the time to consciously appreciate the beauty not too far beyond our own front door…

  19. Awww, I love this feature! 🙂 Thanks, Melissa!

  20. Loula Says:

    I really liked this post, probably because my husband and I love driving through different neighborhoods and looking at houses.

    Thanks for stopping by my 2nd site “The Forbidden Shopper” I do like to get new readers.

    Again, love this post!


  21. Becky K. Says:

    When things slow down a bit there are some areas in Lancaster City I would love to show you. I will look forward to future Drive By Features. I am loving the ones I have gotten to peek at.
    Becky K.

  22. mrs. french Says:

    so, so wonderful as is this sweet blog.

  23. Shelly Says:

    I am positively swooning. I so wanted to participate but things are crazy busy around here…next time! What a fabulous project …looove it!

  24. simplygrove Says:

    What gorgeous homes!!!

  25. Pat Says:

    I enjoyed this so very much Melissa!


  26. Kristin Says:

    I haven’t travelled as much as I want to, but from the few places I have been, I have gained TONS of inspiration. My favorite place was Hawaii, and what I wouldn’t do to live there! Since I know that’s not very realistic, I have begun adding touches of the things that remind me of there – thus, my mild obsession with pineapples!

  27. Lisa Says:

    These are all so beautiful. I jus browsed your earlier posts too. How do you find all of this? Amazing that you know where to put your hands on all these wonderful pictures. More for all of us to enjoy.

    Hope all is well and you have a great week!

  28. Kathy Says:

    I was going to limit myself to a 1/2 hour on the computer this morning, then came across your blog, and your wonderful Drive By Idea…then I had to check out all of the people that participated, and linked from there…needless to say, I’ve been here waaaay more than a 1/2 hour 🙂

    I loved seeing all of the houses and neighborhoods…what a great idea!!!

  29. Amber Says:

    Thank you SO much everybody for sharing your drive bys! I don’t see many communities other than my own and I have to say , all this eye candy is a real treat! Wow!

  30. Wendy Says:

    Oh these are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing, and thanks for stopping by my blog! 🙂

  31. katiedid Says:

    Oh! How fun! I hope I can get it done this weekend. Will that be in time? I love this idea Melissa! You have so many great ideas for posts. 🙂

  32. Thank you for stopping by my blog! I love this post, I can’t wait to check them all out!!! 🙂

    Have a great rest of your week!!!


  33. pam Says:

    Some fun places, makes ya want to get in your car and go for a drive. Thanks for sharing.

  34. Donna Says:

    Melissa – thank you for putting this together – how wonderful!!
    That last picture by Nesting Company – that color of green is tremendous!!
    that Beach Cottge in the post before that – OMG – I tried to jump through the monitor – this is just heavenly!!!!

  35. Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed all of the tours! This was terrific!

  36. ann marie Says:

    Thanks SOO much for your feedback/comment on my blog! I love your site, and will add you to my favorites to check out often!

  37. karyn Says:

    This was fun. Thanks so much. I wish I had your courage in taking the pictures for your drive bys. I’m always worried that I might upset someone having my camera pointed at their house. Maybe practice makes perfect?!

  38. Elizabeth Says:

    The colors on that last house are FANTASTIC! Great photos, thanks for sharing.

  39. Amanda Jo Says:

    I LOVE the first house on here…I want to live there.

  40. Jaime Says:

    I’m getting way too many ideas! 🙂

  41. Sara Says:

    Hi, my name is Sara! I was just passing though looking at your great blog when I spotted Sweet Cottage Dreams, and was shoked. It is located two/three houses away from me. It was a fun litle thing that brightened my day ha ha.

    There are some really cute houses adjacent to where this one is located. We all love looking at peoples homes, and it is such a great idea to do a blog segment on it.

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