My house is in the historic part of town, which means that not only is my house at least a hundred years old with wood everywhere inside, but we have two trees (one in the front and one in the back) which are just as old as the house. They are HUGE and cover practically our whole yard with shade. I have a screened in front porch, which is wonderful to sit in during the summer (but a bit too chilly this time of year), and we are saving up to add a retaining wall and fence for the back yard, since right now we are on a corner where there are always people wandering by and the neighbor's dogs randomly visiting, making it not the most ideal for setting anything up. I do have a small garden set up that I can grow a few herbs, and a compost in the far corner, but until we have the fence, that's about all I have for outdoors. Inside we took out the carpet on the main floor and refinished the gorgeous wood floors there, and repainted everything in browns and blues and greens. Then I made curtains in blues and greens for the whole house. All in all, it has a very calming and natural feel to it. So far the only room I've really 'finished' decorating is the bathroom, where I found a brown and blue shower curtain, I made a curtain that matches colors with that, we have green walls and brown towels hanging, along with TONS of photos I've taken of various places out in nature. I've had friends say it feels like being outside while inside.
"Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker?" Garth Nix, Old Kingdom Series