Modern Uses of Breeze Blocks

By Kate Riley June 22, 2020

Ever since my visit to Palm Springs I’ve had breeze blocks on my mind. They’re iconic in that part of California as part of the mid century modern style of homes that surged in popularity in the 1950s and 1960s and they’re incorporated into the architecture in the form of screens and walls.

Breeze blocks allow for ventilation but also provide some privacy and sun protection. Another bonus is they are structural so they can be used in place of framing for support. The use of breeze blocks is making a huge comeback as an architectural element for its ornamental look and vintage vibe. It’s a popular addition in the hotter climates of North American and Australia. I found some very creative modern uses for breeze blocks that could be incorporated into different styles of homes as a decorative element.

Yard Enclosure

Yard Fencing

homes to love


Courtyard Corner

georgia cannon


Decorative Screen

riverland projects


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Wall Adornment

homes to love


Outdoor Rooms


Framed Entry

diamond roster


Deck Privacy

bask & stow

Garage/Carport Wall

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Outdoor Bench

Outdoor Kitchen Island

ascher smith

Indoor to Outdoor Transition

arch daily

Arbor Support & Bench Backdrop

fig landscapes

Pool Enclosure

bask and stow

Which breeze block installation is your favorite?


Weekend Reading 6.20.2020

By Kate Riley June 20, 2020

I spent most of my week hanging out with a handful of friends since we’ve all been so isolated for months! It was nice to spend a few hours reconnecting with the faces I’ve missed so much.

I’ve also been doing a lot of sitting, thinking, and daydreaming in the sunshine. I believe part of achieving healthy balance in life is not always being productive, but also taking time to rest. I love the leisurely pace of summer and it feels even lazier this year because of the impact of the virus on movement and activities. I’m rolling with it and actually enjoying it. Instead of traveling overseas or across the country, I’m visiting places around my county that I don’t usually explore, and it’s been really lovely doing just that. :)

Favorite links from the web this week:

Clever and practical: this outdoor dining ledge.

Simple and chic: This IKEA cane sideboard DIY project.

Beautiful exterior Dutch doors.

Wow —> Incredible imagined spaces.

An impressive double decker bus transformation.

Watch a terra cotta bowl come to life.

This watermelon basil slush recipe looks delish.

Emotional intelligence and the use of the awkward silence in conversation.


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