Lutyens Love

Hi friends!!  Over the weekend I made a fun purchase and it is a knockoff of the bench in the image below.  This style of bench is called a Lutyens bench in honor of Sir Edwin Lutyens.  He was a famous British architect who created the style of the bench.  My best friend growing up had them at her home, and I have loved them ever since.  They just scream elegant English garden, right?

They can be very pricey from places like Restoration Hardware, but as you will see below, I found a smaller version for a very reasonable price.  The lines are so beautiful, it looks great in black, white, or even natural teak.  It is so pretty you could even use it indoors.

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If you need one more reason to love the Lutyens bench, I think I found one!  This must be from a Polo ad, right?  I will take it!

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I purchased this one from Hayneedle and it was on sale for only $250!  Such a great price.  I heard about it from my blogging friend Pam over at Simple Details (that girl knows how to find a deal!)  It is the perfect size for this small covered spot I have on my porch.

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This beauty is from Walmart and it is only $129.  Talk about getting the look for less.

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What do you think?  Timeless or too traditional?  As soon as mine arrives, I will snap some shots to share with you.

Stay tuned because later in the week, I have an awesome giveaway for you.  You won’t want to miss it.

xo,

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5 Ideas for Bringing Indoor Furniture Outdoors

Happy Monday friends!  Ugh it has been one of those weeks.  For no particular reason, I feel extremely behind on life, work, everything.  I think it was Easter that through me off.  We were gone all day at events and I woke up on Monday feeling like I needed an extra day.  Can anyone else relate?

Well, I am gearing up to tackle our yard and I was thinking back to my Patio Style Challenge I did last year for the Home Depot.  I realized just how much indoor furniture I pulled to use in my outdoor space. There are all kinds of tips and tricks for making indoor furniture work outside. After all, the best outdoor spaces are the ones that feel like an outdoor living room or an extension of the interior.  Here are my top 5 indoor pieces that can be incorporated outside.

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Number 1:  Indoor/Outdoor Rugs

Their versatility is in the name itself.  These hard-working rugs can work indoors or out.  Nothing makes a patio feel more like an extension of a home than a rug.  They anchor the space and help with furniture placement.

Gone are the days of only a few patterns and colors.  If you can dream it up, they probably have an outdoor rug in that color or pattern.  Also there are quite a few ways to spruce up an affordable yet plain outdoor rug from a big box store by painting it with a stencil.  Type in DIY Outdoor Rug into Pinterest and you will have ideas for days!!

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Number 2:  Garden Stools

These Asian ceramic beauties are totally weather-proof and work as beautifully outdoors as indoors.  I have several garden stools I routinely swap between the indoors and outdoors.  They can provide extra seating and can serve as a side table as well.  Just hose them down when you are ready to bring them inside.

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These garden stools sold at the Home Depot are resin and made for outdoor use.  They are very affordable and can be painted any color you like.  I chose a Chartreuse!

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Number 3: Outdoor Pillows

Nothing finishes off an outdoor space more than outdoor pillows.  They are an affordable way to switch things up every few years.  In fact, my pillow hoarding habit has grown to include outdoor pillows!

You can even get them with all kinds of flair such as trim and tassels at online retailers such as Frontgate.

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Have a fabric you love and want to use it outdoors?  Rustoleum’s Never Wet to the rescue.  It is a waterproofing treatment that can be used on fabric to make it water and fade resistant.

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Number 4: Outdoor Curtains

Outdoor curtains are definitely a go-to for me to give my outdoor space that “living room” feel. They add privacy and can double as a decorative focal point.  You can use curtain tie-backs to give them that finished look.  You can also DIY them on the cheap using drop clothes and  finish them off with a painted border or Duct tape on the border.

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Number 5: Mirrors

Mirrors reflect light and can be a great focal point for outdoor decor.  They just scream “secret garden” to me! Mirrors can also be sealed and weather-proofed in order to protect them from the elements.

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If you have a covered patio, your options are endless.  You can bring in a light fixture, lamps, console tables, art work and more.  About 80 percent of the furniture on my patio below is from inside.

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Do you ever incorporate indoor items into your outdoor space?  Any tips on prepping them for the elements?

xo,

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8 Unique Spring Floral Arrangements

Hi everyone!  I don’t know about you but I have a serious case of Spring Fever!!  I am participating in a Spring Home Tour in a few weeks and I have been getting my home ready, including adding lots of fresh flowers to my space.  I perused around Pinterest and found these amazing and unique floral arrangements.  Most of them add unique items to the arrangement or are placed in a unique vessel.

This arrangement layers natural element upon natural element by nestling the flowers into a cabbage. So clever!

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This arrangement combines two of my favorites with tulips and birch!

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I love the unusual vase and free-form look of these tulips and branches.

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I like the placement of this huge bunch of tulips in a simple wire-basket. Very Parisian flower market!

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The addition of colored eggs to this arrangement takes it from ho-hum grocery store flower arrangement to a show- stopper.

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This arrangement by yours truly, uses the rain boots as a statement piece.  In order to preserve the boots, I simply placed tall narrow vases inside the boots.  This arrangement has been one of my most popular pins on Pinterest and in fact, Hunter has even pinned it to their boards!

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I love how the use of fresh lemons helps to mirror the sunny yellow of the ranunculus.  You could do this with any type of fruit.  Oranges, limes, kumquats.  The possibilities are endless!

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Finally, this arrangement gets the “Awwwwww” Award.  Seriously, how adorable are the carrots? Enough said!

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Have you started to decorate for Spring?  Do you have a go-to Spring arrangement?

Stay tuned, as later in the week I will feature some fun Easter Egg decorating ideas!

xoxo,

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DIY Hopscotch Mat

Today, I wanted to pop in and share with you a fun and simple DIY.  The weather is heating up around here and we are spending tons of time outdoors.  We had a pool party a few weeks ago and I wanted to add some creative games for the kids to play.

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My kids spend hours playing hopscotch at the park and at school, so I thought it would be fun to make a portable hopscotch mat.

Here is what you will need:

  • Plain black runner
  • White Chalk
  • Measuring tape
  • Level
  • White craft paint
  • Small paint brush

I really think the hardest part of this project was finding a black runner.  You would think they would be everywhere.  I spent hours scouring the internet and could not find a plain black one in the dimensions I wanted.  Finally, I found one on sale at Homegoods.

Here is what you do:

First, using a level, measure the boxes that the numbers will go in and outline them lightly in chalk.

Second, freehand or use a stencil to add numbers to the boxes and trace the numbers in chalk.

Third, go over the entire template with white craft paint.

Finally, spend hours watching your children have fun playing hopscotch wherever their hearts desire- even indoors!

Here is a final picture of Audrey trying to be like her big sister.  Don’t quite think she gets how to play yet!

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This is one of the many DIY project I did for the Home Depot Patio Style Challenge.  You can read about it here or on The Home Depot’s blog The Apron.

What do you think?  Have you ever done a DIY specifically for kids?  I hope this one provides endless hours of entertainment!

Hope you are having a great week!

xoxo

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PATIO STYLE CHALLENGE REVEAL!!!

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Hello friends!  As many of you may know, I have been working behind the scene for the Home Depot’s Patio Style Challenge. The project was competed in late March, and I have been DYING to share the details with you.

Well, today is the day.  My post on my Patio Style Challenge is up today on The Home Depot’s blog The Apron. Working with the team at The Home Depot was a dream come true.  A local news crew even came out to film my space.  You can see my 15 minutes of fame here.  Pinch me!! Here are some of the highlights from my space.

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I will have another post coming with a list of sources and tutorials coming for all the DIY’s featured in this post!

Head on over to The Apron to see all of the details of the space.  Feel free to leave a comment on The Apron.  It would make my day!

A huge thank you to Danielle Alysse Photography for the beautiful photos.

Linking up to Best of the Nest and Inspire Me Tuesday!

xoxo

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The Patio Umbrella Upgraded

Hi friends!!  As I was planning for the Home Depot Patio Style Challenge, I went on the hunt for the perfect outdoor umbrella. I was inspired by these sophisticated yet playful umbrellas in fun colors that shout summer!  Some of them are just a tad out my price range, so I ended up DIY’ing a version of my own with some tassels.   OB-Patio Umbrellas

Greek Isle / Tassel / Pom Pom / Pagoda / Scallop / Balinese

Aren’t these such a chic take on the classic canvas umbrella?  They add such an element of whimsy and have my DIY wheels spinning.  Which one is you favorite?

Until next time!

xoxo

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DIY Towel Tree

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Hi friends!  I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend.  We did and now we are off on a trip to Disneyland!  Time will tell if we leave it the “Happiest Place on Earth.”

I am so excited to be participating in a new series with some super talented bloggers.  We will be blogging on a new topic each month.  As spring is in the air, this month we are blogging about all things outdoors. I am really excited about the project I have to share with you today.

It has felt like spring here in California for a while.  In the spring and summer, our family spends a ton of time in the pool.  One of the things that drives me crazy is that my kids leave their pool towels in a heap on the ground and they never dry out and I have to bring them in and wash them.  Actually, now that I think about it, the same thing happens inside!!

I found a fun DIY fix to this problem.  It is called a towel tree and it is made out of very basic materials from the Home Depot.

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Here is what you will need:

Tools:

  • drill
  • pipe cutter
  • screwsetter bit
  • measuring tape
  • carpenter’s square
  • 7/8″ wood bit

Materials:

  • 4 x 4 cedar (4 1/2′)
  • 5/4 x 6 cedar (6′)
  • outdoor wood glue
  • 3/4″ copper pipe (12′)
  • 3/4″ copper end caps (4)
  • post cap
  • paint or wood sealer/finish

Here is what you do:

  1. Cut the main post and feet to size. See the diagram here.  Sand these pieces before assembly, and use a screwsetter bit in all screw locations.
  2. Using a 7/8″ wood bit, drill 2 holes in the post for the 3/4″ copper pipe as indicated.
  3. Install the four feet, using outdoor wood glue and 2″ deck screws. Use a carpenter’s square to ensure that the post is vertical to the base. Apply glue, secure each foot with one screw then set the second screw when the leg is at right angles to the post.
  4. Cut two lengths of 3/4″ copper pipe to size, and insert them through the pre-drilled holes in the post. Cap each end with a 3/4″ end cap.
  5. Using a little glue or caulking, attach the post cap.

 
If you need more detail, you can see the formal plans and specifications here.

Isn’t this a fun solution?  You could even use it to hang swim suits out to dry.  I am also really pleased with how the copper looks against the white.

So far, my children have not become so lazy that hanging it on one of these low hangers is too much trouble.  But  . . . time will tell!

For more outdoor inspiration, definitely hop over to these amazing blogs to see what fun outdoor ideas my blogging buddies have to share.

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Exciting New Project!!

Hey lovelies!!  Happy Friday!  If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my sneak peek into a project I am working on.  This project actually involves a bunch of small projects rolled into one!

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Well, now I can finally reveal what this big project is for . . . I am beyond thrilled to announce that I am going to be a Style Challenge Blogger for the Home Depot in the 2015 Patio Style Challenge! If you have never heard of the Patio Style Challenge, it is where the Home Depot asks designers and design bloggers to style a yard, patio, porch, etc., using one of their 2015 patio sets as the centerpiece.  It involves a ton of creativity and DIY!

If you want to follow along behind the scenes, make sure to follow me on Instagram or the Patio Style Challenge board on Pinterest.  I will be sure to share my patio’s progress.  Of course the Big Reveal of the BIG PROJECT will be featured on Home Depot’s blog The Apron.  I have a lot of fun projects, big and small to share!

I am so lucky it is truly spring where I live compared to other bloggers who are shoveling snow back east.  In the meantime, you can probably find me covered in dirt, paint and sweat hauling things home from the Home Depot.

Stay tuned for more on this exciting project!

xoxo,

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Paperwhites

I was at the Sacred Heart Holiday Home Tour this weekend and there were so many amazing florals and garlands.  It was pure eye candy.  I noticed that many of the homes had cut paperwhites in flower arrangements.  It got me thinking about all of the different ways to display these holiday beauties.

These simple flowers look so elegant wrapped in burlap and tied with a silk ribbon.

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The flowers shine in an old wooden box.

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These paperwhites take center stage on this table planted in a silver bowl

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A rustic urn is the perfect complement to the simple white blooms.

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Paperwhites are perfection planted in an antique planter.  I like how the silk ribbon is pulled up a bit on these.  One of the main problems I have with paperwhites is that they tend to grow so tall they lean or fall over.  Seems like the ribbon placed up high would keep them in place.

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If paperwhites are not your thing, it is always fun to grow amaryllis for a pop of color!

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Have you ever grown your own paperwhites at Christmas?  Any growing tips?   I love to plant them, but sometimes (like this year) I forget and it is too late to have them bloom in time.

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Restoration Hardware Garden Sphere Knockoff

Hi everyone!  Sorry I have been MIA but things have been hectic with back to school time around here.  I hope to start posting more regularly starting this fall!

Anyway, I have been meaning to share this project for ages.  Given that the summer and garden season is about over, you may need to file this one away for next year, but here it is.  I was inspired by Pam over at Simple Details to re-create these DIY Restoration Hardware garden spheres.

Restoration Hardware sells these garden spheres for $125 to $212 a piece (on sale).  They are a lovely way to add a classic, neutral, architectural item to any garden.  They look amazing standing alone or nestled in among plants or flowers.

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While they are lovely, hell would freeze over before I would spent $125 a piece!  That is where this DIY comes in that uses concrete mix and lighting globes to attain the same look for less.

Here is what you will need:

Lighting globes (the glass fixtures that go over light bulbs)- they sell for about $2 at thrift stores or Habitat for Humanity Restores

Concrete Mix– I used less than half of an 80 pound bag of Quikrete concrete mix

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FIRST, I put the globes in a box with newspaper to help stabilize them as I put the mixture inside.

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SECOND, I mixed the concrete.  I followed the directions and added water until it reached its desired consistency.  It should resemble peanut butter.

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NEXT, I poured the concrete into the globes and stirred it gently to eliminate any air.  I then let it sit overnight.

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FINALLY, I placed the globes inside a box lined with garbage bags and took a hammer and lightly tapped on the globes all over.  The glass gently cracked away and I was left with the concrete globes.  Here is what they look like.

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This project was tons of fun (who doesn’t love letting out aggression with a hammer) and was super inexpensive.  It cost me about $2 per globe.  Not bad compared to the original.

Have you ever tackled a garden DIY?  This was my first and I can’t wait to make more.

Linking up to Thrifty Decor Chick and Thrifty Thursday  Head on over to see all the inspiration!

 

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