As you’ve probably guessed, I adore the color. And love the shabby-chic thing it has going on too. What’s more, the adorable “holiday” pillows in pale pinks and blues are so unexpected for Santa Season.
But at almost a grand, this little bench won’t be gracing my front porch. Instead, I’ll search out a vintage one for about 1/20 of the price in one of my nearby antique markets.
I love outdoor entertaining. And it just so happens that our outdoor space happens to be the most perfect part of our living space.
Our red market umbrella and red Adirondack chairs, along with grass green iron table and dining chairs, pop against a bricked-in patio and plenty of normally lush landscaping. Fun dishes, and of course table linens, are also imperative for great outdoor fêtes.
I decided to look for outdoor dining pieces on BoatmanGeller.com, and I couldn’t help bug oggle a few all of them!
But if you love anything personalized, check out the most amazing selection of fun prints. The selection of stationary, melamine, desk accessories, phone accessories and more are in all in one place.
Take a gander at these scrumptious pieces and patterns…
Aaaannnd, a dear friend of mine runs a booming business called Mommy Wisdom, where you can order some of Boatman Geller’s cutest products!
Guests who see it for the first time always exclaim, “It must be so nice to have that big Whirlpool tub!”
First of all, we NEVER use it. It’s two floors away from our bedroom. Secondly, aren’t Whirlpool tubs kindof 80’s, like having an outdoor, free-standing jacuzzi in your back yard?
Moving on. The tile, which covers much of the walls around the infamous Whirlpool tub, is a sortof pink-ish, beige-ish color with a sea green wash to some of the trim tile. I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be Southwestern or Tuscan…
It’s a great-sized bathroom, but the space is wasted as it really functions as the “powder room” because there is no guestroom down there either.
The vanity is oak, and kountry with a “k.” Think craft fairs and wooden shelves full of knickknacks and gimcracks. Sock dolls and wooden hearts hanging on rope. To add insult to injury, the pulls are brass. Not cool brass – like flowery, also kountry brass.
Above the ugly vanity is a mirror that I put up because I had no other place for it. That I like, but it does not match in any way, shape or form the “disco” sconces that hang on either side of it. I can’t fully explain these enough, so I must include this picture…
Throw in scuffed up, pale vanilla walls and cream-colored toilet and countertops, and you’ve got yourself one fugly bathroom.
I think I’d prefer it look a little something like this… because if it did, you wouldn’t get me out of it!
Summer is going fast. My darling husband’s job is demanding, and not allowing for much of a summer vacation this year.
More than ever, our family could use a little R & R. A little downtime. A little un-plugging. (Join the crowd, I know!)
I keep daydreaming of a lonely seaside home. A place where we could breath fresh sea air, sit under the stars and bury our feet in hot sand. A place where we could ride bikes and lazily read in beach chairs. A place where we could just be a family — without the hustle of activities, engagements, responsibilities.
This New England waterfront home looks like as good a place as any, right?
I love painted furniture in bright poppy hues and am always looking to add those statement making pieces to my own house. While my bank account doesn’t include many of these items procured by designer Susan Hornbeak-Ortiz on GILT.com, I do like to virtually browse for ideas that better fit into my budget. Here are some of my faves…
While just about anything will do for a picnic blanket, our cotton sheet that needed to be washed up upon our arrival home left me wishing we had this large, zip-up blanket, which you can conveniently wipe up when you are done using it.
One thing we did miss this time around were these cool wine stakes to hold our full wine glasses when nature (or busy children) beckoned.
And if you attend these gatherings with babies, who are just learning to crawl, like we did, you may want to get your snacks up off the ground. These portable tables also give you better leverage to cut, spread and serve up your scrumptious picnic snacks.
And if the ground is slightly wet or you have bad knees, and you’d prefer to get your back side up off the ground, these cute (and bright!) chairs are such and inexpensive way to enjoy summer concerts in the park on the cheap!
There are tons of other fun accessories you can add to your outdoor evening out. Melamine trays, plastic stemware, 2-in-1 bottle/wine openers to name a few. What are you go-to items for picnics in the park?
GILT.com had a great collection of really fun home furnishings and decor Friday. There were just too many favorites to limit myself to one on this post. So here are a few of my favorite France-inspired things…
A couple of years ago, I bought a toile-covered Bergère chair at an estate sale. I think I paid $50 for the chair that needed a little TLC. And it’s so comfortable and perfect, except for the fact that there is no matching ottoman to go with it.
Ballard Designs has this matching piece, but since I’d have to special order it in one of my favorite fabrics on earth – Danish linen – it would end up costing me $603. Now I know I got the chair for almost nothing, but isn’t it sacriligious to let that much of deal end up costing me over $600?
I realize that cheap and French are oxymorons, but does anybody have a cheap French Bergère ottoman up for grabs?
Bergère Ottoman in Danish linen, ballarddesigns.com $603