Picnic in the Park

We are very fortunate to have multiple venues, which hold free concerts all summer long.

We made our first appearance at the season opener of Stinson Park’s summer concert series this past weekend in the beautiful Aksarben Village.

And we are anticipating the beginning of Jazz on the Green on it’s new-ish home green at Midtown Crossing.

With those events dotting our summer calendar, we have ample opportunity to stock up on all our outdoor dining accessories.  Some we’ve already procured… some are on our wish list.

While we have a great picnic basket with generous space for wine, treats and dinnerware, you may be on the lookout for one yourself.  Why not this one that also doubles as a handy cooler?

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?

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Daily Covet: French Shabby Chic

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…

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Daily Covet: Ottoman hunt

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

Daily Covet: Work Table For 1, Please

At this very moment, I am writing this blog, editing another blog for Momaha.com and trying to also complete some copywriting… at my kitchen table. (Oh, and eating lunch too!)

I am dying for my own little space!

One that I can write in.  One that I can set up and use my sewing machine in.  One that I can store important papers in.  You get the picture?  I googled “home office spaces” and came up with the most perfect office space ever.  Complete with Eiffel Tower, no less.

Get a load of this office space courtesy of The Office Stylist.  UH-MA-ZING!

She starts with all my favorite colors....

Remember that sewing machine space I wanted?

Etegere, complete with Eiffel Tower statue...

And don't forget my other favorites...mirrored accessories and caned-back Louis chairs. Sigh....

Daily Covet: Tranquility in the form of a chair.

Yep, another covet for today… who knows?  Maybe this will become the “hourly covet!”  Eh, probably not…

But I had to post because I have this desire to redecorate… or decorate… or purge… and add.  You would think I was nesting.  I can assure you, I’m not.  However, I am looking for some space to call my own.  Some space to work, to be inspired, to be alone mostly.

When I saw this chair at Crate & Barrel, I started envisioning a small place in a my room with an antique writing table (which I already own) and my new chair.  My bedroom is already Tiffany blue, white and a hint of navy in my asian-inspired lamps.  So why not throw in this crisp white chair, juxtaposed with a very modern navy frame?

The combination of blue and crisp white is so appealing, that it has practically taken over my house.  I may want to consider something hot pink, red or bright green… but not today.

Carly Chair with Cobalt Blue Frame, Crate & Barrel $399