On The Patio, Porch, Terrace, Decked Out Summer Holidays

The on the patio, porch, terrace or deck on summer holidays season complete with summer ready spots of relaxation and entertaining decked out to impress is ready to a kick off.  Memorial Day is fast approaching with the 4th of July and Labor Day arriving sooner than later.  The Canadian snowbird couple celebrated Victoria Day this past Monday, and the snaps of their deck and yard getting summer ready mirrors what many of us are patio planning.

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Ollie by Gollie and Caramel the Wonder Rescue love spending time outdoors soaking up the sun.   Winter is in the rearview mirror, and we are looking ahead to outdoor living, entertaining, and my favorite, decorating, with the full-on colors, patterns, and textures that visually convey the message summer has arrived.  The warm temps of spring every days and summer holidays is inspiration central for those who love decorating and celebrating their outdoor living life on the patio, porch, terrace or deck on summer holidays.

beach-style-porchHeather Garrett Design

Summer evenings set to a serene and tranquil scene usher in a leave the fast track behind and escape to relaxation destination.  I love an outdoor space that visually draws you in and stunningly communicates come for the style, stay for the view.

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Peter Billiards

Crosshatch Weave Bamboo Lantern

Crosshatch Weave Bamboo Lantern

 

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Natural Fiber/Glass Lantern

 

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Borin Iron/Glass Lantern

 

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Bungalow Rose Wood Lantern

A patio or porch or terrace or deck is a great space to pattern play with a splash of style and a pop of color.  Color, pattern, and texture enhances the look and emphasizes chic summer style.

Orly Rectangle 4' X 5'7" Outdoor Rug - Red / Natural - Safavieh®Orly Rectangle 4′ X 5’7″ Outdoor Rug – Red / Natural – Safavieh®

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Francia Rug – Dark Green/Beige – Safavieh®

Calypso Geometric Patio Rug Collection - Safavieh®

Calypso Geometric Patio Rug Collection – Safavieh®

Texture blends well with casual chic in this woven wicker pendant in soft gray.

Lanston Wide Pendant, Soft GrayLanston Wide Pendant, Soft Gray

Great lighting is an essential part of framing the space- indoors and outdoors.  I always suggest adding or at least consider adding a chandelier and/or table lamp(s) to your patio, porch, terrace or deck space. These lighting options inject a touch of casual elegance and make the space more intimate.

 

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Y Decor LZ3349-Sunburst 12 Light Chandelier

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Gil Walsh Interiors

Pair a table lamp or lamps with a stylish outdoor side table.  These examples are specifically rated for outdoor use.

Calla Indoor/Outdoor Table Lamp in White with Nylon Shade

Calla Indoor/Outdoor Table Lamp in White with Nylon Shade

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Elliot Bay Outdoor Floor Lamp

 

Dimond Lighting Sandy Neck Oversized Outdoor Table Lamp in Distressed GreyDimond Lighting Sandy Neck Oversized Outdoor Table Lamp in Distressed Grey

 

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Artichoke Outdoor Table Lamp

 

Curby Square Concrete Accent Table - Safavieh®

Curby Square Concrete Accent Table – Safavieh® 

 

Christopher Knight Home Puerta Wicker Side Table

Christopher Knight Home Puerta Wicker Side Table

 

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Sagebrook Home Moroccan Garden

Paper lanterns make an affordable addition to your outdoor lighting scheme.

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Paper Lanterns

We use a fire pit as another form of lighting.

And for roasting marshmallows for summer s’mores.

And mosquito control aka natural buzz kill.

Hohman Firebowl Steel Wood Fire Pit with Handles and Spark Screen

Hohman Firebowl Steel Wood Fire Pit with Handles and Spark Screen

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Jamaica Woodburning Fire Pit 32″ x 15″ – Copper – Safavieh®

Celebrating the moments of your outdoor living life with a cool refreshing beverage is always a good idea.  Convenience makes a fabulous party guest, and a beverage station or bar cart sur le patio is as convenient as it is necessary.

Summon Outdoor Patio Beverage Cart

Summon Outdoor Patio Beverage Cart 

The image below reminds me of the vintage sewing machine stand I bought at a flea market when Dave the Builder and I were dating.  Dave found a scrap piece of marble to serve as the top and we were in business.

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I first used the marble top sewing machine stand as a bistro table, then a kitchen island, then a microwave stand, and eventually a poolside bar/beverage stand.   Nothing fancy by any means, but unique (at the time) and very versatile.

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Domino

 

outdoor-throw-pillow-wovenOutdoor Throw Pillow Square – Woven Narrow Stripe Black – Project 62™

 

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Indoor/Outdoor Flamingo Pillow

Gauthier~Stacy Inc.

Gauthier~Stacy Inc.

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Pillow Perfect Outdoor/Indoor Kirkland Black Floor Pillow

 

 

Andaman Fish SculptureAndaman Fish Sculpture

Now you know I will be adding this alligator lumbar pillow to the on the patio, porch, terrace or deck gotta have it list.

Outdoor Alligator Embroidered Lumbar Pillow, Gingko Green

Outdoor Alligator Embroidered Lumbar Pillow, Gingko Green

Are you familiar with the site Wish.com?  My niece-in-law introduced me to this online direct from China shopping site, and I have ordered several things from the site with no issues.  The merchandise quality is good, I have had no problems with shipping dates, and the items arrive as advertised.  I ordered this leaf linen throw pillow cover last summer, and I am so pleased with the product and the price.

Are you ready for the price?

$2.00  including shipping.

A quality look at a super inexpensive price.  That’s a summer style deal I can get on board with.

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Leaf Linen Throw Pillow Cover

 

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Russet Orange Pillow  ||  Faux Natural Beige Pillow  ||  Cabana Stripe Pom Pillow  ||  Herd Together Decorative Pillow  ||  St. Tropez Pillow  ||  Serene Sea Urchin Decorative Pillow

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Gunn Landscape Architecture

 

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Pueblo Outdoor Wicker Club Chair With Water Resistant Cushions

 

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Patio Dining Table – Beige – Signature Design by Ashley

I absolutely love the color, pattern and texture of this patio umbrella.  Green and black is a hot color combination of late, and goes quite nice with the look of summer and summer holidays.

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9′ Round Patio Umbrella – Light Wood Pole – Threshold™ 

poolside-umbrellaDomino

Black and white stripes is a summer classic.

Safavieh Elsa Fashion Line 9 Ft. Umbrella

Safavieh Elsa Fashion Line 9 Ft. Umbrella

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The vibrancy of summer blooms in seasonal colors is accentuated by color rich decorative planters.

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Roped Bell Jar Resin Stone Urn Planter

 

Hendersonville Old World Floral Garden Ceramic Pot Planter

Hendersonville Old World Floral Garden Ceramic Pot Planter

 

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New England Pottery 17.25-in W x 17-in H Red Ceramic Classic Planter

 

Garden hose be gone, or at least housed in this beehive hose holder.

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Beehive Hose Holder

 

Do you know what a summer day and this post have in common?

They’re both long.

Summer days, summer nights, and summer holidays- are you ready to show your summer style off on your stylishly decorated patio, porch, terrace or deck?

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A Most Fetching Friday: Grilled to Perfection Delicious Inspiration

Today’s Fetching Friday features grilled to perfection delicious inspiration for your outdoor living entertaining ideas pleasure.

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adjective

adjective: fetching

attractive.

synonyms: attractive, appealing, sweet, pretty, good-looking, lovely, delightful, charming, prepossessing, captivating, enchanting, irresistible

salmon with creamed peas

Grilled Salmon with Dijon and Dill Creamed Pea Sauce

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Grilled Flatbreads with Mushrooms, Ricotta and Herbs

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Grilled Portofino Vegetable Antipasto

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Grilled Tandoori Chicken

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 Grilled Shrimp with Fresh Cranberry Salsa

grilled-stone-fruit-almond-mascarpone-dip Grilled Stone Fruit with Almond Mascarpone Dip

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Who’s Ready For Summer?

Who’s ready for summer?  The first day of summer officially arrived yesterday. No calendar needed.  It was hot, it was outdoor living at its finest, it was an excellent party guest!  Summer is on tap.

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Dave the Builder snapped the pic of my brother’s freshly cleaned swimming pool right before he dove in.  A cool summer splash revives the mind and refreshes the body on a hot summer afternoon.  All winter long we wished for summer, and believe me, the great genie of hot with a huge dose of humidity granted our wish. Do be careful what you ask for.

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If summer means I get to color my summer world with tropical brights,

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Sherwin-Williams

fresh and green right off the farm to table seasonal vegetables and fruits,

farmers-market-summerEd Lester Farms ~ Coushatta, Louisiana via Janohn’s (Official FB Page)

and accents in the so summer appropriate classic color combination of pink and green then I say bring it on

pink-and-green-breakfast-areaTraditional Home

I am seriously considering developing a signature paint color in a stunning shade of pink to pay homage to my first true color love.  The name of my paint color?  I pink therefore I am.  I have a long history with the color pink. My first design and decorating endeavor dates back to the late 1960s, when my very brave and trusting Mother allowed me carte blanche with the paint color and wallpaper selections for my bedroom. The standout feature of this wallpaper was the texture. The colors and pattern design captured the flower child chic groovy sign of the times, but it was the the texture of this wallpaper that made an impression on me.

sweetie“Sweetie” by Inaltéra

I love the summer of 1968 movie With Six You Get Eggroll, starring Doris Day and Brian Keith.  Inspiration is everywhere, and evidently it was at the movies for me.  I don’t believe it a mere coincidence that my bedroom design and decorating choices closely mirrored the master bedroom of the McClure residence as shown below.

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benjamin-moore-sweet-16Benjamin Moore sweet 16 pink

Summer is a three month fest of vacations, outdoor living it up entertaining, interior updates and refreshes with summer colors, patterns and textures and relaxing on the patio, porch or deck with a cool beverage embracing the lazy days of summer.  Who’s ready for summer?

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I Spy Summer: Outdoor Living Entertaining Summer Trends

Home and garden sites, magazines, retailers and home improvement stores are summer trends central.  I say if you can’t beat ’em, roll your sleeves up and play I spy summer.  I believe it’s safe to assume we all hope the extreme polar storms of this past winter prove to be weather exceptions and not rules.  Although the arrival of spring is not without a few twists and bumps, the current weather is more like it.  My dad always says if the weather was like this year round the property values would skyrocket.  The mild afternoons and evenings that come with this time of year really do come close to sheer perfection.

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We had a late afternoon out of nowhere burst of spring showers yesterday. As walking luck would have it, my mother and I had the distinct pleasure of experiencing the showers first hand.  We channeled our inner Gene Kelly and made the most of it as we sprinted back to the house.

What I’d tell you about twists and bumps!

Like a really good movie trailer, those drops of liquid sunshine, warm breezes and summer trends build home decor and entertaining anticipation.

Bravo, summer!

You have succeeded in guaranteeing I will be buying a ticket to the best outdoor show in town better known as summer.  Here’s a selection of summer trends to get the beach ball rolling.

Non-Alcoholic Sangria Recipe from The Kitchn

2012_04_27-sangria3.jpgA great summer soiree is only as good as the refreshing summertime beverages served.

Outdoor Retreats 

outdoor-vintage-sofa-and-coffee-tableIf imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I will be flattering the heck out of interior designer team of Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe and House Beautiful in my summer space styling suggestions.

Copper Accents

H. Potter Patio Table Top Glass Torch with Copper TopH. Potter Patio Table Top Glass Torch with Copper Top

Light up those summer nights with the elegance of copper.

Seasonal & Seasoning Lagniappe

Mud Pie® Mud Pie® Circa 4-Piece Corn Pick Set

Mud Pie®Circa 4-Piece Corn Pick Set

Corn on the cob is a summer sides staple.  Dress up this summer delicacy with a set of these silver plate corn pick set.

copper patio string lights

10CT String Lights with Copper Socket Collar with Black Wire

Copper patio string lights from Target up the style ante.  Getting into the swing of summer is almost a required tradition on lazy afternoons.

It’s a Tarjay 2-for-1.

No- not a coupon or promo code, but a one shopping trip- two summer decor items 2 for 1.

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Suncast 16″ Rivanna Decorative Planter – 2 Pack

Great looks coming your way with this decorative outdoor planter and welcome mat.

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Blue/White Paisley Tufted Doormat 1’6″X2’6″ – Opalhouse™

Isn’t the watermelon the official fruit of summer?

watermelon-napkins

Watermelon makes a nice light dessert, and the presentation is part of the wow factor process.

Set of 4 Ceramic Watermelon Bowls

Set of 4 Ceramic Watermelon Bowls

Serve it to guests in summer fashion in watermelon pattern and color serve and partyware.

Sunnylife Watermelon Beach BatsSunnylife Watermelon Beach Bats

Super cute watermelon ice cream bowl diy project alert!

Last but certainly not least, the addition of outdoor throw pillows is both a preached and practiced way to update for the season.

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Lilly Pulitzer

Seasonal color done right is not always taken from the page of the expected.  Summer swing swoon worthy!

 Light Green Porch SwingCoco Cove Collection Light Green Porch Swing

What summer trends are coming in as favorites in your game of I Spy Summer?

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Outdoor Living It Up

Our neighborhood has suddenly become lawn care central.  It’s like a U2 concert block party with the rattle and hum of mowers and blowers. There’s a cloud of pollen as far as the itchy and watery eye can see. Seasonal allergies how I love to hate thee, but the colors on parade evens things out.  Dave the Builder reminds me the work to rid the porch and patio of pollen, refresh flower pots and beds, and paint and clean the outdoor furniture is so worth it.   When the man is right he is right.  One must prep in order to properly patio- it gets the outdoor living party ball in motion.  Do you refresh or replace outdoor furniture, pillows and cushion?

wicker outdoor chairGiesel Wicker Outdoor Chair from Wayfair

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When it comes to the decision to refresh or replace I consider the initial investment of money and retail resource availability.

Big $$ = Refresh

Small $$ and ample availability = Replace

Simple math.  Chic look.  Stylish equation.

Although, the Giesel Wicker Outdoor Chair from Wayfair and the summer chic collection of outdoor pillows big on color, texture and pattern  do make me want to load up the shopping cart.

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Outdoor Luxembourg Planter

Decorative outdoor planters give good outdoor living it up visual appeal.

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Micasa

Vegetable and herb gardens unite and produce.  It’s your turn to be in the spring spotlight.  From full-on rows of growing goodness to a patio container garden, fresh is best.  There is something so delicious about the combination of a warm spring evening and a cold summer salad.  I’ll take mine with tomatoes, onions, bell pepper and fresh herbs.

outdoor lighting ideasOutdoor Lighting Options Available from Lowe’s 

The right lighting fixture coupled with the right lighting sets a scene. When I was four years old my parents took the family to Disneyland compliments of my paternal grandmother’s good luck (she won the trip). Past the Pirates of the Caribbean, It’s a Small World and Tinkerbell flying each night promptly at ten, the white twinkle lights adorned trees stood out in the magical night and made quite an impression on me.  Good lighting will do that.  Deck out the deck, patio and backyard spaces with chic outdoor living it up accent lighting.  Vintage chandeliers, mason jars with tea lights, twinkle string lights adorned trees, tabletop lamps or paper lanterns- all super ideas!

iron chandelier

I purchased two iron chandeliers at auction several years ago and repurposed one as a bird feeder and the other as an outdoor candle chandelier.  I recently replaced the votive candles with battery operated LED tea lights.  Flicker fabulous!

led votive candlesLED Votive Candles from Dollar Tree

Spending time outdoors is a big part of spring and summer fun, making it easy to understand why outdoor living spaces have become extensions of the life lived within our home- a retreat of heart and home.  Is your outdoor living it up escape ready to greet the season?

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Ready, Prepped, Go! Getting Ready For Outdoor Entertaining Tips

It’s that time of year again to get the summer party started. Outdoor areas dressed out for backyard grilling and chilling take center stage this time of year.

Are you ready for spending quality time in the backyard on the patio, porch, courtyard, or deck entertaining and enjoying the summer?

I know I am!

vintage backyard bbq

Here’s a few outdoor entertaining tips for getting the summer essentials prepped and ready to go.

summer entertaining tips

Butcher Blocks and Cutting Boards

To deter bacteria from finding a home in the cracks and on the cutting surface, wash the block or board with mild dishwashing detergent and warm water.  Allow the butcher block or cutting board to completely dry. Cover the butcher block or cutting board with a thin layer of coarse salt to draw residual moisture out of the cracks. Wipe of excess coarse salt and use a clean cloth to apply mineral oil, rubbing with the grain.  Let dry overnight.

grain prep board

Searching for an easy and inexpensive grill degreaser?  Try baking soda and a steel wool pad.  Apply elbow grease and voilà!

Keeping Outdoor Cushions Neat and Clean 

Keep the comfort and color, lose the mold, mildew, and dirt with a solution of 2 teaspoons borax, 2 teaspoons dishwashing liquid, and 2 quarts warm water.  Mix and pour solution in spray bottle. Liberally spray each cushion down with solution and allow to sit for 15 – 20 minutes. Hose off cushions with water hose and hang from clothes line or stand up to dry.

outdoor chair cushion

 

Flavored Ice Cubes 

The heat and humidity will melt those ice cubes soon enough, but with flavored ice cubes watered down beverages retain their deliciousness. This is so simple- fill ice trays 3/4 full with the beverage of choice and freeze. Take the taste to the next level by adding fresh mint to iced tea or punch cubes, rosemary sprigs to lemonade,  pearl onion or halved seasoned green bean to Clamato for bloody marys, or a blend of cream, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and strong coffee for iced coffees.  Grab the blender (or food processor) and purée watermelon slices or fresh strawberries for a summer kick over watermelon or strawberry flavored ice cubes.

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Weeds No More 

Weeds between patio pavers, bricks, and deck boards are unsightly summer sights.  Let the sun shine in and down on weeds that have been sprayed with a solution of 1 gallon white vinegar, ½ cup of dishwashing liquid, and 2 Tablespoons salt.  Fill a spray bottle with the mixture,  set to stream, and spray the mixture on the weeds.  This works best on a warm and sunny day. The heat from the sun aids in the process.

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Mosquitoes and the West Nile Virus They Carry

Talk about buzz kill!  Keeping these pesky uninvited guests away is outdoor priority number one.  Citronella candles, tiki and table top torches, and decorative lanterns come in a wide assortment of styles, sizes and price points.

citronella candle

Is That a Bee in Your Bonnet?  

No, it’s a dryer sheet!  Strategically placed in an apron pocket, under table linens,  or pinned to the corners of a tablecloth,  dryer sheets help to keep bees at bay.

dryer sheets

Freshen Up With a Twist 

Enjoying the summer good life can get messy, sticky, sweaty, and smelly. Hand sanitizer and wet wipes work well, but  I also like to make individual “freshen up with a twist” packs. Place two damp paper towels in a Ziploc bag – one with a drop of liquid soap (I love the fresh scent of Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Lemon Verbena Liquid Soap) on it for cleansing, and the other for rinsing.  Include a slice of lemon for an extra twist of fresh.  Lemon softens your skin and is a natural odor eliminator. Place the packs in a gallon Ziploc bag, seal it tight, and place it in a lunch tote or outdoor fridge to keep them nice and cool.

hand wipes

Getting things ready for spending time outdoors entertaining and enjoying the best of summer goes with the backyard territory.  My friends, summer is making its presence known.  Get summer ready, get outdoor entertaining prepped, and go!

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