Pretty In Pink On The Patio

Looks like we’re a go (officially)for summer fun in the sun fetes,  celebrations, and gatherings sitting pretty in pink on the patio.

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Summer colors radiate a luminous sense and feel of happiness and cheer.

Inspiration follows, and this is where the fun begins.

Cobbler’s Cove Hotel

Cobbler’s Cove Hotel

A pretty in pink on the patio outdoor space visually draws the eye and stunningly communicates come for the style, stay for the view.

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McCann Design Group

Simplicity is the calling card of summer making it a sublime backdrop for mixing and mingling with friends and family in the good old summertime.

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Anthropologie

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Rich.

Deep.

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Business & Pleasure Co. The Premium Cabana

Bright.

Fresh.

Fun.

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Business & Pleasure Co. The Premium Umbrella

Business & Pleasure Co. The Premium Umbrella

Color your world in shades of pink in style and in the shade for summer.

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HGTV – Tria Giovan

Warm summer days into summer evenings spent on the patio rejuvenate mind and body, serving as the optimum sit, sip, dine and dance in the moonlight opportunity to recharge your battery.

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Ballard Designs

Cozy is the desired result of the summer experience, and is fetchingly achieved through tactile and visual details.

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Vandervort 75.4” Long Reclining Single Chaise

Lighting is an essential part of setting the mood and the tone of a space, and when nature flips the switch it’s magic.

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Paper Lanterns

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IKEA

Seems the iconic sign of summer lawn and garden kitschy chic may quite possibly be the pink lawn flamingo.

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Invented in 1957 by American artist and sculptor Don Featherstone, the pink lawn flamingo continues to be synonymous with summer fun.

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Midwest Living

Summer flower gardens grant the extra added bonus of fresh bouquets of color rich summer blooms.

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Midwest Living

Mosquitoes can ruin that patio retreat vibe in no time.

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Extra force against nature is required in the fight against mosquitoes.

We depend on our Thermacell lantern to light the night and kick mosquito butt, but pretty on the patio is not one of its qualities.

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Gardenista – Photo by Justine Hand

I ordered (love curbside pickup!) two of these white flower citronella candles from Walmart at the beginning of pretty in pink on the patio season, and between the two working together our patio days into evening sitting sessions remain mosquito free.

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The Cottage Journal – Photography by Mark Lohman
Styling by Sunday Hendrickson

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Washington Old Schoolhouse Antique Mall

Wicker is a summer classic, and this vintage wicker chair is calling my name.

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Better Homes & Gardens Palm Outdoor Toss Pillow

Pink and green palm anything captures the classic Palm Beach-Bay-Springs look of summer.

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Rose Gingham Dream Indoor/Outdoor Throw Pillow

Currently catching my eye is the color, texture, and pattern trifecta of pink gingham, classic black and white, and a palace urn motif.

C&F Home Colonial Williamsburg 14" x 18" Palace Urns Indoor/Outdoor Decorative Throw Pillow

C&F Home Colonial Williamsburg Palace Urns Indoor/Outdoor Throw Pillow

Summer entertaining and patio decorating go hand in hand with setting a simple yet elegant summer inspired tablescape.

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Southern Lady Magazine

Premium Floral Collection Harper & Violet Garden Roses 15oz 2-Wick Candle White

Premium Floral Collection Harper & Violet Garden Roses 2-Wick Candle

On-trend decoristas have got this hot hostess style fashionista thing down pat.

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Finefetti Sandals by Kate Spade

Pink portable waterproof wireless speakers let the sweet summer music play on the patio.

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Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Wireless Speaker, Mini Stereo Bass, Pink

I’m not embarrassed to admit I strive to create a big look for little money.

Light Banana Leaves Removable Wallpaper

Light Banana Leaves Removable Wallpaper

An inexpensive pair of outdoor curtains embellished with trim, tassels, and tiebacks is a super chic way to zhuzh up your outdoor space.

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Celebrating the moments of your outdoor living life with a cool refreshing beverage is always a good idea.

Summer Cobbler Cocktail

Southern Living

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Rose Lemonade

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Domino

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Simple touches refresh and impress.

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Putting together pretty in pink on the patio place settings is a summer breeze.

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Elaine Griffin Sea Island Garden Party – Photography by Julia Lynn

Acrylic and melamine tablewares give good style at a great price point.

Summer outdoor plates-glassware

Destination Summer Vintage Embossed Highball Glass in Pink
Calder 17 oz. Acrylic Drinking Glass (Set of 4)
Lillian 12 oz. Acrylic Goblet (Set of 4)
 Modern. Southern. Home.™ Set of 4 Lime Melamine Dinner Plates

Pink Round Placemats Celebrate It™, 4ct.

Pink Round Placemats Celebrate It™, 4ct.

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Hobby Lobby

Roasted Beet & Blueberry Salad

Roasted Beet & Blueberry Salad

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Cherry-Limeade Popsicles

Summer has arrived, and with it comes ample opportunities to kick your sandals off and enjoy a sunny afternoon into moonlit evening sitting pretty in pink on the patio.

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A Picnic Basket Full Of Summer Picnic Tips

Summer wastes no time revealing its intended purpose, one of which is to go forth and enjoy the season of warm temps, cool waters and fun in the sun times practicing stylish and safe picnic tips.

Olli Ella Rattan Picnic Basket

Olli Ella Rattan Picnic Basket

Packing a picnic meal and heading out to a fun in the sun destination is a time-honored tradition; a simple activity most of us have engaged in and enjoyed during the good old summertime.

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Working with a basic get the job done picnic of white paper plates- hamburgers-hot dogs-plastic throw away cups-pass me the bug spray- aluminum webbed lawn chairs passed down from grandma’s summer to yours picnic theme has worked for years because it works.

Melamine Picnic Plates - Set Of 4

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DII Rustic Farmhouse Throw Blanket with Tassels

You know what else works?

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Country Living Magazine – Photo by John Kernick

Stylish and delicious alternatives to the traditional, reinterpreted vintage or in the style of vintage wares, and simple yet elegant accents perfect for creating a posh picnic.

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Blue & White Floral Paper Plates- Set of 8

Play with your food and see what edible centerpiece magic you can create.

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Fresh wildflowers from the field or the famers market flower truck pretty up a picnic table or blanket.

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Fun in the day and stylishly useful to light the night, picnic lighting options such as gingham paper lanterns, solar powered LED landscape path lights, and solar powered LED flameless candle lanterns set a comfy scene.

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Mainstays Column Solar Powered LED Path Light and Landscape Light, Black Plastic (6-Pack)

For $5.00+tax you can light your picnic space up with a 6-pack (not that kind of lit) solar powered LED landscape path lights from Walmart.

Battery Powered Integrated LED Outdoor Floor Lamp

Solar Powered LED Outdoor & Indoor Flickering Flameless Candle Lantern

A red and white checkered print tablecloth drapes the picnic table in an instantly recognizable summer classic.

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Layer the look with summer themed table and serveware in a picnic friendly mix and match of melamine.

Set Of 4 Delft Pottery Melamine Dinner Plates

Set Of 4 Delft Pottery Melamine Dinner Plates

These Riviera Beach Club plates are so summer picnic chic!

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Riviera Beach Club Appetizer Plates 4 Pack

Disposable drives the easy express, and today’s options are super cute.

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Coastal or oceanside beaches provide a picturesque picnic point for sure, but not all that picnic are blessed with this location option.

Folding Rattan Beach Chair

Folding Rattan Beach Chair

Options are always good, and imaginations adapt well to an entertaining challenge.

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Martha Stewart – Photo by Pernille Loof

Have backyard, will picnic is the summer picnic spot of choice offering entertaining options for a casual affair for two or a take it up a notch nosh set for friends and family.

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Indian Creek Recreation Area

Local recreation areas and state parks provide picnic sites and man-made beaches – a summertime fun in the sun requirement.

Picnic Tips 101

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Easy is a picnic must.

Packing your picnic goods from vehicle to table becomes a much easier trek with this inexpensive folding sports wagon.

Academy Sports + Outdoors Folding Sports Wagon with Removable Bed

Academy Sports + Outdoors Folding Sports Wagon with Removable Bed

Great option, too.

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Urban Outfitters

Summer activities should be relaxing, carefree, easy, and safe.

Hand sanitizer, anti-bacterial wipes, a roll or two of paper towels, and a mild mix of dish soap and warm water in a spray bottle will get you where you need to be in the fight against summer picnic cooties.

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For a chilled picnic me up during and after your outdoor soiree, include a chilled package of cucumber and mint facial wipes zipped up in a zippered storage bag in your cold drinks cooler.

Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes - 30 ct

Refrigerate a package of cucumber and mint facial wipes the night before and bring along for a deliciously fragrant and instantly cooling refresher course.

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Speaking of fresh mint, fresh mint ice cubes add a minty fresh kick to picnic beverages.

Place gently rinsed fresh mint leaves into each individual square of the ice cube tray.

Fill each square with water.

Pop ice cube tray into freezer until cubes are frozen solid.

Food Safety

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Martha Stewart-Photo by Kate Mathis

Food safety and temperature regulation is key to picnic safety.

Fill empty, clean 2 liter soda bottles, milk containers, or a trio of water bottles ½ full with water (allow for expansion).

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Place bottles in the freezer the day before your picnic.  Use the frozen bottles to aid in keeping cooler items cold.

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by Blaine Moats

Food poisoning temperatures range between 40°F and 140°F.

Perishable foods should be kept at or below 40°F.

Hot foods should be kept at or higher than 140°F.

Make sure meats are cooked to a safe internal temperature.

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The Poultry Site

The mix and mingle rule of fun does not apply to picnic food and beverages.

I highly suggest using 2 coolers; one for beverages and the other for perishable food items.

Wait until just before leaving home to pack perishable foods in the cooler.

Coleman 62 Quart Xtreme 5 Day Heavy Duty Cooler with Wheels, Blue

Coleman 62 Quart Xtreme 5 Day Heavy Duty Cooler with Wheels, Blue

Place cooler in a shaded area, and use a refrigerator thermometer to check and verify the temperature inside the cooler remains at or below 40°F.

After each picnic use be sure to wash out your coolers with hot, soapy water.

TRUTEMP Fridge Freezer Thermometer

Throw away food left out for more than two (2) hours.

On a day where the outdoor temperature is 90°F or above, I would exercise extreme caution by throwing away any food that has been out for more than one (1) hour.

‘Tis better picnic safe than picnic sorry.

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My Recipes

simple but elegant

Refrigerator Garden Pickles

Refrigerator Garden Pickles

Ingredients

6 cups sugar

6 cups white vinegar

¼ cup celery seed

¼ cup mustard seed

2 tablespoons canning salt

10 medium carrots, halved lengthwise and cut into 2-inch pieces

3 medium cucumbers, sliced

3 medium sweet red peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces

2 large onions, halved and sliced

1 bunch green onions, cut into 2-inch pieces

Directions

In a Dutch oven, combine the first 5 ingredients; bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar.  Meanwhile, place the remaining ingredients in a large bowl.
Pour hot liquid over vegetables; cool.

Transfer to jars, if desired; cover tightly.  Refrigerate for 6-8 hours before serving.  Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Makes 7 pints.

-Taste of Home

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Herbs

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Herbs

Grilled summer vegetables in foil packets make an easy and tasty best of the season side dish.

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Include a fruit and snack board or tray with items that place the emphasis on summer fresh and filling without fear of spoilage or the dreaded sugar high.

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Hey kids, who can name the cities on the cutting board?

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Chunky Seagrass Woven Serving Tray by Threshold

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Honey Poppy Seed Fruit Salad

Honey Poppy Seed Fruit Salad

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Cracker Jack Pretzel Treats – Photo by Brian Woodcock

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“It just wouldn’t be a picnic without the ants.”

 —Author Unknown

Everspring dish soaps

Mix up a simple 50/50 solution of water and white vinegar in a spray bottle.

Add a couple of drops of dish soap and you have an excellent solution to an ant situation.

Simply spray the ant invaded area with the mix, wait a few minutes, then resume your picnic activities ant free.

Destination Summer Bamboo Food Tent

Destination Summer Bamboo Food Tent

Food tents and domes keep the fresh in, the flying and crawling visitors out.

Mesh & Wood Food Dome - Hearth & Hand with Magnolia

Mesh & Wood Food Dome – Hearth & Hand with Magnolia

Fresh watermelon at a market

Cut and cart your watermelon wedges or slice on-site.

Novelty Watermelon Cooler Bag

Novelty Watermelon Cooler Bag

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Avoid cross contamination by never using the same knife used for cutting raw meat, poultry, or seafood to chop or slice fruits and vegetables.

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Aluminum foil makes a great grill or pot scrubber.

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An onion makes a super easy grill cleaner, too!

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Get the grill really hot (be careful!) in order to burn off any food leftover on the grills from previous use.

Stick an onion half on the end of a grilling fork.  A heavy-handed spray of lemon juice or vinegar will assist with its acidity in super cleaning off the grills.

Onions have natural antibacterial properties, and that’s a good thing especially in these times.

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Pour vegetable or olive oil onto a couple of paper towels or clean cloth, place between tongs and wipe down the grill to prevent sticking.

Vegetable or olive oil works best.  Cooking spray burns too easy and will compromise the flavor of the meat.

craft-paper-brownCraft or butcher paper makes a great disposable table cover.

Roll it out.

Roll it up.

Toss it in the trash.

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Knowing what we now know about overexposure to the sun proves we’ve all come a long way, sun babies.

Sunscreen now prevents sun scream later.

If you find yourself overly sun kissed keep calm and moisturize on!

First, refrigerate a bottle of vinegar, preferably apple cider vinegar.

Cold vinegar applied to the burn will ease the pain of the burn.

A 20 minute soak in a cool bath with 1 cup of baking soda added to the water will calm and sooth skin.

Allow your skin to air dry and apply moisturizer while your skin is still damp.

All the Buzz

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Pinterest

Burn a bundle of fresh sage or rosemary over charcoal to help keep mosquitos and other bugs away.

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Citronella candles- the if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it mosquito defeater.

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Pack a picnic basket full of summer picnic tips and celebrate summer down by the lazy river, on the beach, at a local recreation area, or in your own backyard with family and friends.

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It is one of the best parts of summer!

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Good Ole Signs It’s Summer

Although not official by the calendar, good ole signs it’s summer have arrived in full glory at Places In The Home.

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Louisiana is heating up, fresh fruit and vegetable stands are open for farm to table business, and outdoor living fun in the sun and moonlight activities are on tap.

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Signs it’s summer cover anything and everything garden fresh, easy, fun, cool, colorful, aromatic, sweet, savory, relaxing, leisurely, kick your shoes off and stay awhile comfy.

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In other words, delightfully perfect.

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This is the time of year when I give myself permission to go with the flow.

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Entertaining is super casual in nature, meals focus on fresh seasonal ingredients, music is a must, shoes are optional, and time is nothing more than a word.

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Visits to the farmers market result in an every so often summer breakfast feast treat of fresh farm eggs fried with crisp edges, homemade biscuits, and pear and lemon preserves made from my great-grandmother’s recipe.

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Zinnias capture the essence of summer; a simple yet elegant choice of color your world beauty perfect in gathered bouquet or tabletop arrangement form.

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Roberson Farm – USDA Photo by Preston Keres

Grandmother Willie’s pound cake is delicious any season of the year, but there’s something about a slice (or two) of this cake baked from the “Tennessee side of the family” recipe on a summer day that brings the flavor and the memories to plate and mind.

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Willie’s pound cake paired with fresh Louisiana strawberries is summer on a plate.

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Following antiques and vintage shops on Facebook opens up the treasure hunt world, and gives me the perfect excuse to hit the road in pursuit of antiques and vintage picnic treasures.

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Tattered Tiques

Speaking of day trips, outdoor sales and festivals go with hot fun and cool finds in the summertime.

Summer find spotted at a recent Antique Shoppes at 1100 Barksdale outdoor sale.

Love this beverage dispenser!

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Antique Shoppes At 1100 Barksdale

Antique pieces love taking center stage on the summer porch, patio, deck, terrace, balcony, veranda- you get the point.

Seize the summer of it all with fabulous-vintage-patriotic-seasonal decor accents that bring a unique and inviting spin to summer porchin’ style.

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Cottages & Bungalows Magazine

Spending Sunday afternoon pulling a few things from here and there to put together a summer themed vignette proved super successful.

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I discovered these old photos of my Dad in the good old summertime down Miami way circa 1951.

Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet instantly comes to mind.

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Beach scenes and pink umbrellas top the signs it’s summer list.

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Business & Pleasure

Grilled goodies and chilled salads attest to the easy to throw together and easy to enjoy summer salad season.

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Grilled Corn with Pimiento-Cheese Butter Recipe – Photo by Annie Schlechter

Give me a box of pasta shells, a jar of Duke’s mayonnaise, fresh corn and tomatoes, diced bell peppers, green and red onions, and fine black pepper and I’ll give you a no fuss-all flavor summer salad.

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Remember the rule of kiss– keep it summer simple!

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Patio times go with warm days and sipping evenings, and signal the senses the good kind of hurricane season has arrived.

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Hurricane at Pat O’Briens New Orleans

June 1st signals the not so good hurricane season has arrived.

Fingers crossed this season will be uneventful.

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Into every summer day a little rain usually will fall, however, we get used to the summer downpours bookended by humid sunbursts.

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June through August is made for hitting the summer holiday road.

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Visit Gatlinburg

For most of my life the quintessential sign it’s summer has been packing up the Places In The Home gang and heading 700+ miles due east.

Our vacation travel destination GPS is set to family, friends, and the beauty and splendor of the Great Smoky Mountains.

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Over the years, I’ve clocked what seems to be thousand of hours sitting outside at twilight in the Smoky Mountain air.

Fireflies provide nature’s light show – a summer spectacle that dazzles the eye and delights the heart.

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It’s 84 degrees today, rainy, and humid beyond belief.

My summer playlist is cranked up, and a glass of cold mint infused sweet iced tea is the drink du jour.

Good ole signs it’s summer.

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Spring Into Summer Coastal Home Decor

Warm breezes, cool tones, and hot tunes provide inspiration and ideas for updating house and home with coastal home decor.

Adding to the new season decor updating party is the glorious news that those of us who are vaccinated are cleared for fellowshipping with fellow vaccinated friends and family.

No time like the present for planning a by the sea themed spring into summer Memorial Day soirée.

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House & Home – Photo by Heather Ross

Is Coastal Style Still In Style?

Quarantine granted time to reflect on and take stock of design styles. For instance, the popularity, pertinence, and staying power of the classics and the trendy.

Coastal home decor pieces in traditional influences accented with new-traditional interpretations run the gamut from Palm Beach to Palm Springs style.

Experimenting with different aspects of a design style is easy.

Introduce new takes on a classic to keep the decorating fun and fresh, and the decorative appeal of the space visually engaging to you and the eyes that will ooh and ahh over your decorating mastery.

The takeaway is this: the coastal home decor accents and accessories you find to be a stunning reflection of you and your impeccable personal taste is exactly what’s in style.

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“We dream in colors borrowed from the sea.”

—Unknown

Dream and decorate in sea to sky colors of soft neutrals and crisp deep tones borrowed from the beauty of the sea.

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If a total coastal home decor makeover is in your seasonal update decorating scheme plan, this post is here to give ideas.

If you find you’re leaning more towards refreshing your decor with subtle spot touches to achieve a relaxed day at the beach aesthetic, this post has got you covered like SPF 50 sunscreen. 

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House Beautiful- Benjamin Dhong- Photo by Lisa Romerein

Wall mirrors classify as art in this decorista’s portfolio.

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Surya Wall Decor Wall Mirror in Silver

In this in the style of feature, one is silver, and the other, gold.

Hunter Wall Mirror

Hunter Wall Mirror

Serene pastels fit in comfortably with the beachside color palette.

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Suzanne Kasler

Cordero 20-Inch Round Mirror

Cordero 20-Inch Round Mirror

International Caravan Windsor Carved White Console Table

International Caravan Windsor Carved White Console Table

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Inspiration is everywhere, especially in the colors, textures, and patterns discovered under the sea.

SAFAVIEH Lighting Ivy Resin Table Lamp

SAFAVIEH Lighting Ivy Resin Table Lamp

SAFAVIEH Lighting 30-inch Juniper White Table Lamp

SAFAVIEH Lighting 30-inch Juniper White Table Lamp

Hodder Coral Sculpture

Hodder Coral Sculpture

Copper Grove Muir Rosa Tufted Chair - Pink

Copper Grove Muir Rosa Tufted Chair – Pink

Here’s a couple of fun pretty in pink accent chair options to consider.

Designart 'Quartz Texture' Upholstered Accent Chair

Designart ‘Quartz Texture’ Upholstered Accent Chair

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Designart Influence Of Line and Color Upholstered Accent Chair

Mixing styles is key when the intent is contrast through traditional meets modern juxtaposition.

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House & Garden – Photo by Paul Massey

The core concept of coastal decorating style places the emphasis on creating a comfortable and inviting space rich in layers, textures, and natural elements.

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House & Garden- Photo by Cristian Barnett 

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Pierce Wicker Side Table

Wicker, rattan, seagrass, jute, and woven pieces are instantly associated with coastal chic.

Meena Modern Rattan Wall Sconce

Meena Modern Rattan Wall Sconce

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Southern Living Ideal Home – Crane Island, Florida

Seaside chic is color rich, texture driven, and pattern at play perfect for merging the coastal vibe of the indoors to the outdoors.

East At Main's Cheyenne Living Room Chair

East At Main’s Cheyenne Living Room Chair

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Eagletown Aged Copper 3 -Bulb 24″ H Outdoor Hanging Lantern
Huntersfield 3 -Bulb 17.75″ H Outdoor Hanging Lantern
Orleans Aged Copper 3 -Bulb 27″ H Outdoor Hanging Lantern

Wooden Sculpture

Wooden Sculpture

Shell Shaped Metal Party Bucket

Shell Shaped Metal Party Bucket

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Universal Furniture

Coloring within the lines is a safe choice, but where’s the unique in that?

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Modern Gold Drum Chandelier Glass Pendant

Fredrick Ramond Spyre 6-Light Chandelier in Champagne Gold

Fredrick Ramond Spyre 6-Light Chandelier in Champagne Gold

Carson 6 Light Polished Nickel Chandelier

Carson 6 Light Polished Nickel Chandelier

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Bo Massey

Arteriors Tilda Chandelier

Arteriors Tilda Chandelier

East at Main Celyn Dining Chairs, (Set of 2)

East at Main Celyn Dining Chairs, (Set of 2)

Shoreline Colors

Shoreline Colors

I’m adding a personal choice of sideboard here as the lines and curves remind me of the shape of sea waves as they approach the shore.

Four Door Credenza

Four Door Credenza

Ponder Weathered White 3 Light Chandelier

Ponder Weathered White 3 Light Chandelier

Martha-Stewart-Elmcrest-Natural-Dining-Table

Martha Stewart Elmcrest Natural Dining Table

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Fromberg Wood And Cane Dining Chair (Set Of 4)

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by Joyelle West

Nevis Pendant Light

Nevis Pendant Light

54 in. Lippa in White oval Artificial Marble Dining Table

54 in. Lippa in White oval Artificial Marble Dining Table

Woven Wood Armchair with Arms Open Back Mid Century Modern Office Dining Chairs Woven Black Seat

Woven Wood Armchair with Open Back and Woven Black Seat

Bandelier Black Rural Woven Dining Arm Chair

Bandelier Black Rural Woven Dining Arm Chair

Safavieh Idola White Washed Dining Chairs (Set of 2)

SAFAVIEH Dining Idola White Washed Dining Chairs (Set of 2)

Maine House Interiors

Maine House Interiors

Quite the dynamic color combination tour de force, adding classic blue and white porcelain and ceramic accents to your coastal decorating theme frames a calm, cool, and collected picture.

Montoya Blue and White Porcelain Table Lamp

Montoya Blue and White Porcelain Table Lamp

Floret Lamp

Floret Lamp

Blue/White Indoor / Outdoor Porcelain Ginger Jar

Blue/White Indoor / Outdoor Porcelain Ginger Jar

19th C French Faux Bamboo Chest of Drawers

19th C French Faux Bamboo Chest of Drawers

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Veranda – Suzanne Kasler – Photo by Brian Woodcock

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Custis Salmon -Benjamin Moore

3 - Light Lantern Geometric Pendant

3 – Light Lantern Geometric Pendant

Handmade Wood Wall Mirror

Handmade Wood Wall Mirror

Designed with scalloped edges and tapered legs with a look reminiscent of a seashell, the Liliane Velvet Barrel Chair is a casual yet elegant choice of accent chair.

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Liliane 28.8″ Wide Velvet Barrel Chair

Euart 30" Wide Tufted Polyester Armchair

Euart 30″ Wide Tufted Polyester Armchair

Pink Paper Palms, Set of 3

Pink Paper Palms, Set of 3

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Ryan A. Jones & Associates

Coastal Living Pebble Accent Chair

Coastal Living Pebble Accent Chair

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Decorators Best

Shifting the sands from soft delicate pastels to a touch of gold coast glam.

Durkee Circular Wall Mirror

Durkee Circular Wall Mirror

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Arregui Metal Shell

Safavieh Gisela Gold Hex Console

Safavieh Gisela Gold Hex Console

20 in. Golden Gold Tree Trunk Stool

20 in. Golden Gold Tree Trunk Stool

Spot-On Spot Accents

Accent chests, spot chairs, and designer look area rugs qualify as spot-on spot accents for a foyer, entryway, living, family, or sun room.

Ridge Road Décor 30.5-Inch Round Antique Aluminum Framed Wall Mirror in Silver

Ridge Road Décor Round Antique Aluminum Framed Wall Mirror in Silver

Reims 2 Door Accent Cabinet

Reims 2 Door Accent Cabinet

Roseanne Accent Chair - Gold/Grey

Roseanne Accent Chair – Gold/Grey

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Round Accent Table in Antique Gold/Clear finish with Fish Pedestal Base 

Gray-Washed Decorative Carved Wood Coffee Table

Gray-Washed Decorative Carved Wood Coffee Table

Carved details, natural pine wood, and a soft gray-washed finish highlights this super coastal chic style coffee table.

nuLOOM Traditional Vintage Faded Circle Frame Area Rug

nuLOOM Traditional Vintage Faded Circle Frame Area Rug

Tybrook Hand-Crafted Accent Mirror

Tybrook Hand-Crafted Accent Mirror 

White-Wood-Mediterranean-Cabinet

White Wood Mediterranean Cabinet

Decorative Palancar Coral Table Décor Figurine

Decorative Palancar Coral Table Décor Figurine

Catalina Lighting Freya Table Lamp

Catalina Lighting Freya Table Lamp

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Mekhi 2 Door Accent Cabinet

Lind Armchair1 Lind Armchair

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Jan Jones LLC

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Touchet 1-Light Single Globe Pendant

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LS Dimond Home Natural Teak Slice Console

Distinctive hardware, sleek lines, and an elegant design presence meets the criteria for the perfect accent chest.

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Dakota Fields 2 Door Cabinet

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Abstract End Table

Powerful style statement in soft shades of seaside green.

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Beige Mercury Glass Table Lamp with Beige Drum Shade

Beige Mercury Glass Table Lamp with Beige Drum Shade

Aqua Horizon Giclee Canvas Art Print

Aqua Horizon Giclee Canvas Art Print

Grey/Green Framed 4 door Wine Sideboard

Grey/Green Framed 4 door Wine Sideboard

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Domino

Mix and mingle the cocktail hour with a distinctive piece such as the Avalon rattan bar.

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Avalon Rattan Bar

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Gorgeous lives in the details of the statement piece.

Andtree Ray Accent Mirror

Andtree Ray Accent Mirror

Failand Coral Sculpture

Failand Coral Sculpture

Leave no stone unturned in your search for special pieces to tie the coastal look altogether.

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William Yeoward – Country House Chic Accent Cabinet

Check out consignment shops, estate sales, antiques auctions, and online sites for classic pieces and curiosities destined to become the focal point of the space.

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Atelier de Campagne LLC

Pastel painting, seascape

Pastel Seascape Print

French Dry Scrape Painted Pine 2 Door Server

French Dry Scrape Painted Pine 2 Door Server

Part of the fun is the hunt, and the grand prize is in the treasure found.

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Leftover Antiques

Rugs in neutral shades and natural textures keep with the coastal casual feel and gorgeously work the room.

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Liliane Hart Interiors

Seaford Diamond Zebra Rug Tan - Threshold

Seaford Diamond Zebra Rug Tan – Threshold

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Veranda

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Shape and form again catch my eye.

The curved details of this 20th Century Painted Bombe Chest With Verde Marble Top has an under the sea quality to it.

20th Century Painted Bombe Chest With Verde Marble Top

20th Century Painted Bombe Chest With Verde Marble Top

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Architectural Digest

Uzbek Suzani handmade embroidered Bedspread Bedcover

Uzbek Suzani Handmade Embroidered Bedspread Bedcover

Earnestine Solid Woven Rug

Earnestine Solid Woven Rug

Maharaja Sandblasted White Wood Hand-Carved Arm Chair

Maharaja Sandblasted White Wood Hand-Carved Arm Chair

Camila Home Blue (8'x10') Rug

Camila Home Blue (8’x10′) Rug

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Meaghan Twin Daybed

Natural Becker Rattan Full Headboard

Natural Becker Rattan Full Headboard

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Blue and Cream Collection by Threshold

Alayna Botanic Bone Inlay Traditional Beveled Distressed Accent Mirror

Alayna Botanic Bone Inlay Traditional Beveled Distressed Accent Mirror

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Strick & Bolton Sylvie Handmade Braided Jute Reversible Runner

Accents and accessories in traditional coastal design color, texture, and pattern choices infuse the spaces and places in the home with a comfortable seaside chic aesthetic that emphasizes a there’s no place like home or the beach vibe.

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Sydney 32" Wide Down Cushion Armchair

Sydney 32″ Wide Down Cushion Armchair

vidaXL Folding Director's Chair 2 pcs Bamboo and Canvas

vidaXL Folding Director’s Chair 2 pcs Bamboo and Canvas

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Dallas-based designer Jan Showers words serve as design tip numero uno in my book.

Alayna Bone Inlay Wall Mirror

Alayna Bone Inlay Wall Mirror

Aubree Beveled Accent Mirror

Aubree Beveled Accent Mirror

I realize black may not be the color that immediately springs to mind when considering the coastal style color wheel, but it’s the color that lends a touch of elegance to any decor style it graces.

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Deeley Traditional Accent Chest

See (or should I say sea) what I mean?

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Giannetti Home

Coastal elegance is beautifully defined through black decor pieces and accessories.

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Enzo Barrel Chair Tangled White-Black

Sutton Banana Palm Chalk 33' L x 20.5" W Wallpaper Roll

Sutton Banana Palm Chalk 33′ L x 20.5″ W Wallpaper Roll

Inspire Me! Home Decor Elegance FAR01 Indoor Area Rug

Inspire Me! Home Decor Elegance FAR01 Indoor Area Rug

Papasan chairs capture the look of casual chic, and speaking from personal ownership experience, is one super comfortable seating option.

Papasan Chair with Round Pillow Cushion and Cream Wicker Weave

Papasan Chair with Round Pillow Cushion and Cream Wicker Weave

This super chic space speaks fluent seaside sophistication to me.

Lindsey Lane - Charish

Lindsey Lane – Charish

Some may say this upholstery is more tropical than coastal.

I say it’s lovely and just the deviation from the too literal design style interpretation needed for the space.

Chardon Armchair

Junnell Leaf Armchair

Nice complementing piece.

Jungle Leaf 3 Drawer Cabinet

Jungle Leaf 3 Drawer Cabinet

Step away from the expected by throwing the eye a curveball with a chic choice of conservation piece.

Jackie Kennedy Onassis paparazzi photo

Jackie Kennedy Onassis Paparazzi Photo

StyleCraft Atmore Ceramic White Table Lamp - White Softback Fabric Shade

StyleCraft Atmore Ceramic White Table Lamp – White Softback Fabric Shade

Scallop Side Table

Scallop Side Table

Hayes hobnail large planter

Hayes Planter

Levins Coffee Table

Levins Coffee Table

I’m including this lovely video as it is befitting the end to a serene and relaxing day spent oceanside and the end of this coastal home decor extravaganza.

Take a moment, hit play, and take it in.

“The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.”

—Robert Wyland

Decorating is an adventure in personal style that should always inspire our imagination and bring us immense joy.

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On A Spring Into Summer Laundry Day

Sometimes all it takes to set memories in motion and give ideas for a blog post is a photo putting a fresh spin on the household necessity we call laundry day.

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Country Living Magazine – Brent Darby Photography

As sunny days and warm breezes become the norm, I look forward to the spring into summer activity of hanging freshly washed clothes out on the clothesline to dry.

Linens especially smell so summer sweet when line dried, and instantly take my thoughts back to summers sleepovers at Dave the Builder’s aunt’s house, where life in a Northern Louisiana town imitated that of your favorite episode of The Andy Griffith Show.

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North Prints

Today’s laundry room design and decor is anything but rinse and repeat.

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Marie Flanigan Interiors

My laundry room falls into the category of not ready for prime blog time, but it is the little space that could.

Currently, the space lacks loads of style, but makes up for it in cabinets, countertops, shelves, and storage space that aid in getting the job done.

Back in our antiques shop days, Dave the Builder unearthed a vintage soda display stand from an old store, brought it home, and promptly placed it next to the washing machine as an absolutely perfect storage display for laundry soaps, fresheners, softeners, dryer sheets and the like.

This began an appreciation for display fixtures for home use.

Retail stores going out of business will usually sale display tables, cabinets, and racks for a song.

If this is not a feasible route, check out big box retail and home improvement stores.

3 Way Clothing Rack - Boutique Ivory

3 Way Clothing Rack – Boutique Ivory

Inexpensive surprises and common sense laundry day tips never cease to amaze me.

Ocean Scented Liquid Dish Soap - 10 fl oz - Smartly™

Ocean Scented Liquid Dish Soap – 10 fl oz – Smartly™

Smells like the ocean (a super lovely scented ocean) liquid dish soap is the go-to laundry detergent alternative I use for washing pillowcases.

Several drops added to a medium to high water level load does the trick, and the clean fresh scent is amazing.

Ocean Scented Liquid Dish Soap

Let’s just say getting clothes out of the dryer as soon as the cycle stops is not one of my laundry day strong suits, however, I love the way sheets and pillowcases smell fresh out of the dryer.

A spritz or two of homemade linen spray refreshes, and the light and lovely scent sets the tone for a good night’s slumber.

Linen Spray

Ingredients

1 ½  teaspoon essential oil of your choice

2  Tablespoons witch hazel or vodka

4  cups distilled water

32 oz.  spritz bottle

Directions

Mix witch hazel or vodka and desired oils in a bottle.  Add the distilled water and shake to combine.

The witch hazel or vodka aids in dispersing the oil evenly throughout the liquid.

Shake bottle gently before each use.

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Spring into summer is the prime clothesline drying season, and this clothespin bag from Mary Beth at The How-To Home is an easy DIY project perfect for clothespins storage.

Vintage Wire Collapsible Laundry Basket Hamper

Vintage Wire Collapsible Laundry Basket Hamper

Dirty laundry is just a fact of our all things house that make a home life.

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Better Homes & Gardens

Easy DIY projects, fresh scents, comfort of the known, sunny days and warm breezes go a long way toward making laundry day a little easier.

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Fetching Friday: Mother’s Day Recipes Inspiration

Today’s most fetching Friday offers Mother’s Day recipes inspiration.

Mother's Day Recipes InspirationBe it breakfast in bed, dining table set to impress, or a picnic spread enjoyed in springtime splendor, a deliciously edible and visually stunning Mother’s Day meal stands as a time-honored gathering held in celebration of Mom.

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Picture and pitcher perfect for this special day, colorful vintage pitchers packed full of fresh flowers and cuttings strike a commanding pose.

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by Kritsada Panichgul

For your Mother’s Day recipes inspiration consideration, I’m featuring traditional favorites from my traditional favorites, Better Homes & Gardens and Southern Living Magazine.

Strawberries and Cream French Toast

Strawberries and Cream French Toast

Ingredients

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

1¼ cups heavy whipping cream, divided

¼ cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons strawberry jam

¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar

3 large eggs

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 (16-ounce) loaf French bread, cut into 1-inch-thick slices

Sugared Fruit (see recipe below)

Maple syrup

Directions

Spray an 11×7-inch baking dish with baking spray with flour.

In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese, ¼ cup cream, and granulated sugar with a mixer at medium speed until smooth.  Stir in jam; set aside.

In a separate medium bowl, whisk together remaining 1 cup cream, brown sugar, eggs, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Dip bread slices in cream mixture. Spread one side of each bread slice with approximately 2 teaspoons cream cheese mixture.

Place bread slices upright, side by side, in prepared dish.  Pour any remaining egg mixture over bread slices.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or up to 2 days.

Preheat oven to 375°.

Remove casserole from refrigerator, and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Bake, covered, for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake until center is set and bread is golden brown, about 30 minutes more.

Spoon sugared fruit over casserole before serving. Serve with maple syrup.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Sugared Fruit

Ingredients

1½ cups quartered strawberries

1 cup raspberries

1 cup blueberries

1 cup blackberries

¼ cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons bourbon

Directions

In a large bowl, stir together strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, sugar, and bourbon.

Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.

-Victoria Magazine

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Southern Living Magazine – Jennifer Davick

Cranberry Chicken Salad

Ingredients

3 cups chopped rotisserie chicken (from 1 rotisserie chicken)

½ cup chopped celery (from 2 stalks)

1/3 cup dried cranberries

2 Tbsp. sweet pickle relish

2 Tbsp. chopped fresh chives, plus more for garnish

2 Tbsp. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1½ teaspoon Dijon mustard

½ cup mayonnaise

½ teaspoon kosher salt

¼ tsp. black pepper

Directions

Stir together all ingredients in a large bowl until well incorporated. Garnish with additional chives, if desired.  Serve immediately or, for best results, chill, covered, at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours before serving.

-Southern Living Magazine

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by Melanie Acevedo

Royal Heritage Bone China Cup and Saucer - Pink Rose

Royal Heritage Bone China Cup and Saucer – Pink Rose

Hibiscus Punch

Ingredients

¼ cup sugar

2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger

6 whole cloves

4 hibiscus tea bags

1 ½ cups orange juice

1 ½ cups grapefruit juice

Ice cubes

2 limes, thinly sliced

Directions

In a small pot combine ¼ cup sugar, 2 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger, 6 whole cloves, and 2 cups water.

Bring to boiling over high; cook and stir 1 minute or until sugar dissolves.

Add 4 hibiscus tea bags. Let cool to room temperature.

Strain through a sieve into a large pitcher.

Stir in 1½ cups each orange and grapefruit juices.

Chill up to 24 hours. Serve with lime slices.  Serves 8.

-Better Homes & Gardens

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by Dana Gallagher

Lemon Verbena Ice Cream Pie

Ingredients

Lemon Verbena Ice Cream

1 cup milk

½ cup fresh lemon verbena leaves or 4 teaspoons lemon zest

½ teaspoon kosher salt

¾ cup sugar

3 egg yolks

1 ½ cups heavy cream

2 teaspoons vanilla

Ginger Shortbread Crust

½ cup butter, softened

1 cup all-purpose flour

¼ cup sugar

2 tablespoons finely chopped candied ginger

1 teaspoon ground ginger

½ teaspoon kosher salt

Herbs and edible flowers, such as lemon verbena, phlox, and/or roses

Directions

For Lemon Verbena Ice Cream:

In a medium saucepan heat milk and verbena or zest just to a simmer over high.  Remove from heat; let steep about 30 minutes.  Stir in salt.

In a medium bowl whisk together sugar and egg yolks until thick and pale. Return milk to a simmer.  Gradually whisk 1/2 cup milk mixture into egg mixture.  Continue whisking until smooth.  Slowly add egg mixture to saucepan, stirring constantly.  Cook and stir over medium-low until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon and just starting to bubble.  Stir in cream. Press through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl; discard solids.  Stir in vanilla.

Set mixture in an ice bath to chill, stirring occasionally.  Transfer to a 2-qt. ice cream freezer.  Freeze according to manufacturer’s directions.

For Ginger Shortbread Crust:

Grease a 9-inch pie plate. Preheat oven to 350°F.  In a large bowl beat butter with a mixer on medium 30 seconds.  Add flour, sugar, candied ginger, ground ginger, and salt.  Beat until a soft dough forms.

Press dough evenly into prepared pie plate.  Line with a double thickness of greased foil.  Fill to top with pie weights.  Bake 25 minutes.

Remove foil. Bake 10 to 12 minutes more or until dark golden brown. Let cool completely.  Freeze at least 1 hour.

Spread ice cream into crust.  Freeze at least 4 hours or until ice cream is firm.  Let stand at room temperature 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Top with herbs and edible flowers.  Makes 10 servings.

-Better Homes & Gardens

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Southern Living Magazine – Photo by Antonis Achilleos
Food Styling by Torie Cox – Prop Styling by Kay E. Clarke 

As easy as they are pretty, this recipe for Mini Confetti Cakes is Mother’s Day perfect.

Mini Confetti Cakes

Ingredients

1 (15 1⁄4-oz.) pkg. vanilla cake mix

3 tablespoons pink candy sprinkles

Homemade Whipped Cream (recipe below)

Edible flowers (such as violas, tuberous begonias, English daisies, and pansies)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Prepare cake batter according to package directions, stirring pink candy sprinkles into batter. Pour batter into a greased and floured 13- x 9-inch baking pan. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 28 to 33 minutes.

Cool cake in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes. Invert cake onto rack; cool completely, about 45 minutes.

Prepare the sweetened whipped cream.

Cut out 15 mini cakes from cooled cake using a 2 1⁄2-inch round cutter.  Slice each mini cake in half horizontally, making 2 layers per mini cake.

Using a small offset spatula, spread sweetened whipped cream on half of layers, and top with remaining layers.

Cover tops and sides of cakes with whipped cream.  Press edible flowers directly onto cakes.

Homemade Whipped Topping

Ingredients

2 cups heavy cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

6 tablespoons unsifted powdered sugar

Directions

Beat cream and vanilla in a bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until foamy.  Gradually add powdered sugar, and beat until stiff peaks form.

-Southern Living Magazine

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers, grandmothers, mother-in-laws, like a mother to me, sister moms, and best friends we celebrate and appreciate.

I hope these Mother’s Day recipes inspiration gift you with ideas for preparing a delicious treat to complement your Mother’s Day celebration.

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Sink Oh D (as in Design) My Oh Kitchen Sink Styles

In interior design and decorating celebration of Cinco de Mayo on this 5th day of May, may I present a collection of stunning sink oh d (as in design) my oh so lovely kitchen sink styles.

marble-kitchen-sink Remodelista

Kitchen sink styles qualifying as house favorites include those made of marble or natural stone.

stone-sink-butlerHouse Beautiful

If not of marble, then at the very least surrounded by.

Gorgeous!

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Douglas Vanderhorn Architects

Marble and natural stone sinks impress the eye with a timeless and tasteful touch of luxury balanced with performance capability.

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 Lonny

Chiseled Rectangular Natural Stone Vessel Sink in Almond Brown

Chiseled Rectangular Natural Stone Vessel Sink in Almond Brown

The porosity of natural stone makes this material easily susceptible to stain which gives pause to some when considering the use of these types of sinks.

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Vintage Compass Stone Kitchen Sink ~ House Beautiful

Pretty is as pretty does applies to the design, finish, and performance of kitchen sink styles.

A commitment to upkeep comes with natural stone sinks.

When considering selecting a natural stone sink, factor in that acidic and oily substances will penetrate the surface of the natural stone, leaving a stain to deal with.

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 SHM Architects

Over time, the patina of these sinks rests and becomes a perfectly imperfect design feature, one that accentuates the natural beauty of the stone.

sink-metalJohn Derian’s Collected East Village Apartment

Vintage chic carries through to kitchen sink styles, as unique has become a design and decorative requirement in the world of kitchen design.

Retrofitting an antique sideboard to accommodate a kitchen sink results in an impressive design and decor addition to the kitchen triangle format.

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Nikki To Photography

Salvaged porcelain kitchen sinks meet today’s your kitchen-your style requirements.

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Smith & Vansant Architects PC

Eclectic sink options illustrate what one person considers to be functional obsolescence another considers a distinct design feature.

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Salisbury Artisans

Vintage beauty merges with modern function in the home of Braxton Dixon, the master builder behind the iconic homes of country music legends Johnny Cash and Tammy Wynette.

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Implementing one-of-a-kind architectural elements into the design of his houses sets these works of building and designing art apart from other exterior and interior standard house designs.

This is most prevalent in Mr. Dixon’s choice of a kitchen sink in his Tennessee home.

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Large Candy Kettle Chocolate Pot

Large Candy Kettle Chocolate Copper Pot

A vintage copper candy kettle becomes an architectural showpiece, kitchen sink and unique focal point all-in-one, while remaining true to the original integrity, storied provenance, and design style of the home.

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Better Homes and Gardens

What do real estate and sink placement have in common?

LOCATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The optimum placement for a prep sink is adjacent to or across from the stove and refrigerator and for good reason; it’s the area of the kitchen where the prep magic happens.

Rivera Kitchen Prep Sink

Rivera Kitchen Prep Sink

The prep sink is the single most helpful kitchen design feature I have ever become dependent upon in the context of cooking, baking, and recipe creating.

Convenience and usefulness alone make it easy to understand why I am a huge fan of the prep sink and consider it a kitchen design necessity.

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Home Bunch

Necessary to the convenience, purpose, and design style of a butler’s pantry aka the second kitchen and its cousin scullery is the features implemented into the design.

Extra deep sinks benefit both the purpose and the design.

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Butler’s Pantry at The Madison – Jean Stoffer Design

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House & Garden – Photo by Ngoc Minh Mgo

Focal point fabulousness is the visual point when going for the gold with a super chic gold sink.

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gold apron front sinks

Brass Tone Gold Stainless Steel Double Bowl Farmhouse Apron Kitchen Sink
Rivage Stainless Steel 36 in. Single Bowl Farmhouse Apron Kitchen Sink

Blakes London marble kitchen island

Blakes London

Visually stunning in presence and performance, Paonazzo marble features a distinctive white to ivory to ash gray background with black, caramel, and gold veining.

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Cassidy Single-Handle Kitchen Faucet in Champagne Bronze
Oletto Single Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet in Gold

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Il Granito

The big brass band makes a beautiful case for metallic kitchen sink styles, faucets, finishes, and accessories.

deVOL Basket Waste Strainer & Overflow Kit in Brass

deVOL Basket Waste Strainer & Overflow Kit in Brass

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Kathryn Scott Design Studio Ltd

Apron-front sinks combine utilitarian practicality with decorative adaptability.

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DecorPad

The look is yesteryear traditional, but the appeal is all modern day kitchen sink must have.

farmhouse-sink-push-out-casement-windows DecorPad

Although these sinks come in both single and double bowl models, the features of the single bowl model seems to make it the most preferred, especially when it comes to the ever popular farmhouse design style.

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 OXA Architecture

Percy Farmhouse Apron-Front Crafted Stainless Steel 32 in. Single Bowl Kitchen Sink

Percy Farmhouse Apron-Front Crafted Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink

Sinkology Adams 33" Farmhouse Apron Front Sink in Pure Antique Copper

Sinkology Adams 33″ Farmhouse Apron Front Sink in Pure Antique Copper

Sink size does matter in the day-to-day KP duty routine we all endure, and the width of the farmhouse sink is a natural fit feature able to hold dishwashing court with pots, pans and bake ware of varied sizes.

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Marble Apron-Front Sink

Let me also clue you in on another well known design advantage of the farmhouse sink.

When there’s too much dish at the end of the day, the depth of the apron-front sink works fabulously to your advantage as it conceals many a dirty dish.

That’s my kind of sink oh d (as in design) my oh kitchen sink styles celebration!

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Mother’s Day Gift Giving Ideas

As May approaches Mother’s Day gift giving ideas come to mind.

Mother's Day gift giving ideas

Rose Stepstone Dark Walnut

Rose Stepstone Dark Walnut

Delicate.

Delightful.

Distinctive.

The Pioneer Woman Floral Nonstick Cast Cakelet Pan

The Pioneer Woman Floral Nonstick Cast Cakelet Pan

Flowers and a mother’s love share a common thread.

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Patterned Satin Scarf in Cream Floral

Inspiration for this post begins with The Art of Flowers from the editors of Victoria Magazine.

Victoria: The Art of Flowers (Hardcover)

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Victoria: The Art of Flowers (Hardcover)

4oz Glass Jar 3-Wick Mom Candle - Opalhouse™

4oz Glass Jar 3-Wick Mom Candle – Opalhouse™

Winky Lux Cheeky Rose Blush

Winky Lux Cheeky Rose Blush

Gorgeous carries through from garden to table.

House and Garden Indoor Outdoor Hydrangea Bouquet Tablecloth

House & Garden Indoor/Outdoor Hydrangea Print Tablecloth

Petal Fiber Flower-Shaped Placemat

Petal Fiber Flower-Shaped Placemat

quilted blue and white flower coasters

Rose Coasters in Classic Blue and White

April showers bring this May flowers canvas art print perfect for a lasting Mother’s Day gift.

Painted Potted Flowers Canvas Art Print

Painted Potted Flowers Canvas Art Print

Dearfoams Women's Reba Mama Bear Clog Slippers

Dearfoams Women’s Reba Mama Bear Clog Slippers

NEST New York Mini Perfume Oil Set

NEST New York Mini Perfume Oil Set

Rifle Paper Co. Garden Party Recipe Box

Rifle Paper Co. Garden Party Recipe Box

Nordicware Wildflower Loaf Pan

Nordicware Wildflower Loaf Pan

Simple yet stylish, the very cute and affordable Women’s Backless Printed Loose Strap Dress wears well for a spring or summer day out and about.

Women's Backless Printed Loose Strap Dress

Women’s Backless Printed Loose Strap Dress

lonna & lilly Gold-Tone Pavé, Mother-of-Pearl & Leather Flower 26" Adjustable Necklace

lonna & lilly Gold-Tone Pavé, Mother-of-Pearl & Leather Necklace

Absolutely gorgeous accurately describes these Nicola Bathie Austen earrings.

Nicola Bathie Austen Earrings

Nicola Bathie Austen Earrings

Once a theme is established, the ideas begin to flow.

I hope one or more of these Mother’s Day gift giving ideas results in a gift she will love.

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