Garden Buzz: Outdoor Living
Planning an outdoor living and dining area?
At this time of the year nothing is more wonderful than entertaining outdoors and connecting with the natural world.
Creating the perfect shaded area amongst cool green plantings with a pergola to sit under or a water feature bubbling away.
Using trellis and climbing plants you can create an outdoor room, a true sanctuary that draws you outside.
Include lighting, a water feature and add strands of lights and hanging lanterns for night time use. Large urns filled with annuals add colour throughout the year.
Outdoor rugs and Sunbrella cushions add to the room appeal.
Take a look at these Houzz articles for more photos and inspirations.
Thank you Ann M. for this great suggestion on coffee table styling.
The coffee table is an essential element to the living room or family room. Even the table needs some love and attention. Spruce it up and make it an interesting piece of the room.
Fresh flowers- They are a great addition to any table actually. Whether it’s a small mason jar filled with a few flowers from the yard or a large vase with ornate flowers, they always liven up a room. Of course if you don't have a green thumb like myself, go for the faux flowers. They are great for busy bees who want the blooming look all year round.
Coasters- So helpful in keeping the table less messy when company is over. Especially in the hotter months of the year, when condensation from your chilly drink slowly spills onto your nice reclaimed wood table. Can’t even tell you how many great tables this has ruined for me…those water rings never come off. Hey, winter time is not my tables friend either, with hot beverages, coasters always protect the surface.
Coffee books- They make for an interesting conversation piece. Place them together is a neat stack opposite of the rest of the items. Try placing a fun paper weight or a small sculpture to create some drama and interest. Try to keep the large coffee table books to a maximum of 3 depending on the thickness and size.
Candles- This is my favorite essential when styling my own coffee table. They create great mood lighting at night and make for great air fresheners during the day. I tend to overstock on my favorite scents…Mahogany Teakwood for winter and Island Margarita for summer. (Bath and Body Works)
Tray- This serves as a great way to keep smaller items together. With my obsession with organization, trays are my favorite styling item. They make the table look much more organized when everything is tucked away on the tray…hey that rhymes!
Below, I went with a more simplistic styling. Keeping the decor items to a bare minimum. For this client the necessities consisted of a wooden sculpture of a female silhouette and her favorite books.
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Where Did I Park?
Many people use their vehicle as large storage on wheels which can conveniently travel with you. But it is very easy to let it get out of control, with a crumpled bill here,
a pair of shoes there. (<—I’m guilty of this!) Enough umbrellas to cover the entire car, toys, receipts…you get the picture. It’s time to organize that mess into a tidy stress free “storage” car.
Contain the crazy with small storage like the basket I used.
Check out the space it provided for groceries or beach chairs. This is a great tip for someone traveling with little ones. Sorting their toys into one place makes a big difference on the interior appearance and maximizes usage of the car.
Re-purpose a simple plastic to-go cup into a mini car trash can, it will help you with staying on top of the tidiness. Don't even get me started on the glovebox…yes, I'm guilty of this too! It is one of those compartments where all the unwanted junk gets tossed in. Go through it to see what is necessary to keep and the rest toss out. Contain the remaining items in a ziplock bag which conveniently fits.
Keep a few wipes handy for those sudden-breaks coffee spills. For all those commuters out there, always keep some change near by. (…and I don't mean on the floor or between the seats) Put the change in an easily accessible small container.
Please comment below for more organization tips or questions. Drive safe and next tune in for house talk.
Mary Dampier, Tara Dennison and Paulina Brajczewska.