Seasonal Scapes 2016 | Summer

Well hello there, Summer, I thought you’d never arrive!

I hope you’re all able to soak up some extra time with family and friends over this Memorial Weekend like I am!  And, if you’re like me, that means hosting backyard get-togethers.

Wait, you’re backyard isn’t ready for guests, you say?

Don’t panic!  Keep reading for 3 seriously easy, and affordable!, ways to jazz up your outdoor space in time for hosting those summer BBQ’s and bonfires!

1- Refresh your accent pillows and toss in a summer-weight throw for added style

I typically design my backyard areas to reflect the the feel and decor I have going on inside my home, but also love the fun surprises that bright pops of color can bring to outdoor spaces!  There are no rules when it comes to decorating backyard, in my opinion, so go wild and bold if you’re feeling it!

Switching out pillows and throws is hands down the easiest way to refresh a space, both indoors and out, and make it feel new and inviting.

And, don’t feel restricted to just ‘outdoor’ labeled items made from fabrics such as Sunbrella.  Often times I choose indoor pillows and coat them with a Water Repellent spray like Rust-Oleum’s NeverWet before using.   Keep in mind though that it’s still recommended to bring them in each night.

 

2- Setup a designated ‘serving’ area for beverages and food items with outdoor safe serving ware in a coordinating color

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I love shopping HomeGoods’ selection of seasonal items!  They always carry pretty collections of melamine and shatterproof serving ware in fun colors and styles.  And at the typical price point of $2.99/glass, they’re totally affordable, too!

Also, if you don’t already own an apothecary style beverage dispenser, you’re missing out.  I’ve collected several over the years and use them every time I entertain- year round.  They really jazz up your drink selection and look so much more put together over just sitting out basic pitchers of tea or lemonade.  Toss in a decorative tray and you’ve rounded out a simple, but thought out beverage station!

 

3- Ambient lighting

I’m a huge fan of the cafe light trend.  The kits are easily found at any retailer that carries seasonal outdoor decor like Target, Home Depot, Lowe’s and AtHome Stores, and pretty simple to install.  If you don’t have a structure overhead to attach them to- like a pergola or low hanging trees, a great alternative is using eye hooks (from the exterior of your home) to posts or tall rods positioned out in the yard.  For easy DIY tutorials, check out these posts from Bright July, Blue i Style – or for a more permanent, commercial take on this look, see Gray House Studio’s amazing project!

Or, if you’re down to the final hour before guests arrive, strategically scattered outdoor lanterns are a quick way to add lots of visual interest to your entertaining area!  I stock up on the battery operated candles made specifically for outdoors- meaning they’re made of plastic, NOT wax!, like 99% of BOC’s.  Trust me, the wax versions last about a day under the hot sun so make sure to read the packaging to confirm their material!  The plastic versions can be somewhat hard to find, but I’ve spotted them at Pier One recently.  My favorite brand, however, is the Luminara that I buy from Pottery Barn (along with the remote!) for their realistic flame.


** GIVEAWAY Alert**

My good friends over at Lauren Nicole Designs are giving away the gorgeous Mercury Glass Hurricane with LED lights ($60 value!) pictured above, far right!  This is a perfect addition to your summer entertaining setup and who doesn’t love the Mercury Glass trend! To enter, all you have to do is comment on their blog post today (Monday 5/30/2016).


And for more Summertime inspiration, head over to see what these sweet girls are doing, too!

 

Happy entertaining, ya’ll!

Seasonal Scapes 2016 | Spring

Hey ya’ll! I’ve teamed up with my sweet friend, Lauren of Lauren Nicole Designs, and a whole gaggle of other fun blogger pals for LND’s Seasonal Scapes Challenge 2016!

We’re kicking off Week 1 with the theme of bringing Spring into our homes. I love brightening up my spaces with color, fresh flowers and sunshine so I’m so excited to share a quick look into how I freshened up my home office- on the low low and in a snap!

By simply adding a sleeve of tulips- picked up during my weekly grocery run- my room was instantly livened up beyond words! I really could have stopped there, but quiting isn’t my style. 

While I do always have silk arrangements scattered throughout my home, nothing compares to fresh buds! Especially in PINK 💕  
My simple Spring refresh shopping list also included several gorgeous blush toss pillows, rose gold metal spheres(their described as copper, but I see rosé) and one oh-so-comfy lightweight summer throw. 

  
Point is, refreshing for seasons doesn’t have to be expensive- nor complicated! You’ll be amazed at how far a simple pop of color here and there can totally transform the entire feel of a room. 

  
And here’s where it gets really good 〰

Not only is this a fun challenge for us as home decor junkies and blog mavens, but LND is letting all of you in on some fun, too! Lauren is graciously gifting one of our lucky readers with a swoon-worthy coral bowl- perfect for adding that pop of Spring color to any home!

Head over to LND’s blog for all the deets on this amazing giveaway! From there, all you need to do is comment on the post to be entered to win. 

  • The giveaway will end Friday, March 11.
  • Value of the coral bowl: $100.00!

Then, hop on over to see what the rest of our friends are doing to breathe fresh, Spring air into their spaces, too!

Sources:

  • Gallery frames / Hand painted file credenza | see this post
  • Wallpaper | see this post
  • Drapes | see this post
  • Gold Turtle | Target
  • Metal Spheres | Target
  • Pink Sweater Knit Throw | Target
  • Silk Tulips | HomeGoods
  • Fresh Tulips | Harris Teeter
  • Gold Sunburst Mirror | Hobby Lobby
  • Paris books | Zgallerie

Cheers!

Jaime

  

 

Fall Home Tour 2015

Happy ‘Official” Fall, Ya’ll!

Even though today is the first official day of Autumn, last week really brought some fall-like weather for us here in the South, and I’m loving it!

I’ve kept my fall decor to a minimum, mainly due to the (still) curious little hands that love to touch everything.  I just know he’d see one of my many ceramic pumpkins and think, “BALL!”- no bueno!  So only a few pumpkins are on display this year, mostly out of toddler reach, but strategically placed to be noticed.

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Switching out my light+bright area rug for a dark grey shag that really grounds the room (cost = $0 as I swapped it out from underneath our master bed), has proven to be the most impactful update to the room.

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I added a few fur toss pillows to the seating areas- fur is my ALL-TIME fave texture for fall and winter!

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Adding pops of aubergine throughout the room has really transformed it from the spring/summer look I had with tulips and layers of Pool Blue, to a much more romantic feeling.

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Another of my current favorite is this driftwood log.  I used it all summer to add a nautical feel in our navy blue dining room, but I love it paired with the deep purples, too!

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My sweet sidekick, worn out from following me around all day while photographing 🙂

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