Lavender Infused Sugar

Lavender Infused Sugar

I started with one tiny lavender plant years ago that has spread into a tiny garden of sorts. Nothing like the beautiful fields of Provence, but my own little pièce de résistance. Until last year, I had only enjoyed the heavenly aroma and beautiful color of these tiny blossoms. Then, I baked lavender shortbread cookies for the first time and, my goodness, they were so good. I was on to something! This summer, I decided to branch out and try … [Read more...]

Summer Entertaining- Outdoor Oasis Party + Giveaway!

Outdoor Oasis Party

Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Pier 1 Imports. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and to thank me for participating. As soon as the weather turns warm, we spend as much time outside as possible. I like to think of our backyard as an extension of the rest of our house. It's an oasis where we can escape the busyness of life, take time to rejuvenate, and reconnect with … [Read more...]

Outdoor Extravaganza Paint Project Picks

Aqua Vintage Drink Cart

Happy Monday! Can you believe it's June already? We had a late start to spring, but I'm happy to see everything is finally greening up. I always look forward to this time of year when our crabapple tree goes into bloom. So pretty! A big thank you to everyone who shared their Outdoor Paint Projects at the Outdoor Extravaganza last week. So many inspiring ideas! Today, I thought I’d share some of the most popular projects. Vintage Metal … [Read more...]

Outdoor Extravaganza- Share Your Outdoor Paint Projects!

Weathered Chippy Bench Makeover

It’s the final installment of this year’s Outdoor Extravaganza, paint projects! Finally, the weather cooperated this past week and I was able to put in some good hours outside. At the end of each Outdoor Extravaganza I can’t believe how much progress everyone has made! Sometimes all it takes is a little accountability to finally get projects crossed of the to-do list, wouldn’t you agree? Yesterday, I showed you what I did with the bench I salva … [Read more...]

Weathered Bench Container Garden

Weathered Bench Container Garden_3

A couple summers ago, I discovered two weathered benches in an old shed at my parents' farm that I decided to bring home with me. I managed to paint the larger one a bright yellow color for the Outdoor Extravaganza last year, and it eventually made its way to our front porch. The other smaller sized bench ended up being shoved under our deck and somewhat forgotten about. Last week, I finally pulled it out in an attempt to give it new life as part … [Read more...]

Outdoor Extravaganza Top Decorating Picks

orange cooler:drink cart

Happy Memorial Day to my friends south of the border! I hope you're enjoying your long weekend. For me, the past few days have been a whirlwind of projects and hosting an outdoor party (I'll be sharing the details of that very soon)! A big thank you to everyone who shared their Decorating Projects at the Outdoor Extravaganza last week! So much inspiration, as always! Today, I thought I’d share some of my favorite projects from the party along w … [Read more...]

Join the Outdoor Extravaganza Decorating Link Party!

Outdoor Decorating Projects for the Outdoor Extravaganza

Decorating for the Outdoor Extravaganza seemed to be a struggle for everyone this year. Many of us have had cold, rainy, sometimes snowy weather, and even a bit of hail. The grass is still patchy and some shrubs have just started to peek out. I'm not going to complain, though, since Kristin was dealing with fires where she lives in California last week! Yesterday, I shared what I've managed to pull together so far for our outdoor lounging … [Read more...]

Lounging Around: Our Outdoor Living Space

Outdoor Living Space with Lounge Area

Last July, we got most of the foundational pieces in place for our outdoor living space. However, when it came time to finish the decorating, most of the outdoor decor was picked over and I had to put the process on hold. This year, I decided to be ahead of the game and started picking up pieces when they first started arriving in stores. With seasonal items, I've learned it's best to nab them before they're gone.   Perhaps it was … [Read more...]

Potting Benches, Succulents & Garden Upcycling

potting bench makeover

First off, happy Victoria Day to my Canadian friends! It hasn't been the sunny weekend I was hoping for, but it's always nice to spend time with family and friends. Today, I'm crossing my fingers I can finish up my outdoor decorating post for tomorrow if the weather permits! A big thank you to everyone who shared their Plants & Flowers Projects at the Outdoor Extravaganza last week! I'm always amazed by the level of talent. So much … [Read more...]