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Simple touches




We have the most beautiful ornamental grasses scattered throughout our yard.  I love them. We chose to add them as we went along for the beautiful rustle they make in the warm summer breeze while also looking very striking in comparison to the snowy white backdrop of winter.

It wasn’t until a few days ago that I realized I should ray ban baratas cut some and bring them indoors to add a touch of fall to a vase. They make such a beautiful display that I don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner


So to sum up, go outside, cut some grass and put it in a vase. You’ll thank me!

Cane and Rattan Chairs



Well I would like to tell you that our planters boxes are up and finished, and I could except that would be a blatant lie on my part ;-). In truth we’ve gotten a little bit derailed by BBQ’s and an abundant amount of rain. Hopefully they’ll be finished this weekend.

So anyway my living room is in desperate need of some side chairs to fill up an empty wall. The room is relatively narrow at around 12 feet wide and we have a sectional in there so the chairs need to be somewhat smallish in scale like my bedroom chairs. A recliners wont fit (sorry Bryan).

Living Room

The chairs will sit to the right where the TV once did since it’s now hung on the wall above the fireplace. As you can see in this recycled picture from Christmas. Amazing that I haven’t taken a picture since then!

Deck the Living Room 10

There’s no real rush so I have been keeping my eyes open for just the right kind of chair that will fit. Lately I have been loving all kinds of cane and rattan chairs. Who knows where we’ll end up or when the right chair will pop up but here’s some of my favorites right now.



I love the emerald green color of this wonderful chair redo. The can was broken and she fixed it using upholstery webbing and nailhead traim. Sheer Genius




The black frames on these two make my heart go pitter patter both have a modern edge but would be equally comfortable in a traditional space.



This rattan beauty from Pottery Barn could be equally at home indoors or out. I love it.



I really like the unique square shape of the arms combined with the circle design on the arms. Such a beautiful designed piece.



I love than the cane and rattan chairs can lend themselves to a beachy relaxed feel.

Oct/Nov 2009


Well that’s all for me today. I’m off to scour craigslist. Talk to you all Monday 🙂

10 Gorgeous Waterfront Gardens Ideas



Because it’s Wednesday and because it’s Leap Year Day and because I continue to wait for the stain and sealer to dry on the legs of my chair! I’ve been wasting time looking for all sorts of inspiration once the temperatures warm up and our focus around here shifts from indoor decorating to outdoor gardening.

It’s no secret that I’m in love with the water and waterfront homes. Since we bought our home on the lake I’ve been drawn more and more to beautiful images of homes stretched on perfectly manicure gardens within steps of the water. Whether it be a lake, river or ocean each body of water brings it’s own feel to the space, drawing you nearer.

As spring inches closer and we head into the time of year where we spend more time outdoors. Our indoor projects at our lake house begin to take a back seat to outdoor ones. The call of the promise of colorful flowers and the sounds of boats whizzing by beg me to go outside. This year I’ve been rounding up some of my favorite waterfront spaces to lend some inspiration to our own yard projects.

Ferguson traditional exterior

I think this is what my dream home would look like. The traditional exterior combined with the soft grays and blue blend perfectly with the outdoor space. The meandering pathway to the lake beyond is just asking for you to take an afternoon stroll, sit on the dock and dangle your feet into the cooling waters below.

Coastal Garden Design traditional landscape


The lush landscape in this yard is lovely, a combination of the green plantings, paths of grass and trees that frame the view, drawing you in and asking you to stay.

Wrap Around Porch traditional exterior

This Maine home’s wrap around porch has not only gorgeous views but the classic sandy color scheme of the home and the comfy wicker furniture are begging for a cup of afternoon tea and a great book.

Exterior Photos traditional landscape

This backyard set on a lake in the evening with a roaring fire to keep the chill away is the perfect spot for roasting marshmallows as summer begins to draw to a close.

Gary Hutton Lagoon House contemporary exterior

I’m in love with the idea of having a wooden platform extending just over the water it’s like having your own personal boardwalk set out right in your backyard.

Hudson River View Garden traditional landscape

This perennial garden with natural stone steps overlooking the Hudson River is so pretty. I can’t even get over the before picture in the bottom right corner. Amazing what landscaping can do.

Hawaii Residence - Porch tropical porch

I plan on packing my suitcases and staying a while on this Hawaiian home’s porch. Palm trees and the ocean, what more could you ask for? No extraordinary landscaping is needed, the view is simply enough.

Benvenuti and Stein contemporary patio

The stone patio on in Chicago overlooking the lake would be a wonderful spot for brunch. Again the blues and grays compliment the colors of the water nature creating a serene and calming atmosphere.

beach vintage traditional landscape

A simple park bench on the water in Australia nestled under a tree is the perfect spot for taking in the views.

beach vintage eclectic patioAll images via Houzz click on the image for more info

This beach patio again in Australia is home to a lovely gray weathered deck.  A relaxed and calming way to end the day.

I’m so inspired to get outside and begin spring time. So let play which was your favorite part? I’m loving the first home and the home with their very own personal boardwalk so lovely and inspiring.

Soon I’ll share pictures of our own piece of lakefront and all the big plans we have to make it a backyard retreat this summer. Until then it’s off to work for me 😉

My Inspiration This Week



Merry Christmas Eve, Eve Everyone! I hope everyone’s halls are decked and presents are wrapped. We’re still working our way to the finish line around here.

Before I sign off for the weekend I wanted to leave you with something that I’ve been admiring for a while. The more and more furniture I see from Somerset Bay the more I fall in love with their gorgeous updated coastal, beachy, lakehouse style. I mentioned the other day that i was a bit on the obsessed side with the Catalina bed (pictured below) by Somerset Bay. I’ve keep going back to their site looking at all of their furniture and I want to take every piece home with me. They have so many beautiful colors and styles. Below are a few of my favorites from Somerset Bay.

imageCatalina Bed via


Sullivan’s Island Bench via

imageSlip Seat Carmel via

imageCrisfield End Table via


Long Key Chest via


Crisfield Bookshelf via


Catskill Cocktail Table via

So let’s play what’s your favorite piece? Mine is still the Catalina Bed but I’m also loving the Long Key Chest and the Sullivan’s Island Bench and the Slip Seat Carmel. I can’t decide!

My Inspiration this Week



I’m still on the great fabric hunt for our bedroom makeover inspired by the always wonderful Sarah Richardson and her Farmhouse Master Bedroom. If you follow me on Pinterest you know I’ve been pinning Fabric left and right. from all over the internet trying to find the perfect mix of fabric. I’ve come across some great finds lately and I thought I’d share some of my favorites. I’ve ordered a bunch of samples and can’t wait for the to arrive!

Here’s some of what I’m loving right now.

Fabric 3

1. Sea Breeze Patriot

2. Khandar Jewel

3. Campione

4. Small Scale Gold

5. Khanjali

6. Jiya

7. Houndstooth

8. Licinda

Have a great weekend everyone!

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