Inspiration for Your Patio and a Grilling Giveaway!

The spacious deck above features simple vertical slatting that extends up the side of the building itself, giving a very unified look. When you think of summer, chances are you see yourself outside. Maybe you love having a meal with frie…

Enjoying the Summer Outdoors

I am participating in an influencer program on behalf of Claritin®.This program is paid for by the makers of Claritin® and I have received compensation for my participation. All opinions expressed are my own.We could not be happier that the frigid mont…

10 pieces to create a beautiful outdoor space

One of the best parts of the warming weather is being outdoors. Planting flowers, grasses and even vegetables in our garden is one of my favorite ways to enjoy spring. Whether you have a small patio like me or a large yard with a big wooden deck, here …

Blackened timber cabin in Norway

A high altitude cabin created by Lund Hagem in Geilo Valley with blackened timber and concrete elevations which protect it from harsh, Norwegian winter weather.Photographed by Marc Goodwin.

birthday wishes

In case you’ve been living under a rock, today is voting day. It also happens to be my birthday and while I will spare you my political opinions (though if you’re friends with me on Facebook I’m not nearly so vague) I’m glad to say I’ve casted my vote …

customizing a Summer picnic

It’s the perfect season for eating outside, with the long Summer days and warm evenings creating the ideal climate for taking your meals outdoors. On our small patio is a cozy place to grill and eat with the kids but it doesn’t allow us to really spread out so when Shutterfly approached me to give my take on an outdoor meal I knew I wanted to be near water!

Do you remember when I talked about brainstorming ideas for an upcoming project? This is the article I was referring to. Shutterfly allows you to customize textiles, glassware and even plates to create something truly unique, allowing you to achieve whatever look you’re going for. Here are some of the things I used to create this laid back meal with a view.

Of course you’re going to want to be comfortable during a picnic so make your own cushions to lounge on and don’t worry too much about getting them dusty, everything is washable. The blanket has an oversized poppy drawing on it, courtesy of my husband’s skilled hand (above, left). Using the same drawing I also created a lighter version for a set of dinner plates. Staying with the organic/plant idea, the cushions are printed with a photo I took, a shadow of a fern plant in my yard.

Picnics are fun but can also be a lot of work. You need to carry everything needed to eat and relax comfortably, even though I forgot silverware this time (oops!) it’s important to have some solid you carry heavy things in but that also creates a flat surface on the cushiony grass or sandy ground. A wooden crate carried food, candles, lemonade and plates but also created a solid place to keep drink or other items form tipping over. In case you’re wondering I brought some fresh foods like zucchini noodles, jicama slices, fresh pears, parrano and a baby boule.

If you go out in the evening some candles are also a nice idea, or if you’re bringing friends this would also make a nice gift. I went out in the afternoon so we didn’t need to light them however, choosing the grapefruit scent I can tell you it smells so good, burning it inside makes my house smell fresh and slightly of citrus.

You can also customize stemless wines glasses with Shutterfly, I could’t quite get a good close up of the writing but just know they were hilariously ironic.
Or just a simple monogram would also do the trick!

Some additional and slightly obvious tips would be to remember utensils (unlike me) including knives and/or a cheese slicer with a wooden board for cutting, bring a good book along with a wide brimmed hat and probably sunscreen, especially if you have time to spare and want to take a short nap. You can also listen to music but in my case, the sound of water was much more preferable!

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outdoor small space gathering




Even though we live in a house, our patio space is not any larger than an apartment balcony. I’ve always struggled a bit with making what space we have cozy and inviting for the family or for when we have friends visiting.
I’m partnering with Target to share how I updated our outdoor area to create a casual place with different seating options and feel much more inviting. I suppose I could have shown you a ‘before’ but just believe me when I say it was boring.

Marimekko has this new line exclusively for Target which includes quite a few outdoor items and I really liked these big poufs. I don’t usually have a lot of pattern but thought this would be a fun way to show how a little pattern can go a long way.
I also added a taller woven stool to give another option beyond the poufs, there is always someone who would rather have a firm place to sit so it’s not a bad idea to have a variety of seating.
Also, because we are very near to our neighbors and the street behind can see right into our patio I made a DIY divider with some painted wood boards and hinges. This is also a nice backdrop for plants. I found several cement pots that I really like, it’s such a nice and simple contrast to green. A nice outdoor space has to have plenty of green, for me, which means lots of containers to plant. I think this is also a great filler and way to add height and texture.
A large woven tray in a natural material for is functional for snacks, reading material drinks and is essential especially if you don’t want to be running in and out of the house several times.

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natural Summer | a nomination


I’m sure this never happens to you but sometimes I draft a post and then walk away or get distracted by my toddler who is climbing on my lap, or the table or other danger-to-toddler objects and then forget (am not allowed) to finish.
I intended to share this like a week ago but oh, you know, I got distracted.
Still, I love it. Fresh outdoor styling that makes me wish for my own outdoor room like this, styled by the ever stylish Josefin Hååg for Livet Hemma.

Also, and entirely unrelated I just found out that I was nominated for a 2015 Bloglovin Award. Honestly I’m quite taken aback with this because I know I haven’t been able to take care of my blog very well since I had Elin. 18 months later and I still find it hard to carve out a moment, alone, to look for inspiration that is quality enough for you all to look at. I try to only post things I truly love and even when I’m working in a sponsored situation it’s still a property for me to retain some honesty and taste with who/what I work with. If I had more time I’d love to craft something more flawless, more frequent for you all to read but in spite of my shortcomings with the blog I am terribly grateful to be nominated.
If you’d like to take a look at the list (I’m in excellent company btw) and to vote, go here.

Thank you to everyone who reads my quick captions and visual collection of inspiring and work. I sincerely appreciate it.

rattan

Rattan chair by Jaime Hayon.

herbs

I have a little project coming up involving creating your own herb garden, drawing inspiration from this and the grey/green/burlap combo.

Andy Liffner

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natural

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refugi lieptgas

Recently I was at the bookstore, sans kids, flipping through some magazines. After being in Copenhagen’s Magasin though, and seeing their extensive collection of magazines (of which I prefer the style to most American publications) I’m always a bit dis…