Porch Inspiration

Pollen season is almost over and our new metal roof should be installed next week, which means it's almost time to officially open our back porch. Last year we were very fortunate to receive a  slew of wrought iron furniture from my parents - this year, I can't wait to style the whole porch with all our new additions. 

Not that this should be a surprise to anyone, but we're focusing on a blue, green, black and white color pallet with natural accents and loads of plants. We'll be incorporating some of the items from last year as well, although some did need to be replaced due to our leaking roof. Think new rug, cushions and pillows! I can't wait to share all the details with you sometime next week. In the meantime my fingers will be twitching in anticipation of all the styling coming my way. 

until next time, 
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Inspiration Monday: The Apron

It's a double dose of Inspiration Monday today - So let's get started! Did you know that Home Depot has a blog called, The Apron? And that they sponsor "Style Challenges" where bloggers create stunning spaces utilizing items from Home Depot? And guess what - they are in the midst of an outdoor patio challenge with some seriously stunning results. Perfect timing to gain a bit of outdoor inspiration, wouldn't you say?

Kristin Jackson from the Hunted Interior used an artificial grass "rug" on her deck and it looks awesome. Clearly not for everyone, but she rocked it.

Andrea from Couture House created an entirely new patio that included a dining area, seating area as well as these beautiful "copper" planters. Simply stunning.

Sarah Dorsey of Sarah M. Dorsey Designs refinished an existing deck, added a pergola, swing and seating area. There are so many impressive DIY projects within this makeover, it's crazy. My most favorite, though, is the swing - she made it and even wove the seat herself! I can't even imagine what kind of patience that took. PS. The geometric planter is a very second close for best DIY project. 

Caitlin Ketchum of Desert Domicile created a beautiful privacy wall (among many other achievements) on her lower level terrace. We're considering options to add more privacy to our raised deck area, so this project certainly peaked my interest!

So, now you know, if you're in need of DIY inspiration don't forget to turn to the Apron blog and make sure to spend some time checking out all the Style Challenge posts for loads of outdoor inspiration, too. We're hoping to get our new metal roof soon-ish and then it'll finally be time to get our porch all kitted out for the summer season. Can't wait.

until next time, 
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Hello Old Friend

We were without internet for most of the day today. It's happened before, of course, but this time the timing was indefinite. As in we might not get it back for the rest of the week. I was panicked. I mean, really panicked.  It's hard to remember what the world was like without it, how we survived. I certainly wouldn't be doing what I'm doing now without it. Anyway, always nice to reflect a little and giggle at said panic especially after we're reconnect and all is right with the world again. 

One of the good things about being disconnected is that I was able to get so much more done. No more hours spent Facebook stalking or drooling over Pinterest. Instead I was organizing the most perfect filing cabinet ever and customizing it to fit my space by adding a touch of Antique Gold Rub n' Buff to the pulls. 

Once I got my mitts on the Rub n' Buff (why is it so hard to find now?), I couldn't just stop with the file cabinet pulls - I had to add an extra layer of depth to the desk legs. Can you see the difference? The front of the leg is covered with Rub n' Buff while the side is only half covered. So much more luminous. 
Hello old friend. I've missed you.

Enjoy a sneak peek of my new workspace, while it's still a work in progress, know the full reveal is coming soon.

until next time,
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