Outdoors

Creating an Outdoor Oasis

Monday, June 15th, 2015

*This post brought to you in partnership with hayneedle.com

Helloooo and happy Monday friends, welcome to another week. I am enjoying the much slower pace that June and July brings, yesterday we spent a few hours relaxing at a friend’s house by their swimming pool (remember Cheryl’s outdoor makeover?) The Warriors’ victory was the perfect end to the weekend! #dubnation

Today I’m sharing the outdoor poolside cabana-ish covered patio I styled for hayneedle.com a few weeks ago. Several months ago the company approached me with the opportunity to transform a plain outdoor space into a poolside oasis so I was delighted to partner with them and combine a variety of their outdoor furnishings and accessories to create a relaxing outdoor room at the Las Vegas house we’ve been remodeling. Someday it will become a rental, so I pulled together a space for our family, friends, and future tenants to enjoy.

outdoor pillows

You’ll recall a few months ago I wrote about the pool remodel, in the “before” picture of the covered patio below you’ll notice the old tile. After the makeover, the adjacent covered patio felt barren and boring, enter hayneedle.com to inspire a poolside paradise.

Before

covered outdoor area

After

outdoor room after

So often we want to bring the outdoors into our homes, but this space was the reverse, it was bringing the indoors out by combining a comfortable sofa, rug, curtains, art, and accessories to create an oasis outside.

outdoor sectional

 

green glassware

 

Across from the Coral Coast Conversation Set seen above is the most wonderful piece, it’s the Bali Hai potting bench/bar cart that I assembled myself, I love the contrast between the rich wood tones and stainless steel top, a piece that is versatile used as either a potting bench, as a bar, or simply for extra storage.

potting bench beverage bar

 

bar on bench

 

potting bench bar beverages

 

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Ready for Summer Entertaining + Giveaway

Monday, June 1st, 2015

I welcome this time of year, the transition from a regimented school schedule to a relaxed summer schedule – June and July are months we take it easy and invite friends into the backyard for much merriment. We had a group over to our house yesterday and my brother’s family stopped by for a barbeque. Knowing guests were on their way I spent Saturday cleaning and planting and then Sunday preparing food and drinks.

I was invited by World Market to participate in their summer campaign focused on outdoor entertaining, so with gift cards in hand I paid a visit to my local store on Friday to stock up. In summer I like to use my potting bench as a beverage bar on our upper patio, it has a nice view of our hobby vineyard and is a great place to lounge and chat with visitors.

beverage bar wine barrel side table

World Market is an easy one stop shop for food and drink items too, I picked up some cheeses and savory treats, sparkling juices, mineral water, and two bottles of wine and they make it so easy to fill a large drink dispenser with sparkling soda or juice infused with citrus for a sweet summer refresher.

outdoor beverage bar

 

sparkling limon over ice

 

white wine ice bucket

 

tray of glasses

 

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