Creating an Outdoor Oasis

June 15th, 2015

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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 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 to inspire a poolside paradise.


covered outdoor area


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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Weekend Reading

June 12th, 2015

The last few days have been a medley of fun by the pool and work behind the scenes, hence the slow blogging this week. The family is in Las Vegas while I’m working on the house before my aunt moves in next month. I’ve been all over town picking up tile for a backsplash and light fixtures too, the kitchen appliances arrived today, hooray! I’m headed back to California on Saturday but will return in a few weeks to wrap up the project – I’m excited to feature the completed master bathroom and kitchen at the end of the month!

beach house


The favorite links from the week . . .

Eye candy: a Brisbane based designer’s portfolio including this beach house.

A fab kitchen remodel that started with removing a wall.

Two favorite paint colors together: Sea Salt + Coventry Gray.

Golden age of Hollywood beauty secrets.

Lunching tips to learn from the French.

A great list of summer books to read.

Just as awkward as us: celebrities at their proms.

Great travel advice for road trips with kids.

Stunning photographs of dancers.

Yes to hand embroidery.

Pretty pretty ring dishes.

It Is Love.


Have a great weekend !