Ready for Summer Entertaining + Giveaway

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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Weekend Reading

May 29th, 2015

Happy weekend everyone! We’ve invited guests over on Sunday for a barbeque, we like to entertain more during the summer especially on Sunday afternoons when the weather is so nice and the weekend is winding down. I’m headed to the nursery to grab some plants to fill in some bare spots in the yard, I’ll be doing some front porch sprucing and gardening and speaking of isn’t this potting room porch dreamy?

potting room


The favorite links from the week…

Making an inherited house feel like home.

Non working fireplace decorating ideas.

Yay! A line of tropical inspired decor from IKEA!

Also 10 of IKEA’s own clever hacks.

Interesting: building a shipping container home (things to know).

Wow I absolutely love these feather collages.

These look dangerously delicious: key lime pie jello shots.

Three fab DIY outdoor games for summertime fun.

On growth and expansion: the business of enough.

Truth: parents at the beginning and end of the school year.


Have a great weekend!