Category Archives: outdoor living

Chic Combination: Black, White, and Red

Today I’m over at La Dolce Vita with a new installment of Chic Combinations.  I’m featuring the elegant and romantic combination of red white and black.

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Click on over to check it out.

image source: photography by mario testino for vogue
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Loving Lately…

The color story of this photo…

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The relaxed vibe of this fresh outdoor patio area…

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The ornate detail on this pink gate door…loving-8-10-ariannabelleblog_3

The idea of a dinner party on the beach…

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 image sources: 1, 2, 3, 4
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It’s Starting to Feel Like Summer

Hope you all had a great weekend! Saturday I went hiking with the fam, and yesterday, Memorial Day, though I did a bit of work during the day, I took a break from the never ending to-do list, and generally took it easy.

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My husband had the day off from work so we both headed up to my parent’s house. My mom had set up the gazebo and outdoor furniture, my dad had the day off of work (which is a rare occasion since he usually works 7 days a week), and the weather was near perfect. We grilled, ate way too much and enjoyed a nice laid-back evening outside.  

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I know summer technically doesn’t start until June 21st, but days like this make it feel like summer.  Looking forward to more days of dining alfresco, and very soon days spent at the beach and at the pool.

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Wicker Chairs

There’s something about wicker that just adds a lovely casual warmth to a space. Love it used in chairs for dining spaces both outdoors and in:

I’m thinking of getting some wicker chairs for our patio. Do you have any wicker in your home?

More wicker: baskets

image sources: 1-found via sacramento street, 2-via pinterest, 3-via pinterest, 4- via houzz, 5-architectural digest, 6-via cote de texas, 7-photography by francois halard for house & garden, june 2004
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Currently Inspired by…

…colorful outdoor living spaces…

My little patio looks nothing like this and these spaces make me want to change that stat!

Doesn’t all that color lift your mood?

1-via the beautiful soup, 2-via absolutely beautiful things, 3-via unknown, 4-via pinterest, 5-elle decor, 6-via aged and gilded
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Jacqui Getty’s Hollywood Home

Just had a chance to flip through my copy of the latest issue of C Magazine and was delighted to see featured this beautiful Hollywood Hills home. Especially loving the gorgeous outdoor living area and the living room with big windows and views of the green garden. I think they shall be the newest additions to my dream home inspiration file.

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photography by Douglas Friedman

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Outdoor Living

Yesterday we took advantage of the beautiful sunny weather and had a backyard bbq to celebrate two things: my dad’s birthday, and my sister’s (and her now officially husband!) court marriage (the big wedding is next Saturday).
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We had so much yummy food – shrimp, chicken, grilled veggies and corn, pasta salad, frijoles, carne asada, pico de gallo… not to mention dessert! I took a stab at making a rainbow cake. Check out my twitter page to take look at how it turned out!
Looking forward to many more summer days spent outside :)
Have a wonderful weekend!
image credits: 1 & 2 – Chris Barrett featured in House Beautiful
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Spring

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Taking a few moments during this busy busy week to appreciate the fact that spring has, as of March 20th, officially arrived. Happy for lovely blooming branches and more days outdoors taking in the sun and fresh air…. ahhh….What do you love about spring?
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Happy Friday

While there’s a lot to take care of this weekend, I’ll definitely make it a point to get some R&R to counteract the stress. Wouldn’t these spaces be lovely to spend some relaxing time in? The yellows and greens are so mood lifting…
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Thank you so much for your sweet and encouraging comments and emails yesterday. They definitely brightened my day :)
Have a great weekend! See you next week!
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