Tiny Tot Thursday: end of summer backyard cinema party

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Can you believe it’s back to school season? Crazy right. I can’t believe how fast the summer is going. Next week is my Arizona trip and though I am very excited, I’m also sad. Soon the weather will turn crisp so we have to enjoy the last few weeks of the season. Why not celebrate with a backyard movie party. This is a great way to let the kids get that last late night hang out with friends before school starts. It works too for teens, college aged adults or even grown ups. Here are some ideas to inspire you…

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If you want to stick with a budget friendly option, use a white sheet…

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No movie is complete without popcorn stations. Have an assortment of gourmet flavors or simply have different salts and seasonings so moviegoers can create their own…

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Lastly, you want to create the most relaxing seating arrangement so everyone has a good view. Create a “floor” level using picnic blankets then elevate some on wooden palettes. Comfy pillows, cushions, and blankets are a must. Also think about string lights, lanterns and tiki torches so everyone can see.

{Images styke me pretty, 100 layer cake}

Tuesday’s Tips: renting a room? Keep it neutral…

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I’m baaack. I needed that week off from blogging. Anwyay I like to browse airbnb.com and look at homes you can rent and I’m always amazed at the design styles of people. Personally, if I were using a room or a home as a rental, I would keep it as neutral as possible and try to take cues from hotels. Maybe it’s the designer in me but I’ve come across way too many homes with dark busy bedding which would make me think of dirt. I even prefer hotels that at least have all white sheets. Dark and busy patterns is a way to hide dirt and spots. I think it doesn’t mean you have to be boring just stick with lighter shades and light patterns or maybe add some funky pillows to the mix. I simply think the less taste specific, the better in guest or rental rooms.

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{Last image via Summer House Style}

Wedding Ceremony Backdrops…

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A pretty backdrop for the exchange of rings and vows sets the tone for the rest of the wedding festivities. How beautiful are these venue designs? It’s always amazing how event planners can coordinate ideas with florist and photographers, linen rental companies and stylists to create memorable moments for a bride and groom. If you had to pick, which one would you prefer: chiffon flowing ceiling fabric in a barn…

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Potted topiaries and chandeliers to complete an architectural backdrop…

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A canopy of orchids…

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Crystals from branches and candles along the aisle…

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A little greenery foilage and a flood of natural light…

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Or a single lone chandelier and sail for a woodsy ceremony…

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{Images via Sarah Maven, KT Merry Photography, AJ Dunlap Photography, Brad Austin Photography, Docuvitae Photography, Style me Pretty, & Rachel Aclingen}


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Girly and industrial all at the same time…

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How I long to have an exposed brick wall…

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A loft with black steel windowsills….

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I like this sofa for you can sit in two directions and carry conversations with people on opposite sides of the room. It’s a great piece for one who entertains….

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