Seriously…landscaping is expensive…

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First I had every intention on posting this yesterday morning. Most times I have that intention and then I kept browsing images and keep finding more and more…then I tried to find sources and the next thing you know it was afternoon & I ended up drafting the post for today. I wish you could see how many drafts I have. I try to find just the right amount of inspiration for the topic & I like to stop when I’m content with what I found. Searching landscaping images turned into a blackhole for me. It just goes to show how much time blogging takes especially for a full time worker like me who has to juggle clients and a life.

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I am one month in my condo and I really hate aluminum siding so I want to take the focus off of that. I am not trying to spend hundreds and hundreds but boy…. how easily can you do it! Have you seen how much outdoor pottery costs?

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Some of the things I really like is the streamlined look of shaped topiaries and bushes. I also like symmetry so spacing the exact same arrangement on sides of the garage or porch are ideal to me…

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I like tall rectangular planters with those bushes to give some privacy. It has a very modern and clean look…

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I saw these flowers at a local garden store that hadn’t yet been placed out for pricing. The were gorgeous so I snapped a few pics..

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I would like to have an assortment of pink, purple and blue flower bushes that comes back every year. One peony bush was $69….one. So that is an investment I will make at a later date. I did home Cross smaller peony plants for $15 at Home Depot. Those are my favs so I really want to get some…

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But… .gosh how pretty are floral bushes? I have a newfound respect for people that spend the time and money landscaping their yards this way. So muxh goes into it and I have no clue where to start so when I buy this weekend, I will have my parents help me…

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Pool Party Essentials plus Flamingo Pool Float Giveaway

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This weekend the weather was beautiful and we hit our first 80 degree day yesterday. Since Memorial day is in a few weeks I figured I would compose a list of pool party essentials.

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Keep guest entertained by renting a projector and showing a movie at night…

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I think it’s a cute idea to use sand buckets or small baskets as favor bags. For kids you can include water guns, outdoor sidewalk chalk, bubbles, bug repellent, sunscreen etc and for adults you can have mini alcohol bottles, beach towels and sunglasses. Give their favors to them upon arrival so they can use the items at the party…

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The music has to be a good mix of upbeat and party classics so spend time creating a playlist that doesn’t repeat for hours and save your favorite streaming stations…

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I think the perfect pool party should have temperatures in the 90s. The reason I like it hot is because nights at 80 degrees are my absolute favorite. Just ensure you have a fire pit if it drops to the 70s…

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Even if your pool is smaller, a giant float is dramatic and pretty…

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Have pool toys and a number of beach balls littered in the lawn for a festive look…

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I think a fabulous kimono sheer coverup has to be on hand…

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Every outdoor space needs string lights or lanterns..

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Have floaties for your drinks, festive straws and drink stirrers, & dispensers of a siganture drink so you don’t have to play bartender the entire time…

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You can always use children’s pools filled with ice to keep beer, wine cooler bottles, soda and water cold…

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So to kick off pool season Big Mouth Inc is offering one lucky United States resident a flamingo pool float! From rubber duckies to pink flamingos and classic candy and video games, these floats are perfect for the summer! I also love their donut tube float. It just really livens a pool up. All you need to do to enter is tell me below in the comments one thing you have to have for a great pool party experience. Winner will be picked at random next Monday May 11th! For one additional entry, share this post using the share button below 👇and make sure you hashtag #flamingofloatfun so I see it. Thank you & good luck!

{Images via hostess blog, karas party ideas, oh happy day w/ Photos by Tracy Layne Photography & random pinterest finds}


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Hotel Indulgences: The Ganesvoort NY

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So I have been meaning to blog about The Gansevoort Hotel in New York ever since watching The Kardashians take NYC. I remember drooling over the ginormous houndstooth chairs and the mix of patterns, textures and the glamorous look of … Continue reading

Tuesday’s Tips: how to transition your patio for fall

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It’s starting to become crisp at night and you may be more inclined to stay inside once the sun starts to set. Well here are a few ways to get more use out of your patio for the fall months.

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Adding a few cable knit or plaid throws are great to keep warm when it gets a bit chilly. Plus they are perfect for cozying up to take in an outdoor movie…

Firepit
They are good in the summer to create ambience but even better in the fall when you can roast smores on the fire…

Lighting
As the days grow shorter and shorter you will rely more and more on lighting. String lights will still look cool at all times of the year but heat lamps create light and keep you toasty…

Decor
Swap out any bright summary hues for muted, rustic, & jeweled tones.  Also replace floral blooms for branches and autumn leafy garland…

In honor of National Hammock Day…

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I figured we can all daydream a bit about soaking some rays, catching some zzz’s or reads in hammocks whether indoors or out….

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I like the hammocks with the side fringe. It’s very bohemian…

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This just looks so relaxing and tranquil….

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A small pond and a fountain will add to a zen outdoor oasis….

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With rustic bones and hardened materials, the plush rug and hammock softens the space…

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I’m going to Arizona and obsessed with their architecture…

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It will be my first time in Arizona and a girls trip and I’m excited to hang by a pool in hot temps with magazines galore, a cocktail, and beautiful picturesque scenery. We don’t have cacti or palm trees here in Milwaukee so know that I will take tons of instagram pictures. (It isn’t my first time seeing palms though).

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What an incredibly designed contemporary courtyard area…

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Uplights at night will really make a home and its landscaping stand out…

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It’s June!

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I am so excited for the summer months and any sort of travel I do. At the end of the summer I’m going to Arizona and cannot wait…

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June is definitely the kick off for a lot of things like ice cream sundaes…

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Dining outdoors…

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Outdoor weddings and showers…

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Hanging out on someone’s patio…

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Cooling off at the pool…

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Outdoor spaces and inspiring places

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It finally felt like Spring this weekend here in Milwaukee with Easter reaching 75 degrees (77 according to my phone). I was a happy camper and it made me think of how I need to get my patio life together. Browsing stores like Target and Pier 1 can really make you want to buy-every-dog-on-thing. However a few bright items can jazz up any blah outdoor space.

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Fabric Walls
This makes me want to buy a funky pattern and hang it on the walls of my patio with velcro. Actually, I may just do that. It can also hide unsightly areas. Just make sure you use outdoor fabric.

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Sun Shelter
Scalloped umbrella tables are pretty much everything. They aren’t cheap but worth the splurge if you live in a climate that utilizes outdoor areas more than 4 months out of the year…

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David Jimenez Palm Springs home plus the perfect gift for mid-century design enthusiasts

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Jimenez is VP at Williams-Sonoma and Williams-Sonoma Home. His role as a visual merchandiser includes creating inspiring displays, theatrical settings and creating a great visual shopping experience (sounds like a dream job). One of the challenges in his mid-century bungalow was replacing dated tiles and creating unified flooring throughout the space. I think the poured concrete is a great pick and has an industrial feel when you combine the ceiling beams and exposed brick walls. The furnishings produced in different eras keeps the living room retro chic, from a 60’s Regency French chair, an 80’s tan chesterfield sofa to a 70’s canary yellow velvet sofa.
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I think what’s funny is he rented a truck and went vintage shopping in different Palm Springs antique and thrift stores. Whenever I read blogs and see someone who bought a large piece of furniture, I always wondered if they just happened to be in a large pick up truck or what. It just seems a bit out of reach at times to get such cool pieces ALL OF THEE TIME. I know I personally would have to check with my father or brother and see if they were available to pick up something and I don’t see that working out all the time. Renting a truck to scour is pretty doggone genius especially if you are going to places that ALWAYS have cool things. Read more and see other areas of his fab home in Adore Home‘s latest issue.

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Speaking of mid-century architecture, I was gifted the release of Palm Springs Mid-Century Modern Postcard Book By Dolly Faibyshev from Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.  You will find beautiful 30 perforated postcards of some of Palm Springs landmarks and landscaping and even Elvis’ Honeymoon House. If you know someone who is a lover of palm trees and mid-century curb appeal, then this book is for them.

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See this Palm Springs Moroccan influenced hotel and how I’d design a So Cal outdoor space here.

{Images via Adore Home & Schiffer Books}

I received this book free for review but views are my honest opinions.