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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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…

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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A Brooklyn home tour

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Sofia Berger’s Brooklyn home is full of old charm and architecture. The bathroom is like a spa. It’s totally not something you would expect from the rest of the house. It’s perfectly decorated with carefully organized jars to see things you need at a glance (qtips, cotton swabs, etc). It’s all so beautifully arranged that it feels like……a spa. I love that and the raw edging of the granite stone.

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Lots of molding and woodwork are left original and some of her furniture has a vintage vibe mixed in with some modern elements like the capiz shell chandelier and some of the mirrored dressers. I especially love the modern fireplace.

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I also love the outdoor space but you will have to go here to see the actual fireplace mantle she has outside. Perfect for afternoon and nightly parties.

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I also like the shelves with the exposed brick as a backing to highlight all of the stainless steel appliances and culinary tools. For me, some of the wood is a bit much for my taste. I’m that girl that would paint it all white or high lacquered black. But other than that it’s a great place to highlight what she can do in interior design. You can see before pics on her facebook. Trust me, it’s worth it.

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Sofia is a banker by day and an aspiring interior designer. Something tells me she will do well.

{Images on Apartment Therapy with photos by Andrea Sparacio and Sekiya Dorsett}

Indulge Daily 7.24.13 poolside fly

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I often find myself typing 2014. I don’t know why I’m subconsciously trying to rush this year but one thing I want to prolong is summer. It is flying by entitely way too fast and I want to be sure I do all that I want to do. If I could enjoy some leisure on that couch with that view, it’ll be way better. A girl can dream….

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Tuesday’s Tips: 5 ways to give your balcony privacy, stylishly

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Small balconies are already bad enough but small balconies without privacy is even worse. I’m talking the ones that extend outward from the building with wrought iron fencing all around. Everybody can see what you have and what you’re doing and sometimes hear your entire convo if it’s a shared balcony. You know, the kind where it’s really ONE balcony but they add a little fence divider. Yeah, completely uninspiring. You want to be sure not to create an eyesore for the neighbor next to you but you want to eliminate the feeling that all eyes are on you. So here are a few ideas to give yourself some privacy, stylishly.

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{Alice Masin}

 1) Use planters and pots with tall greenery, flowers or boxwoods to shield yourself from neighbors

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Like how the flower beds filled the gaps instead of being placed at the top of the banister…
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2) Line it with fabric to give your space some color, block unsightly rooftops (if opposite buildings are lower), & block some of the wind (if you live in a high rise). It’s also perfect for allowing your pets to get some fresh air without them jumping off. Make sure you purchase fabric made for the outdoors so as to not fade in the sun and ensure it can withstand the elements. Check with leasing offices if this is something you can do. Typically apartment owners want their spaces to have a cohesive look outside and something this bright may get the no go so maybe opt for a neutral palette and a material a little sheer. If you can't put this in the front, just line the sides.

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3) Hang sheer curtain panels to create an airy oasis

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4)  Use benches and daybeds for seating instead of chairs. If you place them on the sides or in front of the banisters versus the apartment wall, and stack pillows on top, that creates some division as well privacy.  I frigging love the first image over the Miami skyline. The fabric, the bright color, the green carpet which looks like grass something I usually cringe at but it works here, and the plants!!! I want this for my own patio. Having the daybed with it’s back to the railing stops potential eyesores when looking down on other buildings.

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 5) Use bamboo or reed fencing. It would go great for a tropical themed décor space.

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Just for fun one night, create a nighttime camping experience for the kiddos by hanging a sheet or blanket over fishing line. Pad the floor with soft cushions, conforters, flashlights and glow sticks and smores melted from the oven for a city camp experience…

{Images viaErrez Design, Apt therapy,  Decoist, Patio Design Ideas, & Home Design Lovers}