Create a stylish outdoor space with the right summer accessories

Jun 20, 2016

Stylish outdoor with right accessories HDC

Lately our patio has been my favorite place to hang out. Having a chance to sit down and enjoy nature feels like a reward at the end of the day. Making this area feel more inviting was something I knew I could do with just the right accessories.

Stylish outdoor with right accessories HDC
Stylish outdoor with right accessories HDC

Starting from the basics, I knew that with the right planter I could enhance the look of this area. I found this amazing "Preshea Wood Urn Planter" at Home Decorators Collection and fell in love with its grain. Its surface brings in an interesting textural element perfect for this outdoor space.

Stylish outdoor with right accessories HDC
Stylish outdoor with right accessories HDC

Although I like how each of the elements on this setting looked, I though on bringing in a rug to make this area come together. The variety of outdoor rugs from Home Decorators Collection is amazing and at times I confess I had 3 rugs in my basket! Their new summer collection has tons of options in colors and designs with a variety of sizes. At the end I chose the Nabimia outdoor rug with an animal print in black for that strong focal point I wanted to create and to exalt the organic feel I love about nature and the outdoors.

Stylish outdoor with right accessories HDC
To balance the pattern on the rug, I used a cilantro color pillow from Home Decorators Collection and personalized it with a beige cord. 
All I needed was some pillows for an added whimsy look and this place is ready to keep on enjoying the coming summer evenings either with friends or family. 

Stylish outdoor with right accessories HDC

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Upgrade the look of your patio with these 5 tips

Jun 6, 2016

5 tips to upgrade a patio look

This is the first time we are living in a house as a family. Before this, we use to live on a condo where all we had to call outdoors was a 6'x3' balcony. Nevertheless, I used this area for my plants and even dare to create a succulent edge while living there (which I shared on the Home Depot blog as part of my Patio Style Challenge a while back).
Now that we have a a big green area we call patio, gardening hasn't come easy being first timers. Some trees have died, probably of too much or to little water (we really don't know); others have strive and succeeded in adapting to our backyard. But every little plant or seed we've planted, it's been with lots of love and hopes.
Beautifying this area also has been a journey full of learning and lots of great moments. And today I'm sharing 5 things that had made a great difference on our backyard.

5 tips to upgrade a patio look

1. Hanging pots:
By creating a wall of long wood board we were able to elongate the look of this area. But if felt empty and boring all by itself. I found at Amazon some incredible hooks that allowed me to hang several small terracotta planters with my favorite plants, the succulents. Se other photos of this wall here.

5 tips to upgrade a patio look

2. Concrete pavers:
I don't know why we I didn't think of using these before. We placed them in an area that used to be damp and where grass never grew. These concrete pavers besides making this area useful now, they look good and can be arranged in different patterns.

5 tips to upgrade a patio look

3. Planters:
Not much to say here except that I prefer to make a statement with them by using big concrete planters with an old look.

5 tips to upgrade a patio look

4. Plant edging:
Like the one that I made while living in the condo, plant edging has been to me a favorite way to enhance an area. I use several sizes of plants and rocks to add interest in the setting.

5 tips to upgrade a patio look

5. Outdoor lighting:
By hanging around some string lights, we created an inviting atmosphere at nights. It sets a relaxed mood and brings in enough lighting to the conversation areas. To define the edges, we also used a low voltage path lighting very easy to install.
There are lots of other things we've done to make this outdoor area more inviting but for me, these are the ones that had created a big impact in the whole outdoor space. Still there are many projects we would like to start (one of them being a pergola), but for now this area makes us very happy but most of all, it makes our friends feel welcome and at home!

Hope you've enjoyed our patio photos and ideas; and remember you can always see more of this and other projects besides my decor style on my Instagram account @idknowhowshedoesit.

Teatime party, inspired in Alice in Wonderland

May 31, 2016

Alice in Wonderland tea time party

“Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” 
- Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll


Hasn't this happened to you? A thousand ideas running around early in the morning, yet there's no time in the day to finish at least two of them. But I've been longing for a nice outdoor party and now that one of my daughters was turning 5, it was the perfect time to sit and have a brainstorming session exactly at "tea o'clock".
After watching Alice about 18.5 times and scouring Pinterest for upgradable ideas, I had a plan and a list of things I wanted to create for this "Teatime with Alice in Wonderland" themed party. And here is how it all came to be without me going "entirely bonkers"!

Alice in Wonderland tea time party

Paper flowers (from Martha Stewart Craft collection) were among the items I wanted to be more prominent. In the 1951 movie, Alice got lost in a garden where some flowers mistaken her by a wildflower. Though nothing wild decorating this table, I wanted a softer approach to this scene in the movie.
And of course a tea party is no party at all if there are no teapots and teacups! I know that the Mad Hatter would be so proud of my ceramic selection (all from +HomeGoods).

Alice in Wonderland tea time party
Alice in Wonderland tea time party

Games were also part of this Tea Party venture, so the "Cheshire Cat" made a quasi appearance in the form of spiral like tunnel. I made this by spray painting a plastic lawn edging from The Home Depot and drawing and painting with acrylic paint over a piece of foam-board the face on this cute feline. Dare to go through it without going mad?

Alice in Wonderland tea time party
Flamingo croquet was also an easy to do game for the girls. I bought 3 wood poles of 1/4" of diameter and 3' long,  and another pole of 2" which was cut in smaller parts. These were used as the bottom part of the mallet. Plastic garden flamingos where then drill and passed through the large pole. 
To end the night, I gathered some pillows and floor mats and placed them in front of the projector so the girls could enjoy the 1951 version of "Alice in Wonderland"... for the 20th time.

Alice in Wonderland tea time party

Hope you enjoy our teatime and remember you can always see more photos of this and other project besides my decor style on my Instagram account @idknowhowshedoesit.

Late spring table setting with a fresh twist

May 17, 2016

Late spring natural table setting

Sitting in the outdoors is something we really enjoy as a family (...well, at least my husband and I do like sitting outside while the girls run around). But the thing that I personally enjoy the most is creating an atmosphere that will feel bright and crisp but most of all, welcoming.
For a late spring soirée the table needed to be set with elements that will bring in that fresh look of the season. So, some citrus fruits were the first thing that came into my mind paired with white dishes and clear glasses; all things in a neutral palette.

Late spring natural table setting
Late spring natural table setting

I made the center of this table stand out with a flower arrangement set inside a 3 quart plastic pitcher from +BHG Live Better at Walmart filled with limes. You can find the tutorial here. This centerpiece became the concept of the entire table while setting the look and colors.

Late spring natural table setting

Around this flower arrangement I used several glass lanterns. I admire how versatile is an accessory like this one and can only imagine how many uses one can give to it. Battery operated candles surrounded by real fern leaves from our patio were placed inside both an 11" glass lantern and a 7" one (both from BHG at Walmart),  This simple arrangement reinforced even more that natural and fresh look I wanted to achieved. On the other 7" glass lantern I placed some big lemons to make a color statement.

Late spring natural table setting

Set on one of the sides of the table, a dispenser filled with fresh white sangria, perfect for this type of weather. Also in this side a galvanized steel ice bucket in a material that perhaps evokes that relax farm style.

Late spring natural table setting
Late spring natural table setting

For the dinnerware I used rustic white melamine plates (from +BHG Live Better at +Walmart) which, because of their basic color, will go with any decor or style. They have a subtle sand color line that surrounds and decorates the border and that gives them just the right amount of elegance. Inside the matching cereal plate I placed the napkin (folded into a square, no need to make an eccentric folding) an on top of it, a lemon with a small branch of eucalyptus, just to continue with the theme.
Elements like emerald green glass cups and my favorite, large green leaves in between the plates give this table the final natural look.
With just a couple of natural elements and some basic accessories I was able to assembled an inviting and fresh table setting (singing birds in the back included!).

Late spring natural table setting


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