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20+ essentials for your next outdoor party!

 
So your throwing a party!




images above via pinterest

No?
 
Well, you may think twice after I show you all the fun and  fabulous indoor/outdoor stuff available!

Get comfortable, sit back and relax with these
outdoor pillows


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Schumacher here


Pottery Barn

Crate and Barrel


Etsy


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Got a chill?
No sweat, I've got an outdoor throw made with 100% acrylic Sunbrella chenille fabric
 
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Still Cold?
Well grab yourself a bag of marshmallows and settle in here
 
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 Buggin' out? 
No fear mosquito repellent is here. So, stop slapping yourself silly.
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Lanterns and candles so you can light it up!
 
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Restoration Hardware


 
Take a seat...
These would be fun and stylish for extra seating



Amazon



Pour yourself a glass
 
Govino wine glasses are shatterproof and reusable. Best of all, they have a place for your thumb if it gets tired.


amazon

Not a wine drinker? How about some Sangria amigo?

Pottery Barn
 
No? How about an ice cold pop of iced tea?
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Don't forget to put your dancing shoes on
Indoor/Outdoor wireless speaker

Amazon
Outdoor chalk table cloth, anyone?
 
oil chalk tablecloth available here
Or this one perhaps? This would look gorg with a pop of hot pink flowers!


etsy
 

For an easy breezy atmosphere
Indoor/Outdoor Curtains

Pottery Barn

Outdoor floor lamp? Yep, got that too.

Ballard Designs

One last thought, instead of buying all this stuff just bring all your indoor stuff outside for the night. Just be sure to bring it back in before it rains!!

Now back to biz...
What ever will you wear?
Self-tanner of course


here
And how about these?


Milly for Banana Republic
 
 
joie
Devon Baer
 
 

zara
gap
old navy


Lilly Pulizer

Do you have any party secrets you'd like to share? What say you?

P.S. If you missed my outdoor furniture, planter and rug round up check it out here, here and here!
Have a GREAT time at your party! xoxo



15 of the Best Outoor Rugs: Adding Another Layer to Your Outdoor Room


Love the grid
pinned from here

Outdoor flat screens... a must:)
pinned from here

How would you like to relax in here?
 

Before we know it, we'll be sipping frozen cocktails on our porches and patios this summer so we might as well do it in style!

Although I'd love to discuss outdoor flat screens, rooms over pools, etc. I'm going to focus on outdoor rugs today.

So if you missed earlier posts I discussed where to buy your affordable outdoor loungey furniture here and where to place all of your beautiful flowers here.

Now I'm moving onto the finishing touches with my favorite outdoor rugs. So, take a gander...

Love the blue and white!
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For all you anglophiles

Are these crazy fun or what?


All three above available at Dash and Albert.

 
You can't go wrong with a classic stripe

ballard designs
 
Dash and Albert
Layla Grace

Dash and Albert



You dog, you!

Hayneedle
 
Even more pattern...
overstock
Layla Grace
Wayfair
grandin road



Neutrals your thang?
 
Restoration Hardware
 
Overstock
Wayfair

Next part of this series will include outdoor accessories. Stay tuned...wohoo!!

Guest post...


Looking to give an old, outdated piece of furniture a more modern look?

Well, I have a very talented designer friend, Shannon Duzy, who is a fabulous do-it-yourselfer and loves to tackle projects like painting furniture on her own. So I hope you enjoy her guest post on ...
 
How To Make Your Own Chalk Paint

Hi there! Shannon Duzy from Duzy Designs here and I had several pieces of furniture in my home that needed some serious painting.  I wanted to paint the furniture with chalk paint because I knew there was no prep work needed and the paint sticks to the furniture very well.
 
So I did some research on chalk paint. I found an easy recipe: use one cup of latex paint in any color and finish (flat, semigloss, etc.) and then add 2 tablespoons of unsanded grout.

product used
 
 
The grout makes the paint very thick and the finish very durable. I use Johnsons clear wax as a top coat and sealer.
 
I use this chalk paint on every project because you don't have to sand the furniture and can easily mix the paint in a red solo cup which makes clean up easy. Here is a piece I painted with my chalk paint recipe. So go ahead and give it a try yourself!

During
Finished piece

Hope you enjoyed this do-it-yourself project!! Until next time ...

More Outdoor Fun ... can you stand it?


Errbody...
The sunny weekend weather has put me in a mood!

Is anyone else thinking about this ???
www.christianchaize.com
 or this??
here
I am. 
Not too long before we're beachin' it folks!!

OK, let's continue building our own outdoor oasis with some great planters I found to go with the loungey furniture you just bought.


Planter Round-up
love these planters in white don't you?


Warning: prices below range from reasonable to the ridiculous:)

Medium Planters 14"- 22" high


West Elm
14" height
$49


Home Depot
 14" height $39.00


Home Depot
 18" height $59.98




Lows
20" height $119

Lowes
21" height
$144


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19" height
$199


Restoration Hardware
16" height
$220



Restoration Hardware
medium 18" height $505

Large Planters 23"


Target
Smith & Hawkin
$49.99
23" height

Grandin Road
what a color. totally bananas.
23" height
 $129

Crate and Barrel
24" medium jar
$159


Amazon
23" height
 $131



Restoration Hardware
 30" height
$180

Restoration Hardware
 28 1/2 " height
$160


Grandid Road
kinda crazy huh?
26 1/2" height
$169




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24" height
$229



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27" height
$1195



So once you have the planters, what do you do with them?

I don't know about you but I'm going simple this year with ...





Boxwoods and loads of creeping jenny


And, window boxes filled with white begonias and impatience.






Done.

Totally Random

Here's what I bought and am LOVING....

For the home

Suzanne Kasler
Circa Lighting


Bought for a client but am secretly hoping she hates it and I will have to keep.

Why allow a perfectly awesome lantern to go back to a cold, lonely, dark warehouse?

For myself...

Incredible skinny jeans
Anthroplogie
Pilco Jeans
$78 on sale. hello?
I have them in white. I didn't see them online in white but check the store in Wayne. So comfortable and flattering. Best fit ever and guess what? They won't strangle your poor ankles like other skinny jeans do.

And...these from Louella...

I bought it in this color ...

So wearing it to the beach this summer.

Have you been to Louella yet? If not "prep" yourself for some fun with these ladies. Incredible clothes and your guaranteed to leave there in style with some fun summer pieces!

And one last item on the agenda....

Have you ever seen this? Of course you have! Humor me and watch it again. I just L O V E  JT and JF together:)


 The latest History of Rap aired a few weeks ago.
The best is  History of Rap Part 1 -- go find it on youtube.

Looking to spruce up the inside or outside of your home? Contact me at kraussteph@yahoo.com.

Need Some Inspiration For Your Outdoor Space?



Have at it:) ...




BHG



My space. I know it's crying for an outdoor carpet, some fresh pillows and plantings. It's coming and it's gonna look crazy good (I think)! So stay tuned...

 

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Outdoor Seating Roundup!


Ok people, I have perused the internet for your enjoyment and mine and found some nice loungey furniture for you. I gathered up pieces at all different price points so you can enjoy your outdoor space as much as we do! Check it out below...



Kipling at the Well-Appointed Home
sofa $4922
Horchow
$2795



Horchow
$2,100



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sofa starting at $3295


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set $4895

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starting at $395 for balcony seating

 
Restoration Hardware - yes this is outdoor!
starting at $2800

Restoration Hardware
loveseat starting at $1250 cushions not included






Overstock.com
$2799.99 includes what you see here
Pottery Barn
set starting at $2349

Crate and Barrel
Chair starting at $924 with sunbrella cushions


Target
$999
Includes: Seat Cushions, Seat Cushion, Ottoman, Ottoman Cushion, 3 Toss Pillows, 2 Right Arm Sectional Seats, Back Pillows






West Elm
 $764
cushions included

Lowes
Includes what you see here for $895




Home Depot
Includes what you see here for $799



Walmart
$348
I hope this helps with your shopping efforts so you can relax and enjoy ... now all we need is the warm weather to go with it!

P.S. In case you didn't know the new West Elm store will be opening in King of Prussia on May 16th! (yipee)