with warmer weather and summer entertaining in full swing, late night patio parties are on my mind. is your patio a little dark? a few string lights can really upgrade your patio, backyard or balcony space. here are some great options to help make your space sparkle this summer. brighten your outdoors with some pretty string lights this weekend, happy decorating! – erika
aurora copper string lights from anthropologie
edison firefly lights from world market
metallic dipped string lights from pottery barn
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the main reason i decided to buy this house was this patio. it was true love at first sight. i loved the benches and the tile, and that i could entertain out there. i moved in in october and it’s taken me a while to actually finish decorating the space. i’ve been having more people over this summer and decided it was finally time to make the space come to life. with the help of the verrrrry talented interiors queen sarah sherman samuel, we are in the process of the makeover. here’s the before photos and the inspiration behind the design. you can also see all the product sources over on her blog here!
my main inspiration was to make the patio feel like a hotel vacation. loungey, jungle vibe, comfortable, multiple seating areas, neutral with touches of blush and green, and natural textures. i wanted to mix together a few of the looks from some of my favorite hotels i’ve visited, and sarah totally knew where i was coming from and made this board for me.
we’ve ordered the pink cushions for the benches, gone plant shopping, and have ordered most of the furniture. i try to give myself deadlines so i don’t slack off, so i’m hoping to have it all done by early august.
here’s what sarah chose for the space…(i’m SO into it!) click here for the sources.
excited to show you the finished product soon, and then we are moving on to the dining room! xx bri
we’re excited to have julia contacessi sharing these peaceful desktop downloads with us. love the gold accents so much! click through below to download these for your phone or computer….
love this gold one! which one is your favorite? be sure to download these and all of the desktop downloads from the past here.
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“today’s palette is inspired by this max mara ensemble.” –maddy
(photo source and hand drawn type by maddy nye for designlovefest)
peaches are one of my favorite summer fruits and these pancakes hit the spot. ivan has been itching to make these for months and it’s finally stone fruit season, so here they are! the fresh whipped cream and grilled peach combo is perfect! you could honestly skip the pancake portion and just eat the peaches and cream on their own. – joanie
makes 8 servings
what you’ll need:
• 2 cups wholewheat flour
• 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
• 2 teaspoons baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 3 cups buttermilk
• 2 eggs
• 3 tablespoons coconut oil
• slivered almonds as garnish
• maple syrup
• 2 large peaches sliced
• in a large bowl mix wholewheat flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside. in a separate bowl, separate the egg whites and whip with an electric beater until peaks form. add in the egg yolks and beat until incorporated with the egg whites.
• combine all the wet and dry ingredients. we used a griddle to cook our pancakes but a nonstick pan will work as well. heat the griddle on medium. grease the cooking surface with butter and pour half a cup of batter. Cook for about 1-2 minutes or until bubbles begin to form. flip and continue to cook for an additional minute.
lemon curd whipped cream:
• 2 tablespoons lemon curd
• half a cup heavy whipping cream
I love making this whipped cream, not because it only takes a minute or two to make but that it also it has the perfect balance of tart and creaminess that ties in all the flavors of this recipe. In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the heavy cream until soft peaks form. add 2 tablespoons of lemon curd and mix well for another few seconds.
on the same griddle or outdoor grill, grill the sliced peaches for about 30 seconds on each side. or until they are darker in color as the natural sugars have caramelized a bit. we found it easier to spray some non stick coconut oil cooking spray onto the cooking surface.
to assemble the pancakes, top with the lemon curd whipped cream, grilled peaches, garnish with almond slices and maple syrup.
styling by: joanie cusack and ivan solis
photos by: ivan solis