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5 Outdoor Bars to Hangout at All Summer

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As the seasons shift and we begin to spend more time outdoors than in, let’s talk about outdoor living spaces. In particular, outdoor bars. I really like the idea of having an outdoor bar because it manages to bring any of the entertaining hotspots of the home – the kitchen – into the light of day in a fresh way.

The extent you go to with design depends upon what type of climate you live in and just how much use you might get out of such a feature. If you’re in, say Southern California, you’d probably want to go all out like this design above because you can use your outdoor bar year round. This one even has a television to help achieve its full level of entertainment!

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An outdoor bar doesn’t even have to be a freestanding statement, you can opt to just add it on to an outside wall of your home the way Sarah Sherman Samuels did in this design. I really like how it blends in to the existing structure. She even took things a step further by adding a dining table and chairs rather than barstools. I’d be enjoying my meals al fresco here as often as possible, wouldn’t you?!

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via Domino

If you live in a climate that only has one or two favorable outdoor seasons, consider an outdoor bar that can be closed up when not in use. This design repurposes old windows as doors that can be closed during the offseason with the use of a simple pulley system. So smart and a great look aesthetically if you’re partial to farmhouse or industrial decor.

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If you’re looking to build your own outdoor bar realize that it doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavor. This one was created from some simple cinderblocks and lengths of wood! Plants make the perfect accessories, while the bar top gives you additional space for growing. Bring in a portable umbrella and stand for especially hot, sunny days and you’ve got a spot both you and your guests will gravitate towards.

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If outdoor space is scarce, think portable rather than permanent. A cart like the one above holds all the necessities and can be brought out for entertaining and stored in a corner when not in use. Thanks to its wheels you can turn any space you do have into an outdoor bar at the ready – patio, fire pit, or balcony.

Make your outdoor bar even more of a styled living space by adding a chic indoor/outdoor rug. Here are a few I’d love to add to my own deck area.

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For more inspiration from Kelly, follow along with her at Design Crush!

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Tips to Pretty Up Your Porch

Spring is here, and with the longer days and sweet birdsong comes the irresistible urge to start sprucing up those outdoor spaces. Get inspired to pretty up your porch, deck, or patio with these styling tips — and when you’re done sprucing, pour yourself a tall glass of iced tea and put your feet up. You deserve it!


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Look No. 1: Modern Classic

This look is a little bit farmhouse (but not rustic) and a little bit modern (but not trendy). If you love traditional style, but want an update, this could be just the ticket. To get a modern classic look for your front porch or back patio, look for natural fibers and materials like stone, jute, and zinc, and keep the color palette calm with gray, black, white, and lots of greenery.


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Key elements of modern classic style:

- Neatly trimmed topiary

- Zinc, concrete, slate, and bluestone

- Hydrangeas

- Classic lantern-style lighting

- Fresh white paint


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Look No. 2: Beachy

Craving a fun, fresh look for your outdoor spaces? Beach style could be a match made in heaven. This laid-back look is easygoing, carefree, and works with a number of architectural styles. And nope, you don’t have to live by the beach to channel beach style! Think of adding lightweight elements like breezy outdoor curtains, seagrass rugs, and bamboo furniture. And if you feel inspired to add a bar cart or a hanging chair, that would fit right in here!


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Key elements of beach style:

- Outdoor curtains

- Bamboo, rattan, and other lightweight furnishings

- Potted palms and ferns

- Hanging chairs and hammocks

- String lights

- A pop of fun, bright color


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Look No. 3: Bohemian

Are you artistic, creative, and adventurous? Channeling a bohemian look in your outdoor spaces will help bring your wild imagination to life. Boho outdoor spaces are all about warm, spicy layers, eclectic and worldly furnishings, and loads of plants and cushions. A bohemian outdoor space is ideal for entertaining.

Key elements of bohemian style:

- Moroccan and kilim rugs

- Layered textiles

- Floor cushions and leather poufs

- Hanging planters

- Cacti and succulents

- Pottery and woven accessories

Porch and Patio Rug Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): Surya Alfresco in sage, black and cream; Kaleen Sea Isle in gold; Safavieh Courtyard II in black and bone; Kaleen A Breath of Fresh Air in green and blue.

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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Tips to Welcome Spring To Your Home

After what’s proving to be an exceptionally long winter, signs of spring can’t come soon enough! Fully embrace the change of season with pretty patio ideas, spring cleaning, and oodles of flowers.

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The Everygirl

Above all, spring means longer days and more time spent outdoors. Perk up your outdoor nooks with potted flowers, a colorful indoor-outdoor rug, and fresh table linens. Even the tiniest patio or balcony can become a tranquil space to enjoy sipping a cup of morning coffee or tea when these details have been attended to.

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Farmhouse On Boone

Indoors, it’s time to talk bedding. Pack up those heavy duvets and thick flannel sheets, and trade them in for light, breezy linen and cotton bedding. A range of neutral hues — like the chambray, oyster, and white shown here — are effortless to mix and match. While you’re in the bedroom, clear off that bedside table and set out a pretty candle and a little cream pitcher with a few blooms snipped from the garden (or borrowed from a market bouquet). Woven accessories like a paint-dipped laundry basket and natural fiber rug are ideal for lightening up a spring bedroom.

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Clockwise from top left: A Beautiful Mess; SF Girl By Bay; Tidbits; Magnolia

It wouldn’t be spring without eggs and flowers, right? Whether or not you have kids, it’s fun to dye a batch of eggs to use as table decor — and then eat, of course! And I can’t think of a space that isn’t made better with the addition of a vase of fresh flowers. Keep an eye out at the grocery store and farmer’s market for good deals on seasonal blooms, and aim to bring home a fresh bundle each week. Or, for a longer-lasting alternative, force spring bulbs in recycled jam jars as shown above.

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Cupcakes and Cashmere

Of course, spring is also the time for spring cleaning — why not make it more fun by splurging on a set of really pretty (and good-smelling) cleaning products? A fresh new caddy and a new set of towels and scrub brushes will make chore time go more quickly. If you’re on a roll, collect clutter in bags or boxes while you clean, and make a trip to a local charity with your donations when you’re done. It will feel good!

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Magnolia

Last but certainly not least, consider adding a set of cafe lights to your outdoor space. It’s amazing what a difference a strand or two can make in the ambiance, and you’ll enjoy them all season long. Need a little motivation to get all of this spring cleaning and decorating done? Set a date to host a spring brunch or patio dinner, and the deadline is sure to get you going.

Spring Rugs
Indoor-Outdoor Rug Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): Momeni Baja in blue; Kaleen Yunque in blue, light teal and forest green; Liora Manne Sorrento Pinstripe in yellow; Momeni Baja in green.

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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5 Tips for Winter Wellness

Between back-to-back holiday parties, late night gift wrapping sessions, and super short days, it’s easy to get a bit run down at this time of year. Take care of yourself through the holidays and beyond with these five winter wellness tips, and stay healthy, happy, and well this winter.

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Domino

Tip #1 – Get Hygge

In Denmark, it’s common for doctors to recommend “tea and hygge” as a cure for the common cold! If you’re not yet familiar, hygge is a Danish concept that roughly translates as creating a warm, cozy feeling of togetherness. Embrace the spirit of hygge this winter by carving out time to just hang out and enjoy the company of your family and friends. Plan a casual, totally low-key games night, or a movie night with hot chocolate and freshly popped popcorn. Light candles or plug in a few strands of twinkle lights, light a fire in the fireplace or woodstove if you have one, and snuggle up beneath a thick blanket.

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Julia Robbs for Cup fo Jo

Tip #2 – Enjoy Breakfast

Taking the time to sit down to a real breakfast is a lovely way to begin your morning, and it sets a healthy tone for the rest of the day. Try starting with something fresh on your plate, whether that’s cucumbers and smoked salmon, avocado toast, or a berry smoothie. Put your phone down and pay attention instead to the delicious food on your plate and the company of your breakfast companion. Breakfasting solo? Try listening to soft music instead of distracting yourself with social media for a refreshing change of pace.

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Benjamin Voros

Tip #3 – Get Some Sleep!

Getting enough hours of sleep each night is one of the best things you can do for your health. Make your bedroom as conducive to a good rest as possible by cleaning and decluttering, making the bed with fresh, crisp sheets and cozy blankets, and placing just a few carefully selected items on your bedside table. I like to keep a carafe of water, a small green plant or bud vase of flowers, my current read, and a warm cup of tea to sip before I turn out the lights.

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Good Vibes Yoga via The Design Files

Tip #4 – Find Your Zen

Finding a practice that soothes, inspires, and restores your spirit is a key component of any wellness routine. Create a corner of your home (it doesn’t need to be big!) where you can simply be still. You can add a yoga mat, meditation cushions, or simply a great chair where you can sit and write in your journal, a steaming mug of herbal tea by your side. Protect this space by not allowing clutter to encroach, and use it daily. Even if only for five or ten minutes, that little bit of peace can have a big impact over time.

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Domino

Tip #5 – Soak Away Stress

Instead of always rushing through your morning shower, set aside time each week to slow down and really enjoy the experience. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the base of the shower before you get in, and enjoy the scent as it rises with the steamy water. Have more time? Take a soak in the tub instead! The bath shown here uses lavender, sandalwood, and geranium essential oils (plus fresh peonies!) for a fragrant DIY spa experience.

Zen Rugs

Rug shopping guide: (clockwise from top left) Feizy Rugs Arazad in pink; Surya Naya in lavender and light gray; Oriental Weavers Revival in purple and gray; Momeni Petra in lavender.

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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