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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!

Sarah Sherman Samuel

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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Part VIII: Rug + Room

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Shannon McGrath + Couristan Easton Charles

An almost perfectly designed room that’s lacking a rug is akin to an awards show caliber ensemble without the perfect shoes. In other words – a big deal. If you’ve ever come across one in your Pinterest feed or a home decor magazine then you know just what I’m talking about.

This bathroom has got it goin’ on. The vertically stacked rows of subway tiles, a veined marble floor, even a little nook for your bath time necessities. It even has what’s one of the best modern clawfoot tubs I’ve seen yet – just check out those feet! It also makes me nervous to think about stepping out and slipping on that pristine flooring. I’d bring in a smallish rug that doesn’t detract from the overall aesthetic, something with an organic feel that adds to the spa-like experience you’re sure to have in this room.

Claudia Uribe

I’m really into the way this gallery wall was pulled together, with little to no space between the frames. And the color of the flooring and walls is almost an exact match to my own home, so you knowI’m on board with both of those decorating decisions. What I dislike is how interesting the walls are when juxtaposed with that bare floor. Let’s add in a runner with a muted color palette that makes the space feel more well-rounded, drawing your eye up towards the frames on the wall rather than towards the bare floor beneath your feet.

ANSON SMART

The vibe of this office space is spot on sophisticated. The wood tones partnered with moody blacks and grey let you know that this is where the work gets done, but that maybe this is also where 5 o’clock happy hour occurs. It’s that second part that makes me want to inject something with just a bit of color into the decor, like this area rug with the perfect mid-century colors and a not too serious design.

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Now this doing room is F-U-N. Such great natural lighting, and those slanted walls flat-out stunning. (Although that one mismatched chair makes me a little itchy.) I’d like to bring in just a bit more of that dusty pale pink hue in the form of a large floor rug with a minimal pattern for more textural detail.

Melissa Mills

This looks like a home I could sink right into! Few things are more welcoming than a well-worn leather couch and big dining table – and those high ceilings and beams are to die for. I even like that the walls are bare, but would love to see a little more color in the space. Check out this patterned rug that will most definitely bring some personality and jolt into the picture.

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

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Creative Entertaining Ideas for Mother’s Day

Whether you’re planning to spend Mother’s Day with your own mom, or are looking to honor another important mother in your life, spending quality time together is probably at the top of her wish list. Make her day extra-special with a small gathering at home, plus a themed gift to go with it. Will it be a backyard picnic, literary lunch, or champagne brunch? Get the party how-to’s and gift ideas for Mother’s Day straight ahead.

Sugar and Charm
Sugar and Charm

The backyard picnic is such a fun way to entertain — it’s simple, casual, and seems to put everyone in a good mood. Make your Mother’s Day picnic feel special by bringing some soft, comfortable items from home. Think fringed throws, striped outdoor rugs, and big cushions for leaning on. Keep the menu simple with baguette sandwiches, sparkling lemonade, and a few fresh veggie salads picked up from a local market. Plus something sweet for dessert, of course! And remember, if you don’t have a big backyard you can always meet at a nearby park.

Sugar and Charm
Sugar and Charm

Picnic-Themed Gift Ideas:

- Tasty treats and specialty ingredients from a local market

- Pretty tasseled blanket

- Wide-brim sun hat

- Garden-inspired jewelry or scarf

- Tickets to an outdoor theater or music event

- Digital projector for backyard movie nights

- Any of the above items, packed up in a picnic basket for mom to keep

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Does your mom love to read? Embrace her passion for all things literary with a book-themed party! Decorate the table with stacks of books with pretty covers, make bookmarks to use as the place cards, and serve up fare inspired by a favorite novel (Jane Austen tea party, anyone?). To make the party really special, coordinate ahead of time with the other guests to gift your mom a photo book including pictures from everyone involved.

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The Ardent Biblio

Gift Ideas:

- A pretty edition of one of mom’s all-time favorite books

- Gift certificate to a local, independent bookshop

- A cute new bookbag

- A new mug and delicious tea so she can sip while she reads

- Book-themed jewelry

- An art print with a quote from a favorite literary heroine

Sugar and Charm
Sugar and Charm

And finally, you can never go wrong with a classic Mother’s Day brunch. Hosting brunch at home is lovely because you can linger over the table as long as you like — and it doesn’t have to be a lot of effort. If you’d prefer not to cook ten different dishes, no problem! Pick up doughnuts and pastries (or bagels with cream cheese and smoked salmon) from the best shop in town, pile up bowls with heaps of beautiful fresh fruit, and pop a bottle of champagne. Then spend some of the time you didn’t spend cooking to print out childhood photos of each guest, and use them as place cards. What mom wouldn’t love that?

Glitter Guide
The Glitter Guide

Brunch-Themed Gift Ideas:

- French press coffee set and a pound of really good coffee beans

- Passes for a sunrise yoga class that you can attend together

- A gorgeous new cookbook and recipe box

- Pretty tea towels and an apron

- French market basket and a date to walk to the farmer’s market together

- Bouquet of flowers in a lovely vase

- A bottle of bubbly

Mother’s Day Art Shopping Guide:

1.Timeless Endless Mother by Tara Moss;  2. Mother and Daughter by Cassandra Cushman; 3. Mother by Sherry DiPaolo Art; 4. Mother Nature’s Love by Sophia Rodionov; 5. You’re the Mom by American Flat;  6. Playing in the Water by Georgia Janisse.

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

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3 Textile Trends to Try in 2018

Just as in fashion, it can be fun to watch interior design trends from the sidelines — without feeling the need to try every trend that passes by. But at their root, trends are just new ideas, and some are bound to resonate more than others. I’ve rounded up a handful of textile looks trending in 2018 that are both fresh and doable. See which textile trends you might like to take for a spin.

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Loaf

1. Rich-Hued Sofas

It’s no longer a given that your sofa has to be done in a (boring) neutral hue. From bright colors to wild patterns, pretty much anything goes when it comes to sofa upholstery in 2018. But my favorite take on the trend is a deep, rich blue like on the sofa shown above. Even better if it’s in a plush velvet-like fabric that you can’t wait to sink into! Pair with neutral walls and a nubby knit rug (another trend…we’ll cover that one next) for a surprisingly easygoing look.

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Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

2. Oversized Knits

Get out the big needles, Nelly — this isn’t your grandma’s knitting! Oversized knits have a decidedly modern-yet-crafty feel that works beautifully with a range of styles. Try this trend in an oversized knit throw at the foot of the bed, or in a nubby rug to provide welcome texture underfoot.

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Home Polish

Real Rugs in the Kitchen

This is a trend that’s been building for a while and shows no signs of slowing down. Instead of purchasing a rug intended for the kitchen, why not roll out a rug you truly love in this space? Sure, there will be occasional spills to handle, but since the kitchen tends to be a smaller space, it’s also easier (and less costly) to have the rug cleaned than, in say, the living room. It seems a bit counter-intuitive, but I prefer to go with rugs made from natural fibers like wool and cotton in the kitchen because they are easier to spot-clean at home.

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Rug + Pillow Shopping Guide (Clockwise from top left): Surya DwellStudio Riad rug; Surya Textured Genevieve Pillow in khaki; Jaipur Rugs Scandinavia Dula Alta rug in natural white; Surya Textured Spiked Flower Pillow in charcoal.

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

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