There is nothing more inviting than having friends over in a comfortable outdoor setting. When Lonny ask me to dream up a look that anyone could do to create an outdoor living room – I jumped at the chance to design this outdoor oasis.
From the beginning, I knew I wanted to keep it neutral but at the same time, I wanted to have a variety of textures and surfaces that would keep it from looking too sterile. I grouped a variety of my favorite pillows and put them together with an incredible Moroccan throw. In addition, I added baskets – old and new – that I have been collecting for years. The rug and the wicker chair just make the space scream for someone to settle in and read your favorite book.
After experiencing the strawberry moon and spectacular sunset last night to ring in summer, I started thinking about how special this time of year is. It’s all about outdoor experiences and a lighter outlook on life. While work doesn’t stop for the summer (I wish it did!), I started thinking about the things I’d like to do that are simply enjoying the beauty of the summertime. What’s on your wish list this year?
Ten things I want to do this summer:
Get to know the neighborhoods of San Francisco.
Can tomato sauce from fresh tomatoes from the farmer’s market.
Drive down Highway 1 to explore new beaches.
Go to the farmer’s market weekly.
Pack up easy picnics and head to the park.
Go berry picking and make jam.
Take weekend morning walks with the family to our favorite bakery.
Read a book outside.
Take Jackson to a baseball game (or a few).
Go to Tamales Bay for oysters.
I think it’s the little things that make summer so memorable and I hope to create those memories again this summer!
Rattan is having a comeback. Now many of you might already have pieces in your home but for those of you who don’t – it’s time to embrace this trend. It is the material to add to your home – both indoors and outdoors.
I’ve been seeing it pop up more and more in magazines and on Pinterest (I’ve been pinning rattan items like a mad woman for clients). While rattan reminds me of my grandmothers house – yes, she has some rattan gems I might have to borrow – the pieces I’m seeing are more modern.
If you choose to add a piece or two into your decor, I’ve gathered some of my favorite pieces. If you want vintage rattan pieces – pop over here.
Friday has always been a day I like to spend with Jackson. Now that the weather is warming up, I want to begin to set up more play dates with other mothers and find new destinations around town to enjoy. My son is now at the toddler stage where he loves playing with other kids.
This week my friend Erin from Apartment 34 and our sons got together in the gardens of the Palace of Fine Arts. It’s a perfect place for a picnic with stunning gardens and the terra cotta Palace as the backdrop. There’s room for toddlers to run around and no problem with having a blanket for a picnic.
As I met Erin and her son, she noticed I was wearing white jeans and surprised I would wear them at the park. In the past, I probably might not have worn them for fear they would get ruined but I had already had an incident with mud the week before (basically my son seeks it out!) and I was easily able to get them clean. Erin was right and they did get muddy and while white can sometimes be a risky choice, with my white jeans from Old Navy, I just throw them in the wash and the mud comes right out.
It was such fun to find affordable clothes for both Jackson and I at the same time. You can try new patterns, like the African inspired prints I chose, and not spend a huge amount of money doing so. It was nice to find clothes that are an escape from the ordinary neutrals I usually wear.
Our boys were very into having a picnic lunch (they gobbled up the p&j sandies) and of course, being able to run around after eating! I think we need to make this a weekly date!
Here’s a list of some great items to bring with you on a picnic date:
Bring food you know your child enjoys and make it easy. A simple p&j is fine with some fresh fruit.
I like to bring a change of clothes for Jackson as he gravitates to water and manages to get himself soaked.
A blanket to sit on is important, as often the grass might be damp.
Bring something fun like bubbles, balls, or a book for the moment when they want to take a breather.
Always pack sunscreen for yourself and your children!
Head on over to Apartment 34 to see her photos of the same date and tips on the best places to have playdates – what a perfect day and a great way to kick off summer Friday!
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