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Jul
16
2014
Hammock and Lounging Area for the Home Depot Style Challenge Outdoor Games Edition

I gave you the sneak peek last week, and today I get to share the full reveal of this formerly unused space in my backyard! I was asked by my friends at Home Depot to create a fun DIY outdoor game as part of a new edition of their Style Challenge Series.

Macrame Badminton Net and Outdoor Living Space for the Home Depot Style Challenge Outdoor Games Edition
Picnic and Entertaining for the Home Depot Style Challenge Outdoor Games Edition
Lounge Area for Kids and Pets for the Home Depot Style Challenge Outdoor Games Edition
Teepee Tent Fort for Kids in the Home Depot Style Challenge Outdoor Games Edition
Kids Enjoying Outdoor Picnic in Outdoor Oasis for the Home Depot Style Challenge Outdoor Games Edition

Here in this crazy yard of ours, it's hot in the summertime. Too hot to actually enjoy, which is such a bummer when you have young kids who want to run and jump and play all the live long day. It's also a pretty big bummer for this gal who loves to be outside and adores outdoor entertaining that doesn't involve a sweat off as the designated group activity. With virtually no mature trees in the entire yard except for this little cluster of plum trees in the far corner, it's fairly slim picken's if you are hoping to nab a cozy spot in the shade.

And then it occured to me... If I couldn't bring the shade to outdoor living space, then perhaps the solution is to bring a new living space to the shade. And just like that my Outdoor Oasis was born, and she's quite the star of the show. 

Bar Cart with Refreshments for Outdoor Sitting Area for the Home Depot Style Challenge Outdoor Games Edition
Little Kids Playing Badminton for the Home Depot Style Challenge Outdoor Games Edition
Big Kids Playing Badminton for the Home Depot Style Challenge Outdoor Games Edition
Outdoor Games and Fun with Relaxing Outdoor Living Space for the Home Depot Style Challenge Outdoor Games Edition

Without wanting to incur the cost of an entire backyard renovation at this moment in time, I decided to improvise by using items that would create a non-permanent living space and one that I can bring in a store away during the wet season here. I used a heavy duty jute rug as the foundation and then built in the fun that would keep even the littlest occupied while the grown ups got down to business with some friendly competition. There were sword fights, bug stomping, fort making, and some good old fashioned r and r. I even managed to sneak in some healthy treats that are normally pretty tough to get these kids to eat. Of course it helped that it was 100 degrees plus in the sun and that I froze some of the fruit to give it just a bit of refreshing coolness. Anything cold and sweet is considered a popsicle to the Bird so he was on cloud 9 with the crazy good spread to choose from. 

It makes me feel pretty damn good to finish another space here and to have created something that works overtime in the memory making department. We definitely don't get as much of that as I would like... But now we have the Oasis to call our own and something fun for everyone to enjoy, regardless of their age! 

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Jul
21
2012
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There is something utterly whimsical about the idea of an indoor swing... It seems the perfect addition to any modern home whether the style be rustic or refined, this is a look I'm absolutely willing to embrace! 

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Mar
09
2012

There is something I adore about a child's space. I think all design rules and regulations are thrown upside down in favor of whimsical, statment making decor. A well designed kiddo room celebrates everything amazing about being young. This is a round up of a few of my recent faves... 

 

 

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Oct
17
2011
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Only one of these nurseries is actually rustic, or has rustic elements and that is this first room, but both incorporate the color rust exceptionally well. Rust is not typically included in the average nursery color scheme, but it's decided chic in both examples!

This stunning nursery is drool worthy and something out of a magazine, to be sure! To browse more of this room, click here.

Rust and Mint is simply divine! I'm always dreaming of something different and unique for a wee little room, and this color palette knocks it out of the park! Such a well dressed room for her baby boy! Don't you adore it? To browse more of this room, click here.

Are you searching for an interesting color combo for your littles? What have you found so far?

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Vintage Inspired and Whimsical Childrens Rooms

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There is something magical about a touch of vintage in a child's room. A bit of nostalgia to instill a love of the past, a romanticism for discovery, of life and culture unique to our own, or perhaps to connect with our roots.

I am completely smitten with antique beds that appear to pull out for a wider version. A new spin on a lifetime bed to be sure...

Jul
12
2011
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I'm always so pleasantly surprised by neutral palettes that pack a wallop of style.  It's a bit like a sneak attack. At first, your eye gently wanders over the image and calmly browses the room...and then BAM! It hits you like a knock-out punch, and suddenly you realize that you really like this space... it's calming and yet makes your heart sing with design excitement!  The fact that it works for boys and girls, well that's just the icing on the cake.

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