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Gardenhouse

The day after I blogged about patio inspirations for our backyard, Jen from Made By Girl blogged about Gardenhouse (she must be reading my blog. Ha, I wish). Gardehouse brings ultra cool, vibrant furniture to the outdoors (and indoors). Their “Vintage With a Modern Twist” tagline is basically my ethos, so it was pretty natural that I automatically love their collection.

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A glimpse at some of their indoor stuff.

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Summer, Summer, Summertime

Okay, maybe I’m getting a little ahead of myself but seriously, summer will be here before we know it and I’m just trying to plan accordingly for once. Our little backyard isn’t necessarily equipped to seat or serve any guests so I’ve pulled some images to figure out what kind of vibe I’d like to go for. But mostly, I just wanted another excuse to look for pretty pictures.

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image via country living

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Yup, I think a lounge setting is more my stile.

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last three images via if the lamp shade fits

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Garden Party

Last Saturday, I hosted a little garden party for a few of my cousins. I recently got into table setting and this was somewhat of my debut.  A special thanks to our friend who came over and snapped some photos. And an extra special thanks to Chef Ev whose freshly squeezed blood orange/lemonade, cilantro pesto, and tuna poke took my little shindig to another level.

I kept this intimate to alleviate the stress of seating more than eight people.  Once I become more pro, I’ll be able to figure out extra seating arrangements.

As for my plan of attack, it actually came fairly easy. It all kind of came together as I came up on stuff while running errands not necessarily pertaining to this garden party.

– I bought the pink wing back at the Salvation Army shortly after we moved into our house. I’ve been meaning to reupholster it but still haven’t after several months. I’m sort of glad I haven’t as it fit in perfectly with the color scheme.

– The two yellow side wing backs are from the Pasadena Rose Bowl Flea Market. They too need some reupholstery work.

– The white chairs are the only two dining chairs we currently own, and they are from Maison Midi.

– The wooden chairs are from Cost Plus. We bought these years ago when we needed some extra seats for a Super Bowl Party. The fold up and store easily.

Picture taken by Evan

I thought it was cute when one of my younger cousins asked, “So where do you find all this stuff?” And our photographer friend asked Evan if I spent my days shopping since there was no way I found all this on one trip.

I actually found several of the pieces while I was out finding items for work.

– The white vase in the center is from Home Goods, which usually hangs out in our bedroom. The green mossy butterflies inside the vase are from Michaels.

– The striped pots are also from Michaels. The plants are from a local flower shop. My original plan was to go with daisies but I’m glad I found these instead. The green with pink veins could not have been a better find.

– The placemats are from Kmart.

– Glasses, goblets and some of the plates are from Maison Midi as well.

– Other plates are from my China, Cost Plus and Target.

– Place cards were leftover from our wedding, and the little gift boxes were another Michaels purchase.

Basically, I just mix and match to keep things interesting.

The host and her sistah

We wore hats to block some of the sun and try to appear fancies.

One of my guests took this photo, but I don’t know who. Let me know who you are so I can thank you profusely. This is one of the cutest photos of our little doggies (yes, I say doggies even though I know there’s only one) yet.

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(Not-So) Secret Garden

My husband has a garden and I think it’s the cutest thing in the world when he gets extremely excited at the sight of any sprouting. He takes great pride in his little garden and thanks to him we don’t have to buy cilantro, beets, radish, rosemary (gifted by my sister), peas, broccoli, mesclun and (hopefully soon), garlic and peppers. We may not be able to run our own little farmers’ market, but we get just enough veggies to cook up and accompany our main course. And I must say, the freshness of each vegetable doesn’t compare to even those sold at Wholefoods.

Take a look at what has been burgeoning from Evan’s garden.

We had this broccoli for dinner last night.

Some dope beats beets guarded by our Dodger gnome (gift from D-Yella). Or maybe these are the radish. I can’t always tell.

I absolutely hated peas and NEVER did I think I would like them. These are a million times tastier than those ugly, mushy green ones in a can.

Oh, Oh for Cilantro

I swoon over mesclun.

Okay, not really. But it rhymes.

Actually, I’m sure Evan swoons.

Taco night would be incomplete without these radishes.

Now I just need to get him some labels because even he forgets which is which sometimes.

Maybe these from heavypetal

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And then we can store them is something like this from Burgon&Ballhttps://i1.wp.com/www.burgonandball.com/shop/prodImages/GHV_HERBJAR-large.jpg

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Spring Is A-Comin’

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image from houzz

This beautiful setting reminded me that Spring needs to hurry the heck up. It’s close, though. And I can feel the changes coming. The sun is setting a bit later, weather is warming up (not that us Southern Californians have much to complain about), but these are always pleasant reminders of what’s in store. Spring has long been my favorite season, making me wanna bust out some girlie sundresses and plan for a fun birthday. May 12th, ya’ll.

That said, I’ve suddenly had the urge to host a garden party. A sweet, afternoon gathering with my girls, appetizers, cocktails, sunshine, and some great table setting.

Here are some images to keep the inspiration moving.

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Some items I’d incorporate into my theme.

Garden Party

pink peonies in a silver pitcher, mini tree place card holders, fun plates, turquoise goblets, bamboo silverware, cute patio chair, wood trestle table and pink ikat table runner.

What would I wear to my party, you ask?

In my imaginary world, I’d wear this Rebecca Taylor frock from her Spring 2010 collection.

https://i1.wp.com/www.style.com/slideshows/fashionshows/S2010RTW/RTAYLOR/RUNWAY/00010f.jpg

image from style.com

other images from designmom, domesticbliss and  cocomale

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Spring Is A-Comin'

9.jpg (image) eclectic patio

image from houzz

This beautiful setting reminded me that Spring needs to hurry the heck up. It’s close, though. And I can feel the changes coming. The sun is setting a bit later, weather is warming up (not that us Southern Californians have much to complain about), but these are always pleasant reminders of what’s in store. Spring has long been my favorite season, making me wanna bust out some girlie sundresses and plan for a fun birthday. May 12th, ya’ll.

That said, I’ve suddenly had the urge to host a garden party. A sweet, afternoon gathering with my girls, appetizers, cocktails, sunshine, and some great table setting.

Here are some images to keep the inspiration moving.

https://i1.wp.com/cocomale.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/garden-party1.jpghttps://i0.wp.com/www.oncewed.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/DSC9809.jpghttps://designstiles.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/garden2bparty2b016.jpg?w=300

https://i1.wp.com/www.culinarycircle.com/assets/category/lg-appetizers.jpg

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Some items I’d incorporate into my theme.

Garden Party

pink peonies in a silver pitcher, mini tree place card holders, fun plates, turquoise goblets, bamboo silverware, cute patio chair, wood trestle table and pink ikat table runner.

What would I wear to my party, you ask?

In my imaginary world, I’d wear this Rebecca Taylor frock from her Spring 2010 collection.

https://i1.wp.com/www.style.com/slideshows/fashionshows/S2010RTW/RTAYLOR/RUNWAY/00010f.jpg

image from style.com

other images from designmom, domesticbliss and  cocomale

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