Attack of the Giant Foo Dogs!

I was in Target today looking for shower caddies (thrilling stuff) and wandered into the garden/patio section as I continue to dream up how to pimp out my new outdoor space with views of the Prudential Tower.  I turned down an aisle and had to steady myself when I saw THESE. Ginormous patio foo dogs!!!!! Like three feet tall! You know how I love me some foo dogs, and these were the biggest ones I’ve ever seen. I did not load them into my cart and skip to the checkout because I couldn’t tell if they were cheesy (not stone, but that faux resin stone) and at this scale perhaps too much foo? Plus eighty bones is a lot to part with for a giant foo dog made of plastic.

But I really wanted to get them simply because they exist. It seems like these might be something I’ll see on clearance in a week.

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Porches, Patios and Our Biggest Giveaway Yet!

I am so excited to share that Well Appointed House asked us to partner with them on this A-MAZ-ING giveaway!  Spring is here and people are sprucing up their outdoor spaces and I can think of no better accent than this black lacquer Lutyens bench (valued at $350)…which you can win if you pop over to the Well Appointed House blog and enter! I absolutely love the shape and styling of this piece (would enter to win one myself if I could- would look darling on my new patio) and can fit in with any decor style. Winner will be announced on Monday so you have plenty of time to enter!

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Speaking of porches and patios, I was sitting on a big’ ol southern style wraparound porch last weekend in Sea Island, swaying back and forth on a porch swing and made an executive decisions that I need one in my life.  Obviously this will not be happening on my little patio in the city, but it’s going to be a MUST in my next home. It got me thinking about outdoor spaces and how much fun you can have decorating them. Just look:

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I love it when people treat porches like indoor rooms- the gallery wall below is FABULOUS, and those built ins? Bananas.

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Curtains on a porch? YES PLEASE.  you can find them ready made at a variety of places, but also can have some custom made with the incredible selection of outdoor fabrics available these days!

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Modern takes on outdoor decor:

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This sun room isn’t really outdoor, but I love the decor and mix of textures!

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These are so nap-worthy.

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This lush greenery is jaw-dropping. I wish my thumb were green enough to make this a reality some day, but I can barely keep an orchid alive.

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Ready to get your jealous on? This backyard shed was turned into a big bath house for the owner. This is soooooo going on my birthday list this year.

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How about this patio bathtub? I would never ever get out. Ever.

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One of the COOLEST “outdoor spaces” I’ve seen- a huge retractable skylight in a top floor apartment! I can;t even comprehend the awesomeness of this.

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My new obsession are these outdoor rugs by Fab Habitat made from polypropylene but styled like traditional rugs and SO affordable!

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Bostonians: A Peek Inside the Gardens of BH

Ever wonder what’s behind those brick walls and iron gates of the charmed row houses of Beacon Hill? Now you can take a peek, during the 2009 Beacon Hill Garden Club Tour on Thursday, May 21st! I’m going for sure- why not play hooky and join me? After seeing all the uber-luxurious spaces I may have to repair my ego with a big ol’ cocktail at the BEacon Hill Bistro after wards!
And, if you aren’t headed to Brimfield this weekend but need an antique fix, take a jaunt out here to JP for the estate sale happening near the monument on Center Street on Saturday. Last year that’s where I scored this beauty… you never know!

Feel A Breeze

Even though it’s not warm yet, I know spring is here. There are little green things popping up in my garden and last night it was still light out at 7p.m. It makes me excited to spend lots of time outdoors. I adore the concept of indoor/outdoor rooms- either ones that transition from inside to outside with ease (and big open doors) or outdoor rooms that function like indoor rooms. With the fantastic fabrics, furniture and rugs for outdoor usage available today, there’s no excuse for ugly patio furniture!
Here’s some eye candy:








Images via Point Click Home, House to Home UK, Domino Magazine, Coastal Living, Sunset, Southern Living.

Driveway Makeover

My dad did not like the way his driveway looked paved and so a couple weeks ago he had it “stoned”- tar put down and then stones poured over top. Unlike a loose stone driveway, all the little stones stay in place. I think it looks amazing, and figured it might be something some of you might consider for your own homes!

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(and my brother’s new Mini Coop- tres, tres jealous)