Try Our Refreshing Coconut Citrus Mint Cooler

Coconut Citrus Mint Cooler

Summer is in full-swing, and if you are hosting friends and family during the next few weeks we have the perfect refresher that pairs nicely with summer’s lighter fare.

Coconut Citrus Mint Cooler

What You’ll Need:  4 cups of coconut water    ½ cup of lime juice    ¼ cup of sugar (optional)    2 cucumbers sliced very thinly    ¼ cup of chopped mint leaves

How to Make it…  Combine the coconut water, lime juice, sugar, cucumbers, and mint leaves.  Let the mixture chill for at least one hour.  Serve with a garnish of mint for the perfect RX to beat the heat.

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Watermelons Outdoor Rug

Enjoy!  Our Coconut Citrus Mint Cooler looks revitalizing because it is!  Coconut water is a natural way to restore electrolytes and hydrate when it’s hot……and did we mention this recipe pairs perfectly with silver rum?  Add at your own discretion!

Decorating Tip!
Pairs well with our Watermelons Outdoor rug!

Jute Rugs are a great choice for any location

Hand-Hooked Jute Painted Medallion Rug
Hand-Hooked Jute Painted Medallion Rug

We developed our hand-hooked jute rugs for those who do not want the heavy look and feel of thick, densely tufted wool pile.  From a design perspective, the look of our jute rugs is light, clean, and ideal for any region of the country.

Yarn Balls of Hand Hooked Jute Rugs
Hand Spun & Dyed Jute Yarns

Our hand-hooked jute rugs are nothing like the scratchy heavy mats that welcomed you through the front door when you were a kid.  These rugs are soft underfoot, and perfect for any interior location.

Hand-Hooked Jute Rugs
Hand-Hooked Jute Rugs

Our hand-spun and dyed jute yarns ensure color vibrancy, and bring our designs to vivid geometric life.  Nothing bland or monochromatic in our jute collection!

Hand Hooked Jute Rugs
Hand-Hooked Jute Rugs

Naturally stronger than wool, hand hooked jute rugs are a great choice for all your interior spaces.

The Inspiration Behind Our Water Lilies Rug

We understand how Monet could become so obsessed!   Water lilies have been a source of inspiration for centuries, their floating beauty offering a sense of calm, and an opportunity for reflection.  Their colors and aquatic environment create dream-worthy moments, and were the spark of inspiration behind our water lilies hand-made rug and decorative pillow.

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The inspiration behind our Water Lilies Rug

One of the earliest plants to ever flower, water lilies are considered the “missing” link between flowering and non-flowering flora, and have a number of interesting traits that species the world over share:

Water lilies live only in fresh water.  Ideal conditions include a depth of 18 to 24 inches, and relatively still conditions making ponds, streams, and the edges of deeper lakes their ideal habitats.

Long stems anchored in the soil beneath the water attach to large leaves, or pads, and furnish nutrients to the plant.  These lily pads create a floating canopy of green designed to collect sunlight for photosynthesis while providing shade for fish, and a resting spot for frogs and dragon flies.

The lily flower develops underwater, and when ready to open, emerges between the pads and floats on the water’s surface.  The flower opens in the morning and closes at night for three days, then dies.  Other water lilies in more tropical regions will replicate this same cycle and duration, with the difference being their blooms emerge at night as the sun goes down, closing the following morning.

Great Gift Ideas For the Summer BBQ

Think of a BBQ as a luncheon or dinner party where shorts are the perfect attire.  And while the event is casual, a gift of thanks conveys your appreciation for the time your hosts have invested in ensuring you have a great afternoon or evening.  Great gifts are thoughtful, creative, and reflect the spirit of the gathering while not creating more work for the hosts.  Here are a few items that are inexpensive, and help to make an outdoor evening a breeze for the hosts.

Bottle Opener(s) – These are great gifts, and extensions of the hosts’ taste.  And there never seems to be one handy, does there?  From fancy monogrammed to dollar-store common, this is a gift everyone will use and your hosts will appreciate.  Hang a fun bottle opener from a collection of craft-brewed seasonal beer and you will be the guest of honor!

Citronella Candles – These back-yard staples are available in a variety of taste levels when it comes to their packaging.  From fabulous and detailed to galvanized buckets, there are so many options accessible because theses candles really help to keep mosquitoes at bay.  And while no one may admit it, everyone loves the smell if only for its ability to conjure memories of childhood summers.

Pitch in – Offer to arrive early if extensive set up is required, or stay later to ensure that the cleanup is accomplished.  It’s a great way of saying thank you, spending quality time with family and friends, and often times the work detail is just as much fun as the party!

Always bring ice – There is never enough.  Never.

How to Be a Great Wedding Guest

Wedding season has arrived, and for your very best friends and close family members a thoughtful and uniquely personal gift for the happy couple will trump any registry’s blender.  Mix sentimental (photos)  with beautiful (new bedding) for a memorable gift!

 

 

Be it to toast a dear friend, family member,  or a co-worker, many of us will be attending weddings in the next few months.  It’s an exciting time for the soon-to-be’s, but it can also be stressful.  To be sure a part of your gift is being a great guest; here are a few tips on how to help the newlyweds have a fantastic day.

  1. RSVP, ASAP!  Wedding invitations may arrive by both electronic and posted mail.  Be sure to respond as quickly as possible, and always RSVP to the invitation in the format in which it was received.  If the invite arrives on embossed stationary, a texted reply will not do.  This is a casual response to a formal request, and someone is tallying the RSVP cardsDon’t add to the confusion of planning the event by not providing requested details.
  1. Post with care. You will, of course, be taking photos with your phone.  But unless you are furnished with a hashtag, and some level of instruction by the bride and groom regarding how to share the day, please do not post images to social media while the wedding is happening.  Yield to the professional photographer, and let them capture the special moments.  You can collect the candid shots as the party and evening unfolds!
  1. Be on time for the ceremony. What this really means is be sure you are parking the car twenty minutes before the actual wedding begins.  If you arrive after the procession has started, seat yourself as quickly as possible in the rear of the venue to ensure the bride is center stage.
  1. It’s not your day. Please don’t wear a predominantly white or ivory ensemble.  And it’s best to leave an all-black outfit for another day as well.

Learn How Outdoor Rugs Add Punch to Any Party!

Most social gatherings inevitably end up in one of two locations:  the kitchen, or an outdoor space like the deck or patio.  And the perfect rug for either location is a polypropylene hooked or flat weave rug.

They come in a variety of designs from simple and understated to bold conversation starters.  But don’t be deceived by their pretty appearance.  These rugs are gluttons for punishment and withstand high-traffic with ease … welcome traits in a busy kitchen or on the deck.  And spills?  Why waste a worry when your beautiful kitchen rug can be cleaned with a garden hose.

Unfurl one on the deck, call it a dance floor, and have the best summer ever with friends and family.  And to get the party started, kick off the festivities with a refreshing Watermelon White Wine Sangria.

Watermelon White Wine Sangria

 

Get Ready For Summer With These Five Tips

Be ready to welcome those summer breezes into your home, and some sunlight, too.  Warming days means it’s time to get windows ready for summer draperies.  Here are five tips to help you get any room’s windows ready for the season.

  1. Send the  heavy draperies on vacation.  Now is the time to remove heavy fabric and insulated draperies, and have them cleaned to be ready for next fall and winter.
  2. Prepare for breeze arrival. With draperies down, inspect for dust, and any other reminders of winter such as cobwebs.  Open up the windows and check tracks and guides for loose dirt, debris, and any lingering insect guests.  Once all the treasures your windows have been collecting for the last six months have been vacuumed up, you are ready for step three.
  3. Clean the breeze delivery system. Vacuum the screens using the dust brush attachment, moving left to right over the screening, and then repeating top to bottom.
  4. Make the glass sparkle. Now is the time to wash the windows, inside and out.   This project is best tackled on a cloudy day, or when direct sunlight is not hitting the window, to avoid streaking.  The internet has an abundance of cleaning solutions and methods to investigate.  Be it paper towel, wadded up newspaper, or a squeegee,  you will know which method is best for you and your window type.  Squeegee always wins the speed test, FYI.  Steps two and three leading up to washing will ensure that dust will not be delivered onto clean windows when the first balmy breeze blows through your screens.
  5. Lighten up. Be it for privacy or to diffuse the direct summer sunlight, it’s time to put up light and airy summer draperies.  When the first breeze of summer blows into the room, the lightweight drapes will do a happy dance to thank you for all your effort.  And you will be pretty happy with yourself, too!