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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Just Beachy Outdoor Rug
Khaki Stripe Outdoor Rug
Khaki Stripe Outdoor 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
If you planted your containers and hosed off the outdoor furniture this week-end only to find your deck or patio still looked tired from a long winter, consider an outdoor rug to perk things up. Roll out the perfect outdoor rug, and you will create an instant room. Polypropylene hooked and flatweave rugs have become popular pieces for indoor high-traffic areas such as family rooms, kitchens, breezeways and entryways. We forget that their original intent was outdoor use! Here are some tips for selecting the just-right rug for a deck, porch, or patio that needs some extra attention.
Sealegs Accent Rug
Check, Please Outdoor Rug
Chromatic Plaid Outdoor Rug
Fortissimo Outdoor Rug
Determine placement. In an outdoor open space, unfurling a rug will immediately delineate space. Many of the rules that apply to interior rug placement apply. But outdoors, the concept of walls has less impact and the rug itself will help to define larger areas. Outdoor dining areas will still require the table and chairs (at least the front legs) fit on the rug to look grounded and be serviceable. Same scenario with an outdoor seating area where at least the front legs of the furniture should touch the rug. On smaller decks or porches, a great look is three inches of floor exposure around the rug’s edge creating a bordered effect. All these considerations will impact the size rug you select.
Design and pattern. Based on your space’s needs, it’s important to determine whether the rug will be a focal point in your outdoor living area, or if it will be placed to complement existing furniture and outdoor upholstery and pillows. As a focal point, an outdoor rug should be bold and bright to define space, and accent solid colored furniture and cushions. As a focal point, the rug is where your eye will land first and welcome you and guests into the space. To simply define spaces on an open deck (ex: to separate a dining area and a conversation area) rugs featuring neutral colors and simple patterns play best, and are also well-paired with bold or graphic outdoor pillows.
Outdoor rug color plays an important role in the overall feel of the spaces you are creating. While important to the overall coordination of all the elements in the outdoor space, color intensity has more impact than you might think. Choosing a lighter colored rug will reflect an open and more airy feel. This may help to make a smaller and darker porch feel more spacious. Darker colors create a cozier feel, and may make a larger deck or patio feel more intimate.