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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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!

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.

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!

Five Tips for Preparing Your Bedroom for Summer!

Spring-time drizzle and gray skies will soon give way to warm breezes and rustling green leaves. While we wait to open up the windows, it’s the perfect time to say “so long” to winter and welcome summer bedding into your bedroom. Here are a few tips to prepare for, and transition to, the balmy nights to come.

  1. Lighten up, and pack up your winter worries. Use light and bright accents to add extra pop to your summer-weight bedding after you store your heavier blankets and coverings for the season.
  2. Give the bed a clean sweep. Before you make the bed, be sure to flip and rotate the mattress while laundering mattress pads and mattress covers. Vacuum the mattress using an upholstery attachment before returning the washed and thoroughly dried mattress pad, then make the bed in your favorite summer sheets. Try adding a patterned quilt and shams for light-weight warmth and visual interest.
  3. Accent the room for the season. Remove candles which evoke a sense of winter’s low light (and flicker like a source of heat) ,and replace them with your favorite vases and cache pots for fresh flowers.
  4. Let the sun shine in. Wash the windows, and replace your heavy insulated draperies with sheers that let the summer light in.
  5. Get ready for your best night’s sleep in months!

Four Quick Tips to Bring a Nautical Look to Your Home

19524K-ICEBLUE-ALT3Nautical looks return perennially letting us know summer has made its anticipated comeback. From US Olympic uniforms and fashion to home décor, the look is universally popular because of its clean, crisp, and classic feel. Whether sea-side or in the city, the nautical look is an easy to love…and just as easy to introduce in your home. Here are five quick ways to evoke a surf-side feel.

  1. Layer on the stripes. Stripes are the foundation of nautical fashion, and striped accent pillows are the fastest way to add pop to upholstered furniture or any seating area.
  2. Feature white and blue rugs. When it comes to nautical style, white and blue are the power couple. Add in some cool gray, and you have the makings of the perfect coastal color palette.
  3. Express yourself with motifs. Whimsical Motifs express who you are, and start great conversations. Our Sealegs accent rug will add character to any room.
  4. Hand-tied detailing. Hand-tied knots served sailors for generations…and add visual interest and texture.

 

 

 

 

Top Four Trends For Spring…

We all love spring, and its annual promise of a return to slamming screen doors, long lazy days, and a cool drink on the porch.  Summer is a care-free time, and that casual feeling translates into the design style that will highlight the coming months.  Here are the 4 trends for warm weather, and there is seasonal fun for everyone.

  1. Nautical nods.  By land or by sea, summer is the season to pull out all the sea-side stops!
  2. Bright, BRIGHT, B R I G H T S. Don’t be shy when it comes to color. Summer is the time to let your inner preppy shine.
  3. Make a statement with motifs. Summer is the time for light-hearted fun, and a themed rug adds interest in a snap.
  4. Outdoor living. Barefoot –friendly and easy-care polypropylene rugs visually ground outdoor furniture on a porch or deck.  They brighten transitional high-traffic areas while simultaneously collecting the errant beach sand we all secretly love!