Sprucing up the front porch

To kick off the Summer season with color I thought it would be fun to spruce up the front porch.  Color blocking is everywhere so why not incorporate it into your design.  My inspiration was sparked by the image below-loving the navy, teal, and chartreuse combo……it got my creative juices going!

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Tired of our traditional looking wicker furniture I spray painted it navy.  You’ll need two cans per chair, if you have a settee I would recommend at least three if not four.

  

Next, you’ll need cushions…..while at Target I pick these fun teal cushions.

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While accessory shopping at Crate & Barrel, I fell in love with the Marimekko Planet Kivet Blue 20″ x 13″ Outdoor Pillow.   Bonus-currently on SALE!

  I couldn’t resist these colorful side tables at C&B-also on SALE!

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In the end it was so much fun mix and matching!  Here’s a glimpse of the final product-what do you think?

Have a lovely Memorial Day Weekend!

Enjoy and thanks for viewing!

Simple beauty

I fell in love with succulents about a year ago while reading A New Garden Design…. in the very popular blog Velvet & Linen by Brooke Giannetti.  Here’s the image I drooled over…….look at the colors, texture, and simplicity-absolutely stunning!

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Inspired by images and my local nursery I thought I would dabble in my first succulent arrangement.

What do you think?

I planted this over a week ago and placed in a location where the Sun shines brightly on it.  The low maintenance is such a bonus!

How many of you have a succulent garden?

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Julius Shulman’s view!

I enjoy looking through photos as it stirs up memories, inspiration, and imagination. The NYTimes recently published On the Trail of a Master Photographer in Los Angeles, a story behind the talented architectural photographer Julius Shulman. Who captured modern day living of the 20th Century, forever immortalizing the works of ingenuous Architects; Frank Lloyd Wright, Pierre Koenig, Richard Neutra, Rudolph Schindler and many others.  The article features homes open to the public, a trail I plan to see when in California!

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Eric Bricker directed Visual Acoustics a film on Mr. Shulman’s extraordinary career.   It brilliantly snapshots the life and work of the photographer.  He produced many iconic images, here are two of my favorites: above Case House Study #22 and below the rotunda at the Guggenheim museum.

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A quote by Mr. Shulman that I love is: “Architecture affects everybody, from a hospital where you were born, to the schools, grocery stores, library, threatres-every part of a persons life is based upon an Architects presence”.

Which images of Julius Shulman do you love?

Enjoy and thanks for viewing!