3. No crate? Use whatever you’ve got. An old wheelbarrow, a garden cart, an enamel bucket or even a toy dump truck can be lined with trash bags and filled with ice to make an impromptu drinks cooler.
19. Hang flowers from a tree. Use a drill to punch two holes in a washed-out tin can and thread wire through the holes to make a hanger. Fill your cans with cut flowers and hang them from a tree around your outdoor dining table. Leave the cans plain or dress them up by tying on strips of pretty fabric.
Here are some of my favorite items for summer decorating! I do not have a summer home but I do like to make a few changes for summer in my home. I put down summer rugs, put up summer curtains, change my bedding and add a few other touches! Here are some great items you might use for your own summer home.
1. Ballard Design sisal rug…oozes summer
2. Williams-Sonoma Home sofa…clean and fresh looking…only if you need a sofa!
3. Cool clear trunk from Wisteria…how I adore this.
4. Great chair only $299 at Grandin Road
5. Birch Lane has lots of fun stuff! I like these trays & glass bottle lamp
6. West Elm has great summer items this year too…love these throws and curtain panels.
7. Crate & Barrel tray so cool!
8. Fun side table Home Remedies Portland, ME 207-899-0135
9. Fabulous ottoman by Dash & Albert: Dwellings Falmouth, ME 207-781-3711
Are you looking for something to decorate for summer? Let me know your summer plans! I hope you are enjoying summer…I know I am. If you like this post let me know by liking it!
My son Jack graduated from High School this week (thank God), and better yet…he is off to college next year! He asked for a lobster bake…he is a Maine boy after all.
I wanted it to be an elegant but casual event. I bought bandanas for the napkins, ‘How to Eat a Lobster’ plates, 14″ wide Burlap ribbon, shells and sea glass to decorate with. We set up rental tables with white linens, and white folding chairs in the backyard. My nephews hung white paper lanterns from the trees.
The Menu: Maine lobsters, grilled vegetable kebobs, salad and best of all my sister-in-law Tina, made one of her famous cakes!
Edith, my very clever sister, made name cards with “I know Jack is in the room when…” on the top, and each guest filed in something below. They were all very funny and it was a great ice-breaker for the cocktail hour!
My wonderful brother Andrew, from California made a video with clips from all of my siblings, nieces and nephews congratulating Jack and telling stories about him. My brother is an incredible web designer, the video was professional and was the hit of the party.
One of my clients loaned me a professional/industrial lobster cooker…Thank you Becky!
We feel so lucky that our family flew and drove to Maine from NYC, Florida, Virginia and Washington DC to celebrate with us.
Here are some of the photos from our “Lobsta Bake”
The Bar: very important on a hot day!
We hung 30 lanterns in the backyard and it was magical. At about 2:00 am, (when I was up, thinking about the mess downstairs) I looked outside and my yard was glowing. It was so lovely!
We had 40 guests…only 15 of which were not family.
Here is a close up of the graduate’s table. He had such a wonderful time at his party, he thanked me several times…this as we all know is rare for an 18-year-old boy.
I hope you enjoyed seeing our party. I am so exhausted, but it is worth it. Thank you for stopping by, I hope you like this post let me know by liking or commenting.
Next Post: will be back to interior design!
I am doing a wedding in late July. I have been trying to pin-point the theme and I have come up with relaxed industrial-chic!
We are using a lot of architectural salvage. I went to the large antique fair in Brimfield, MA with my friend Robyn last week. I found some wonderful pieces, including two chunky columns (that will serve as altar pieces), two fantastic antique urns, and four industrial coffee tables.
We are renting the following items
1. Harvest tables
2. These for wine bars
3. (5) Wine Barrels that will be surrounded by stools and serve as our cocktail tables.
4. This is the soft seating for the lounge areas
5. Dining Chairs
6. We will be mixing in round tables with white linens and burlap overlays.
Here is the lighting for the wedding.
1.The wine bottle light will go over the main bar. This is from Etsy.
2. These will go over the dance floor with the metal ones wrapped in lights.
3. We have two lounge areas flanking the dance floor. I will hang these lanterns over the coffee tables in the lounge area.
1. These wonderful vases will line the walkway into the ceremony, the urns will be used at the entrance to the ceremony area. I love these…I want some of them for myself!
2. The ceremony will have a structure like this over the bride and groom. I just love this look…so cool. I will have glass globes with succulents and flowers hanging from the structure.
3. I will also be using these items to decorate for the wedding. Earthy elements work well with the industrial chic look!
4. We are going to use brightly colored farm fresh flowers. Our colors are purple, yellow, red and white. I am going to use a lot of herbs and greens too! They will really pop against the washed out look of the industrial pieces.
I love these bright bouquets from Pinterest. I will also use succulents like these also from Pinterest. The curly willow in the bottom arrangement is fabulous!
So these are some of my ideas for the wedding. Do you have any ideas that you think would make this wedding complete? I am always open to suggestions.
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Spring is coming to Maine, I know it has arrived in much of the country…but winter hangs around here a bit longer. I am done with winter, I need to spruce up my house and prepare for my favorite season…summer.
1. Remove all wool rugs and replace with indoor/outdoor and cotton rugs. This really brightens up my home and lengthens the life of my wool rugs too.
Before: (photo by Liz Donnelly)
After…this cotton Dash & Albert rug ( Home Remedies http://www.mainefabrics.com) brings color into the room…I love it!
2. Time to do some indoor planting…It is still too cold to plant outside. Here are my favorite inexpensive planters, mason jars, soil, curly willow and spring bulbs and herbs. The herbs will be moved outside in June. (photo by Liz Donnelly)
4. OK this is strange but I love this Jonathan Adler Coffee maker and it brings new life to the kitchen. http://www.jcp.com, I also adore these drink jars, and linen napkins from http://www.shopterrain.com
5. I love the idea of new spring and summer dishes too! I have some fish dishes that were my parents and I use them in the summer…they feel fresh and fun! These plates from Dwellings 207-781-3711 and http://www.Williams-Sonoma.com are great for any season.
7. If you need outdoor seating…these benches from http://www.grandinroad.com, are fabulous and they come in tons of fun colors.
I am getting so excited for summer! I have a child graduating from high school this June, so I need to spruce up both the inside and outside of my home for his party.
I have to paint my deck…I attempted this last year, and did not complete it…this year is a must.
What are you doing to get ready for summer?
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Are you planning a wedding? I am planning a few weddings this season and I am always looking to Pinterest for inspiration!
I found all of these ideas on Pinterest! Get pinning…people!
EVERYTHING BELOW WAS ON WWW.PINTEREST.COM
I am planning a few weddings this season and I would be lost without the following sites.
Let me know if you have a favorite site!
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This weekend I had the pleasure of putting together a wedding at The Barn at Flanagan Farm (http://www.barnatflanaganfarm.com ), in Buxton Maine. It was magical! We really played up the rustic farm theme. I always love my job, but I love it more when my clients are as delightful and thoughtful as this family.
This is the barn.
Snell Family Farm (www.snellfamilyfarm.com ) sold us these buckets of fresh flowers, we arranged them in mason jars.
The colors of the wedding were coral and navy; they were so crisp and clean-looking!
Here are the table arrangements that I made on site with the farm fresh flowers. We had long tables that seated 16-22 people, with 16 arrangements on each table. Each Mason jar was finished with wide navy ribbon. The flowers were fresh and beautiful just like the bride!
We used two widths of grosgrain ribbon on simple glass votives to add a touch of color.
We subtlety repeated the colors in several ways throughout the event spaces. Look how cute the boutonnieres are…I love Straw flowers.
We used shepherds hooks to line the walkways and ceremony aisle. I added Ribbon tassels to them that moved with the breeze…it was so pretty. We hung candles and flowers from these shepherds hooks. Here I am making the hanging arrangements for the aisle.
We like to decorate every space even the back stairs!
Below are the wedding bouquet being made (on site) by Carol Hiltebeitel (email@example.com). She is amazing. She also does fantastic planters.
I am so lucky to have such a great team! I could not have done this wedding without the help of the family and my assistant Lindsey Sowles and Carol. I will be showing the step by step directions for putting together a wedding in coming posts!
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Photos Anne Sowles
I love weddings! To me, it is such a wonderful celebration of love and life. Naturally, the décor is my first priority when planning a wedding. What colors, textures, flavor, and feel does the bride want to achieve?
Here are some examples of the wedding flowers I have done.
GREAT WEDDING FLOWER ARTICLES AND RESOURCES:
I hope you are enjoying summer! Do you have a wedding coming up? Let me know if you have any questions, I have planned hundreds of weddings!
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Photos: Liz Donnelly
This summer is flying by, but the weather has been less than stellar. My daughter said, “Mom, this is my summer vacation, I am supposed to be going to the beach and enjoying the outside” life lesson kids…you can’t control the weather. It has either been hot and humid with thunder storms, or cloudy and humid with thunderstorms this entire summer.
Honestly, in Maine we pay our dues in the winter with horrid weather, we earn our summer. I want cloudless skies and dry heat!!! Fortunately, the weather has cooperated for one friend’s graduation party and looks good for another planned for this Sunday.
To occupy my vast indoor time this summer, I have been playing with flowers. Several months ago, I bought old glass soda and beer bottles, mostly from Boston and Portland. They are so pretty, some are clear, while others are a soft blue.
While I was surfing the web, (because the ocean is too fogged in) and came across this article http://www.hgtv.com/decorating-basics/flea-market-flips/pictures/index.html?nl=HGI_071013_featlink2_&sni_mid=87668&sni_rid=87668.324.2680147&c32=%7bB989BD35-05FA-4145-B8C9-6A9F272A86B3%7d
Although I was not inspired to flip my find, I did retrieve them from the basement, dust them off, and fill them with flowers! I love this look because it gives you a big bang for your buck. One bunch of supermarket or farm-stand flowers goes a long way.
What do you think? What are you doing to fill your time this summer? I hope this fog and rain lifts and we can enjoy summer…I am molding.
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Old Medicine Bottles are great for small flowers…see below
Summer is finally upon us. I love the sun, garden, beach,and sea. In the northeast we need to take advantage of this season, because it is so short. I take the time to change my house over to a summer home.
I start this process with my bedroom. This year I invested ($40) in a cute graphic quilt for the bed; I purchased this at Home Goods. Home Goods is a great place to shop for summer décor, as their buyers tend to go for trendy inexpensive items.
Aside from the quilt a summer rug is a must for me, I like a wool rug most of the year but they are too hot for summer. My wool rugs last longer too, as they are cleaned and stored during the sand and mud season! I love Dash & Albert rugs for summer they are inexpensive and very durable. Ballard Design is another great resource for summer rugs.
I also recommend taking down window treatments for the summer. If you have shades you can leave them up. I replace my chocolate-brown silk curtains with white linen for summer. I love this look it is very light and airy.
I put this idea board together for one of my clients’ this is a clean and simple summer bedroom.
The rug and pillows are busy, but everything else in the room is white so it works!
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