Throw a summer fete on your newly decked out patio!

It’s been some time since our last blog post. What better topic to discuss than getting your patio or deck ready for Memorial Day! It’s just around the corner.

Here are a few of our favorite furniture pieces to spruce up your outdoor oasis…

The Canasta by B&B Italia:

 

The Source Relaxer and Footstool by Gloster.  www.gloster.com

 

The Elements collection by Manutti: http://www.manutti.com

 

 

The Madison Collection by ThosBaker.  www.Thosbaker.com
German-engineered, premium synthetic Skai® leather over top-grade reticulated foam.  Powder-coated aluminum subframe and 304-grade stainless steel legs.
Roma Collection by Frontgate.  www.frontgate.com
I love the Roma Canopy Chair.  It plays homage to classicism.
Roma Canopy Chair with Cushions

Looking for sophisticated modular furniture.  Look no more.  The Cloud collection by Frontgate.  The epitome of outdoor sophistication.

 

Cloud Armless Center Chair

 

Love the look but not the price?  Look at CB2’s Casbah collection.  www.cb2.com

 

 

Need something a little more timeless.  Look at the Directoire Collection by Suzanne Kasler.  www.ballarddesigns.com

 

 

The days are longer, which means more time spent outdoors. Add a stylish heat lamp to keep the fun going past happy hour, serve refreshing cocktails on an eco-friendly teak cart, or invite guests to kick-back in a comfortable hammock.

 

http://www.firesideaccessories.com

 

Trinity Hammocks

 

And, finally Memorial Day means the start of a new season, so refresh the patio with colorful, summer-ready textiles. Place a printed trellis rug outdoors to warm the space and add plenty of easy-to-clean pillows and blankets for an inviting vibe.

 

 

Host Tip:  Whether you are hosting an afternoon pool party, a barbecue or a croquet match, set up a bar where people can serve themselves.  Instead of playing the bartender, you can enjoy the guests and your own party.

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Spring Forward

We Fell Back Now It’s Time to…
SPRING FORWARD

Daylight Saving Time is here, which means warm weather is on the way! It’s the perfect time to spruce up your home or office. Here is a little inspiration from Delia Designs intern Nechelle Trawick.
Our first inspiration is by Nina Campbell. Its over-scaled feathered fern leaf wallpaper in natural colorings, We love this because of the unique texture it brings to the interior of the home it comes in 4 different colors and is a great way to kick of spring, home style.


Laguna- Our next inspiration is by Osborne and Little, this wallpaper is the stork motif extracted from the more elaborate fabric design. With bold display of spring these birds are great for the interior as they help welcome the new season.


Giving Style Some Sass
Butterfly Garden- Osborne and Little sass the interior of the home with an exotic composition of vibrantly coloured butterflies on finely detailed monochrome roses. This wallpaper is uniquely displayed with its dull base behind such vibrant colors, for that we love it!


Cobra – this inspiration is by Osborne and Little. A stylized interpretation of a cobra, sasses the interior with its unique interpretation of a snake, bringing the outdoors in is a great way to stylize your space. We love the art aspect of it and it comes in 4 colors, welcome spring with some of its outdoor creatures!

Party Planning Tips

If you are anything like me, you know parties, both as an enthusiastic hostess and as an appreciative guest.  Great parties are like great opera performances.  People talk about them for years, so why not share some tips to best inspire others.

I recently read Jamee Gregory’s book, “New York Parties, Private Views”.  Armed with a can-do attitude, Gregory put together a high-octane compendium of 15 brunches, lunches and dinners given by top-tier hosts.  But just because the pages are filled with all the right people living it up in all the right places (fashion designers Tory Burch and Michael Kors, Evelyn Lauder, among others) don’t think the book is all unattainable glamour.

My take away from the book is that life is not perfect, so don’t expect a party to be entirely flawless.  Experienced hosts just roll with the punches, and the book is packed with their smart tips and stylish solutions.  Fearful of mixing chic and cheap?  Lauder has no problem combining Baccarat crystal with Crate & Barrel dishware, and neither should you.  Weak cooking skills?  Kors orders in from a favorite restaurant.

Now, since we are not all leading fashion designers with their budgets, here are a few tips for hosting a stress-free fabulous party:

Simple Planning.  Planning a party shouldn’t be stressful or intimidating.  After all, aren’t you excited to host your friends, family and colleagues?  Stay organized by starting early.  Start your cleaning well in advance and make a list of grocery items you need from the menu you created.

Simple Décor.  No need to over-do it on the decorations, unless you are planning a themed party.  If it’s a simple cocktail affair, keep décor to a minimum with candles and fresh flowers.

Photo courtesy of SecretGarden

Stay Relaxed.  Leave yourself an hour before guests arrive to freshen up, slip into something party-ready and light some candles for added ambiance.  This creates a welcoming atmosphere from the moment you open the door with a big smile and cocktail in hand, of course.

So, whether you are staging a country breakfast, a dress up tea party or a cocktail party, the best tip I can give you is that it’s the spirit of the get together that counts.  A party, is a gift you make for your friends!

(photo courtesy of ifoodtv)