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This year I changed out the outdoor furniture on the deck.   A few years ago, I repainted a pair of adirondack chairs for the deck.

Unfortunately, they did not weather the seasons well and ended up peeling.

I decided to part ways with them and go for chairs that require less maintenance. This time around I went with plastic instead of wood. These chairs are a little more modern, but I still love them!

They are the Skarpo chairs from Ikea.  And since it is now summer time, I also made a few other changes.  I replaced our old grill that had rotted with this new CharBroil grill. I found it on a local garage sale group for a great price!  It happens to be brand new so check out your local market before buying from a big box store.


I also hung outdoor string lights in our screened porch. I purchased the outdoor lights from Target.   I just love the vibe they create at night!

Those are my only changes outdoors for the season this year.  I look forward to enjoying a few dinners al fresco!


We have been very busy over the past few weeks with a variety of things but part of the activity has included hosting overnight guests from Russia (actually for two weeks).   Along with making sure our everyday guest room was ready, we also set up the office as a temporary guest room.   That meant upgrading a futon mattress from thin to thick along with new sheets.

I am a big fan of white bedding (and use them on our master bed) because it’s simple, fresh, and easy to clean.  But I recently picked up two sets of sheets from Marshall’s for our guest spaces and I went with patterned linens – specifically polka dots!  I chose red polka dots for the temporary guest space in the office but blue polka dots for the guest room.  They are so fun and I love the change!

I’m also always on the lookout for good gift ideas whether they are DIY, like this gift basket or jar,  or just useful or fun finds, like this vase,  so I wanted to share that I love these Land’s End totes to give as gifts!   I ordered two  for our house guests and they are really great quality.   The canvas is really thick and they are sturdy enough so that they stand up on their own.  I am also loving the combo of navy trim with green embroidered letters.

Almost everyone can use a extra bag around, and being able to embroider it with a monogram, word, or graphic makes it a great gift for a wedding, anniversary, graduation – pretty much any occasion!


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