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!


I finally switched out the bakers rack in the kitchen!  I have been on the lookout to replace this piece for several years since our kitchen remodel.

The old look is below. The bakers rack fit in with the rustic, somewhat french country style of my old kitchen but definitely looked out of place in the modern, crisp feel of our current kitchen.

I first saw this piece on another site, but ended up ordering it for less on Amazon. I had it all out of the shipping box and assembled in under an hour. The étagère is lightweight but has six solid wood shelves which gives me more space! And it does not have a built in rack for wine like a bakers rack does, but that’s okay!  The wine all fits on the bottom shelf.

The étagère stores both things I love to look at and functional pieces we use regularly: our fruit bowl resides here. I also bought a few white storage containers to stash some of the smaller items that, when left out, just made the shelves feel cluttered.   I  love the straight, streamlined lines of this piece in our space.

It is so versatile it would also work well in an office, living room, or bathroom!

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