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All month long we’re celebrating outdoor entertaining and living with four giveaways from Frontgate. Last week, we looked to help you to heat up the night with a copper fire pit. Now we’re lighting up the night with this week’s giveaway — the Lucina Lantern — a sophisticated take on outdoor lighting. One large pillar candle will fit into this solid bronze lantern, but I think a bunch of mismatched candles would lend a stunning bohemian vibe to your next outdoor party.

Outdoor Lanterns

You’ve got until 12/11c Monday, May 16th to leave us a comment. That’s all you have to do for a chance to win one of these gorgeous outdoor lanterns.

This week’s question: What’s special about the place you spend most of your time outdoors at your home? Is it your favorite fragrant potted plants that surround you on a sunny patio? The vintage glider you refinished that’s perfect for cool evenings spent chatting with neighbors on your front porch? Or the perfect napping hammock you and a loved one strategically placed between two shady trees?

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Perfect your outdoor room with’s outdoor entertaining guide — filled with inspiration for preparing your patio, deck and porch for fun times spent with family and friends.

Growing up, I always preferred boy friends over girl friends. I suppose there was something about the catty sleepovers and Barbie swaps that just didn’t register with me. (Not to mention I had two older sisters with their share of hormones in the house!)

Yet now, as an adult, I flock to girls whenever possible. I simply love watching women becoming empowered individuals and utilizing their talents to inspire others. And although there are dozens of women designers I could profile, my favorite five are below (oh it’s so hard to choose faves!):

1. Jeanine Hays, AphroChic
You might recognize Jeanine’s name from her HGTV column (hello, Jeanine!), but she also happens to run a successful textile and pattern-based homewares shop that continually blows my mind. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more on-trend pattern designer than Jeanine.
Love: The Vibe Pillow in Cerulean/White ($150)

2. Lisa Jones, Pigeon Toe
Portland-based designer Lisa Jones wins my heart for her heirloom goods and eye for simplicity. Her love for pottery is evident in the quality of pieces she curates for Pigeon Toe, and she continually produces top-notch ceramic work that will leave you breathless. Promise.
Love: Faceted Hanging Tray ($60)

3. Elisabeth Dunker, Fine Little Day
I escape to Elisabeth’s Swedish shop often and continually swoon over her quirky, illustrative style. From wallpaper to cutting boards, her work demands attention in the most subtle of ways.
Love: ‘Up’ Cutting Board ($33)

4. Christiane Lemieux, DwellStudio
DwellStudio is no stranger to (Sabrina Soto loves Christiane’s toss pillows for Target!), and we applaud her for juggling an active family life while maintaining a socially responsible (and deservingly successful!) brand.
Love: Draper Stripe Rug in Ink/Cream ($125)

5. Karen Young, Hammocks & High Tea
Inspired by tropical design, Karen’s skilled eye is evident in the patterned Dopp kits, drawer liners and tea towels she lovingly designs. Talk about bringing vacation home with you!
Love: Hammam Table Runner ($120)

Keep up the great work, ladies—we’ll be rooting you this month…and beyond!

What better way to enjoy your outdoor furniture year-round than by bringing it inside? Check out these creative and playful ideas.


I love the whimsical, yet modern feel of these indoor swings.

Lacking outdoor space? Bring the comfort and freedom of a hammock right inside.

Nothing complements the cottage style more than this white picnic table.

Kick off your shoes and relax in an indoor cushioned porch swing.

The Little Bird Swing doubles as a swing for adults and a rocking chair for children.

Rattan and wicker are perfect for beach house decor and coastal living.

These modern indoor hammocks are chic and relaxing.

Check out this collection of outdoor/indoor furniture that’s sure to inspire.

Discover more ways to use your outdoor furniture at

We had a minor setback this week with the installation of our windows. And really, it’s a good thing. Because you know what? Things were going all too well. I was starting to awaken in the middle of the night, suffocating in the well-ness of it all.

Indeed, it was time things went wrong. And wrong, they did.

It all started when we had the lovely folks at Anderson Windows install some breathtaking 100 Series windows last week. And they are gorgeous. And we love them. And that’s not at all what this post is about.

What this post is about? Siding.


Spoiler Alert: The Budget’s Out the Window

There’s something magical about the tinkling of chimes; it’s the sound of instant relaxation. We’ve partnered with Woodstock Chimes to offer you the chance to win some instant relaxation of your own.

Woodstock is giving readers the opportunity to win two Capiz Solar Chimes. These chimes are more than meets the eye. When the sun goes down, the chime’s solar-powered light automatically comes on for instant outdoor mood lighting. All you have to do for a chance to win is answer this week’s question before 12/11c, Monday, June 14. Be sure to provide a valid email address so we can contact you if you win.


What is your favorite piece of outdoor decor? A well-worn lawn chair? How about a hammock in the shade? Maybe a beloved garden gnome? You have until 12/11c Monday to answer. Click for official rules.

One of our favorite companies is Viva Terra. Their gorgeous catalogs full of eco-friendly furniture, accessories and gifts get passed around like candy, as we ooh and ahh over their contents. This week, we’ve partnered with them to give you the chance to win one of five Temple Bell sets. You get one large and one small of these rustic, brass-plated bells. The bells are easy to hang and add a relaxing touch to your backyard. For a chance to win, answer this week’s question before 12/11c, Monday, May 24. Be sure to provide a valid email address so we can contact you if you win.


This week we want to know, what is your favorite part about outdoor living? Is it listening to the birds sing as you read a magazine? What about lounging in a hammock drinking fresh-squeezed lemonade? You have until 12/11c Monday to answer. Click for official rules.

Today I have not one but two ideas: one high end, one hilarious, both super snuggly. First comes the ultimate indulgence (which, by the way, makes it a great gift!) The grey ombré cashmere throw throw at Bluefly is gorgeous and you can bet your sugarplum fairies it’s as cozy as Santa’s lap. At $249 it’s hardly a cheeky purchase but thanks to Bluefly’s bargain theme (high-end designs at a discount) you’re actually saving 40% from the regular retail price of $415. If you hurry and order today you’ll still have time to get it under the tree.
Now for the funny. Ladies, gentlemen and couch potatoes alike, I am happy to introduce the the Slanket, or as the website so modestly proclaims, “The Best Blanket Ever” ($48.95). The official description:

The Slanket is a Gigantic fleece blanket with loose, oversized sleeves so you never feel constricted and you have total control of how to use them, while staying toasty. The Slanket is made of a thick and warm 310 gsm fleece that feels very soft on the skin. The slanket is great on a couch, a chair, in a hammock, on your bed or anywhere else you care to take it. Size: 60″ W x 100″ L with 13″ wide sleeves.

And now for my favorite part, taken right off the website:

What the slanket is NOT!!
It is not a poncho!
It is not a Robe!!!!
There is no hole for your head!!!
Its design is simplistic and practical: It is a very large and comfortable blanket for you to wrap up in, but with sleeves, making it better than your normal blanket. It can take the place of any blanket used around the house.

Ok? Got it? I love these guys for their plucky pep. Plus, I hear these really are the best. One of my friends is making it her official holiday gift, which means everyone who usually gets a gift card of some kind is actually getting something nice this year. Everybody wins! What do you think? Smart idea or sort of lame? And what other kinds of cozy presents do you have in mind?

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