Summer heat (and almost-unbearable-humidity) fills me with nostalgia for the cooler good ol’ days of my childhood spent swinging in a tattered, country hammock. My mom would leave my sister and me at our aunt and uncle’s farm for a few weeks every August, and we fished, chased llamas, built forts, collected chicken eggs and got into mischief all day long. But I can guarantee one thing… my aunt’s favorite time during those summer days was naptime (not hers, ours). After exploring the woods and fields all day, she could always find us curled up on the back porch in the hammock, out like a pair of bats at mid-day. So when I came across these awesome hammocks on HGTV, I was instantly transported to that 300-acre farm.
Late summer, nothing seems more enticing than a glass of homemade lemonade and the back-and-forth sway of a hammock. A down comforter for padding like this one featured in HGTV’s 6 Stress-Free Hammocks would be even more pleasant. If you’re worried that a plain outdoor bunk isn’t your style, add some pops of color and character with accents like this brilliant red throw and speckled green pillow.
Whether you’re on vacation or at home, a hammock can serve as a centerpiece for entertaining. Like this hanging seat, it can become the place where you relax and catch up with friends. Or if you need peace and quiet, place it in the spot with the best view. Sit back, relax and enjoy a moment to yourself on your patio or porch. (I can’t get over how well the warm orange colors match the straw roof and sand. Can I please live there?)
This traditional Mayan hammock, made from hand-braided threads, would fit in any nook or garden. The way these hammocks wrap around your body makes it feel like you’re swinging in a cocoon (or at least that’s what my sister and I used to pretend.) They are also the perfect addition to a patio or backyard that needs a pop of color, as they come in a rainbow of hues. For more relaxing summer ideas, be sure to check out our 6 Stress-Free Hammocks.
But first… have you been longing for the weightless swing of a hammock?
Tell us in the comment area below.
In our July 22nd giveaway, we asked you to detail your favorite ways to spend the dog days of summer. Everyone was in agreement—it’s just too dang hot to do more than lay by the pool or in the air conditioning! Our winner, Melissa, hails from one of the hottest, stickiest states in the Union… Louisiana.
Hopefully, she has a shady spot for her new Headdemock Hammock by Fatboy from Burke Decor. If not, I’m sure this hammock will hit the spot come fall.
Melissa has two weeks to respond to our messages. If we don’t hear from her, we pick another random winner.
I’ve spent many a summer day lounging in a handmade hammock my dad brought me from Colombia. While I love the colors and pattern of my hammock, I’m not a fan of having it fold in on me, encasing me in a cocoon and making reading impossible! Somebody out there in design land shared my frustration when they created the Headdemock Hammock by Fatboy. Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. That’s a full-grown woman and two kids hanging out (and reading!). Plus, there’s plenty of room to add a husband and a Great Dane.
While this super-massive, super-sturdy hammock is available through one-stop home decor retailer Burke Decor, we want to make somebody’s summertime so much sweeter by giving one away. All you have to do to be entered for a chance to win is leave us a comment before 12/11c Monday, July 25.
This week’s question: What’s your favorite way to spend the dog days of summer? Napping on a hammock? Working in your summer veggie garden? Running through the sprinklers?
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Although our deck is far from ready to decorate (I have strict rules to finish the interior of my home before I can start on the exterior), summer is here and I can’t pretend like you all aren’t outside enjoying perfect evening dinners on your perfect patios. But if you’re not, this post is all about how to build the perfect patio (on a budget!) for every one of your summer whims.
Whether you’re an alfresco dining connoisseur, urban dweller or beach bum, I’ve got a patio design for each of you. Just humor me while I live vicariously through you, OK? Deal.
You never have to sacrifice style for space.
For the Urban Dweller:
Short on space but large on style? Get the most out of your tiny terrace or mini-balcony by going modern with an elemental table, side tray and hanging planters.
So, how did everyone fare with last week’s DIY Nautical Lamp project? (I have a cheap turquoise desk lamp left over from my college dorm room that’s begging for some natural hemp to cover up years of abuse/moves.) Well, this week we’re continuing to spread summer love with a project so easy, you’ll wonder why you didn’t try it sooner. Normally, me + a needle and thread don’t work well together, but I think this pillow project is definitely within my sewing skill set.
If you’re like me, between June and August every moment spent at the office or in bed asleep is precious, limited time NOT spent outside enjoying the sweet smell of summer. To make those moments even more comfortable and stylish, grab your favorite weather-resistant fabric and a needle and thread to sew your own outdoor pillows. Throw pillows are an excellent way to brighten up your porch, while making outdoor afternoon naps a even more relaxing.
We have step-by-step instructions and a detailed materials list at HGTV.com for this easy-sew outdoor pillow project. Don’t forget to share your finished work with us! We’d love to see pictures of your summer-inspired porch or hammock – pillows and all!
A dear friend of mine told me the other day, “That’s it. I’m getting a hammock.”
I made what I thought was a logical point when I said, “But where will you put one? You don’t have any outside space.” Ever wise, she told me she planned to hang one in her spare bedroom. I don’t know why I’d never thought of this. With come-hither options such as this indoor hammock by Tracie Hertage, how could one resist? Beatrice, this one’s for you.
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.
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 HGTV.com’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 HGTV.com (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 HGTV.com.
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