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Outdoor Living ~ Enjoying Summer

As we all enjoy another blistering hot July day; I can't help but feel summer is winding down. It seems to zip by after the 4th of July. My impending sense of winter doom is further fueled by seeing Christmas décor already in stores and fall items on sale … impossible but true.

As I'm feeling slightly nostalgic today I thought I'd share a few of my outdoor living inspiration pictures.

via Décor Pad

Designer's Tip: Accessorize your patio!

Use garden statuary, rugs, art, planters, furniture, and pillows. The key to keeping these areas looking fresh throughout the season is buying items specifically weatherproofed for outdoors. Everything from pillows to rugs can be purchased ready to withstand the elements.

via Elle Décor

Achieving a natural look to your outdoor living area is tricky as neutrals can easily feel bland and lost in the outdoor environment. Consider using texture & pattern within your neutral color scheme to add interest and make your seating area a inviting oasis.

Via Better Homes & Gardens

Designer's Tip: Make your deck a destination by defining different activity zones within the space. Multiple levels carve out spaces for dining and relaxing on this deck.

via Glo MSN

This outdoor tile is gorgeous. It feels like a extension of their kitchen.

via Houzz

Designer's Tip: Your outdoor room will feel more like an oasis if it has a sense of enclosure. Fences, outdoor drapes, and garden walls ensure privacy for patios, but you can also use lattice, pergolas, and landscaping to define outdoor spaces and screen views of neighboring houses.

via Skonahem

Designer's Tip: Design the patio to be an extension of your home's architecture, and use planting beds, container gardens, and weatherproof furniture to decorate the outdoor space.

via Better Homes & Gardens

Provide a little shade via umbrellas, awnings, or even pergolas planted with vines or draped in a outdoor textile.

Enjoy your summer and be inspired to live outdoors!

~ Kelly


Rosemary Ranch Chicken Kabobs


Oh, sweet mercy these kabobs were delicious. Try them, you’ll love them.


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar, or to taste (optional)
  • 5 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into 1 inch cubes


  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the olive oil, ranch dressing, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary, salt, lemon juice, white vinegar, pepper, and sugar. Let stand for 5 minutes. Place chicken in the bowl, and stir to coat with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the grill for medium-high heat. Thread chicken onto skewers and discard marinade.
  3. Lightly oil the grill grate. Grill skewers for 8 to 12 minutes, or until the chicken is no longer pink in the center, and the juices run clear.

Bon Appétit!

~ Lori