Hydrangeas in Full Bloom

My house came with mature landscaping and when we met the sellers at the closing meeting, the wife was kind enough to warm me not to pluck everything up as weeds, that there would be some perennial growths.

It has been an absolute joy to discover new things in the yard. Yellow lilies and a dogwood tree, for example, were a total surprise. Moving in late winter, there were no signs that I’d be getting yellow lilies and I didn’t think dogwoods- the NC state tree (Carolina girl here)- grew this far south. Not to mention they’re usually bare during winter.

Something that was and was not a surprise was the lovely hydrangeas. As there were little to no leaves on the bush, judging by the size and shape, we figured that’s what they were. The fun surprise was waiting to see what colors they’d be.

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22 Fun and Unique Outdoor Side Tables

 

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Via La Cool and Chic

You know what the best part about summer is? The sun staying out longer with us.

It makes me feel happier and more productive to have these long days, like I have more hours in a day. One of these productive moments is getting our outdoor space together. We’ve been getting in the mood to host a few parties soon, but even the best abled-body needs somewhere to sit. At least in the patio area to start because when the sun starts going down, those killer mosquitos starts coming out for a meal or ten, sending us running for the screened in porch.

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Bohemian Summer Moodboard

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Oh, the long days of lounging in the hot summer sun and getting sunburnt are back! Once Memorial Day’s weekend has passed, it feels like summer has really begun. The heat (and humidity!) really ramps up at around that time. Wouldn’t you just love to be one of these people who have summer homes to retreat to? If you’re one of them, you’re super lucky, but do let me count all the ways I’m jealous! In every shade of green. Speaking of green- well, colors, really-, it’s one of the classic colors for summer, though nothing beats a good combination of blue and white. I could say the sun got to me and got me dreaming up a room, but then I wouldn’t get any credit for being creative! Here’s one way to put together a summery bohemian living room:

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A Seductive, Industrialist Loft

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Huniford Design Studio/via Desire to Inspire 

When you hear that someone lives in a loft, it conjures all kinds of images in your head. Usually it’s industrial, but the mood can swing in so many directions from light and airy to dark and moody. A loft often conjures a romantic atmosphere. I think a lot of people will “ooh” and “aah” over the idea of it, which I did when I stumbled upon this image while reading the Desire to Inspire (one of my favorites) blog.

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