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Sunday Inspiration — Club 55

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Happy Sunday!

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When my girlfriends and I were in Laguna Beach a couple of weeks ago, we thought the idea of spending an entire day cooking a big meal, sipping wine and listening to good music sounded like an excellent way to spend a Saturday. So this past weekend we decided to try it out by inviting family & friends to help prepare an Italian feast.

The Menu:

Cheese & meat platter

Ravioli with sausage filling

Sausage Carbonara 

Caprese salad

Mix green salad

Grilled zucchini

Tuscan steak

Limoncello Cake

Even though my house wasn’t perfect, and I should have spent half the day doing laundry, I’m glad I decided not pay attention to any of that and just enjoy an afternoon with family, friends and really good food. Cheers to taking more time out of our daily duties to enjoy long meals with family & friends!

Happy Thursday!

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Enjoying a beautiful meal on the patio is something many of us love to do and with the weather finally cooling down, especially here in Southern California, I’m looking forward to spending more of my evenings outside. A photo that has been a big inspiration to me, for this very purpose, is the one below from House Beautiful.

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Get the Look!

  1. Wooden Bowl
  2. Verona Ivory Flatware
  3. Pillow
  4. Outdoor Table
  5. Chandelier
  6. Tablecloth 
  7. Glassware 
  8. Candle Holders
  9. Mirror

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For “Flashback Friday” I decided to dive into the archives and pull out this renovation from 2010. Although, at one time, atriums were the best thing since sliced bread, my clients and I decided to go ahead and remove it in order to enlarge both the kitchen and the dining room.

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Before

the long table

After

the long table

After

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

~ Shannon

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Serena&Lily

With summer upon us many of us are looking for ways to freshen up our patios and make them even more enjoyable! I love all the blues in the photo above — perfect for a summer evening of entertaining.

How to get the look!

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Outdoor Hampstead Painted Sofa from Pottery Barn around $1,400.00

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Hampstead Painted Rectangular Coffee Table from Pottery Barn $305.00

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Alderman Arm Chair from Wayfair $300.00

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Lido Stripe Rug (9’ x 12’) from Serena & Lily, $995.00

+ all the wonderful accessories…

 The beautiful accessories listed above are from Serena & Lily.

In order to replicate the look of our inspiration photo, everything added up to around $5,000.00.

For those looking to save a little, I’ve included a couple of different options below.

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One more tip for freshening up your patio is to add a couple of fresh potted plants. They’re inexpensive and can be easily replaced if they go south. Happy Decorating!

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Like so many, I absolutely love the gardens in Provence! When I visited the region 5 years ago, I fell in love with this part of France including its gardens & slower pace of life. The beauty, simplicity, sophistication and disregard for contemporary ingenuity was beautiful to me. The effortless style drew me in and I tried to take notes of everything that appealed to me. I particularly loved the areas in the gardens which were designated for eating or entertaining.  The materials were so simple — an old farm table, rustic chairs and simple plantings all made up that certain feel that is so desirable for so many of us. Therefore, while remembering my Provencal vacation, I thought I would put together some simple tips on how you could create your own little South of France right in your backyard.

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Although, many of us don’t have a charming French farm-house or the amazing Mediterranean climate we can still obtain “the look” in our own backyard. It’s relatively easy, all you need is some space and a couple of items.

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STEP 1: SELECT THE AREA

First, figure out the area in your garden where you are going to add this little Provencal nook — preferably a shady part of your garden.

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STEP TWO: ADD GRAVEL

There are many types of gravel but the gravel usually used in Provence is similar to our ‘pea’ gravel.

(Click here, for a how-to video, from This Old House, on installing a gravel pathway (same steps would apply when doing a larger space). Also, click here for more examples of gravel spaces from Houzz)

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STEP 3: ADD TABLE AND CHAIRS

A place to sit and sip on a glass of Rose and enjoy a late lunch is always nice. I like a simple picnic table and benches but it can be really anything. Places, like Restoration Hardware, Ikea and Pottery Barn offer some type of “farm” table. If you don’t want to wait years to get an aged look, try Craig’s list for a used (weathered) teak or picnic table.

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STEP 4: SELECT SOME SHRUBS

Of course, plants like Lavender and Rosemary are well know Provencal plants but there are tons more. Plants like Pittosporum, roses, salvias, and certain citrus are popular as well. If you don’t get full sun in your garden, or live in an area that doesn’t allow for you to grow Mediterranean plants then try plants that are similar. It’s really about working with the climate you are living in and using similar shapes and textures to Mediterranean plants. Also, these gardens tend to keep the plant list simple — using only several varieties of plants. Too many varieties and it becomes more of an English cottage garden. Your local nursery should give you the best advice on which plants would be comparable.

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STEP 5: ADD A LARGE PIECE OF POTTERY (OR 2)

Pottery adds a certain sculptural element, as well as a sense of history. (Restoration Hardware has some gorgeous ones at the moment)

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STEP 6: POUR YOURSELF A GLASS OF RICARD OR ROSE & ENJOY!

We all know it’s not really what you put outside but what you do with it or how you live in your space. Even if you only have a simple courtyard or balcony, the main thing is to take time with friends and family, pour a glass of wine or a cup of coffee & just enjoy the moment.

Cheers!

~ Shannon

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The Inspiration

bar6(a very handsome bar)

The Breakdown

1. Tray

2. High Ball Glasses

3. Ice Bucket

4. Cocktail Glasses

5. Goblets

6. Bar Items

7. Dish for Lemons/Limes

8. A Lamp

9. Cocktail Napkins

10. & just add your favorite bottles

Cheers!

*all bar items from One Kings Lane & Restoration Hardware

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