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Happy Thursday! With the weather warmer and evenings longer, it’s the perfect time of year to enjoy dining outdoors. Below, are my 5 favorite dinning situations.

Placing your table under a pergola, or under a tree, creates a dining-like setting and gives it a more intimate feel.

via Gardenites

And, if you don’t have a tree or pergola, place your table next to a wall. This can still create a room-like atmosphere.

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS…

…AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM MY FAMILY TO YOURS!

XOXO,

~Shannon

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Sunday Inspiration for your outdoor entertaining area from Club 55.

GET THE LOOK

 

 

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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