HOME-SPIRATIONS: Get Poppin’

I know I have been MIA for the last week and half or so, but I have been traveling to and from Dallas to visit my boyfriend so my blog posts have gotten lost in the travels! Though I will have a few great posts coming up later to fill you all in on all things stylish, touristy, and home decorating.

My favorite thing about summer is there is always something popping! Whether it is fireworks on the fourth of July or a new summer bikini… there is always something exciting! Here are a few of my favorite home-spirations where there are amazing pops of color!

 

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

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HAPPY HOUR: Peach Lemonade Cooler

I am spending my weekend at the lake house for the first time this summer! I am beyond excited to start sipping these on the dock…

PEACH LEMONADE COOLER

PEACH LEMONADE COOLER

 

Peach Lemonade Cooler

2 medium sized, ripe peaches, peeled, halved and pitted
1/2 cup lemonade
1 ounce vodka of choice

Puree the peaches and lemonade in a blender until smooth.

Pour vodka over ice in a rocks glass.  Top off with peach-lemonade puree

HAPPY HOUR: Summer Sangria

WHITE STRAWBERRY-LEMON SANGRIA

WHITE STRAWBERRY-LEMON SANGRIA

I can not wait to try this at a family barbecue or sitting on the patio on a hot summer night! Stealing this recipe from http://www.KITCHENTREATY.com and thought you all would love it!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 lemons, thinly sliced
  • 1 apple, cored and sliced (any kind)
  • 1 cup strawberries, hulled and sliced lengthwise
  • 1 750 ml bottle white wine (a dry-ish white wine is best – I like Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay)
  • ½ cup white rum
  • 4 cups lemon-lime soda

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Add lemon slices to a large pitcher, then the apples, then the strawberries.
  2. Pour the wine and rum over the top.
  3. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 4 – 5 hours.
  4. Remove from refrigerator and add the lemon lime soda. Add a few pieces of the fruit to your glass and pour sangria over to serve.

**Freeze strawberries and lemon slices in an ice cube tray for a unique touch

SPEND OR SAVE: Outdoor Living

I know that around this time of year we are all sick of winter and dreaming of days laying by the pool and nights filled with outdoor cocktail parties and BBQing on the patio. Especially being from Cincinnati, and living in Dallas for the time being, I know how long Winter can be!

 

Here are a few of my recent outdoor living inspirations, and a couple ways to splurge or save on your own outdoor space.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

OUTDOOR LOUNGING

SPEND: this is the wodden slat double lounger from West Elm for $549. This is an item I would definitely splurge on for my outdoor space!

SPEND: this is the wodden slat double lounger from West Elm for $549. This is an item I would definitely splurge on for my outdoor space!

SAVE: this is the AMMERO from Ikea for only $199

SAVE: this is the AMMERO from Ikea for only $199

SAVE: this is the APPLARO lounger for only $129 from Ikea. Add a cushion and you are good to go!

SAVE: this is the APPLARO lounger for only $129 from Ikea. Add a cushion and you are good to go!

OUTDOOR DINING

SPEND: this cute set for two is the Hoyte Dining Collection from West Elm. Its on sale right now for $319 (HUGE BARGAIN!) originally $799.

SPEND: this cute set for two is the Hoyte Dining Collection from West Elm. Its on sale right now for $319 (HUGE BARGAIN!) originally $799.

SAVE: if you're looking for more seating and less price... here is the BOLLO table and chair set from Ikea for only $125.99. This would be perfect for a petite patio where you want to entertain company!

SAVE: if you’re looking for more seating and less price… here is the BOLLO table and chair set from Ikea for only $125.99. This would be perfect for a petite patio where you want to entertain company!

OUTDOOR ACCESSORIES

SAVE: Here are two outdoor pillows (in Orange Flame Flower) from Essentials at Target. The set comes at &19.98. *Make sure you're pillows are OUTDOOR pillows/fabric before keeping them outside long term!

SAVE: Here are two outdoor pillows (in Orange Flame Flower) from Essentials at Target. The set comes at &19.98. *Make sure you’re pillows are OUTDOOR pillows/fabric before keeping them outside long term!

SAVE: yes this really should be a splurge but its SUCH a good deal I couldn't do it! This is the Izmir Outdoor Rug at West Elm on sale for $149.97! (originally $299)

SAVE: yes this really should be a splurge but its SUCH a good deal I couldn’t do it! This is the Izmir Outdoor Rug at West Elm on sale for $149.97! (originally $299)

SPLURGE: This is a festive tableware set from West Elm called the Potter's Workshop Tableware in Dot. Each piece ranges from $8-12 and is ceramic. A little bit more easily broken but would make such a splash on any outdoor table!

SPLURGE: This is a festive tableware set from West Elm called the Potter’s Workshop Tableware in Dot. Each piece ranges from $8-12 and is ceramic. A little bit more easily broken but would make such a splash on any outdoor table!

SAVE: This is the Scalloped Coral Collection from Target. Sets range from $14.99-34.99 and are ACRYLIC. Perfect for outdoor dining because they are plastic, easily clean, and perfect for around the pool.

SAVE: This is the Scalloped Coral Collection from Target. Sets range from $14.99-34.99 and are ACRYLIC. Perfect for outdoor dining because they are plastic, easily clean, and perfect for around the pool.

In the midst of snow and sleet don’t forget that summer is just around the corner! Keep an eye out for great deals on acrylic tableware and outdoor textiles. Accessories can change any space!