…summer decor

I did a bit of outdoor decorating this summer – not much, but enough to make the inside pair a little better with the outside.

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At the advice of many of you readers, I did not do the English Ivy that I really wanted around my garage. Instead I bought 3 of these Clematis plants (at least that’s what I think these are) and put them around each door.

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To my delight they started wrapping their little viney fingers around the garden chairs and trellises that I bought from Home Depot.

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I still love my rusted iron urns even though they were not serving a functional purpose.

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I changed out my grey wicker chairs with a bench that I felt matched the house a bit better.

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No, it is not as comfortable as the chairs. I also feel like lying down on it every time I sit on it, but refrain in case the neighbors look at me funny.

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The Sunbrella cushion allows me not to worry about bubbles and water from the hose that may go astray.

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Love weathered terra-cotta just sitting looking pretty 🙂

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There’s quite a bit of iron & metal to fill in the rest of the space.

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I found these cool rusted bells & rope to attache to my boxwood wreaths.

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I could never have enough hydrangeas or stone.

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Of course there is always room for an old box for play.

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Now if only this humidity would stay away so we could play outside this week!

Comments

  1. Love! It looks like your vines aren’t clematis (which are a perennial); rather, they are Mandevilla vines — which *are* perennials down south but are treated as annuals up here. I’m originally from Mandeville, La and my mother has them all over the patio. Enjoy!

  2. Christen,
    I really like the bench, it reminds me of the Restoration Hardware wood you have shown us. Great ideas and inspiration! Now…if I can just figure out what to do with all the dust the horses kick up, I will be all set! The Sunbrella is a great idea! I can hose everything down all the time!
    Pam

  3. Michelle Lepak says:

    I believe the vine is a Mandevilla and you can overwinter these beauties inside as well! 🙂

  4. Looks great Kristen. Your climbing floral vines are actually mandevilla (likely the Alice Dupont variety). I plant those each year on my trellis into my garden. 🙂
    Stay cool!
    ~R

  5. Jennifer Lyman says:

    Hi Kristen,

    I am in LOVE with your zebra print area rug in your dining room! Would you tell me where you got it. I have been looking and can’t seem to find one that is soft brown and tan like yours.
    Thank you so much!
    Love your house, it’s just beautiful!!!

    Jen

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