Inspired by Outdoor Entertaining

Probably the best part of summer are the outdoor dinner parties...

Don't you guys agree? I know I have been at several over this summer and honestly they are where I have made some of my best summer memories. So, I love being inspired by new outdoor looks and alfresco decoration! Here are a few looks I absolutely love...

I am so in love with this little situation. I love the black, white and neutral palate and those gorgeous little mercury glass topiaries.
Enjoy the weekend! 



Summertime is all about dining al fresco...I have been looking forward to it all year. This weekend I'm heading back out to the Hampton's for some lovely dinner parties and poolside brunches. I'll be doing a little working too, very excited about it, too! Hoping my weekend looks a little something like this...



Tablescape to decorate for a party without flowers

Even though winter is steadily approaching, {way too fast for my comfort}...
the weather outside in NYC has been just delightful. I am secretly wishing it would stay like this forever. Which is why I am still pulling inspiration from outdoor soirees, another rooftop dinner in the works perhaps? It's time for me to get planning.
Right now, I am loving tablescapes with little to no flowers. Sometimes, flowers aren't at hand and you have to make something else work. 
Your best bet? Natures finest! Branches look lovely in this tall vase...there is something very fresh about sticks and luscious greens. Oh, and how about these crystals? So incredibly chic yet earthy all at the same time. 
I really enjoy hurricanes with big white pillar candles. It's very easy to create and when bunched in groups of large amounts, looks stellar! 

{scott. stylemepretty. apartmenttherapy.}

rooms that rock my world! {outdoor entertainer}

Oh how I am just loving this sunny New York weather. Lots of soirees and fun design events all over town, Spring is too much fun for this decorista. Lately I have been spending lots of time on rooftops having brunches and getting some sun. Now I am obsessed with making my rooftop cuter (if only they would let me decorate it). So today, I wanted to share my inspiration with you. 
Happy outdoor entertaining!


inspired spaces {a turquoise-a-licious patio}

It's so bright and sunny here today and I am completely inspired by this bloggers'
california patio featured on apartment therapy.
If you love turquoise as much as I do, you will love the way she incorporates the color on the floors and on the ceiling. Such a happy little place.
I would love to curl up with some coffee and a good book here.
What do you guys think????

Celeb Home Tour: Ashley Tisdale for Instyle Mag June 2010

Have you guys picked up the new copy of Instyle?
Woah! Loads of goodness inside.
It may just be me but this weekend when I got my copy I opened straight to the back section where they usually have celebrity homes, food, interior decor tips, etc.
I was happily surprised to find the adorable Ashley Tisdale's Los Angeles hideaway featured. 
I think I am in love.

Here she is pictured in her closet...I always luuuv celebrity closets, the clothes are to die for!
the pink ottoman had me at HELLO!
Her bedroom is so peaceful + serene, the blues just take my breath away.
I would die for her poolside cabana + pool. I want one! 
Can you spot the Zgallerie Casablanca Lanterns? I am obsessed with them.
that little pup's face + the louis vuitton trunk coffee table = domestic bliss
all images courtesy of the decorista + her blackberry from Instyle Mag. June 2010

tablescape tuesday: setting the table with hints of pinks and greens for Mothers Day!

happy tuesday my gorgeous beauties + gents!
I am so thrilled that this Sunday is Mother's mom will be visiting California from Texas and I am so happy to have her here. I am hoping that Sunday, I can whip up something splendid for us to feast our eyes on, like a beautiful outdoor brunch!
I hope to inspire the hostess in you for this weekend...

Check out the amazing Eddie Ross guide to dressing a table for your mom!
images courtesy of...
traditional home
eddie ross

how to create the perfect outdoor dining room: a fabulous chandelier

Springtime is in full flight.
Dining al fresco is absolutely irresistible.
Right now I am so inspired by outdoor table settings
that I am completely obsessing over
fabulous outdoor chandeliers.
They simply create the perfect outdoor dining ambiance.

images courtesy of...
vintage domino
country living
real simple
musings of a night owl

secret to domestic bliss #12...spring colors

Currently the sun is out and the weather is warm.
I am loving it.
In my excitement, we here at my apartment have decided to create a brightly colored lounge
on our patio. I have been looking in all the latest mags for inspiration and
bright and fun colors are everywhere!
Living Etc, Elle Decor, even Traditional Home all feature bright neon colors in the home.
It must be the new trend.
While I may not be able to redo my home...I can totally change my patio!
Some of my inspiration...

and check out jonathan adler's new line...

outdoor tea time

There is nothing like spending the holidays on the west coast. It means warm weather, beautiful skies and if you are lucky you might get a little pool time in. I was thrilled to be in Palm Springs this Thanksgiving with the people I love the most. We did our fare share of scarfing down the goodies and to offset the overflowing stomachs, we had tea time. It was so lovely to sit on the patio for some good visits and tea. Oh what a joy it was! As a domestic woman I love to create beautiful settings to sip tea and are a few I'd like to keep in my mind. 

(images from: HousetoHome)