Saturday, July 19, 2014

Concrete seating ...

Pour the concrete, then, pour the drinks! No need for chairs when company calls. With poured concrete used as a base for outdoor seating, there are no worries about how they'll stand up to weather extremes! When ancient Romans wanted to seat the residents of their Empire, they used concrete. Just take a look at the Colosseum in Rome that seated thousands and was largely built of concrete. It still stands today.

Curved concrete entertaining space by Dallas-Ft. Worth landscape architect Harold Leidner.

Of course, concrete is a far better seating choice with some 'tushy' comfort added. Add easy-to-sew cushions, and it's a snap to personalize any concrete seating you may imagine. 

Pool seating designed by Kathryn Ireland.

By the pool, on the patio or in a field of flowers, concrete rocks!

 

Images above via AAI (left) and Frankly Esoteric (right).

These are a few of my favorites, but the size, shape and design are only limited by imagination.

Mexican-themed outdoor seating by Los Angeles designer Sandy Koepke.

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For even more interest, a tiled, concrete seating arrangement really steals the show.



Laundry quandary ...

What do you do with dirty clothes while on vacation? My dear friend just returned home from a beach getaway minus all of her family's soiled garments and sandy shoes. A thoughtful family member was sure the filled, plastic trash bag was intended for the garbage can and tossed it out before departure. Oops!


I can totally relate to the situation because I always pack a trash bag in my luggage for the very same purpose. Now, I'm rethinking how I might avoid a similar occurrence.


I've found some gorgeous laundry bags from West Elm (shown in the photos above and below) that would easily slip into a suitcase and look appealing once home as well.


But, I'm also inspired to sew one of my own. Laundry bags are so simple ... similar to making a pillowcase with a drawstring. The fabric choices are limitless.

 

Images above via Mod Cloth (left) and Bed Bath & Beyond (right).


Another laundry bag caught my eye on Etsy. This one has great vintage (hamper style) charm and looks like a easy weekend project to me. Now, I just need that open weekend to start my stitchery.







Saturday, July 12, 2014

Getaway car ...

I keep thinking it's time for a summer getaway, and a little camper would make it so easy. Several friends have vintage trailers in various stages of functionality. One is restoring an Airstream, another has a collection of the retrofitted beauties up in the mountains of New Mexico.

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I would settle for just something small, easily towed and maintained. Not a bad way to rough it. Although, my husband considers a hotel without room service as roughing it. So, this may take some convincing.

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I wonder if he would like another project. "We" could build our own or restore a fixer upper like the one above.

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I can imagine taking our little mobile abode to lakes and forests and hilltop sanctuaries.

 

Images above via ReNest (left) and Bake At 350 (right).

I could read, eat cookies and send pretty postcards with highlights of our adventures. Not a bad way to spend a day.

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Take me home country roads. I can be packed in no time.


Seashell chic ...

If you're collecting sea shells by the sea shore this summer, skip the necklace creations. Instead use your beach bounty to wow your style-savvy friends with stunning, hand-crafted jean embellishments.

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I may just pull those old shell necklaces out of storage and use them to add pizzazz to my faded denim. Love this!

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