Every home needs to have a connection with the outdoors through the seasons... even if all you have is a small apartment with a tiny patio or balcony. Is your home summer ready? As I prepare my home for summer, one of the first things I love to do is to make my little apartment balcony both an oasis and an extension of my indoor space. No matter how large or small your spaces are, making them ready for summer enjoyment is worth the doing and I'm here to help.   Thank you to Wayfair for sponsoring this post. I loved choosing all these lovely items that make my small outdoor space so … [Read more...]

  A glimpse of summer living at its finest and a peek in my summer sanctuary at home.   Picture yourself walking down the coastline with the waves lapping at your feet, the sun warming your back, and with every step, the cares of the world melting away. Wasn't it refreshing taking that brief mental break to envision yourself strolling down the shore? Those times on the sandy edges of Lake Michigan are my favorite, especially after indulging in a picnic at on beach. When we've walked as far as we can, we'll go back to our spot on the beach.  There we'll settle into our sand … [Read more...]

  Some days I can hardly contain my joy.      Every morning after I wake up, I walk over to my sliding glass door, throw open the door and take in all the glorious beauty on my tiny balcony.  Happiness floods my soul. It's such a great way to start the day!     This small space... nearly 4 feet deep by 19 feet long has become my balcony garden oasis. Filled with beautiful hanging baskets, container gardens, and grocery store mark-down plants... everything is flourishing on this bright but mostly shady perch high among the … [Read more...]

This week's Project Inspire{d} party was extraordinary! Thanks for sharing Project Inspire{d} with your friends! It's so great seeing new blogs.  And WOW! the creativity blows me away! I LOVE summertime entertaining outdoors. There's something about being outside that makes everyone relaxed and carefree. And what's better than finishing off a cookout with s'mores around the fire after the sun sets? Today's round-up is filled with ideas for making your outdoor spaces the perfect places for summer entertaining... or just for family.  So... come on and see what caught our eye this week! And get your pinning … [Read more...]

What goes through your mind when you think of summer?     For me...it's a few hours at the beach. Today I'm over at Homework sharing how you can enjoy time some beach time, even if you're many miles away. Please stop by Carolyn's and check out my post.  And check out her extraordinarily creative blog.     Speaking of summer... Over the weekend I shared a round-up of some amazing looking Fruity Summer Treats linked up at last week's Project Inspire{d} link party. Click here if you missed it! Are you drooling?  Everything looks absolutely … [Read more...]

It's summertime and entertaining is easy.   Or at least it's supposed to be. This week's features center around summer foods and entertaining. I'm drooling over all these delicious recipes for sure.   Let's see who's been extraordinary this week! Suzanne made an ice cream pie with berries. Everyone loves ice cream especially in the summer.  There is no doubt that this is sure to be a hit! Berries and Ice Cream Pie by Simply Suzannes  Sherry has me drooling over her gorgeous cherry pie. Now if we only could meet at the beach house to enjoy a slice! Beach House Baking & … [Read more...]