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Relaxing Patio Retreat with Pier 1 Imports

Now that summer is here we are all about finding moments to unwind and what better way than with a relaxing patio retreat from Pier 1 Imports? We wanted to bring all the comforts of “inside” out with this outdoor oasis. It’s the perfect spot for quietly sipping morning coffee or some evening rosé, catching up on your favorite reads and unwinding with the comforts of home right in your own backyard.

A comfy patio couch is a must for truly enjoying the outdoors because let’s face it,­ you’ll never spend as much time in a straight backed dining chair as you will on plush cushions. And we love that this Pier 1 Imports sectional set can be arranged and rearranged on a whim. Keep it stretched out for lots of reading room and lounging, change the angle to face the sunset, or gather everyone around for cocktails. It’s a patio must!

 

When it comes to the accessories for this cozy little spot, we started with a soft outdoor rug underfoot, lots of layered outdoor pillows in fun prints, and silky smooth chenille throws. A soothing palette of aquas and ivories create a sense of calm, and details like pillar candles and glass vases with fresh greenery add to the spa like environment. Find all these pieces and more at Pier 1 Imports and get cracking on your very own outdoor retreat.

Photography: Ruth Eileen

Pier 1 Imports Products: 1. Ciudad 8 Piece Grouping | 2. Seat Cushion – 22×22 Ivory | 3. Dobby Flatweave Rugs | 4. Embroidered Coral Pillow | 5. Woven Geo Pillow | 6. Knots Garden Stool | 7. Shaggy Sherpa Throw | 8. Chenille Throw – Aqua | 9. Chenille Throw – Smoke Blue | 10. Unscented Candles | 11. Rattan Charger | 12. Abaca Rope Sphere

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How-To: Make a Garden Fabulous Centerpiece

A genius way to effortless entertaining is to find quick shortcuts; simple ways to make prep and decorating that much easier. Using store bought blooms and greenery from the garden, Myrtie Blue will have you well on your way to a gorgeous, party-ready centerpiece in no time. So go grab your favorite flowers and follow these easy steps to centerpiece perfection captured by Mi Amore Foto.

 Materials

  • Favorite Centerpiece Bowl or Compote
  • Oasis Floral Foam – alternatively you can use a floral frog and chicken wire
  • Florist Bowl Tape
  • Floral Knife
  • Garden Pruners
  • Dozen Roses of choice from your grocer
  • Selection of Garden Clippings. We used:
  • Heucherella Foliage
  • Blooming Azalea
  • Bear Claw Fern
  • “Lady Banks” Rose
  • Blooming Spirea
  • Blooming Vinca Vine
  • Loropetalum Foliage
  • Blooming Blueberry

instructions

step-1Buy a dozen roses from your grocer. Choose a color that makes you happy! Keep them in water until you are ready to arrange them.

step-2Then head to the garden in the cool of the morning or evening and forage! Cut from your favorite plants. If you cut in the middle of the day chances are the cuttings will suffer from stress and not survive as long as you might like. Be judicious about where you cut so that you plants remain beautiful and well shaped after cutting.

step-3 Choose both blooming and non-blooming plants. The variety is amazing once you really look around your garden. If you don’t have access to a garden, then visit a garden center. There are always plenty of plants to cut and forage from at most any garden center. Plunge the cut ends into cool to tepid water for safe keeping.

step-4 Prepare you container. If using floral foam, float it in water prepared with floral preservative or a little sugary soda water and a tiny bit bleach. Tape the foam into the bowl.

step-5 Begin your arrangement. Start by inserting a few stems from the garden that might define the breadth or length of your centerpiece. Make secure and firm insertions into the foam about 12” deep.

step-6 Be conscious of how the plants appear in nature or how the stems layer themselves amongst each other. This will help your arrangement to take on that natural garden appeal.

step-7 Continue adding your garden cuttings moving back and forth from end to end and side
to side; keeping in mind that the core of your arrangement will be a dozen roses and provide real central mass and focus to the finished piece.

step-7 Add shorter stems between longer ones to create depth and dimension.

step-9 When you have something that looks almost finished, add your roses. Place them mostly in the core of your arrangement, creating focus and mass. You have a dozen at your disposal, so feel free to experiment a little with placement.

step-10 Before you know it, you have a gorgeous garden foraged arrangement featuring a dozen roses from the grocer.

Photography: Mi Amore Foto | Floral Design: Myrtie Blue

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Essential Accessories For A Classic Summer Picnic

With summer finally upon us, and undoubtedly much summer entertaining in our futures, now is as good a time as any to invest in a quality picnic blanket, and strive to eat as many meals as possible in the great outdoors. To help you get started, we rounded up some of our absolute summer picnic favorites for you to peruse — as well as some real life picnic inspiration — below, so take a peek!

Picnic Accessories
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Other Picnic Inspiration

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Elegant Bistro Baby Shower

With a soft hued color palette in mind and the perfect venue snagged at Perch Los Angeles, this elegant bistro shower came to fruition. It marries the beauty of a ladies lunch with the happy celebration of an impending arrival and comes complete with a table full of blooms by Wild Vase plus the tastiest dessert spread ever. See even more shot by Lauren Bauer in the full gallery.

When I got pregnant after years of trying, my best friend, Sheena Yaitanes, immediately started planning my baby shower to celebrate this momentous occasion. Rather than going with a typical theme, we developed a color story that would be both elegant but playful enough to celebrate my baby boy. Traces of pale peach, mint green, white, yellow, pink and pops of bright orange were showcased in the flowers, cookies, cakes, invites and favors.

Venue: The intimate shower was held at Perch in Los Angeles, a French inspired venue in Los Angeles, complete with art deco furniture, vintage mirrors and gorgeous views of Downtown. Guests were greeted with welcome mimosas and bellinis and passed hors d’oeuvres before sitting down to brunch with choices between two salads, steak frites and smoked salmon benedict.

Flowers: The flowers, designed by Wild Vase, were the highlight of the shower. Bunches of peonies, ranunculus and wild greens were artfully designed in white ceramic vases and scattered on burlap runners on each table.

Cake: Christal’s Cakes lovingly baked two cakes for the baby shower. One, a naked vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream frosting topped with orange florals. The other was a coconut cake topped with gorgeous white orchids. Guests got a slice of each with black English Tea or coffee during the gift opening.

Cookies: Oh Sugar Events baked the cookies in various styles that matched the color palette of the event. They were so perfect: from the round fox cookies and baby onsies, to the leaf shaped ones with the date of the shower and those welcoming our baby boy into the world.

Favors: Sheena, the host, handmade the favors with a variety of candy from Sockerbit, a Swedish candy store in LA. Colorful sweets were wrapped in cellophane and tied with DIY tags introducing our baby boy.

Photography: Lauren Bauer | Flowers: Wild Vase | Cake: Christal's Cakes | Food: Perch | Favors: Sockerbit | Cookies: Oh Sugar Events | Event Venue: Perch Los Angeles | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Lilliana Vazquez’s Summer Beauty Must-Haves

Style expert, TV personality and author of the new book ‘The Cheap Chica’s Guide to Style: Secrets to Shopping Cheap and Looking Chic‘ Lilliana Vazquez knows a thing or two about style & beauty. The stunning fashionista known for her frugal style and chic beauty finds shared exclusively with SMP her favorite summer must-haves including a lux face mask and must have blush stick! Click through the gallery below to see all 10!

Lilliana Vazquez’s 10 Summer Must-Haves

Lilliana Vazquez Must Haves
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