All posts tagged: outdoor

A little one year celebration

and just like that, my first year as a homeowner is in the books. It’s hard to believe it’s actually been a year, but a couple of weekends ago it was my first anniversary with the cottage. I realized it a few weeks back when I was coordinating the summer weekend calendar with friends (you know I have a google doc, right?) It was the perfect opportunity to throw a belated housewarming to invite my friends who have helped make this place my second home. My number one tip for entertaining is to actually enjoy the party you are throwing. Once the first guests arrives, make sure you have a glass of wine in your hand and enjoy. So, here are some pics from the party paired with some of my entertaining tips to help make throwing a party easy and (more importantly) fun for both your guests and for YOU! Setting  the Scene: Use what you have. I don’t have a table and chairs for 25 people (at least not yet) so combining some blankets, cinder …

Summer love

Summer is in full swing and that has meant putting down my hammer and picking up a glass of rosé. That’s right, I’m proud to be a rosé drinking, picnic packing, 80’s music lovin’ kind of girl. While the main house projects are taking a much needed break (mainly for my bank account), I have shifted my focus to the great outdoors to make outside feel right at home. This meant scouring the internet for the perfect affordable picnic table that could be left out and uncovered and shipped for free, planting a few flower pots (which I’m shocked are still alive), adding some lighting that could easily come down each weekend, making one epic trip to the dollar store, and finally buying my very first grill. Here’s the skinny… Dining table: I wanted a picnic table. I looked at dining tables with chairs, and it just felt like too much to clean and move around. This way, I can flip the benches on top of the table to protect the tops while I’m away. I will …

the 15 min flower box update

As I dive into updates at The Cottage, the one piece I am most nervous about is the landscaping. I can’t keep a plants alive! Remember when I planted those succulents a few months back? dead.  I’m determined to overcome this gardening fear and have ordered bulbs and wildflowers as my first real planting experiment with hopes to plant them in the coming weeks. While I wait, I decided the sad flower box in the front of The Cottage needed some love and a quick update. I took the dark green plastic planter that was already there, some leftover chalk paint left behind by the previous owners and painted my little heart out for 15 mins. I painted just the outside and the top 3 inches of the inside with one coat (yep, just one coat). I let it dry and moved over to planing. To gear up for winter, these kale cabbage plants in  purple and green seem like a nice low maintenance option, we shall see how they fare. Not all updates need to be …