Backyard Spaces

City Farmhouse-Design Crush
City Farmhouse

Aside from the guest room and a planned flower garden for the front of the house, the actual yard part of the backyard is all that’s left to take care of at my house. I’m forever futzing and rearranging but those are the only larger projects, and I think I’ve been delaying them for just that reason. I’ve taken care of the decks but I want the entire backyard to feel like an extension of living space. These spaces have accomplished that in spades and are full of inspiration!


Stories-Design Crush


Annette Christian-Design Crush
Annette Christian


Durham House-Design Crush
Durham House


sfgirlbybay-Design Crush


Homestyle-Design Crush


Fresh Exchange-Design Crush
Fresh Exchange


vtwonen-Design Crush


Caroline Legrand-Design Crush
Caroline Legrand


Lizzy Janssen Persico-Design Crush
Lizzy Janssen Persico


Happy Weekend

1/Mehmet Ali Uysal‘s installation literally peels and pinches the walls of a gallery.  2/Adult Capri Suns are a thing.  3/Chuan-Bin Chung uses his chalkboard drawing skills to teach students anatomy.  4/IKEA taps HAY and Tom Dixon for new products.  5/Minipresso is the world’s smallest outdoor espresso maker.  6/The colorful grout trend.  7/Pole dancer performs an interactive routine with a responsive geometric background.  8/Genius wage gap alarm clock that rings for women after 79% of the workday.  9/JC Sheitan Tenet got the world’s first tattoo arm prosthesis.  10/Temporary tattoos from Jeannerot look and smell good.  11/Perch Light is a playfully interactive light shaped like an abstract bird.  12/Olafur Eliasson installed a waterfall in the middle of the Palace of Versailles garden.


1/Kris Knight  2/Dreamy Daybeds  3/Katherine Tromans  4/Incense Burner No. 1 Corian
5/William Betts  6/Muesli 12 Ways  7/Matthias Heiderich  8/Ridges  9/Reyes de la Flor


Get Outside Already

Outdoor Furniture Roundup-1-Design Crush
Free-Standing Hammock

Have you been spending lots of time outside or are you holed up inside avoiding the heat? I’ve been doing a little bit of both, as well as avoiding some rainstorms by hanging out on my porch. (One of my favorite times to be out!) The key to enjoying the outdoors for me is making my yard just as livable as my house, which means furniture that carries over the same style and sensibilities. Peek at my backyard setup that I shared last year, then take a look at these stellar outdoor furniture pieces.


Outdoor Furniture Roundup-2-Design Crush
The Loungr Inflatable Chair


Outdoor Furniture Roundup-3-Design Crush
Palissade Lounge Chair


Outdoor Furniture Roundup-4-Design Crush

Meridien Collection


Outdoor Furniture Roundup-5-Design Crush

Catskill Wood + Wicker Chair


Outdoor Furniture Roundup-6-Design Crush

Ixtapa Collection


Outdoor Furniture Roundup-7-Design Crush

Sonora Wood Folding Lounger


Outdoor Furniture Roundup-8-Design Crush

Regatta Collection


Outdoor Furniture Roundup-9-Design Crush

Wood Chaise Lounge


Noke U-Lock

Smart U-Lock-1-Design Crush


Not only is the Noke U-Lock easy on the eyes, it’s also brilliant. This bike lock allows you to unlock it with your smartphone, eliminating the worry of lost keys and forgotten combinations. You can also unlock it manually if your phone isn’t available, and an alarm sounds if anyone attempts to crack it open or mash up the keypad. The U-Lock works with iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones that include Bluetooth 4.0.


Smart U-Lock-2-Design Crush

Smart U-Lock-3-Design Crush



Sunnylife-1-Design Crush


I’ve seriously been waiting since last August to talk about Sunnylife. Everyone looks forward to summer – and lazy days, poolside parties, the great outdoors, and al fresco meals – and all the things that go along with it. The folks over at Sunnylife are basically summertime experts who stock their shelves with everything you need to take the season to 11. Pool floats, outdoor entertaining, games, towels, umbrellas, and more. Take a peek at a few of my favorites!


Sunnylife-2-Design Crush

Sunnylife-3-Design Crush

Sunnylife-4-Design Crush

Sunnylife-5-Design Crush