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summer garden party

Summer is finally here and with the beautiful weather upon us, are you ready a summer garden party? I hosted one a couple of weeks ago at my roof top garden, and added three special touches to make the party a memorable one.  Today, I want share with you on how to put together an effortlessly elegant summer party.

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summer pizza

Summer is one of the busiest times of year around our house. I am always on the lookout for simple recipes I can throw together last minute. This is a perfect recipe for entertaining, it has a handful of ingredients, and only requires a few minutes on the grill, just make sure you have enough when guests ask for seconds!!!

PIZZA copy 2 summer pizza

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if I could decorate Eugenie Bouchard’s club house

I’m a pretty diehard tennis fan. I use to play in my youth, but have put it on the back burner due to my young trio of kidlets. For good luck I even brought out my tennis handbag. Below I’ve chosen a few preppy inspired items for the home or clubhouse.

 

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herb garden

Anyone who knows me, knows I love a good DIY project! When my girlfriend Shira sent me this charming repurposed dresser she worked on, I couldn’t help but share! For under $200 she was able to create a fabulous outdoor vignette that houses all of her favourite summer herbs, while adding flare to her outdoor space! Here’s what you will need to recreate this look…

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hydrangeas in Southern France

I recently was in the Basque region of France on a personal trip and was taken by the beautiful Hydrangeas growing there in big clumps. Here are some of my photos:

 

hydrangea1 hydrangeas in Southern France See lots more below:

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easy summer style essentials

Summer officially starts this weekend, so let’s talk about warm weather style.

SummerStyle CasualBackyard easy summer style essentials

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places to go, people to see: through the garden gate

What are your plans for Father’s Day weekend? If you live in or are visiting Toronto, check out Through the Garden Gate. This annual tour is put on by the Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG) and showcases of some of the city’s most beautiful private gardens. Don’t you love the idea of peeking into strangers’ backyards and taking inspiration for your own garden? I’m definitely into it, since I live in a downtown condo with minimal outdoor space (unless you count my balcony, which is currently housing my collection of potted plants).

ThroughTheGardenGate Hydrangea places to go, people to see: through the garden gate

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container garden 101: planting

After selecting the suitable plant materials for your container garden, it is now time to place them into their new home.  I am using annuals for the tall planters, so all I need to do is to put them in the planters.  Now for the low planters, I have selected Silverleaf Dogwood for an attractive, low maintenance, privacy screen.  Since they are perennials, I want to make sure they will survive our harsh winter conditions and come back next year.

Today, I am sharing a few tips I picked up from the garden expert at The Home Depot.

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container garden 101: plant materials

With more people buying condo as their first home or downsizing after retirement, we all have to adjust and learn to live with limited outdoor spaces. Since having a lush garden with mature trees are out of the question, an easy to care container garden is the go-to option for today’s urban living lifestyle.

Today, I would like to share with you a few tips I picked up from the expert at the Home Depot garden centre.   From a crash course on a variety of plant specimens to which ones are suitable given sun exposure, maintenance requirement, I have got my answers for this balcony in desperate need of greenery.

 

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inspiration: modern outdoor space

Do you have a backyard? I live in a condo with a postage-stamp balcony, but I’d love to deck it out this summer. I’d like to create a space to relax, read magazines or enjoy an evening cocktail. I’m inspired by this 400-square-foot rooftop oasis, which boasts a living area, a dining area and an outdoor kitchen – much more than I’d ever have the space for. I love the combination of comfy wooden furniture, sleek contemporary accents and plenty of greenery. And those hanging lanterns are amazing! They’d look so romantic at night when they’re lit up.

modern backyard lounge inspiration: modern outdoor space

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