How fun is this tablecloth playhouse? It’s almost summer vacation time for the kiddos, and this secret hideaway is perfect for both indoor and outdoor fun. It’s such a simple yet GENIUS idea from Etsy seller StripedCoast – and the kids will love it!
Design & Decor Blog
When it comes to the cheapest and easiest way to perk up your home decor, paint always wins the argument. It was true years ago and certainly held true during our Decorating on a Budget live Twitter chat last week!
From your walls to flea market finds, a fresh coat of paint can create a world of difference. And Farrow & Ball took this to the next level. In a new book, they showcase 21 DIY projects that prove that paint is not only an affordable way to update your decor, but can also make a standout customized statement piece. Been craving getting crafty? You’re in luck because we’re giving away this book to one lucky reader! Read on to see how you can win.
So, have you found your Summer Song yet? That song that seems to be on repeat, and when you hear it, you open the sunroof, turn the volume up, throw your hands in the air and just sing along? The one that accompanies your barbeques, pool parties, beach days and every long drive? I’ve got a lot of contenders, but haven’t yet decided on the finalist. THE Song.
But in an effort to help everyone discover their Summer Song, here are some playlists to accompany your activities this weekend.
1. What I’ll be doing: Enjoying an afternoon in the garden (hopefully getting some gardening done)
What I’ll be playing: A Garden State of Mind
Featured artists: All the best crooners: Joshua Radin, Paul Simon, Sufjan Stevens, Death Cab for Cutie The Shins and Zero 7.
Why it’s perfect: Inspired by Zach Braff’s movie Garden State, the playlist is soothing and relaxing, mixing folk and soothing electro. It pairs perfectly with a quiet day in the yard, sun shining, birds chirping and a refreshing glass or rosemary-cucumber water in hand.
2. What I’ll be doing: Sunning on the beach at Toronto Island
What I’ll be playing: Viceroy’s Remixes
Featured artists: Sing-along-worthy remixes of songs by artists you know and love: Maroon 5, Passion Pit, Montell Jordan, Two Door Cinema Club, Lady Gaga and Mark Morrisson.
Why it’s perfect: Viceroy’s motto is “summertime all the time” and his synth-pop sound featuring steel drums and peppy make-you-dance beats has easily become my soundtrack to summer.
3. What I’ll be doing: Hosting a summer barbeque
What I’ll be playing: Gracie Mansion Backyard BBQ
Featured artists: A great mix of hits from Blues Traveller, Smokey Robinson, Jackie Wilson, Jason Mraz, Hootie and the Blowfith and Gotye.
Why it’s perfect: Curated by Mike Bloomberg, mayor of New York City from 2002-2013, as the soundtrack to summer at Gracie Mansion (the official residence of the New York mayor), this mix tape is chock-full of upbeat crowd-pleasers guaranteed to have guests tapping their feet and singing along.