Made in the Shade

3d93614485205854ebd51e63cf98f5eeAs the days begin to warm up, spending time outdoors becomes a bigger priority! And, for those of us who have already logged too many hours in the sun, a stylish umbrella becomes more than outdoor decor. Ok….it can make our outdoor decor, but it’s really practical, too!

There are so many chic options these days. Though, I’ve lusted after the couture style umbrellas from The Santa Barbara Umbrella Company, other companies, such as Frontgate, Pottery Barn and One Kings Lane are selling stylish options at much lower costs.

Here’s a little eye candy to help you design your own backyard oasis.
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66fcf763742f3ad1f7b48b931b85d7ebScreen Shot 2017-04-23 at 8.59.30 PM Screen Shot 2017-04-23 at 9.00.19 PM Screen Shot 2017-04-23 at 9.00.42 PM626d121ba48ccf79f7ab48c3e770e198 c15587e41aeffcacaec5c621ab1723de def4796323f993283b8feee77b7e3e79I recently upgraded my own umbrellas to something with a little more panache. I’ll share which one on Instagram tomorrow, so visit me there at prettypink2lips.com

This summer….you can have it made in the stylish shade!

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7 Years of Pretty Pink Tulips

IMG_6104-1024x1024Time sure does fly when you’re having fun. 1,237 posts and 7 years to be exact. That’s how long ago I started this blogging adventure…when one of my sons was in elementary school and the other in Pre-K. Now, they are in high school and middle school. They’re growing up and I guess, so am I.

9 years ago, I decided to plant pink tulip bulbs in the front and side of the house and see how they looked. They became one of my favorite parts of Spring. And, I’ve enjoyed sharing them with you.

Just like a lot of us change hairstyles, my house has gone through some changes. After tearing off deteriorating shutters, I just left them off for a while and painted the door light green. Then, we renovated, added on and I put black shutters on the house and painted the door a glossy black. We lost our beautiful crab apple trees that had stunning hot pink blossoms. We added pear blossom trees and the arbor gate. The window boxes and pots usually vary each year. Everything is up for grabs except the tulips. They have been a constant.

I’m actually thinking about planting something different next year. A different color tulip. Perhaps alliums. I’m still deciding. But, in the meantime, here’s a look over the past 8 years of pretty pink tulips.DSC_0006 DSC_0010 DSC_0015 DSC_0034 DSC_0037 DSC_0051 DSC_0172 DSC_0174 DSC_0180 DSC_00271 DSC_02021 IMG_3391-768x1024 IMG_5939-768x1024 IMG_6087-768x1024

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IMG_8815-768x1024 IMG_8851-1024x768 IMG_8852-768x1024Thank you for joining me on this journey over the past 7 years. A lot has happened – to all of us – but it’s nice to know there are some constants. In my case, it’s pretty pink tulips. They’ll be blooming again soon.

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Outdoor Decor for Fall

dsc_0240When the season changes, I enjoy changing my outdoor decor to reflect that. Each year it is a slight variation, but over time, I have found things that seem to work for my home. I’ve learned, for example, that my ferns  and ivy will last long into November, so I leave them. Pumpkins and cabbage replace seasonal summer blooms and we’re done.

Here’s a look at this year’s Fall decor, beautifully executed by the team at Gardens!dsc_0243 dsc_0244 img_0305 img_0279 img_0281dsc_0236 dsc_0237 img_0282 img_0285 img_0287dsc_0242 img_0288 img_0292And, what would a seasonal photo be without my girl, Molly?!

Whether you add a single pumpkin or a couple of mums, welcome the new season so it can greet you every time you come home!

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