porch life

This weekend I’m launching my forth annual 100 Days of Summer list and one of the items this year is spend more time on my front porch. After hanging out on my sister’s, I realized I am a front porch girl. Give me a coffee or a glass of wine and I may never come inside.

As a kid, I was always drawing house plans and there was always a wrap-around porch and now that I have a porch, I never use it. I need to fix this.

Problem: The height of the railing vs. the style of my chairs (I like them but they’re more for lounging out back or on a beach):Here’s what I’m loving:

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Crack open the Sauvignon blanc, I found perfection! These spaces are Wonderful. Beautiful. So inviting. But, as mentioned, I still would not be able to see over the railing in chairs. That’s why I am thinking a swing may be the best solution, especially after I saw my friend’s Instagram post.

Here are some great swings I found online:

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I  think I’ll also need an outdoor rug, new lighting, a side table or two, a big fat fern, lots of throw pillows, a few fancy lanterns and pots and pots of flowers.

Hello summer!

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pineapple passion

Did you know the pineapple has been a symbol of hospitality since the days of the early American colonies. The legend began with the sea captains of New England, who sailed among the Caribbean Islands and returned to the colonies bearing their cargo of fruits, spices and rum.

According to the legend, the captain would spear a pineapple on a fence post outside his home to let his friends know of his safe return from sea. The pineapple was an invitation for them to visit, share his food and drink, and listen to tales of his voyage.

As the tradition grew, colonial innkeepers added the pineapple to their signs and advertisements, and bedposts carved in the shape of a pineapple were a common sight at inns across New England.

The legend has continued to the present, and frequently one sees the pineapple symbol in hotels and restaurants to signal the presence of hospitality. (source)

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Last week in Florida I was out for a run and stopped dead in my tracks – there was a house will outdoor Pineapple wall scones. Pineapple lighting! Yes! I want… but I know I don’t have the place for them. There’s something about a north-end urban house in Nova Scotia that does not scream pineapples. 65f5b15226731503767a52c398a95172

A girl can still dream and I am dreaming pineapples this week. Here are some fun things I found: Pineapples

A. Pineapple Drink Dispenser / B. Pineapple Wallpaper / C. Pineapple Julep / D. Pineapple Charm / E. Pineapple Clock and Thermometer / F. Pineapple Cosmetic Case / G. Pineapple Tea Towel Set / H. Pineapple Backpack / I. Pineapple Ice Bucket / J. Pineapple Candle Holders (2) / K. Pineapple Wreath Hanger / L. Pineapple Snack Bowl / M. Pineapple Bud Vase / N. Pineapple Wall Scones / O. Pineapple Towel Hamper / P. Pineapple Lamp / Q. Pineapple Door Mat / R. Pineapple Juicer

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patterns and sparkle (part 2)

Last Wedding Wednesday, for the Navy by the Sea wedding series, I looked at navy and nautical patterns and now it’s time to add sparkle to the day with some gold decor!

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Most of the items above are either relatively affordable (B/E/G/J/L/O) or something you can make yourself (A/C/D/F/H/K/M/P) but I added I and N because even though they’re more expensive, they would look stunning. Plus, if you splurge on a few pieces like these, they can carry on into your home decor.

I am loving K! My friend made these for her son’s nursery and imagine them hanging in a tent in place of lanterns. I also love F – they’d be easy and affordable to make and I happen to know there are an abundance of hydrangea trees at the wedding site that would fill them beautifully.

How about you? Was there a DIY wedding project that really worked? Care to share a big fail?

Do you prefer fun (A/D/E/H/P) fancy (B/C/F/G/I/J/L/N/) or rustic (K/M/O)?

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Here is the first post for the Navy by the Sea wedding

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patterns and sparkle (part 1)

Last Wedding Wednesday I launch the Navy by the Sea wedding I am working on and as mentioned, Navy will be the primary colour but gold accents will be included in the decor.

I like to start by looking at patterns, illustrations, fabric and wallpaper for inspiration and here are some I found that could work great for this event: pattern-1

I just can’t get over indigo! Look at these tables! tablesThese images may be a bit too moody for the Navy by the Sea wedding but I love the simplicity and affordability of option ‘O’. Tables at weddings are usually covered in white linen but imagine how amazing this would look… Plus, it would be pretty easy to hand-dye the tablecloths navy.

As for decor, I don’t think you need to go too crazy when you have the Atlantic Ocean as your backdrop. A nice table arrangement, some great flowers and good lighting are all you need to make the event special. Next week I’ll source affordable decor you can buy or DIY.

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o christmas tree

Ceramic Christmas Tree… O how I love thee. DSC_0621

I love seasonal decor… I only wish I had more space to store it and a bigger budget to buy it. Seriously, I can’t get enough. But despite all the decor I’d love to own, without any doubt, my favourite Christmas decoration will always be my Ceramic Christmas Tree.

When my grandmother passed away, it was the first thing I thought of when asked if there was something special of hers I’d like to have to remember her by. And now, seeing Nanny Kay’s Christmas Tree on my mantel, brings back so many great memories.

So yah, there’s a reason it’s so special but look at it! It’s adorable! This year, both my friend and my sister scored a second-hand Ceramic Christmas Trees from Value Village / The Salvation Army which got me wondering… WHY? Why would you donate this? Am I missing something? Are they actually tacky? I did a little Googling and discovered their heyday was in the seventies… Perhaps this is why my generation (or at least me and a few friends) love them so much. They would of been around a lot in the eighties when we were kids.

Let me know your thoughts? Do you have one? Do you want one? Do you love/hate them?

Merry Christmas and I hope y’all have a lovely holiday!


psst. I think I said I was going to do up a DAVID wish-list post but I realized it is basically LEGO so I figured I’d skip that. BUT, exciting news! What’s a Ackerman/Rushton family Christmas without a renovation? Hopefully I can share David’s bedroom update in January. 

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