If you’re in need of some outdoor inspiration, look no further. From cocktails to canapés, Denise Gee’s guide is filled with photographs and recipes for planning your next porch party. Now, will you be serving Tipsy Tea or June Bug Mocktails?
Chronicle Books | Buy
When that afternoon garden party inevitably continues past sunset, these recycled glass lanterns turn dining at night into a festive evening gathering.
West Elm | Buy
($20 for Set of 3)
Add style to the quintessential summer outing with the Yellowstone Picnic Basket. Fully equipped with the basics, just add food, invite a few friends and head outdoors.
Target | Buy
This rosy linen throw pillow is easy to adore, indeed.
love maki | Buy
Stray paperclips, keys and all sorts of odds and ends will gather nicely in this cast iron butterfly dish. With an almost Rorschach quality to it, it also makes an interesting piece of décor all on its own.
Jayson Home | Buy
With Earth Day coming up, give some thought to planting your own garden. Mark your veggies with this lovely set of hand hammered vintage silverware. Earth Day Bonus: A portion of Wooden Hive’s annual sales are donated to the Honey Bee Conservancy.
Wooden Hive | Buy
A cake stand adds instant fancy to any party or gathering. Jadeite is the perfect spring green to elevate sandwiches, cheese, or anything else you’re serving. Of course, you can also use it for serving cake.
Fishs Eddy | Buy
If you could design your own museum, what would you include? In nearly 1,000 pages, Phaidon created an imaginary art museum suitable for your coffee table. The Art Museum houses imagined galleries and rooms with everything from Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa to the Tomb of Tutankhamen – making it perfect for that spot which currently only houses the remote control.
Phaidon | Buy
Still struggling with the weekend time change? We’re with you. Frame this sunny print and hang it in your bedroom as a subtle reminder to rise and shine, even if it is dark when the alarm goes off.
One Sydney Road | Buy
This wooden radio manages to be nostalgic and modern at the same time. Turn the wooden dials in search of your AM/FM faves, or plug in your iPod to rock your current playlist.
The Curiosity Shoppe | Buy
Dress up your entryway with a touch of Bali. Handcarved from teak root, each polished bowl is truly one of a kind and makes a great stand-alone piece, or an exquisite landing spot for your keys.
Foreign Affairs | Buy
Spruce up your sofa for spring. A new outfit for your throw pillows should do the trick. We are fans of Dwell Studio’s which pairs buttery yellow with calm and elegant grey.
Whitlock and Co. | Buy
Create your own abstract centerpiece with this set of teak architectural building blocks for grownups. Permission to play, granted! Comes with a drawstring bag for clean-up time.
Jayson Home | Buy
New dishtowels are a great way to freshen up your kitchen. Add the vibrant artwork of legendary artist Vera Neumann, and you might just forget winter hasn’t quite made an exit.
Crate and Barrel | Buy
Hobnail glassware is perfect for serving up refreshments in old fashioned style. If it’s a sunny weekend, and the refreshment being served is sangria? Even better.
Horchow | Buy
The slightest update can really perk up a room. Faux giraffe print gives your space a chic aesthetic, while making itself useful as storage for whatever needs rounding up in exotic style.
Inside Avenue | Buy
Get cozy under this winter warmer. Made in Peru of 100% baby alpaca, it’s super soft. The realistic octopus design by Thomas Paul makes it a quirky complement to your sofa.
All Modern | Buy
Like two pieces of a puzzle, you belong together. Convey that sentiment with this set of pillowcases – and maybe claim your side of the bed. Now, which one is yours: Me or You?
Urban Outfitters | Buy
Michael Angove’s illustration of spoons is applied to a birchwood tray, making for a bright and lively serving piece.
Gretel | Buy
When a sophisticated chair is upholstered in denim, it takes on a comfortable feel. Meet the Marjorie. It is simultaneously stylish and relaxed, just like you in your favorite pair of jeans.
Anthropologie | Buy
Tote your dirties to the laundromat in ruffly style. This oversized canvas laundry bag is cute enough to hang where it can be seen so your wash will be more likely to make it into the bag, not on the floor.
Layla Grayce | Buy
Go old school with these classic typewriter key fridge magnets. A nostalgic way to spell out messages or fasten to-do lists. Includes 96 magnets. How qwerty.
ModCloth | Buy
Don’t the frantic holidays seem like a fitting time to adopt a “keep calm” mantra? Hang this hugely popular WWII slogan in a prominent place as a reminder.
Decorative Things | Buy
The best part about this tea towel duo? Besides the cool prints and being super soft and absorbent- oh and making for an excellent hostess gift. Give up? They’re huge! All the better to mop up massive kitchen messes.
Amy Sullivan | Buy
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