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
Green up your patio, or bring the outside in with this shag rug. Either way, you’ll enjoy this cozy alternative to actual grass, minus the maintenance.
Grandinroad | 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
Does your front door need a new look? A coir doormat covered in poppies is cheerful solution. Or, maybe you’d prefer a zigzag welcome. You can have both for less with Garnet Hill’s Buy One, Get One Half Off Bright Sale.
Garnet Hill | Buy
(Sale continues through March 13, 2012.)
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
What is worse than settling in for some cozy couch time only to realize the remotes are across the room? Or worse, nowhere to be found? Keep your remotes under control and in one place in a handy catch-all. Happy surfing.
Emmo Home | 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
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
Mini versions of the classic martini glass, these are perfect for serving dessert samples or tiny ‘tinis at your annual tasting party. And, these glasses won’t break the bank if a few get broken.
Crate and Barrel | Buy
That store-bought cake will look fabulous on this elegant pedestal stand. You might even be asked to bring dessert again next year.
Pottery Barn | Buy
Add a touch of panache to pizza night. Divvy up slices of deep-dish with this efficient pizza cutter by eco-friendly Epicurean. Your friends will be captivated by your swift pizza cutting skills.
Sur La Table | Buy
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