Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Simple Pleasures

Climbing into a bed made up with crisp, freshly washed sheets after a long and tiring day. Bliss.

(lovely photo by rubyellen on flickr via brydiebrown)

Atelier: Jenna Rose

Last Sunday I checked out The New Art Festival, a local open air art show held in a neighborhood park here in town. It was loads of fun and the number of people showing was amazing — lots of great painters, potters, jewelers and other craftspeople — but one of the exhibitors I especially loved was Jenna Rose, who creates beautiful silkscreened fabric goods with prints and patterns based on her own drawings. So fresh and appealing. You can order from her main shop here or through etsy.

Sponsored Post: Dining Al Fresco

Many thanks to Claritin for sponsoring my post today about outdoor dining.

Whether you have an extensive backyard or a tiny balcony garden, once summer hits you'll want to take advantage of those sunny days and warm evenings and dine al fresco as much as possible. If allergies are keeping you indoors, there's a few things you can do with your garden (big or small) so that it's a space you can enjoy throughout the summer. Spending time in the garden later in the day means you'll avoid the worst of the pollen, which is at its peak in early morning. Planting low allergy plants such as gladiolas, peonies and flowering trees are also a great way to have beauty and colour in your garden without having to stay inside to enjoy it. Here are some lovely outdoor dining ideas, to get you out there and enjoying everything from elaborate summer suppers to a simple ice cream cone.

(photography via house to home)

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