5 Easy Tips for Summer Decorating the Outdoors

Are you ready for Summer? 
Today, I am joining 5 other beautiful blogs to bring you our 30 Easy Tips for Summer Decorating.  Since my family spends the majority of our time outdoors in summer, it is only fair to give you my secrets to creating a beautiful and relaxing outdoor setting.

1)  Outdoor lighting is such a beautiful and easy way to add ambiance to your yard.  
Whether you string them along the fence, across the patio roofline, or through the trees, lighting adds a certain twinkle to your outdoor setting.



We just purchased THESE and absolutely love them.  They made it through an Oklahoma wind (80mph) storm just fine!

2) Placing a beautiful outdoor area rug (HERE) not only ties your space together, it will hide any unsightly concrete or deck.   To see the entire patio tour, click HERE.  

I use one of THESE every day to keep my porch tidy.  It literally takes me 60 seconds a day.

3) Freshen up your patio set with paint!
I have had this wrought iron patio set for years... a good spray paint change from black to white (I used THIS) made it fresh and new for summer!  You can easily pick a set up on local garage sale sites, craigslist, or even HERE!!


4) A place to set your drink is a must
I love to bring my blue and white outside for the summer.  THESE GARDEN STOOLS provide the perfect place to place your refreshing drink on a summer evening.  

5) Last but not least... THIS SPRAY will keep those pesky mosquitos away for up to 12 weeks!!  We spray our entire patio down and the grass around our patio about every 3 weeks.  It really works and is safe for my pets.  I know that isn't a decorating tip, but it is a very important tip :)


THIS YUMMY COCKTAIL is perfect to serve on a summer day!


 or this yummy Cherry Limeade Margarita!
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Cherry-Limeade Margarita
by Emily of Eleven Gables
makes a blender full (about 8 cups)

1 can frozen Limeade (12 ounces)
8 ounces tequila (I use 100% agave made tequila- makes all the difference in the taste of a good margarita)
4 ounces triple-sec
splash of water (about 2 ounces) to cut sweetness
4 ounces frozen whole unsweetened cherries
Ice to fill blender

Place all ingredients in the blender.  Blend until smooth.  
Serve immediately or freeze until ready to serve.  From frozen, let stand 10-20 minutes, stir and serve.

Happy Summer from my backyard to yours!



Please continue the tour to find additional summer decorating ideas from these beautiful blogs:
Randi Garrett Design                         Decor Gold Designs                      French Country Cottage  

So Much Better With Age                            StoneGable                               Eleven Gables    



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XOX,

Emily

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Eleven Gables Spring Easter Table

I am so happy it is Spring!!!
Can I get an Amen?
I mean it's not like our winter was brutal here in Oklahoma, but I don't like being cold and we have had our share of cold days... like today.  It's cool and breezy.  I might be curled up in a blanket writing this post now. :)

I would like to thank Designthusiasm for organizing this Styled and Set Entertaining spring table blog hop.  Be sure to stop by and see all of the beautiful inspiration at the end of my post. If you love what you see, I would appreciate your pinning and sharing this post! Thank you!!

For my Easter table I really wanted to integrate my signature blue and white.  As much as I love color, I adore using all white and green florals mixed with blue and white.  It is just soothing and springy to me.  So... without further ado... here is my spring table!



A vintage floral tablecloth in blue and white sets the tone for the table.  Using different flowers in the same color gives interest, but provides uniformity to the table.


Velvet Strawberries from Hot Skwash nestled in a bowl of reindeer moss add the perfect touch of sophistication.  The bowl can easily be placed to the side when dinner is served.




For our family, Easter is a special time of reconciliation.  Christ reconciled us to God by sacrificing his life to save us.  We believe, as Christians, that we are to reconcile ourselves to others and to Christ.  You can read more about reconciliation HERE.  



We love to gather around the table and share how God has changed our lives over the last year.


We break bread and thank Him for new mercies every day.


Spring is a wonderful time to witness the "new mercies" as leaves burst forth from bare branches and flowers push up through the earth.  


The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases.  


His mercies never come to an end.


They are new every morning!
New every morning!


 Great is His faithfulness!

Thank you for joining me today as we prepare to celebrate Spring, New Mercies, Reconciliation, and Faithfulness!!

Go, be blessed, and be a blessing to others!


Next up on our tour is My Soulful Home. Kelly is always full of wonderful inspiration!!

As you prepare your heart for Easter, THIS VIDEO is poignant.  I encourage you to watch it. It will change your life. 

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Emily

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Outdoor Living Room Styled for Spring Home Tour

Welcome to Eleven Gables Styled For Spring Home Tour
I am honored to be included in their beautiful line up of blogs today.  I hope you will visit each one and pin all of these beautiful ideas!  The entire tour is at the end of this post.  If you are coming from Decor Gold Designs, I am so happy you are here.  Isn't her decor just gorgeous?!  


It's unseasonably warm here in Oklahoma.  The daffodils are blooming and the peonies are pushing through the earth ready to burst forth with blossoms.  We added another layer of compost to the peonies to keep them extra warm until spring.  I certainly don't want to lose them to frost.

 I was preparing my formal living room for this spring tour, but our family was being drawn outside with the warm weather, so I decided to share our outdoor living room instead.  Sit back, relax, and "pin" all the ideas to your favorite outdoor living board!


My outdoor living room has gone through a series of styles over the past three years.  I think I have finally settled on the blue and white neutral decor to compliment our indoor decor.  


You can see our previous decor here and here.  Come back and tell me which is your favorite in the comments!


Ten years ago, we planted tons of daffodils in the woods behind our house.  These are the ones I cut to bring indoors.



These bud vases are perfect for holding multiple stems.  I use them all the time!


All-weather wicker sofa and wingback chairs are comfy and durable.  I have had these for four years without any problems.  I wash the cushion covers once a year with a little bit of bleach.

A new blue and white rug is the perfect amount of color and pattern  for the space.  I am loving this calm view.


Garden Stools and a similar bamboo coffee table are perfect for setting your book or drink on.



The boys enjoy eating their breakfast at my childhood "vintage" wrought iron table and chairs.


There is just something so peaceful about water.



Thank GOODNESS for faux topiaries!  It gets super hot here in Oklahoma.  I don't have to worry about these little beauties drying up from the heat!  Placed in blue and white planters makes them so stylish.


The Buff Orpington Chickens are my sweet little friends.


They come when I call and follow me around. 


To see their antics (and hilarious running) follow me on Instagram and watch my Instastories!




I am so happy you have joined us on this fun tour!  
For more shopping the blog, see the "Shop Eleven Gables" in the sidebar.  Green door paint is "Hampton Sage" by Marvin Windows. Chandelier is vintage.


Now it's time to hop on over to Randi Garrett Design.  Her master bedroom is absolutely gorgeous!


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XOX,

Emily

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In case you missed it, you can find the tours from our first week here: