15 April 2020

How to create a space your family will love!

Pottery Barn sectional | Basketweave outdoor rug – a favorite! | Pottery Barn outdoor pillows

How to create a space your family will love!

We’ve lived in our house for 20 years, and it wasn’t until a couple of summers ago that I found an unused corner on our deck and completely transformed it into new gathering space. Who would have known? Investing in cozy seating can make your grown children come running! We’ve all been enjoying this new “room” in our house during these past weeks while we’ve been #stayinghome. All three kids have studied there, I’ve been on a few zoom calls, and we’ve been having family dinners al fresco every night.

I thought you all might like some ideas for your outdoor space, so I reached out to my friend and extremely talented designer, Heidi Semler (see her website here). She has a great eye, the best taste, and the houses she has worked on are absolutely amazing … several have been featured in magazines. I was very happy when she shared some of her favorite finds with me. So here they are, straight from Heidi herself. And since I’m a “closet” designer too, I’m including my favorites as well!

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Pinterest inspo


Images via Pinterest

One reason Heidi and I became fast friends over a decade ago is because we love many of the same things! We have very similar taste in home decor and love sharing our finds. Follow Heidi on Instagram here, and FYI this coming week she will be live on FB for the first time ever!


Heidi’s décor inspo

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I have my eye on this green table, I’m just trying to decide where to put it in my house! These deck chairs are available in several fabric options, and can be moved anywhere in your garden for extra seating. The teak stools are perfect for casual indoor or outdoor seating anywhere. Try any one of these outdoor picks, and when the season ends, find a place for your selections somewhere inside your house!


Susie’s décor inspo

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Heidi and I both love everything from Serena & Lily. I recently visited their darling store in Pacific Palisades, and wanted to move right in! (Check my Instagram stories today a few photos from my store visit). Whenever making an outside purchase, I always try to think of where it could be placed inside as well — that way it gets twice as much use 🙂


Serena & Lily store


Thank you for reading! xo