99 PUMPKIN IDEAS FROM LIVE OUTSIDE

Greeting LIVE OUTSIDE-ers!  We’ve been busy preparing our homes for Fall, and we’ve rounded up the most adorable selection of pumpkin ideas for you…99 pumpkin ideas, to be exact! We’re planning on trying out a few of these in the coming weeks, and we’d love to see what you guys are doing, too!  Comment below, and let us know how your tips and tricks for holiday decor.  But for now…THE PUMPKINS!!

99 Pumpkin Ideas — DIY Inspiration

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Some serious glam, from Spray Paint + Chardonnay,

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Great use of vintage door knobs, from Finding Home

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Chalkboard paint, word-find, from Thistlewood Farms

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Monochrome Glitterati, from BHG

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Modge Podge some old books, with Creative Carissa

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Beautiful confetti pumpkins, from Made In A Day

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Neon paint-dipped, from A Night Owl

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Fierce + edgy, from Spray Paint + Chardonnay

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Kitchy Witchy from BHG

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Ombre goodness, from Funkytime

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Just as sweet as a Disney princess, from BHG

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Flat-dipped + metallic centerpiece, from Chatelaine

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BHG makes good holiday use of our dormant garden hooks

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Metallic sequins are stunning, from Spray Paint + Chardonnay

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Oh, my…YES!! Ikat magic from Sorority Sugar

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Chic and subtle, from BHG

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Gilded perfection with gold-leafed mini pumpkins, from Minted

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Easy design from BHG, with a stencil and chalkboard paint

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LHJ gives us a delightfully tasteful alternative

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Glitter spider design, which is sure to delight the kiddos. From BHG

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“E” for Elizabeth Live Outside’s fearless CFO! From BHG

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Metallic + glitter is EVERYWHERE, this season. From Pinterest

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Crocheted lace covers, and bindi tattoos! From Pinterest

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Bubble gum pink and demin — so presh. From Pinterest

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Just try to contain the fabulousity from pumpkins with lace and crystals! From Pinterest

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Creamy white paint as the base for black decals make for easy pumpkins, with instant class! From Pinterest

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Swap your potpourri for some DIY pumpkin tea lights!

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Garden Therapy’s “Jack-O-Plantern” rocks our world

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Gold glitter on white, from Family Holiday

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Pumpkin tree, from Country Living

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No time for pumpkins? Use oranges! Perfect for a kid’s party, from Just Putzing

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Keep this out for the entire holiday season! Ceramic bowl inspiration, from BHG

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A very do-able, gold centerpiece, from a Pumpkin and a Princess

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Creatively painted group, from BHG

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Black, and white, and gold all over! From Family Holiday

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Spray paint a candy corn! From BHG

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Not exactly a decoration, but we loved this anyway! Perfect for our Halloween party. From Pinterest

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Comfy argyle pumpkin, from Babble

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Glitter, pink, and chevrons. Some one is channeling my inner girlie-girl! From Pinterest

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Apply masking tape in pieces, spray on black paint, and peel off the tape. So easy! From In The Corner

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VW Bus. Retro swoon! From the Fancy.

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BOO! Rhinestone letters from the craft store make this pumpkin a statement piece, from A Pumpkin and a Princess

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Lovely Luminary Pumpkins, from BOXHILL, buy it HERE!

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Golden Fall leaves make for a lovely, seasonal pumpkin. From Midwest Living

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Duct tape! YES! We can do this! From Midwest Living

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Posh pumpkins, from Midwest Living. Just download the templates, and stick them on!

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Simple, but sweet. Corn husks, wrapped around a pumpkin set just the right note. From Midwest Living

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DIY glitter tea lights, from Twig + Thistle

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Craft store flowers, from Room Remix. We loves!

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A glue gun and a trip to the craft store is all you’ll need to get this going. From Pinterest

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Okay…some of these designs are for the Advanced Crafter, but we think we could handle those mustache ones. ;-) From Pinterest

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Yes. Yes. YES!!! We can’t get enough of metallic pumpkins, this season. From Pinterest

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Rock that chevron for one more season, and throw in some more Ikat! From Pinterest

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Soft white and chenille. Exquisite pumpkin decor. From Pinterest

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Download a free stencil of your favorite dog breed, and immortalize them on a pumpkin! From BHG — templates HERE

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Ninja Turtle pumpkins, from Crushable. Use colored glow sticks inside!

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Nightmare Before Christmas pumpkins. Oh, the nostalgia! From Etsy

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Modern Pop pumpkins, from Happy Mundane

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Sugar skull pumpkins from Artlexia. We see these all over Tucson, Arizona!

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Colorful melted crayon art, from the Swell Designer

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Unexpected and elegant. Colorful pumpkins under a bell jar. So sweet and pretty. From Country Living

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Stars on a pumpkin? We love this idea! Try it with flat, white paint, and glitter embellishments. From Country Living

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Spooky, and sure to delight. Download the templates, here: http://www.countryliving.com/crafts/projects/halloween-templates-1009

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We had a good friend who collected old lanterns, and we know that she’d LOVE this idea for her steps :-) From Marissa Corwin

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Genius. Blue staircase, accented with white, Halloween pumpkins. We saw this in Laura Zindel’s home!

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Quoth the Raven…nevermore! Buy The Raven decals, from WG Wall Decals, and put them on a pumpkin! Chalkboard paint, and a raven stencil make a nice accompaniment, off to the side.

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Show some of that hometown pride! Live Outside has strong roots in the Show-Me State of Missouri, so you know we had to put this one up! ;-) From Doodle Bug

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Vinyl decals make decor a fun opportunity to learn! From Country Living

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Cut out a classic quilt pattern on colored paper, and decoupage it on to a flat, white pumpkin. From Country Living

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Backyard foliage on white pumpkins are ALWAYS right. From Shop Terrain

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Decoupaged floral fabric is responsible for this country quaintness. From Country Living

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Why not take one of these as a housewarming gift to your fall party? We can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t absolutely LOVE one of these on their doorstep. From Pinterest

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Tape, and glow-in-the-dark spray paint. What could be easier?? From Steve Spangler Science

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Decoupage lace, and robin’s egg blue. Very unexpected and refreshing. From Eclectically Vintage

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Moms and Dads alike will love this idea. Just break out the drill, and light a candle. From the Homestead Survival

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This is sure to delight your little monsters! Get the instructions on how to make this spooky pumpkin, with dry ice fog, here: http://infact.hubpages.com/hub/how-to-create-jack-o-lantern-halloween-fog#slide9298559

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Get the gauze!! Easy and funny mummy pumpkin, from Tied Up With String

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Can you tell we love gold and glitter? Half-gold-leafed mini pumpkins as place cards, for your next party! From Cupcakes + Cashmere

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Tried and true chevrons, in complimentary colors, from My Sweet Savannah

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Coastal pumpkins, from Sand + Sisal

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Decoupage flora and fauna, in black and white. Timeless. From Pinterest

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Glow-in-the-dark pumpkins from Jaderbomb

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We’re a sucker for vintage trailers! Airstream LUV! From BHG

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Decoupage cheetah…meow! From Pinterest

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Superhero pumpkins make the geek in us go batty! From Delicious by Dre

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Paint a pumpkin green, and turn it into a caramel apple. Awesome! From Pinterest

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Gimmie Coooo-kie! From Princess Pinky Girl

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Tin Man magic, from Princess Pinky Girl

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A hamburger? Why not! :-) From BHG

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Minion merriment, from Pinterest

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A bit labor-intensive, but this Tinkerbell is well worth the effort. From Makezine

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Southern Living introduces us to the “Mumkin” — a pumpkin with mums!

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A neat idea for your party table — write your favorite Fall recipe on a pumpkin. From She Knows

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Metallic paint and crystals, courtesy of Wonderfully Made by Leslie

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This print is a 70′s halter dress, in my closet. I need this in a purse, STAT! From Bubby and Bean

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Color-block your pumpkins, and don’t forget the stems! From Chatelaine Magazine

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Chalk paint and metallic studs. We are obviously smitten with this entire idea! From Cuckoo 4 Design

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Faux pumpkin topiary, with craft store pumpkins, from Tater Tots + Jello. This is SO cute!

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We saved our favorite for last — these stunning copper-stripped pumpkins just about took our breath away. We love these so hard.  From Homey Oh My.

 

Now, show us what you’ve got!

We hope you enjoyed our idea collage for pumpkin decorating!  Now, head to your nearest pumpkin patch (and craft store,) and make some magic!  (Our, if you’d rather scoop up some instant glam, you can do like we did and start with BOXHILL’s pumpkin luminaries.  :-)  Shhhh!  Don’t tell on us!)  Happy Halloween to our intrepid readers, from all of us at LIVE OUTSIDE.

TUCSON MODERNISM WEEK

Tucson Modernism Week -- It's a Mod, Mod World

Join Live Outside’s CFO, Elizabeth Przygoda, as she puts on this wonderful community event in Tucson, Arizona! Visit us at the Vintage Trailer Show, the MCM Home Tour, the Modern Furniture Marketplace, and at the numerous free lectures on Mid-Century Modern fashion, architecture, history, and ephemera! See you there!

 

Tucson Modernism Week 2014

Celebrating our 3rd year here in Tucson, Tucson Modernism Week has now grown to 2 full weeks of events. We decided to do an inspiration board for Modernism week, for 3 Story magazine for their Ground Floor section, check out the article their garden writer Darbi wrote about mid-century gardens. For more information and the list of events for Tucson Modernism week, please go to their website www.tucsonmod.com 

Hope to see you there!  From all of us at LIVE OUTSIDE.

 

 

CBS’S “FIX IT & FINISH IT” WITH BOXHILL

Earlier this year, we were busy putting together some fabulous red and white products for our Valentine’s Day sale, and we received the most exciting phone call, ever—CBS’s “Fix It & Finish It” was coming to Tucson, Arizona, and two of our colleagues had been chosen as featured designers.  They were tasked with making over a midtown home, and they needed BOXHILL’s help!  A design show on CBS, a fabulous backyard makeover from Boxhill Design, and Antonio Sabato, Jr.?  Oh, yeah.  We were SO in!

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Our CCO, Elizabeth Przygoda-Montgomery, and Calvin Klein underwear model, Antonio Sabato, Jr. — host of CBS’s new home makeover show, “Fix It & Finish It.”

THE “FIX IT & FINISH IT” DESIGN TEAM

Sisters, and Within Studio’s dynamic designing duo, Florencia and Carla Turco, wanted Boxhill Design to do the full landscape design plan, and all of the outdoor styling for their assigned house in Central Tucson.  We were so thrilled for our friends, that we barely let them finish their request before we had signed on for the project—we couldn’t have been happier to help!

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Our beautiful and talented friends–sisters, Carla and Florencia Turco, of Within Studio

VISUALIZING THE DESIGN

First, we started with a few inspiration boards to get our creative zen flowing in the right direction.

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LOUNGE OUTSIDE!

 

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DECOR OUTSIDE!

 

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GROW OUTSIDE!

 

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DINE OUTSIDE!

 

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FIRE OUTSIDE!

Once we narrowed in on a “mood” for the project, we drafted a rough design plan and sent it to Within Studio for approval.  Luckily, we were all vibing on the same wavelength, so our design was quickly greenlighted by Carla and Florencia.  It looked a little something like this:

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Fix It + Finish It’s Landscape Design Plan for Tucson, Arizona!

THE HOMEOWNERS + THE HOUSE

We were beyond excited to help this unsuspecting, yet totally deserving family, which was selected by “Fix It & Finish It.”  When we were finally able to see the work site, we were thrilled that the main thing that the clients loved about their house was that it was “a little older.”  (That just made our mid-century heart thump with glee!)  The homeowners’ style was fun and funky—we spotted some choice vintage pieces that they had thrifted, and they mentioned how much they loved upcyling and repurposing things around their home.  Eventually, they hoped to have a wedding in their backyard, if they could ever get it into good enough shape.

It was pretty much our dream project.

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Matt and Jacqui, contemplating their next project

GUEST HELP — SUPPORT LOCAL, SMALL BUSINESSES

Alongside us in the yard were some fabulous, local professionals.  We worked with a talented arborist—Juan Barba—and an incredibly dedicated and thorough installation team from Cimmaron Circle.  Although we can’t yet reveal the final images from our finished design, we can give you a few hints about what went on behind the scenes!

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The AWESOME crew from Cimmaron Circle

 

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Hard labor, made to look easy, by the Cimmaron crew

 

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Eliazar from Old Madres and Matt from MEZA Band showed up to lend BOXHILL a hand!

BOXHILL GETS DOWN TO BUSINESS

Boxhill Design put together a look that focused on mixing both old and new.  The clients had an older picnic table, that was still sturdy and had lots of life left in it.  We gave it a fresh look with a new coat of paint!

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Don’t buy new, if you don’t have to–use everything you’ve got! Look how this velvety, turquoise paint made a picnic table look new, again.

 

They had a small table that wasn’t perfect, but was still salvageable.  We covered it in outdoor fabric, courtesy of Fabrics That Go, and it looked like a whole new piece.  We had some killer, upcycled products donated from generous companies, which made this eclectic look possible.  Bottle Rocket Glass hooked us up with some repurposed Patron bottles, gorgeous blue bottle lights, a set of glasses, and some great outdoor torches.

 

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Local Tucson business, Bottle Rocket Glass hooked us up with some upcycled goodness!

 

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Upcycled Patron Bottle Oil Lamp

 

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Upcycled, yet glamorous. These bottle sconces are The Bizness!

 

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Fabulous, solid construction — these oil lamp sconces will last forever

 

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Look how beautiful they are on an outdoor fence!

 

BOXHILL donated colorful hanging pots, and a funky door mat that shouted “HOLA” to all arriving guests.

 

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Quirky, yet perfectly Tucson. BOXHILL’s “HOLA Doormat.” Que onda, amigo?

 

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A rainbow of colors came from BOXHILL’s steel, hanging pots.

 

We strung up some outdoor, Italian lights, and we hung a set of outdoor drapes.  Designer’s Craft donated some eye-catching, wooden wall art, and we made use of BOXHILL’s Woolly Wally Trio to hang plants in pockets, on a wall.

 

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Wool pockets become versatile planters for both indoors and out! One of our most favorite products from BOXHILL (www.shopboxhill.com).

 

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Every patio needs a little GLOW. You can’t go wrong with these classic patio light strings.

 

We also snagged a mid-century modern-style Bullet Planter from Boxhill’s inventory, which was a favorite of the client.

 

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BOXHILL has a wide selection of MCM bullet planters, in a myriad of colors. We love these so hard!

INTRODUCING OUTDOOR DESIGN’S FIRST HIGH-QUALITY, $350 MODERN FIRE PIT…

We built the homeowners a conversation/barbecue area, which will also double as a dance floor when they decide to hold their future wedding.  Perhaps our favorite contribution was our original fire pit design, found exclusively at BOXHILL.  Like a proud mama, we introduced the VESTA Fire Pit to the world, on national TV.  VESTA, the first design in BOXHILL’s GLOW! Collection, combines a high-end look, with superior construction and quality, for a price that’s under $350.  (Yes!)  We were bursting with pride, and we were so humbled by how much the clients loved our new product!

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VESTA Fire Pit — the first design in a collection of goddess-inspired fire pits, exclusively from BOXHILL

 

 

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VESTA is the first high-end, quality fire pit for under $350. It comes in wood-burning, gas, and propane options, and it is offered in either a rusted finish, or a raw steel finish. Exclusively at BOXHILL. Get yours HERE: (http://www.shopboxhill.com/vesta-fire-pit-boxhills-glow-collection/)

THE WRAP-UP + HOMEOWNER REVEAL

It was a long, and arduous day under the hot, Tucson sun.  We worked from 6:00am to 6:00pm, and none of it would have happened if not for the volunteer help we received from Old Madres Landscaping, our favorite local band—MEZA—and all of our dedicated employees at Boxhill Design, BOXHILL, and LIVE OUTSIDE.  We thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts.

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Eliazar, from Old Madres — seriously, folks, he is truly the best installer in Tucson.  Reach him at 520-904-5579, for your next backyard project!

 

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Matthew Meza, lead singer of MEZA, who does the work volume of three people. Check out him and his band at https://www.facebook.com/MezaMusic

 

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Mike Montgomery, husband of LIVE OUTSIDE Blog’s CCO, Elizabeth, and our most dependable volunteer. We love you, Mike!!

We bonded as a crew, and we worked harder than we thought possible.  When it was time for the reveal, the homeowners cried their eyes out, and our whole team couldn’t have been happier for them.  Speaking for all of us, I can tell you that it was the best feeling in the world to do this for someone else, and we can’t wait to do it again!

Here’s to the happy homeowners making lasting memories in their new yard.  Many thanks for letting us be a part of your special day, from all of us at LIVE OUTSIDE.

EPISODE AIR DATE

LIVE OUTSIDE reminds you to set your DVRs for this Thursday, September 18th.  Catch all of us at LIVE OUTSIDE Blog, BOXHILL, and Boxhill Design on CBS’s “Fix It & Finish It,” — the Tucson, Arizona edition — hosted by Antonio Sabato, Jr.!  Check your local listings for times.

GET NAUTICAL WITH BOXHILL + SYDNEY BALLESTEROS

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Shop this classic nautical look, only at www.boxhill.com

 

Ahoy Matey!  Anchors Away!

This week at LIVE OUTSIDE, we’re digging the nautical vibe.  We recruited fellow fashion sailor, Sydney Ballesteros, of Golden Girl of the West blog, to bring you some sea-worthy goodness for your home and outdoor space.  Aaaaaand, we’ve got some adorable DIY projects that will help you get your nautical wardrobe looking ship-shape!

SYDNEY’S DÉCOR PICS

Syd loves outdoor entertaining, so she instantly gravitated towards the collection of Amalfi Melamine Tableware.  These plates and serving pieces are a cheeky twist on a classic china pattern.  Crabs, fish, lobsters, seahorses, octopuses, and whales POP against a navy blue background.  (Or, pick up a set of the same patterns on classic white.)  Durable melamine is dishwasher-safe and kid-friendly.  We can’t think of a sweeter addition to your picnic tables!  Pair them up with a chic set of grey and cream Maritime Coasters, for a touch of sophistication.

Nautical-ize your outdoor area by creating the perfect conversation space.  Sydney recommends navigating your patio under the pleasant glow of this Tin + Glass Star Light.  Hand-crafted in Sonora, Mexico, it’s celestial, it’s ethereal, and it’s oh-so eye-catching.  Turn your attention to the floor, and lay down this navy Striped Rug.  The wide stripes will add movement to your space, while helping to ground your furniture.

Speaking of furniture, Syd’s retro heart thumps for these Timeless Rocker Chairs, which are also available in kid-size!  Add a pair to your seating area to balance the space.  Round out your seating with this gorgeous Yellow + White Tangier Pouf.  Its durable fabric is designed for both indoor and outdoor use, and the citrus-y color is a nice compliment to nautical blue and white.  It’s a perfect way to tie in the melamine dishes from your tabletop!  Finally, cap off your seating area with this Snazzy Stilt Box Planter in apple red.  It comes in a variety of finishes, and it will outlast any planter you own.

SYDNEY’S FASHION DO’S

Nautical isn’t just about navy blue and white—it’s also about the cheery reds found on sailing flags everywhere.  Sydney uses this shade as her inspiration for an outfit that we’re coining as “Nautical Chic.”

She starts with the purse.  This DELICIOUS cross-body saddlebag—the Dylan, by Madewell—is sure to become a staple in your wardrobe.  Sling it across this J.Crew Stripe Back Zip Dress for a look that is casual, yet pulled together.

Stay sun smart with this Merona Floppy Hat.  Its wide straw brim will keep you safely shaded, and it’s a perfect match to these Rafia Flats from Need Supply.  Polish the look off with some simple gold jewelry that’s nautical…but with flair.  We’re ga-ga over her necklace pick—Madewell’s Knotshine Necklace in worn gold.  (Gah!  So amazing!)  She suggests pairing it with simple, gold anchors, like these understated ones from Kate Spade.  Cap off the look with these Catbird Twisted Stacker Rings, which look great when worn on the first knuckle, or further down the finger in a traditional style.

NAUTICAL DIY

We at LIVE OUTSIDE were so inspired by Sydney’s fashion picks that we decided to do a little exploring on our own.  We found these great nautical-style DIYs on Pinterest, and we couldn’t wait to share them with you!

You guys, how presh are these nautical nails??  (We have three girls in the office rocking this look, right now!)

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This nautical nail mani is surprisingly easy!

Just paint your nails a deep navy blue, (we like Zoya’s Sailor,) and apply some leftover strips from a French manicure kit.  Trim off the excess, and you’ve got a sharp, nautical stripe!  Use a thin paintbrush to add a small heart in red cream, like Zoya’s Maura, and your look is complete!  For extra durability, and to smooth out the finish, we added two, thick coats of Seche Vite—our “holy grail” of top coats.  (Mani Tutorial)

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DIY Nautical Bangle Collection from Live Outside Blog!

Keep the world noticing your hands with these AWESOME bangles.  All you need to get this project going is some cheap, acrylic bangles (thrifted or Dollar Store,) some Cascade 220 Wool Yarn in red, white, and blue, and a touch of fabric glue.

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Vary the thickness of your color-blocking.  Uniformed spacing is boring–switch it up!

DIY Nautical Yarn Bangle | shopboxhill.com #shopboxhill @BoxhillDesign | liveoutsideblog.com #liveoutsideblog @LiveOutsideBlog

Yarn gauge is important — if your yarn is too skinny or too thick, you’ll have a hot mess!

Wrap off a section of the bracelet, alternating both the yarn colors, and the width of the color-blocking.  Tie off each color with a small, tight knot, and add a dab of fabric glue to prevent fraying.  That’s it!  It’s so easy and gorgeous, we can hardly stand it.  (This project was originally conceived by Martha Stewart’s team, but we like this tutorial better.)

Are you guys going to try this??  We’d love to see your pictures—please send them to us, or post them in the comments!

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Use bangles of various thicknesses to complete the look!

SET SAIL

Thanks for being our first mate as we navigate the waters of nautical inspiration!  We hope we’ve inspired you to try out some of these looks, and that you’ll set sail with all of us again, here at LIVE OUTSIDE.

SUMMER LOVIN’…BOXHILL + MATCHBOOK MAGAZINE

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Vintage Summer Love — Live Outside Blog

Greetings, LIVE OUTSIDE-ers!  We’re sending a splash of summer love out to YOU — our intrepid readers and all-around bons vivants!

The summer is only halfway finished, and already we find ourselves making a mental scrapbook of the FLASHy-est, SMASHy-est and SPLASHy-est events that have made this summer one for our record books!

SHOW SOME SUMMER FLASH!

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Vintage Summer Lovin’ products from www.shopboxhill.com

 

The staff at LIVE OUTSIDE has teamed up with creative director and stylist Sydney Ballesteros, of Golden Girl of the West blog, to bring you a “curated collabo” of both summer furnishings, and summer fashion.

Summertime style is all about beating the heat, and looking cool while doing it!  We’re vibing off of large, white and airy pieces, accented by bright punches of color.  Syd was in love with Boxhill’s Wickam Dining Chair, and all of its grid-like groovy-ness.  The solid construction, paired with its breathable, mid-century modern design make it a chair that you’ll cherish forever.  It pairs perfectly with the Wetherby Dining Table in White, whose solid, chrome frame and tempered glass top will stand up to the elements (and your rigorous party schedule.)  Ground the conversation space with this crisp, black and white striped Nantucket Rug.  Then, accent a corner with this Atomic-style HA|RU Planter.

This look is so clean and bright – we just can’t get enough of it!  However, it needs a quick injection of color for that truly signature look, so…wow your party guests with the explosion of color and pattern in this Raj 15.5” Melamine Round Serving Platter!  The melamine is glossy and durable, and it will make even the simplest appetizers look oh-so elegant.

Mix in some “old” with the “new” and add a few pieces from Boxhill’s Vintage Shop.  We’re positively SWOONING over the blues and golds in this entire collection.

 

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Gorgeous, one-of-a-kind vintage pieces from www.boxhill.com

 

The Aldo Londi Bitossi Vintage Ceramic Bowl is an eye-catching piece for any table.  It’s perfect for holding fruit, or to use as a landing zone for your stray accessories.  And speaking of accessories, you don’t need to be a smoker to enjoy this vintage Aldo Londi Bitossi Smoking Set.  We like using them to add color to any shelf, or as a hipster vessel for air plants.  Pair them all with these heirloom Georges Briard Paisley Glasses, Set of 4, and serve up your favorite iced mint tea!  (See our recipe below!)

For some hip, summer fashion, Sydney recommends beginning with a statement piece.  She selects a vintage, palm leaf sundress from her collection to be the centerpiece of this look.  Keep the accessories simple, but elegant.  You’ll want to echo the black and white of the Nantucket Rug with a bib necklace (in white or black,) and a pair of glam Jackie O sunglasses to keep the sun at bay.  Match the chrome base of the Wetherby Table with some thick, silver sandals, and don’t forget that floppy hat, which will top of your look like a cherry on a sundae.

Aaaaand, if you need any further encouragement to pick up some of these items, check out the June 2014 issue of Matchbook Magazine – because we’re in there!!  YES!  Oh my gosh, we’re excited!

WE’RE A SUMMER SMASH!

Smash…hit, that is.  We’re OF COURSE talking about our feature in the June 2014 edition of Matchbook Magazine.  Seriously, we’re still pinching ourselves.  Our dream of a vintage photo shoot was realized, and it now graces the pages of Matchbook Magazine, next to our idol, the incomparable Emily Henderson, and alongside industry giants, like photographer, Bonnie Tsang.  We couldn’t be more honored.  It was like watching our (business) baby take its first steps — you’re so proud, that you’re beside yourself, and you just want to hang on to the moment for as long as you can.

We were proud collaborators with a number of amazing stylists and vendors on this shoot, like Sydney Ballesteros, Boxhill, Hot Cool Vintage, Ellie Mayhem, AZ Modern, and Boxhill Design, to name a few — all photographed so flawlessly by the lens of Puspa Lohmeyer.

Without further ado, here are some of our favorite shots from Matchbook Magazine’s spread, entitled Desert Summer:

 

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Vintage Love! Matchbook Magazine’s Desert Summer Pictorial, featuring products from Boxhill (www.shopboxhill.com)

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Matchbook Magazine’s Desert Summer Pictorial, featuring Boxhill

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Vintage style! Sydney Ballesteros and www.shopboxhill.com

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Vintage…like a boss!  Boxhill does it again!

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Our favorite shot of them all!  Matchbook Magazine’s + Boxhill

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Desert Summer Pictorial, featuring products from www.shopboxhill.com

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Love me some desert vintage!  Boxhill + Matchbook Magazine

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Matchbook Magazine’s Desert Summer Pictorial, with Boxhill

POUR SOME SUMMER SPLASH!

One of LIVE OUTSIDE‘s staff writers spent a year living in the paradise known as Hawaii.  Her current contribution to this office is what has all of our staffers going ga-ga.  It’s this sublime nectar of the gods known as Hawaiian Pineapple Mint Iced Tea, and we CANNOT.  STOP.  DRINKING IT.

She first had this drink at an upscale resort on the Big Island, and she loved it so much that she was able to sweet-talk the chef into parting with the recipe.  We’ve convinced her to share this little-known gem with our fabulous readers at LIVE OUTSIDE, so you can thank us later.  We bring you — straight from Hawaii — the most delicious (and addictive) iced tea you will ever try.

 

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Delicious nectar of the gods.

 

Hawaiian Pineapple Mint Iced Tea Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Tea bags, to taste
  • 1 bunch fresh mint leaves
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 cups ice water
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • Juice from one lemon

Directions:

  1. Boil 2 cups of water on the stovetop.
  2. While water is boiling, add tea bags and mint to steep.  (Approximately 10 minutes)
  3. With a slotted spoon, remove tea bags and mint leaves.  Stir in sugar until dissolved.
  4. Combine pineapple juice with ice water in a pitcher.
  5. Add the tea mixture, and the juice of one (freshly-squeezed) lemon.
  6. Stir well, and refrigerate until cold.
  7. Pour yourself a glass of heaven, and enjoy!

 

SUMMER LOVIN’ — FROM US TO YOU

From curating vintage summer style, to our first photo shoot in a national publication, to the simple pleasures of a truly divine glass of tea…we have so many reasons to LOVE this summer.  It’s been a banner season for all of us on staff, and we’re so happy that we get to come to work – every day — and inspire a legion of fabulous readers like you to go out there, and LIVE OUTSIDE.

 

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Much love from all of us, to each of you.

Rustic Party Table Decorations

Hey, LIVE OUTSIDE-ers!  We hope you had a fantastic 4th of July holiday.  One of our staffers celebrated Independence Day at a lake house, at a week-long family reunion. She was tagged at the last minute for table decorations, and we were so thrilled with what she put together, that we just had to share it with you!

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Yellow Modern Rustic Party Table

Since the party was already at a lake, she decided that a glitzy tablescape would be neither appropriate, nor appreciated, at this 4th of July potluck.  Instead, she opted to match the laid-back attitude with inspiration she took from our Rustic Modern post, earlier this year.

Tiny succulents were on sale at a local nursery, so she snapped them up with a 50% off coupon.  (Yay for bargain shopping!)  Choosing succulents was a no-brainer.  They travel well, and they are un-bothered by the blistering hot temperatures inside of an Arizona car at a rest stop.  Smart girl!

The first item for the rustic tables were these striking Bottle Gardens from Boxhill.  They’re made from upcycled wine bottles!

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Shop this upcycled Wine Bottle Garden at www.shopboxhill.com.

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DIY Brick Succulent Planter — Live Outside Blog

Finally, she added a touch of vintage by swapping out those ubiquitous Solo cups for mason jars and glass milk bottles.  After adding some twine around the neck, and a fancy paper straw, she knew she had a winner. (Photo credit: Etsy)

Glass milk bottles are the new mason jars -- rustic modern, and so chic! | shopboxhill.com #shopboxhill @BoxhillDesign | liveoutsideblog.com #liveoutsideblog @LiveOutsideBlog

Collect vintage glass milk bottles for summer backyard parties!

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Add a sprig of fresh lavender to your summer lemonade!

Thanks to Pinterest, and a little love from Boxhill, her potluck went from ho-hum to “Holy Cow!”  It makes us all want to throw a backyard party, and of course…to LIVE OUTSIDE.

Look at the Stars…They Shine for You

“We are a way for the universe to know itself. Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return. And we can, because the cosmos is also within us. We are made of star stuff.”  —  Carl Sagan

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Carl Sagan once famously stated that we were all made up of “star stuff” — it’s such a romantic notion, and one that’s endlessly inspiring!  This week, our adventurous product scouts have rounded up our favorite “star stuff” — it’s a curated collection of items that are cosmic, twinkling, and bursting with style.

Star-Inspired Outdoor Decor

We start with this Tin + Glass Star Light.  It’s hand-crafted by a 3rd generation tinsmith from Mexico City, and it is the perfect accent for any patio.  Stars lamps, like these, are represented throughout Central America, and they were originally designed as a homage to one of the most famous stars — The Star of Bethlehem.  Our iconic light may be ordered with or without electrical wiring, depending on your needs.

Add a truly star-studded touch to your space with this Zodiac Coaster Set.  This line of tabletop items is near and dear to our hearts because of its memorable design.  Somehow, it manages to make zodiac symbols both elegant and understated.  In fact, we predict that only your more cerebral guests will even notice that these are the signs of the zodiac!  This set works well with nautical themes, or anywhere in your home that needs a classic touch of china blue and white.

If you’d like to add a celestial twinkle to your surroundings, why not try this fun Bonnet Lamp in cerulean blue, made from re-purposed colanders?  This is a handmade, artistic twist on “upscale industrial,” and it is sure to be the conversation piece of any space.  Want to add some flickering candles?  We can’t get enough of these Calice Garden Lanterns.  Ordinary tea lights look so crisp and modern when surrounded by the clear, blue glass, and sitting atop a chromed rod — it’s a fantastic way to add a bit of polish to your outdoor sanctuary.  Pair it with this Bombay Sapphire Bottle Vase, which is made from an upcycled liquor bottle.  It’s the perfect vessel for your fresh-cut flowers, or to use as a hurricane, to house votives and larger candles.

Finally, we recommend this Sunburst End Table, for a truly one-of-a-kind piece that works both indoors and out.  Its sturdy steel frame and cast iron top will add a solid, grounding element to any look, and the starburst pattern recalls all the arts-and-crafts nostalgia of matchstick art.

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Speaking of youngsters, the staff at LIVE OUTSIDE agrees that star gazing is a fantastic way to bond with the little ones!  Their inquisitive minds are ablaze with questions about the mythology behind the different constellations and planets, and they are oh-so excited when they spot a familiar pattern among the stars.  Unfortunately, it has been many years since our last trip to the planetarium, and while we can spot Orion’s belt with the best of them, anything beyond that can be a bit of a challenge.  Fortunately for us, there are some fantastic apps that can lend us big kids a helping hand.  Organize your own impromptu star-watching party, and try a few of these apps out!

Smartphone Apps for Star-Watching

NIGHT SKY 2:  We’ve long been a fan of the original, and this second version did not disappoint!  We love the push notifications that let you know when the evening weather will be optimum for star-gazing, and its handy location suggestions will help you find the perfect spot.  If you know a friend who would enjoy this app, you can purchase and gift it to them as a surprise, using their email address.  As an added bonus, a “Santa Tracker” is available as an add-on during the holidays.

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STAR CHART:  We swooned over the detailed illustrations in this app, which are based on artwork from the 17th century astronomer, Johannes Hevelius.  However, one of the best features is the ability to fast-forward or rewind 10,000 years, so that you can see star positions for any given date!  Look up birthdays, anniversaries, or special moments in history.

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Available for both (iOS) and (Android) platforms.

STAR & PLANET FINDER:  Select a celestial body from your list, and point your phone up to the sky — that’s it!  This app will help you fine tune your position, until you find your desired object.  What could be easier?

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If you’re searching for a way to enhance your outdoor space, then let the stars be your guide.  They will fill your heart with inspiration and wonder.  You will find yourself yearning to be among them, and…to LIVE OUTSIDE.

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Shop Boxhill will donate 10% of any pink product purchased during the month of October to the Susan G. Komen Foundation! Help us find a cure! Spread the love! Wear pink this October to spread awareness and support breast cancer survivors, fighters and victims. SHOP       FACEBOOK       PINTEREST         BLOG

2013 HALLOWEEN INSPIRED OUTDOOR PRODUCTS

  Say “BOO!” this Halloween with fun outdoor lifestyle products!    1. BLACK JACK PLANTER: Store your candy, witches’ brew, or other devilish treasures in the Black Jack Planter 2. JUPETTE LAMP: Shed some light on your cauldron (or other mischievousness) with the Orange Jupette Lamp 3. PUMPKIN LUMINARY: Entice trick-or-treaters to your door with these Pumpkin LuminariesContinue Reading

GARDEN LOVER’S GIFT GUIDE UNDER $50

  Click here to learn more about Boxhill’s best gifts under $50!   Shop!             Facebook             Pinterest 

MODERNISM WEEK OUTDOOR DESIGN WITH SYDNEY BALLESTEROS

Creative Director + Stylist Sydney Ballesteros Inspires this Outdoor Collection Our inspiration this week comes from one of our favorite stylists Sydney Ballestros. She’s our Golden Girl of the West.  We just adore her, for every reason possible. Her work is so captivating and fun, we wanted to show you how you can take any photo you loveContinue Reading

GARDEN BLOGGERS CONFERENCE 2013

Welcome to Live Outside Blog hosted by BOXHILL! “Blog Me Like You Mean It.” The who’s who of garden and design blogging world. Boxhill would like to welcome the following people and offer them our thanks. Boxhill was awe-inspired by these great speakers this past weekend at the Garden Bloggers Conference 2013, and who are as follows: Robin HortonContinue Reading

HAPPY HUESDAY: LIVE LIKE ROCKSTARS

  1. GLOWSTONES: Illuminate pathways or planter boxes with these versatile rocks. Click here!  2. GABION BENCH: Sit down and take a load off with this modern bench. Click here! 3. TUMBLED DECORATIVE GLASS: Add some flare to outdoor firepits and more. Click here! 4. ASTROFIRE: Heat things up with this stone-filled firepit. Click here! SHOP!            FACEBOOK     Continue Reading

GARDENING FOR DUMMIES: INTRODUCING NOURISHMAT

Welcome to Gardening For Dummies, where we have found fool proof products for those who want the garden but don’t have the time. Check out these four simple (yet stylish) products that will make your gardening a breeze! 1. Borea Bird Home: The easily attached bird home for your garden click here 2. Nourishmat: TheContinue Reading

SOUND SCULPTURES FOR HEALING GARDENS

Soundscapes International creates an environmental symphony and harmony within nature through the placement of their finely crafted Wind Harps. With acoustic research, they explore the resonant properties of various metal alloys such as titanium, bronze and stainless steel. The Harps’ interaction with gentle and steady breezes produces improvisational songs,  a living and dynamic soundscape. Click here toContinue Reading

HAPPY TUESDAY HUESDAY: INSPIRED BY LUIS BARRAGAN

This week we would like to welcome a new addition to Boxhill, the Helios Lounge by Galanter&Jones. This heated outdoor seat made of cast stone and steel will make you all warm inside (literally) on those cool evenings. With four color and finish options, what’s not to love? Click here to learn more! SHOP!     FACEBOOK     PINTEREST    Continue Reading

WHATS NEW: RED HOT STEEL

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HAPPY HUESDAY: STEEL YOUR HEART

Sometimes simple is the best solution. This week we are inspired by a simple image and a simple color palette of warm tones. Steel Life’s shallow vessel is a clean, modern design that is versatile and can work anywhere. Meant for plants, jewelry or beverages, this vessel will “steel” your heart and hold your keys!Continue Reading

THIS WEEK: SMART, SEDUCTIVE, STEEL

Smart: This savvy planter thinks efficiently. Only needing a small helping of soil, this little guy is self conscious. Seductive: Coated with high gloss powder-coat lime green and sky blue, this modern planter shines. Steel: Since it is made of steel, this smart planter offers you a resilient and long lasting option to all yourContinue Reading

WHAT’S NEW: SEIBERT AND RICE

Seibert & Rice terra cotta planters and urns are the best from Impruneta, Italy. Handmade in historic workshops by Impruneta’s most celebrated artisans, Siebert & Rice terra cotta planters are untouchable in both quality and beauty and frost proof to -20° Fahrenheit. Seibert and Rice stocks an extensive inventory of terra cotta planters, urns andContinue Reading

CIAO! HAPPY HUESDAY

Inspiration can come from anywhere! Huesday shows how any image or object can offer you a palette to design with. Terra cotta, storm grey and copper tones cool us down and warm us up. Through these great outdoor products and the image they compliment, we start to get a feel for how a space willContinue Reading

THIS WEEK: CIAO TO ITALIAN TERRA COTTA

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WHAT’S NEW: OUTDOOR SHOWER CO.

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HAPPY HUESDAY: SPLASH OUTSIDE

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THIS WEEK: SPLASH OUTSIDE

It’s the little things in life that give us the most pleasure. Laughter.  Smiles.  A moment together. Showering outside is one of these simple things. Come with us. Lets create some magic together. Simple. Barefoot. Luxury. PINTEREST              WEBSITE              FACEBOOK

WHATS NEW: ZACHARY A. DESIGN

Meet Zach! Zachary A. Design produces some of the lightest cement-like furniture on the market. These items can be moved by one to two people and when left alone become sculptural elements worthy of conversation. Made in the USA, these outdoor products are designed to be resilient to summer sun and winter snow. Click here to seeContinue Reading

HAPPY HUESDAY: MID-SUMMER’S DREAM!

Outdoor entertaining made easy with 5 amazing new products, don’t waste your time with products that pretend to be for outside, we only give you products made for LIVING Outside! GLOW- Task lighting is important but ambient lighting sets the mood, just like this candle lantern! LOUNGE- You want your friends to be comfortable and stay,Continue Reading

HAPPY HUESDAY: BLACK, WHITE AND GARDEN ALL OVER!

Happy Huesday! Be inspired to create you own luxurious outdoor space with “Black, White and Garden!” Emerald, the color of 2013 brightens any space, bringing some zen to every design. Follow it up with some white and black for a clean and modern feel! Visit our Black and White Pinterest Page at  http://pinterest.com! Follow ourContinue Reading

THIS WEEK: THE GARDEN OF SEEDIN’!

Welcome to This Week! Historic Gardens inspire “This Weeks” product spotlight. We have chosen three products that embrace different aspects of garden living and lifestyle. A repurposed antique Flower Garden Stake emphasizes old-word charm. Wally Hanging Planters are innovative and smart like our garden readers! And, our favorite new Spires Planters look like something thatContinue Reading

WHATS NEW IN “LIFE’S A BEACH”: BLOMUS

Welcome to What’s New! Every Friday “What’s New” will spotlight a new brand. This week we would like to welcome Blomus! Blomus specializes in modern outdoor products, more specifically outdoor lighting and decor! Blomus exhibits great attention to detail with their designs. A modern take on the traditional torch and many other designs will beContinue Reading

HAPPY HUESDAY: LIFE’S A BEACH!

Welcome to Happy Huesday! Huesday is a day focusing on color. We take an inspirational image, create a color palette, and add outdoor products so you can visualize the end result. This week, Boxhill is inspired by the Life’s A Beach: a palette of light and airy colors, nautical materials and beach-inspired design. We want toContinue Reading

THIS WEEK: LIFE’S A BEACH!

Welcome to This Week! This week’s motif is “Life’s A Beach.” We love Beach Style because it embodies a light and airy nature that all outdoor products should have: nautical colors, metal finishes and strong, resilient materials. Two items that truly embrace the Beach theme are the Lubra Lantern and Piedra Candle by Blomus. StayContinue Reading

WHAT’S NEW IN A MOD MOD WORLD!

  Welcome to What’s New! Every Friday “What’s New” will spotlight a new brand. This week we would like to welcome Hip Haven! Hip Haven specializes in retro modern outdoor products, specializing in the famous Bullet Planter! Hip Haven exhibits great innovation with all of their designs. They offer customers the ability to chose betweenContinue Reading

HAPPY HUESDAY: IT’S A MOD MOD WORLD!

Huesday is a day focusing on color. We take an inspirational image, create a color palette, and add outdoor products so you may visualize the end result. This week, Boxhill is inspired by the Mod Mod World: a palette of neutral colors, clean lines and geometric-inspired design. We want to spark you to create yourContinue Reading

THIS WEEK: IT’S A MOD MOD WORLD

This week’s motif is “It’s a Mod Mod World.” We love Mid-Century Modern because it embodies a strong style that all outdoor products should have: geometric shapes, earthy colors and strong, resilient materials. An item that truly embraces the Mod Mod World theme is the Retro Bullet Planter. The original bullet planters were manufactured byContinue Reading

WELCOME TO WHAT’S NEW!

Every Friday “What’s New” will spotlight a new brand. This week we would like to welcome Chart Metalworks! Chart specializes in custom nautical map jewelry and accessories! Chart exhibits great innovation with all of their designs. They offer customers the ability to have a custom location on their pendent, bracelet or cufflinks! This is aContinue Reading

HAPPY HUESDAY: BAREFOOT LUXURY

Welcome to Happy Huesday! Huesday is a day focusing on color. We take an inspirational image, create a color palette, and add outdoor products so you may visualize the end result. This week, Boxhill is inspired by the Barefoot Luxury: a punch of color, clean lines and sophisticated design. We want to spark you toContinue Reading

THIS WEEK: BAREFOOT LUXURY

Welcome to This Week! This week’s motif is “Barefoot Luxury.” We love this style because it embodies the essence all outdoor products should have: clean lines, quality design and strong,resilient materials. An item that truly embraces the barefoot luxury theme is the Modern Concrete Bench designed by Brandon Gore. “Originally a creative outlet and personal projectContinue Reading

DWELL ON DESIGN: TOP TEN OUTDOOR PRODUCTS

It has now been six days since our we were at the 2013 Dwell On Design Conference in Los Angeles, and as promised we have comprised a list of the Top Ten Best Outdoor Discoveries! After countless hours of interviewing and photographing designers, vendors and architects, LiveOutsideBlog and Boxhill is pleased to present the followingContinue Reading

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY: HAPPY HUESDAY!

Huesday is a day focusing on color. We take an inspirational image, create a color palette, and add outdoor products so you may visualize the end result. This week, Boxhill is inspired by the Bohemian Style: colors that are rich, cultural accents and historic patterns. We want to spark you to create your own BohoContinue Reading

IT IS YOUR LIGHT: LET IT SHINE!

We are inspired this week by Nelson Mandela, a man who through his life and throughout his life has made us all believe we had the light. We wish for his rapid recovery and send his message out into the world that we are our most powerful possession. “Our deepest fear is not that weContinue Reading

Prep for Dwell On Design 2013

Here we are, we finally made it to Dwell on Design 2013 in Los Angeles! We are so excited to be here this weekend, not just for the fun in the sun but also for LiveOutsideBlog to see some old friends like ModFire, and make some new ones!  While meeting and greeting some of theContinue Reading

INTO THE GREAT NEON!

Welcome to the wonderful world of neon. Our inspiration comes from InStyle’s article on Stacey Bendet, the designer of Alice+Olivia. Bendet’s hunger for chic, outgoing color combinations and prints make us go Oh La La! Neon is loud, its proud, and just like Stacey Bendet, it’s darn sexy! For all things neon, follow us onContinue Reading

MODERN DESERT

Simple, clean and sculptural Modern desert style fits like a glove with Mid Century Modern (MCM) Architecture. As co-founder of Tucson Modernism Week , the recent pattern and the MCM trend has not escaped me. Even the big box stores have brought it into their collections. You no longer have to depend on high-end resourcesContinue Reading

CHEVRON, AND ON, AND ON!

Baby Don’t Matter if it Black or White…

BOXHILL recently traveled to New York City for the International Contemporary Furniture Fair where we fell in love again with this classic coupling. Fashionably revived by a city filled to the brim with Black and White, it’s true what they say, “doesn’t matter if it’s black or white.” But, it is definitely better when youContinue Reading

Outdoor Finds at ICFF in NYC 2013

Last week we took a trip to NYC and stayed with my colleague / friend Susan Cohan of Susan Cohan Garden Design (thanks Suz). We headed to ICFF to scout the all the latest and greatest outdoor fabulous products that are being just released to the design world. Here are some of our favorites findsContinue Reading

HOMEMADE FLOUR TORTILLAS

What’s cooking, LIVE OUTSIDEers?? If there’s one thing we know in the Desert Southwest, it’s tortillas. We’ve been making huge batches to eat (and freeze for later,) so today, we thought we’d share our favorite, homemade tortilla recipe with you! If you’ve never tried homemade tortillas, well…you’re just letting the best in life pass you by!Continue Reading