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The Home Courtyard & Outdoor Living

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This courtyard had so much potential but wasn’t coming together quite as it should be…until now!

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First thing- Cleaning up, Upcycle some items, Rearrange furniture & add a few new items that are needed. Like the metal piece above the fireplace. It was half price at Hobby Lobby ONLY $22.50!

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These deep orange/red pads weren’t really working.. something was missing. A good cleaning & added small back pillows from Target (on sale!). Love the pattern & solid together & with the contrast of the dark furniture too.

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Warm & Cozy- a great spot to relax! The only furniture purchased now for this courtyard makeover was the patio coffee table- from HomeDepot.com It was a great price & looks fabulous.

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Found this amazing metal/iron wheeled plant holder at a thrift store for $20. Thought it was so elegant- FrugElegant! So glad I bought it.

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2 old gray flower pots were not working well with the warm brown tones… instead of buying new ones, a little spray paint did the trick. See our post: Easy Flower Pot Update

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1- Mini Succulent plant $1.95, 1-glass candle holder dish $1.49, and a few white decorative rocks (full bag $5.99, plenty of extra rocks to decorate somewhere else). This outdoor decor is Easy to create, Easy to Maintain!

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Micky’s favorite spot… Sunbathing in the morning sun!

Love these string lights from Target. Put them on a timer so every evening they come on at sundown for 2 (or 4) hours.

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The courtyard is pretty much done except for a few small touches: some plants for the large ceramic pots, some more small potted plants & replace some plants along the side areas.

For more great outdoor decor ideas come see our post on Backyard Living

Easy Flower Pot Updating Using Spray Paint

Easy Flower Pot Updating by FrugElegance.com

Easy Flower Pot Updating by FrugElegance.com

Easy Flower Pot Updating by FrugElegance.com

Easy Flower Pot Updating by FrugElegance.com

Easy Flower Pot Updating by FrugElegance.com

Spray paint is a great way to update decor items. Inexpensive & so EASY to do. *There are no rules when painting - as you can see in the finished square flower pot, spraying lighter towards the top made a gradation look since the original color was light.

Local hardware stores Home Depot, Lowes & Ace have a great selection of spray paints to choose from. The Rustoleum paint being used here is $3.87-$4.99 a can & was purchased at Ace when they were having a July 4th special $2.50 a can!

This flower pot came out perfect for our upcoming post: Home Courtyard & Outdoor Decor

*Do follow directions on can. Only spray in a well ventilated area & use responsibly.

The BIG Craft Giveaway!

The Big Craft Giveaway

Here are the craft supplies from FrugElegance-

The Big Craft Giveaway- FrugElegance prize items

We are giving away these amazing supplies:

  • 4 Classic Leather We R Memory Keeper 4x4” Albums - 1 Metallic Gold, 2 Coral & 1 Greige (*$4.99-$14.99 each depending on color & store)
  • 1 Darice Embossing Folder - Honeycomb Pattern, *$4.99
  • 1 AC Cardstock Package -12 Pink Cards & 12 White Envelopes, *$4.99 -perfect for creating handmade cards on premium card stock.
  • 1 Glue Gun, Dual Temperature (High or Low), *$8.99
  • 1 Package of Glue Sticks (package is open & contains 19 Glue Sticks)
  • 1 Packge Pink “favor” Bags 3”x4” package of 6
  • 2 rolls “Naturals” Wire Edge Ribbon, 2-1/2” x 23’, 97% Jute & 3% Metallic, $5.99-$9.99
  • 1 Roll Ribbon- Pink & white with dragonfly pattern  $2.49
  • possible bonus: small craft items might be included in addition to the items listed above. (depending on extra room in the shipping box).

*Please note that I listed approximate price values per the items I could find & compare on the internet. Since these items were already owned for a while, I do not know what the exact value on each is.

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Backyard Living & Outdoor Home Decor

Big or small backyard there’s lots of ways to make your space fabulous. Lots of little touches that make a big statement. Come take a look at some of our favorite features of our backyard where we love to spend lots of time & love to entertain.

Backyard Living and Outdoor Home Decor by FrugElegance

This long side yard was empty & nothing going on except a path to the gate. Bocce is a pretty popular game here in California & the really great thing about it- anyone can play! We didn’t build it, but there are so many great online tutorials on how to DIY. And who cares if the court needs to be shorter or narrower, it’s an adjustable kinda game. We LOVE it!

Backyard Living and Outdoor Home Decor by FrugElegance

Arbors, Pavilions, & Gazebos can make an area feel more contained- like its a separate room. This pavilion is very open & comfy! The 2 pieces on the ends of the couch were found online on clearance. The cushions don’t match the couch cushions but I like the look. It’s now a larger seating area. The rug & throw pillows were great prices at Costco. It’s a mix-matched area but really comes together well- FrugElegantly! A great time to buy outdoor furniture & save $$ is end of June/beginning July. Stores want to get rid of the inventory to make room for back to school & fall items.

Backyard Living and Outdoor Home Decor by FrugElegance

Sand, Seashells & Small Candle- Looks like beautiful outdoor decor during the daytime. Ready to light candle for the evening. Looks beautiful any time!

Backyard Living and Outdoor Home Decor by FrugElegance

Making the most out of space & function, these 2 coolers not on match the furniture in the pavilion, but they work as great end tables. When we have a backyard party we use them to store backup ice. (I got them when Frontgate was having a special).

Backyard Living and Outdoor Home Decor by FrugElegance

Also from Frontage, this garbage can has a more decorative look. It’s like a piece of furniture.

Backyard Living and Outdoor Home Decor by FrugElegance

Fire pits are awesome! So many options -from built in or portable, a variety of shapes & sizes & they look gorgeous. Love roasting marshmallows with the expandable skewers!

Here are a few easy to do “touches” for your next backyard gathering:

Backyard Living and Outdoor Home Decor by FrugElegance

Roll Up Pool / Beach Towels & put in large basket. It looks colorful & ready for guests. Plus, at the end of the day, use the basket to carry towels to laundry room.

Backyard Living and Outdoor Home Decor by FrugElegance

Love these self standing chalkboard signs!

Backyard Living and Outdoor Home Decor by FrugElegance

Beverage dispensers saves $$ & waste (from bottles or cans). Plus, they looks so beautiful with or without decoration. A simple red twine wrapped around the lid with a ceramic tag is a great label. Water looks & tastes terrific when you add fruit. *Suggestions: use frozen fruit to keep cooler. Favorite frozen fruits are Pineapple, Mango, Strawberries & Blueberries. Favorite fresh fruits are Lemon, Lime & Orange Slices.

For another decorative way to serve beverages see our Wine Barrel Beverage Tub Post -A great backyard party idea to hold the bottles & cans.

Backyard Living and Outdoor Home Decor by FrugElegance

Backyard Living and Outdoor Home Decor by FrugElegance

Even the dog’s toys can be in something more decorative. This isn’t for entertaining but it looks so nice, I don’t have to put it away when guests are coming over. This wire piece (not really sure what it is, probably for candles?) was on clearance at Target.

Red, White & Blue-Berries!

Red, White & Blue-Berries by FrugElegance

Nothing like a Farmer’s Market to give some inspiration to make a new Patriotic Dessert for July 4th, using these gorgeous Berries-

Red, White & Blue-Berries by FrugElegance

Melt white chocolate chips in the microwave. After melted, stir in red sugar (the kind you would sprinkle on sugar cookies). It looks so pretty mixed into the white chocolate! Dip the Strawberries, Blackberries & Blueberries into the chocolate & place onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.

Red, White & Blue-Berries by FrugElegance

Refrigerate till chocolate is hardened & keep refrigerated till serving. Look at how beautiful!

Red, White & Blue-Berries by FrugElegance

WOW- This strawberry is so sweet & juicy!

Red, White & Blue-Berries by FrugElegance

The next batch was more of an experiment & these red, white & blue-berry clusters are fun!

Red, White & Blue-Berries by FrugElegance

Start with a mini muffin pan (like for brownie bites) & put enough red sugar to line the bottom.

Red, White & Blue-Berries by FrugElegance

Next, spoon in melted white chocolate.

Red, White & Blue-Berries by FrugElegance

Add Berries.

Red, White & Blue-Berries by FrugElegance

A little more melted white chocolate on top & then refrigerate till chocolate has hardened. To remover, turn upside down & tap with a spoon a few times till they slide out themselves.

Red, White & Blue-Berries by FrugElegance

Perfect for your July 4th celebration!

Come see: Easy to Decorate July 4th Votive Candles!

DIY - Half Wine Barrel Beverage Tub, adding wheels

Wine Barrel Beverage Tub by FrugElegance

Bought these half barrels in Napa a few years ago & love them for outdoor parties! They are great beverage holders (cans & bottles)!

Ray, our trusted handyman, took on the project to put wheels on. Just adding wheels directly to the bottom of the barrel is not an option because the wood panels can shift & there is a lip from the metal ring around the base of the barrel. A circular piece of wood is needed to attach to the under side of the barrel.

Wine Barrel Beverage Tub by FrugElegance

Step 1- Measure out & mark the circle size needed.

Wine Barrel Beverage Tub by FrugElegance

Step 2: Cut wood, following your drawn line.

Wine Barrel Beverage Tub by FrugElegance

Step 3: Treat both sides of circle with a stain & water sealer.

Wine Barrel Beverage Tub by FrugElegance

Attach wood circle securely to bottom of barrel (with screws).

Wine Barrel Beverage Tub by FrugElegance

Install wheels.

*The barrel wood shrinks if the wood gets too dried out. This can cause the metal rings to fall out of place. Best to keep the wood moistened during the warmer temperatures. For that same reason, I would not recommend treating the wood, the natural look to the wood is beautiful- Enjoy it.

If you can not get actual wine half barrels, Home Depot sells Whiskey Barrel Planters that are a little smaller in size but look great too.

Perfect to use as a party beverage container or a planter. See our post: Wine Barrel Beverage Tub for your outdoor celebrations.

Wine Barrel Beverage Tub by FrugElegance

Wine Barrel Beverage Tub - outdoor parties

Wine Barrel Beverage Tub by FrugElegance

Half wine barrels are great as planters but here’s another option- As beverage tubs for backyard parties. I bought 4 half wine barrels in Napa a few years ago & love the way they look filled with the cans & bottles.

Wine Barrel Beverage Tub by FrugElegance

Wine Barrel Beverage Tub by FrugElegance

Galvanized Tubs from Home Depot are a perfect fit into the barrels. The tubs are labeled as being leak proof but they do leak! I didn’t like the guests getting their drinks & having to walk through the puddle of water. Sealing the seams is so easy with Rust-Oleum’s Leak Seal Rubber Coating. It works perfectly!

Wine Barrel Beverage Tub by FrugElegance

When rubber spray coating is dry, place inside the half wine barrel & fill with ice & water. Perfect for: Soda, Juice packets, Beer, Water Bottles, etc.

To decorate or not to decorate. It really doesn’t need it because they are so beautiful on their own. But occasionally I will put something on it, like in the above picture- decorated for July 4th backyard party. 

Check out DIY Adding Wheels to Half Wine Barrels (the barrels are super heavy so wheels make it so much easier for moving around!)

Kid’s Summer Activities: English Muffin Pizzas & Play time

Need some awesome ideas to keep your kids busy this summer? We are thrilled to be included in an amazing blog series: The Summer Survival for Moms of Boys! hosted by Kara at The Joys of Boys. Every week day, throughout the summer, participating bloggers are posting all kinds of kid’s summer activities: Creative Crafts, Food Fun, Water Fun & so much more!! So go check out The Summer Survival for Moms of Boys (great ideas for anyone!)

Here’s an activity that makes meal time fun & creative!

Kids Activity English Muffin Pizzas

This is perfect for lunch or dinner time… Outdoors or indoors… And great for all ages!! You can use paper plates for a quick & easy clean up too.

Kids Activity English Muffin Pizzas

Kids can work on some basic prep skills with the toppings depending on their age & abilities: washing & cutting up the veggies, shredding cheese, setting up.. its all fun.

Roll out brown paper to cover the table. We used a roll purchased at the local dollar store. Have your art supplies ready to go but keep them to the side because first, its time to create the English Muffin Pizzas.

Kids Activity English Muffin Pizzas

Kids Activity English Muffin Pizzas

Anything goes, faces, patterns or plain. It’s so fun to see what their imaginations think of!

Kids Activity English Muffin Pizzas

When pizzas go in the oven, bring out the art supplies. Play games like tic tac toe, maze games & the dot game (a nice change from their tech toys!). Practice writing letters, numbers, names, drawer pictures.. For the little ones, make dotted letters so they can connect the dots & spell out their name.

Kids Activity English Muffin Pizzas

Kids Activity English Muffin Pizzas

Kids Activity English Muffin Pizzas

Kids Activity English Muffin Pizzas

When the pizzas are done, it’s time to clean up the markers, get the food(s) on the table & eat their creations!

Kids Activity English Muffin Pizzas

Kids Activity English Muffin Pizzas

Thank you to Kara @ The Joys of Boys for hosting this Summer Survival Series!

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Here are more great posts for terrific summer activity ideas~

Summer Home Decor

Just adding a few simple touches can bring a little summer into your home. Our favorites: sand, seashells, starfish & coral pieces.

Summer Home Decor by FrugElegance

Reuse glass containers all year round & change what you fill inside with items from the different seasons. Now, filled with sand & shells~ reminds us of our many family summers at the beach.

Summer Home Decor by FrugElegance

Trays are a nice touch on your coffee table. Using books under a framed family photo & with a trinket for the season.

Summer Home Decor by FrugElegance

A large seashell & fresh cut flowers on the dining table. Notice how the cut flowers are in a clear glass placed inside the silver container. Just because one container isn’t practical, doesn’t mean you can’t make shortcuts like this to make it work.

Summer Home Decor by FrugElegance

Summer Home Decor by FrugElegance

Summer Home Decor by FrugElegance

Bringing summer decor into the bathroom with starfish & a decorative soap looks great on a stand or tray. A simple piece of twine tied around a hand towel or set of washcloths with a small shell or starfish is… Gorgeous!! If you don’t have towels with summer designs on it, a solid will work great.

Summer Home Decor by FrugElegance

Inexpensive glass hurricanes from TJMaxx filled with shells & candles look great in the kitchen.

Summer Home Decor by FrugElegance

These containers are on the fireplace mantle all year round. Love to refresh them each season. *A trick when filling containers: place a clear cup upside down & fill. This way you don’t need as much fill, & the middle will not be seen. This was done with the seashells above.

Summer Home Decor by FrugElegance

Love these battery operated candles that have automatic timers that go on every evening for 4 hours & turn off automatically. They add such a warm glow to our family room. Just adding a simple shell next to the candles brings in summer (you can’t tell these are Christmas candles!).

Summer Home Decor by FrugElegance

Many of these items have special memories for us. When decorating your home, place a personal treasured item where you can see & enjoy it. Just remember that items without specific memories still create memories on their own, because your family will always remember how your home always looked & felt special with each & every season!

Coming soon: Outdoor Summer Decor!