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Jul 23

Light Up Your Summer Night


There is something magical about summer nights and romantic lights.

 

Light Up Your Summer Night by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #pergola

 

Maybe it’s the nostalgia of catching lightning bugs lighting up the night?  Outdoor lighting is just as important as indoor lighting.  A simple string of globe lights is all that it takes to make an outdoor space festive, romantic, and delightful.  Can you imagine this space at night without the string lights?  I purchased them at Target.  You don’t need to spend a lot of money on string lights.  I bought the plastic kind, because I could only imagine the first wind blowing a glass light into the wood pergola.  While it is not on for this picture, the outdoor ceiling fan also has a light.

 

Light Up Your Summer Night by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #pergola

 

When we built the pergola, we made sure to have a GFI outlet built in.  The lights are plugged in, and connected to an on/off switch that is within easy reach.  And then hello Mr. Staple Gun!

 

Light Up Your Summer Night by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #pergola

 

Summer lights can give ambiance both high and low.  We have solar lights all over our gardens.

 

Light Up Your Summer Night by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #pergola

 

Want to recreate the look?  Check out these great lighting options from One Kings Lane.

Love, hugs, and those su-hu-mer Liiiii-hiiii-ghts,

 

Holly

 

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Jul 22

Prosciutto Wrapped Melon


If I say – Prosciutto Wrapped Melon – are there any other words that need to be spoken?

 

Prosciutto Wrapped Melon Recipe by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

 

The smokey and understated prosciutto wrapped around the sweet melon….

 

Prosciutto Wrapped Melon Recipe by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

 

You can make this with either cantaloupe or honey dew.

 

Prosciutto Wrapped Melon Recipe by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

 

Why did the honey dew have a big wedding?  Because it can’t elope.

 

Prosciutto Wrapped Melon Recipe by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

Maybe I should just let the food speak for itself.

 

 

Love, hugs, and mmmmmmm….. prosciutto!

 

Holly

 

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Jul 21

Curb Appeal To Welcome You Home


Nothing says welcome home like a portico with some fabulous curb appeal.  Whether big or small, here are some easy ideas (and mostly inexpensive) to implement that will help you say, “welcome home.”

 

Curb Appeal To Welcome You Home by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #portico #frontporch #haintblue

 

Mid to late summer is the time of year when you can let your home shine all by itself without any holiday decorations.  When the sun gets hotter and the grass starts to die, how can you keep your portico beautiful without any seasonal decorations?  Keep reading for 10 great ideas:

 

1.  Keep it clean.

I love to channel my Great Aunt Myrtle and sweep the porch.  Maybe it’s the nostalgic childhood memories or maybe it’s a little OCD, but I do enjoy sweeping my porch often.  While I have the broom out, I give the cobwebs a big ole swish goodbye.

 

Curb Appeal To Welcome You Home by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #portico #frontporch #haintblue

 

2.  Hang a flag.

There is something special about the American flag flying from a home.  It doesn’t have to be just for a patriotic holiday.  An American flag is a great addition for every day of the year.  Just be sure to keep it maintained and lit and abide by the rules of our flag.

 

Patriotic Memorial Day Decorations by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

3.  Add planters in various heights.

In addition to the hanging geraniums you can see in the picture above, I love having several layers of planters on the steps.  I purchased the 13 star Welcome planter at Plow and Hearth a few years ago.  At the beginning of the summer, you could see the spiller, filler, and thriller in full bloom.  The red geraniums here coordinate with the hanging flowers, and also the red geraniums in the window boxes.

The urns were left over from the previous owner and I spray painted them to give them a little more flair.  The urns are filled with lavender and thyme.

 

Curb Appeal To Welcome You Home by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #portico #frontporch #haintblue

 

4.  Paint your ceiling Haint Blue.

There is a southern tradition to paint your porch ceiling “haint blue.”  I’m not sure if there is a color actually called haint blue, but it’s a light, pale blue.  Legend has it will keep either the spirits away, the bugs away, or both.  Who am I to argue over semantics on that one?

While you are looking up….

5.  Ensure beautiful AND functional lighting for safety.

A well-lit entry way is not only safe, but also very welcoming.

 

Curb Appeal To Welcome You Home by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #portico #frontporch #haintblue

 

6.  Paint your door.

Are you bored with the color of your door?  I would recommend checking with a professional first, but chances are, you can paint your door.  Ours was traditional black, which matched the shutters, but it didn’t make the portico stand out in any way.  I’ve always thought a red door was keen, and it means, “welcome.”  It took four coats of paint and one weekend, but it was worth it.  I also painted the trim and shutters while I was at it.

 

Curb Appeal To Welcome You Home by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #portico #frontporch #haintblue

 

7.  Add seasonal decor (or not).

This time of year, there isn’t much for seasonal decor to display, and is where you really want your portico to shine on its own.  We reserve the back corner of the portico for some small seasonal decor, and I always have a wreath on the door.  For the off-season, I made this groovy 70′s wreath, and I absolutely love how the yellow pops against the red door.

 

DIY Vintage 70's Floral Wreath by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

8.  Hang a small garden flag.

I have seasonal and generic garden flags for pretty much everything.  I keep them in calendar order, and rolled up so they take up zero storage space in the front closet.  Another sign of welcome is the pineapple.  It’s also very colonial, and true to the land that our Homestead was built upon.

 

Curb Appeal To Welcome You Home by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #portico #frontporch #haintblue

 

9.  Change your door mat often.

This is one of my biggest pet peeves.  I like a clean welcome mat.  We change ours 4-5 times a year because they get so worn out from the weather and normal wear and tear.   At an average of $20 – $30, it can get a little pricey to buy a new mat several times a year, but it looks so much nicer than a worn and ratty door mat.  When ours is ready to be replaced, we recycle it to the back door to give it a few more months of life.  Another option is to purchase a rubber mat, which will last forever (or close thereof).  We actually have both.  A “pretty” mat at the bottom of the stairs, and a rubber mat right in front of the door.

 

Curb Appeal To Welcome You Home by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #portico #frontporch #haintblue

 

10.  A home full of love.

The best curb appeal to welcome you home?  A home full of love.

 

Love, hugs, and welcome home.

 

Holly

 

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Jul 18

4 Easy Ways to Add Glam to Your Bathroom


If your bathroom doesn’t look like you want it to, and you don’t have any plans in the near future for a reno, here are four relatively easy and inexpensive ways to add some glam to your blah bathroom.

 

Inexpensive and easy ways to add glam to your bathroom by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

 

I am joining forces today with three other Peeping Mom’s to see what’s behind the door to our master bathrooms.

 

Peeping Moms coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

I am purposely showing you my boudoir, because my bathroom is the last one to get any love.  Last year, we remodeled the boys’ bathroom, and this year we remodeled the guest bath.  There is nothing currently in the budget for mine, which is fine, because it’s functional and easy enough to glam up.  Here are some of the updates I did.

 

1.  Update the hardware.

 

Updating hardware is one of the easiest and inexpensive things you can do for any room and it requires the skill of a screwdriver.  I found this adorable green and purple glass knob at Anthropologie.

 

Inexpensive and easy ways to add glam to your bathroom by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

 2.  Update the fixtures.

 

This one is more difficult and more expensive.  But sometimes, if your bathroom needs an update, replacing the fixtures will do wonders.

 

Inexpensive and easy ways to add glam to your bathroom by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

 3.  Add a rug.

 

It’s always the catch-22 – you want something soft under your feet in the bathroom, but carpet and rugs are a conduit to unwanted mildew.  This is an indoor-outdoor rug by Martha Stewart, which can stand up to moisture.  It’s not snuggly soft like a shag rug, but it answers the mail for something more than cold tile to stand on.

 

Inexpensive and easy ways to add glam to your bathroom by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

 4.  Add a colorful bench.

 

If you have the space in your bathroom, add a colorful bench.  I added a pillow to mine to give it an even more comfortable feel.

 

Window Seat Vignette in the Boudoir - Pantone Radiant Orchid by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

 

Want to see some more glam accessories for the bath?

 

Bath

 

 

 

Want to peep behind more bathroom doors?

 

Cynthia at Feeding Big

 

Bath room - Peeping Moms

 

Susan at Organized 31

 

 

Corinne at Wonder Mom Wannabe

 

 

 

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What about you?  Is your master bath the bane of your existence or do you love how it looks?

 

 

Love, hugs, and  adding some glam in the least glamorous room.

 

Holly

 

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Jul 17

Greek Tzatziki with Cukes from the Garden


What to do when you are up to your elbows with cucumbers in the garden – why make some Greek Tzatziki Cucumber Yogurt Sauce.  It’s the easiest recipe!

 

Greek Cucumber Yogurt Sauce Recipe with Cucumbers from the Garden by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #cukes #Tzatziki

 

First you need to find a good cuke.  If you don’t have a garden, do not worry and no need to go to the store.  You probably have a neighbor whose garden is overflowing with cukes right now.  Make friends!

 

Cucumber by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

This is my harvest basket du jour – some cukes and summer squash.

 

Greek Cucumber Yogurt Sauce Recipe with Cucumbers from the Garden by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #cukes #Tzatziki

 

 

I’m not even making a recipe card for this one it’s that easy.  Wash your cuke, then cut it up into small pieces.  Stir the pieces into one cup of plain Greek yogurt (Chobani is my favorite) with a splash of lemon juice.  You can use it to dip with some Naan or flatbread, use it as a veggie dip, use it as a spread for Gyros, or as a side with Lamb Chops.

 

Greek Cucumber Yogurt Sauce Recipe with Cucumbers from the Garden by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #cukes #Tzatziki

 

It’s the perfect compliment to a lot of healthy dishes.  I’m certainly not an expert on Greek cooking, but there are a few basics that try and master and love making for my family.  Not a fan of Greek food but have more cukes than you know what to do with?  Have you tried these Cucumber Sandwiches?

 

Cucumber Sandwich Recipe Ladies Tea Sandwiches by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

Love, hugs, and OPA!

 

Holly

 

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Jul 16

Beer Can Chicken


You can call it Beer Can Chicken, Beer Butt Chicken, or Redneck Chicken.  Nothing screams summer like shoving a can of Bud up a dead bird’s keester, throwing it on the grill and calling it dinner.  Just sayin’.

 

Beer Can Butt Redneck Chicken Recipe by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

The most difficult task in this recipe is deciding which can of beer to use.  True to its redneck roots, I would recommend either Budweiser or Pabst Blue Ribbon.  But any can of beer will do.

 

Budweiser or Pabst Blue Ribbon by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

 

Take a whole chicken, remove the package inside, wash and pat dry with a paper towel.   Open a can of beer, take a few swigs (you want it about 3/4 full) and place the can… well… it is called Beer Butt Chicken for a reason.  I added a dry rub of Emeril’s Essence Seasoning to the bird.

 

bbchicken2

 

Grill chicken for 60 to 90 minutes with the lid open, until internal temperature is 165 degrees at the thickest part of the bird and juices run clear.

 

Budweiser or Pabst Blue Ribbon by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

Let stand for 10 minutes before carving.  How do you get the can of beer out of the chicken when it’s finished cooking and still very hot?  All I have to say is be creative and careful, and ask for help.  If you come up with a good way outside of using thick gloves and a prayer,  please let me know.

 

Budweiser or Pabst Blue Ribbon by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

If you don’t want to deal with the mess and prefer a little neater way of making this, you can purchase this handy gadget called a BeeRoaster from Chefs Catalog.

 

 

 

And of course you will need a BBQ King apron from Flirty Aprons.

 

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Love, hugs, and who’s joining me for the BBQ?

 

Holly

 

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Jul 15

Blue Hydrangea Tablescape


The other day, I shared our hydrangeas along the fenceline, and today, I’m bringing the blue hydrangeas inside as the centerpiece for a blue and yellow tablescape.  Our garden is finally to the point where I can bring in fresh cut flowers without impacting how they look outside.

 

Blue Hydrangea Tablescape by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

 

One of my favorite color combinations is blue and yellow.

 

Blue Hydrangea Tablescape by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

The blue place settings came from a yard sale.

 

Blue Hydrangea Tablescape by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

The main star of this table is the hydrangea centerpiece.

 

Blue Hydrangea Tablescape by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

I’m just happy that we can bring in flowers from the garden… finally!

 

Blue Hydrangea Tablescape by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

In case you missed it, here is the post on our hydrangeas along the fenceline.

 

Hydrangeas Along the Fenceline by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #garden #flowers

 

 

Love, hugs, and have a happy hydrangea day!

 

Holly

 

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Jul 14

How to Purge Like a Reformed Hoarder


Our summer project at the Homestead seemed simple enough, but it became a lesson in how to purge like a reformed hoarder.

 

How to Purge Like a Reformed Hoarder by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #organize #clutter

 

The goal was to switch Hubby’s office and Stepson’s playroom and turn Stepson’s playroom into a tween/teen room. (BTW – Be sure to follow me so you don’t miss the big reveal!)  In theory it sounded easy enough.  In reality… well… it became a lesson in organizing and purging because organizing two rooms turned into two rooms plus three closets plus the utility space in the laundry room.  I used the concept of a Venn diagram to determine what to keep and what to toss/donate.

 

How to Purge Like a Reformed Hoarder by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #organize #clutter #venn

 

It’s hard to part with items, whether they are ordinary items you may need some day, or sentimental items you have an emotional attachment to.  How do you decide what to keep and what to toss? (Note – by “toss” I mean trash, donate, sell, recycle, etc.)  You can use this Venn diagram to determine what is most important to you, and then find the overlap for each item.  It’s not an exact science, but if you take the emotion out of the equation and think about purging more cerebrally, then it should make the process easier.

 

Every Day Items

 

Ask yourself these questions:

1.  How often do I use this item?  Will I really need it in the future?

2.  How much is the cost replacement and how easy is it to replace the item?

3.  What is the value of the item?

 

This is my Achilles’s heel, because I hate to be wasteful.   I will give you four examples.  For these examples, I weighed what is most important – use/need over cost over value.  Is space or money more important?  Or does it depend on the item?

 

Example 1 – A small, unopened bag of white craft pom poms.  Why should I toss them when I might need them some day for an unknown craft or school project?  Is it more important to “waste” $0.99 or “waste” space?  I can’t think of anything specific in the next year where I will need craft pom poms.  If I do, the craft store is one mile away, and a bag costs $0.99.  And I always have cotton balls on hand if there is an emergency need for white craft pom poms.  Toss.

Example 2 – A bag of random cables and cords.  The bag has not been touched since we moved three years ago.  At this point, do we really need them?  Maybe?  Probably not.   Toss.

Example 3 – Two rogue Command hooks.  Are they worth keeping?  While they can easily be tossed and replaced, we do use Command hooks periodically throughout the year for various reasons.  Keep.

Example 4 – Paint cans.  The majority of the painting in the Homestead is complete.  Paint cans take up a lot of space, and the longer you keep them, the greater the probability the paint will go bad.  I transitioned the paint to those small, sample size jars, and labeled with the paint color title and code.  We have a small amount of paint for touch-ups (and let’s get real here – how many of us really do paint touch-ups?).  The remainder of the paint we recycled if it was old (it shouldn’t be thrown away in the regular trash) and gave the remaining good paint to a friend.

 

I do consider myself fairly organized, and I have a large box labeled, “Bits and Pieces” which is the catch-all for those random bits and pieces that never have a real home.  It’s great for smaller items, but it can’t be the catch-all for everything in the house because then it perpetuates the clutter.  The two rogue Command hooks are now in the Bits and Pieces box.

 

This is all well and good, but what about when the items you need to purge contain sentimental or emotional value?  What about the items that you can’t put a price on?  The same concept applies.

 

Sentimental Items

 

Sentimental items take on a more emotional attachment, but the process is still the same:

1.  How often do I use or enjoy this item?  Will I really need it in the future?

2.  How much is the cost replacement?

3.  What is the value/sentiment of the item?

 

I’m all about being sentimental.  But sometimes, you have to let go.  Does the item itself contain the memory, or does it remind you in general of the person or event?  Can you repurpose the sentimental item into something else that will maintain the emotion but not take up as much space?  Make a plan that works for you.  For smaller items, find or make a nice memory box and use that space to control the amount you keep.  If you inherit a lot of items from a departed loved one, keep 10% of the items that mean the most to you, and sell or donate the rest.  If you have a lot of school papers from your child, keep several of their best work and toss the rest.  Do you need all of those CD’s or DVD’s from your youth?  Or can you enjoy your favorite songs or movies on iTunes or Netflix?

 

Stepson is growing up and transitioning out of playing with his toys.  He is not ready to part with them, but he wants more space for him and his friends to hang out.  The solution – we boxed up his toys in several large containers and placed them on a high shelf.  They are accessible if he needs them, and are ready to be donated when he’s ready to part with them.

 

Everyone’s pain point is different, but these general guidelines and examples can be applied to any situation.  Would any of these processes work for you?

 

Connect and Share

What about you?  Are you a hoarder or purger?  How do you decide to get rid of items?  What are your best strategies?

 

Love, hugs, and organizing one trash bag at a time.

 

Holly

 

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Jul 11

Resurgence of the Bar Cart


Have you seen this month’s issue of House Beautiful – one entire page dedicated to the resurgence of the bar cart.  Maybe it’s the Mid-Century Modern trend and/or Mad Men mania, but bar carts are back in the main stream and I’m crushing just a little bit on them!

 

Resurgence of the Bar Cart by JNO Designs and coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

I asked my dear friend and Interior Designer, Nkem of JNO Designs, to provide some more insight for you.  Welcome back, Nkem, I’m so glad to have you here today!

 

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In recent months on my travel expeditions to various unique design and home decor showrooms, I have come across the interesting resurgence of the bar cart. Yes – the Bar Cart! I can vividly remember in my early childhood having seen the bar cart proudly displayed in relative’s homes as the ultimate showcase of who’s who in spirits.  The aroma and exotic shapes of these various alcohol and wine bottles still very much ingrained. Interestingly enough, I have always thought the bar cart was a cool display of show and tell of fabulous substance of wine and liquor bottles. Not only does it function as utilitarian and mobile equipment, but provides as an added value in aesthetic to home décor and design.

 

You can view some of these beautiful display of the resurgence of the bar cart on the following sites:

 

West Elm – Parker Mid-Century

 

Parker Mid-Century Bar Cart

 

 

One Kings Lane – Arlington Bar Cart

 

Arlington Bar Cart, Walnut

 

 

Z Gallerie – Metropolitan Bar Cart

 

 

 

 

Crate & Barrel – Porter Bar Cart

 

porter bar cart

 

If you are a fan of my friend Nkem, you will want to read her previous post, Field Trip to Furnitureland.  Please be sure to stop by JNO Designs and say hello!

 

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If you love the look of the bar cart, but don’t want to spend the money, you can go the DIY route like I did with this TV stand to bar cart transformation.

 

 

Bar Cart DIY by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

 

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What about you?  What are your thoughts on the resurgence of the bar cart?

 

Love, hugs, and I’m mad for mod!

 

Holly

 

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Jul 10

Hydrangeas Along the Fenceline

 

It was my dream when I bought my first home to grow hydrangeas along the fenceline.   Crazy, I know, right?

 

Hydrangeas Along the Fenceline by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #garden #flowers

 

This was our fenceline when we purchased the Homestead.  We ripped down the fence, and built a new privacy fence.  And I planted hydrangeas.

 

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This is the third spring for the hydrangeas, and they grow little by little each year.  We ended up transplanting two of them from the corner of the fence and they are filling in much better now.

 

Hydrangeas Along the Fenceline by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #garden #flowers

 

 

Some are blue and some are purple.  But they are all beautiful.

 

Hydrangeas Along the Fenceline by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #garden #flowers

 

As you can see, they still have a lot of growing to do.  No rush, they will get there in their own time.

 

Hydrangeas Along the Fenceline by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #garden #flowers

 

 

Want to see more of the garden?  Check out our Magnolias or the full Garden Tour.

 

 

Love, hugs, and bloom where you are planted.

 

Holly

 

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