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Colorful Outdoor Seating Poolside

Since I’ve been sharing our outdoor photos on Instagram, I’ve been getting a lot of questions from people who are loving the fun videos and photos of our home. California seems to be all about outdoor living. People have very made up and beautiful yards. That’s not our style. We like to be colorful, fun and comfortable just like our personalities. Here are some pictures of projects I’ve completed in the backyard since I moved to Silicon Valley.




We have a strange shaped yard when you add in the pool at our rental house. Since I have a sectional outdoor sofa I snagged on Craigslist when we moved, we are limited in what we can do. You can see a small glimpse of the sectional in this picture on the right. I’m hoping to purchase new slipcovers for the cushions from Pottery Barn when they go on clearance later this year. I opted for a nice square table from Lowes and added some colorful chairs from World Market, one of my favorite California stores. The pillows are a combination from Etsy and Target but the theme is really turquoise, red and blue colorful California comfort. You can see more of my inspirations by checking out my Outdoor Living Pinterest board.

Hubby found the umbrella for us on Amazon and it was a good price. Only after we received it in the mail, did we realize it needed a stand too. Bummer. I love it because it is a solar one and provides some light for us in the evening hours. The art on the wall is something I made using extra torn bits of scrapbooking paper that are glued to a canvas and then covered in Mod Podge to protect it from the elements. I have a number of pieces like this for Ryleigh’s bedroom which is elephant themed. That’s a blog post for another day.




One of the things I love is succulents. When I stayed at my best friend’s in Orange County earlier this year, I came home with a huge bag full of succulents from her and her neighbors yard. I added them to this container I picked up for $5 at a yard sale. I added a couple larger succulents from the nursery, but was surprised that I could just plant the cuttings directly in the ground without starting roots in water. You were right, Rayanne. These will grow beautifully! The plant on the far bottom is what is called a Kangaroo’s Tail and it is doing really well in the pot. I was tempted to plant it in the yard but I love the ability to move pots from place to place. It’s holding up just fine with twice monthly waterings.

Since moving here I am putting aloe vera on my face at least once a day picking it straight off the plant you see in the crock planter. I think it’s one of the reasons my skin is looking so good. Last week, I was in Miami for the Top Recruiter Gala and reality show. I had to wear a fancy gown and get my makeup and hair done. My skin looked amazing and I believe it’s because of the aloe vera and my amazing esthetician Irena. She’s in Palo Alto and I’m happy to pass along her contact information to you. Such a wonderful person too.

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