3 Steps We’re Taking To Save Our Grass From Those Pesky Brown Spots Caused By Dog Urine.

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This week has flown by and today feels like CHRISTMAS.  The day has come….GRASS INSTALLATION DAY!  So here’s the back story…Last year we bought a house, and adopted our beautiful dog, Charlie.  Charlie peed on the grass.  Peed on it some more.  And then some more.  The grass died.  The End.

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First thing’s first, to be clear, female dog urine is not any worse than males–in fact it probably smells like rainbows and sunshine.  However, it’s because females squat when they pee, causing it to be more concentrated in one area.  While males, well you know, lift their legs up like savages.

Ok, back to the grass.  The beautifully manicured grass that we had when we moved in, turned into what looked like a junkyard.  So, we decided to do our research, weigh our options, and it came down to a 3-step solution (fingers crossed).

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1. New Grass (well, duh)

While we REALLY wanted synthetic grass, our bank account thought that idea was hilarious.  The next best thing was to find a durable grass–and if you don’t know this already, there are all kinds of grass, and some great for pets.

St. Augustine grass, we were told, was a great option.  The only problem was, it can go dormant (so icky brown) for a few months out of the year depending on your climate. Not to mention, it was the most expensive when we looked.  The next best thing?  Fescue.  Also durable, and I hear it’s prettier.  And bonus, it doesn’t go dormant–bye bye icky brown color.

**Fescue and perennial ryegrass are most resistant to dog urine. (according to my very sophisticated google search)

2.  Gummies

img_6633First of all, let me just say this is not an endorsement, nor am I equipped to give a professional opinion on this.  With that said, when I did a poll in my stories on Instagram, quite a few of you sent me this product and said that it worked.

When I looked it up, it had great reviews.  It’s a natural supplement that the product claims “is clinically proven to help flush out any bad bacteria to support the bladder and urinary tract, keeping your dog healthy while ensuring your yard looks great.”

If it’s safe for Charlie, has great reviews, I’m trying it.  I’ll also say, for the first few days she’s been taking them, she LOVES them.

3. Training

Did you hear my loud sigh?  This last part is going to test my patience I’m sure.  I know you can buy fancy rocks and turf online, but I’m going a bit old school with this part.  The plan is to take her on leash in the backyard and train her to pee behind the garage in a designated area.  I’ve heard this can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks–wish me luck!

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Love,

Deema

 

23 Additions To Brighten Up Your Outdoor Space

Outdoor projects are hot and heavy over here.  We’ve started adding flowers to our backyard, and it already feels like we’ve resuscitated this little corner by the garage and yet there is still so much left to do.

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img_7124With our grass installation coming up this week, I’m anxious to start getting our patio ready.    And because our daughter has a condition that limits her ability to be in the sun, the first thing I did was purchase this 11 ft Centilever umbrella.

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I have to say, I searched long and hard for this one.  For it’s size (11ft), the support system, and the lights inside, the $399 price point was really unbeatable.  I did find a similar umbrella on Amazon for half the price–but the base wasn’t as substantial, and neither was the supported back.  It also does not have the lights.  However, it is half the price at $200, and you can find it here.

Now for the fun stuff…I’ve rounded up 21 fun pieces from seating, tables, pillows,..etc.  Here’s just a quick glimpse of a mood board I created for my patio, but scroll down for links and more pieces.

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1. Gray Strap Girona Outdoor Accent Chairs Set Of 2

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The set of TWO is $319, and you can find it here.

2. Natural Eucalyptus Formentera Outdoor Occasional Chair

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It’s $319, and you can find it here.

3. Natural Eucalyptus Formentera Outdoor Occasional Bench

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It’s $399, and you can find it here.

4. Oatmeal All Weather Simona Outdoor Loveseat & Coffee Table

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This set is $629 and you can find it here.

5. Brown All Weather Nasim Outdoor Occasional Loveseat

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This is $839, and you can find it here.

6. Blue Jardin De Millefleurs Indoor/Outdoor 

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This comes in multiple sizes, and you can find it here.

7. Kaufmann Wood Patio Coffee Table – Natural – Project 62™

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This is $120, and you can find it here.

8. Southport Nesting Patio Coffee & End Table Black/Brown – Opalhouse

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The set is $200, and you can find it here.

9. Concrete Patio Coffee Table 31.75″ – Gray – Project 62

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This is $179, and you can find it here.

10. Faux Concrete Indoor/Outdoor Accent Table – Gray – Project 62

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This is $89, and you can find it here.

11. Santorini Patio Rug – Safavieh

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This comes in many sizes, and you can find it here.

12. Outdoor Decorative Throw Pillow White/Brown – Opalhouse

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This is $16, and you can find it here.

13. Tassel Outdoor Pillow Gold – Opalhouse™

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This is $20, and you can find it here.

14. Outdoor Ottoman Gray / White – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia

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This is $64.99, and you can find it here.

15. 8.5′ Round Scalloped Spring Floral Patio Umbrella Green – Light Wood Pole – Opalhouse™

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This is $88, and you can find it here.

16. 10ct Incandescent G40 String Lights Copper – Smith & Hawken™

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This is $28, and you can find it here.

17. 9′ Elegant Valance Umbrella – Safavieh

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This is $107, and you can find it here.

18. Graywashed Acacia Marciana Outdoor Occasional Bench

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This is $399, and you can find it here.

19. Faceted Ceramic Planter in Wood Stand White/Brown – Project 62™

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This is $70, and you can find it here.

20. 8″ Wood Bird House Black – Smith & Hawken™

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This is $18, and you can find it here.

21. 11″ Mild Steel/Glass Bird Feeder Copper Brown – Smith & Hawken™

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This is $18, and you can find it here.

22. Olivet Propane Gas Fire Pit Table

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This is $569, has great reviews, and you can find it here.

23. Blue Diamond Tribal Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug

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This comes in multiple sizes/colors, and you can find it here.

If you found that helpful, you may like my other post, 10 Outdoor Patio Sets Under $500.  As always, please stop by my Instagram to say hello!  And if you enjoyed this post, please sign up for my email updates below.  I promise I won’t spam you.  We can be best buds.

Love,

Deema

 

 

10 Outdoor Patio sets under $500

Summer, summer, summertimeeeeee (insert annoying karaoke voice).  Summer is almost here, and it’s that time of year where we all hustle to get our outdoor spaces in order.  And with COVID-19, I’ve been dying to make our outdoor space more enjoyable to sit in.  However, I know for some, money is pretty tight right now.  So if you’re starting from scratch, and don’t want to break the bank, I’ve rounded up 10 patio sets all under $500.

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1. Emma 5 Piece Rattan Seating Group with Cushions ($249)

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This is $249, and you can find it here.

2. Glynn 4 Piece Sofa Seating Group with Cushions ($369)

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This is $369.99, and you can find it here.

3. Lattin 3 Piece Rattan Seating Group with Cushions ($252.99)

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Wanted to provide a close-up of this because it’s GORGEOUS.  Here’s the full set:

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This is $252.99 and you can find it here.

4. Delray 4 Piece Sofa Seating Group with Cushions ($459)

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This is $459 and you can find it here.

5. Daytona 4 Piece Sofa Seating Group with Cushions ($459)

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This is $459, and you can find it here.

6. Eldora 2 Piece Seating Group with Cushions ($479)

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This is $479, and you can find it here.

7. Claytor 3 Piece Rattan Conversation Set ($349)

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This is $349, and you can find it here.

8. Ozark 4pc Patio Seating Set – Safavieh ($370)

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This is $370, and you can find it here.

9. Carsten 4pc Patio Conversation Set – Black – Project 62™ ($384)

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This is $384, and you can find it here.

10.  Perla Outdoor Acacia Wood Club Chair with Cushion (Set of 2) by Christopher Knight Home ($350)

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This is $350, and you can find it here.

Stay tuned for a few follow-up posts on rugs, accessories, and other furniture favorites that aren’t “sets.” And if you found this useful, please sign up for my email updates below.  I promise I won’t spam you.  We can be best buds.

Love,

Deema

12 Adorable Bluetooth Speakers Under $50

Not a day goes by where I don’t have music playing in the background.  Recently, our very expensive bluetooth speaker (that shall remain nameless) broke down.  And because I’m a girl that loves to save a penny, I rounded up a few bluetooth speakers that won’t break the bank.  These are all cute enough to display (got the vintage vibe I love), have good reviews (4.5 out of 5 or higher), and are all under $50–4 of them are under $20!

**FYI, the links in this post are affiliate links.  It means if you purchase something through my link, while it’s the same cost to you, I get a small commission.  I love to share my finds, and it takes me time to put links like these together.  Hope you find them helpful, and if you do, I hope that you use my links! 

So here we go:

1. Victrola Retro Wood Bluetooth FM/AM Radio with Rotary Dial

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You can find this on amazon here.  This has 4.5 out of 5 stars, 680 reviews, and is $34.88.  Comes in multiple colors.

2. Vintage Radio Retro Bluetooth Speaker- Greadio Walnut Wooden FM Radio

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You can find this on amazon here. This has 4.5 out of 5 stars, 445 reviews, and is $39.90. This comes in multiple colors.

3. ClearClick Active Bluetooth Speaker – Vintage Retro 70’s 80’s Guitar Amp Style 

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You can find this on Amazon here.  This has 4.4 out of 5 stars, 45 reviews, and is $39.95.

4.  Dosmix Wireless Stereo Retro Speakers

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You can find this on amazon here.  This is 4.3 out of 5 stars, 970 reviews, and is  $19.89. This comes in multiple colors.

5. Dosmix Portable Bluetooth Vintage Speaker

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You can find this on Amazon here.  This is 4.6 out of 5 stars, 18 reviews, and $16.89.  This comes in multiple colors.

6. Olafus Retro Bluetooth Speaker, 20W Wireless Vintage Wood Speakers

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You can find this one on Amazon here.  It’s the highest rated one on this list at 4.9 out of 5 stars, 44 reviews, and is $31.99.

7.  Retro Bluetooth Speaker FM Vintage Radio with Loud Volume

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You can find this on Amazon here.  It has 4.5 out of 5 stars, 224 reviews, and is $29.90.  This comes in multiple colors.

8. LuguLake Handheld Multi-Function Bluetooth Speaker PA System w/ Power Bass

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You can find this on Amazon here. It has 4.3 out of 5 stars, 71 reviews, and is $46.99

9. Retro Speaker Radios, Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Wood FM/WB NOAA Weather Radio

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You can find this on Amazon here.  It has 4.4 out of 5 stars, 149 reviews, and is $29.90

10.  SEVIZ Retro Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, 20W Stereo Sound, Bluetooth 5.0 Device with 4 Hours’ Play

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You can find this on Amazon here.  It has 4.5 out of 5 stars, 22 reviews, and is $17.50.

11. SEVIZ Mini Retro Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, 10W Stereo Sound, Bluetooth 5.0

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You can find this on Amazon here.  This is 4.5 out of 5 stars, 11 reviews, and is $16.

12. Retekess TR607 Vintage Radio Retro Bluetooth Speaker Portable FM Stereo Radio Bluetooth 4.2 

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You can find this on Amazon here.  It has 4.4 out of 5 stars, 12 reviews, and is $34.99.

I’m going to order a few for me, and a few as gifts for sure.  If you found this useful, please sign up for my email updates below.  I promise I won’t spam you.  We can be best buds.

Love,

Deema

DIY Faux Wallpaper Using A Pencil!

I’ve been dying to add some texture to the wall behind my bed, but wanted it to be subtle.  I didn’t want to paint it, and I had already tried a sponge technique on the other side of the room.  I found this wallpaper at Anthropologie that I really liked, and I thought, why not draw it?

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So I grabbed a pencil, a level, turned on some Etta James, and got to work.

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I had this 48-inch level and this 12 inch level left over from when I did my DIY sharpie subway tile and used them.  I honestly don’t know how I decided, but I landed on doing 12″ x 18″ rectangles.  I simply grabbed a pencil and started drawing.

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I can tell you, I made way more mistakes in the beginning, and then when I got the hang of it, I used the eraser WAY less.  This is what I did for ONE rectangle:

  1. Draw an 18″ vertical line
  2. Added another right next to it (see pic, I didn’t use measurements I eyeballed and it’s not perfect)
  3. Created a space of about an inch
  4. Draw another two 18″ vertical lines
  5. Draw a 12″ horizontal line
  6. Added another right next to it (see pic, I didn’t use measurements I eyeballed and it’s not perfect)
  7. Created a space of about an inch
  8. Draw another two 12″ horizontal lines

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What made each of the “stripes” beautiful, are the details of the two thinner lines on each side–don’t skip out on those!

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I then erased in a circular motion in the middle to get that washed out look–like the Anthropologie wallpaper had.  You can see there are tons of imperfections, so don’t beat yourself up over them–at least I don’t.  Because overall, when you look at the entire wall, it will look great…

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You can see a closer look on video here–just scroll through my “highlight” to get to the part where I do this DIY.

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I like the subtle look, but you can always darken the lines with a paint pen if you prefer–and probably better if you are in a high traffic area.  I’m not so concerned with the pencil lines because it’s behind my bed where no one walks by it or touches it.  If you want to try this somewhere that you’re worried about smudges, maybe try a paint pen.  However, for my space, I was going for subtle.

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As always, please DM me on Instagram if you try this or have questions!  And please, sign up for my email updates below.  I promise I won’t spam you.  We can be best buds.

Love,

Deema