SPACES: How to pull together a stylish outdoor patio

So it looks like it patio week here on The Sweet Escape. Well it makes sense because is there a sweeter escape than to a patio in the summer? Last post was all about pulling together a Boho patio look but if you’re not quite that in touch with your bohemian side and rather have a coastal touch to your dream patio then you’ll like this look. I’m calling it Modern Coastal.  It has a mix of modern colors, lines and shapes anchored down by one big coastal pattern rug and warm copper & teak tones. And of course I couldn’t resist throwing in a pop of color with a raspberry hue hammock.

I pulled this entire look from Wayfair. Talk about one stop shopping! They have absolutely everything you could possibly need for your home in every style. They make it really easy to pull looks together and keep all your inspiration in one place with their idea boards. You can see these pieces plus a few more that I pulled for this look on my Dream Patio Idea Board. It’s really fun to play interior (or exterior?) designer and see a look come together or maybe be inspired by other people’s idea boards.
My Dream Patio - The Sweet Escape

SHOP THE LOOK: 1.  Cantilever Market Umbrella / 2.  6 pc Sectional Sofa / 3. striped outdoor pillows / 4. cast iron wood fire pit / 5. outdoor area rug / 6. hammock / 7. copper planter set / 8. copper beverage tub / 9. outdoor kitchen / 10. metal tiki pineapple torches / 11. teak dining set

Cheers to a summer filled with patio parties and afternoon naps. Have a great weekend!

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SPACES: 10 outdoor Boho spaces to drool over

10 boho outdoor spaces to drool over / The Sweet Escape

When people ask me what my favourite design style is I’m pretty much spilt down the middle between Boho-Chic and Mid-Century Modern. Sometimes they can be mixed, sometimes not so much. When it comes to outdoor spaces, my bohemian heart is strong. Maybe it’s seeing the bohemian style closer to its natural roots out in nature or just the easy, relaxing, and warm feelings that come from the lifestyle and that we associate with Summer but it just works.

I love when there’s thought and effort put into an outdoor space but I don’t think it’s a place to over-design. That’s why Bohemian style is so great, it just seems so effortless but don’t be fooled – there’s a method to the effortless style. The key is to successfully mix & match colors, patterns and textures to make one eclectic but harmonious look. Here’s 10 great outdoor spaces to inspire you and some key elements to get the look below.

To get the Boho look, fill your space with lots of different Moroccan inspired colors, textures and pattern and then kick your shoes off and let your inner Bohemian out.
Outdoor Boho Space Get the lookSHOP THE LOOK: 1.  throw blankets / 2. hanging planters / 3.  sectional sofa / 4.  gold lanterns / 5.  outdoor rug / 6.  pillows / 7.  wicker ottoman table / 8.  mosiac side table / 9. hammock


BEFORE & AFTER: give your room a mini makeover with photo art

Now that the kitchen makeover is behind me, I’m restless and have moved on to the living room area. There’s nothing wrong with my current living room, in fact it was lovely enough to be featured in Covet Garden Home, but being the decor junkie that I am I like to change things up. It’s been 6 years since I moved into my loft and it’s about time. Don’t worry, this one won’t take a whole year like the kitchen, it’s much more of a refresh than a total overhaul. The plan is to make mostly cosmetic changes with one big furniture swap.

The easiest way to change things up in your space is change the art so that’s where I started. My photographer pal Maya Visnyei and I did this fun vintage camara series a few years ago and I still love it. I love it so much that I want to take one of the photos and blow it up to replace the current photo I have. I’m going to say that since you can’t actually tell it’s me that it’s not narcissistic whatsoever. Right? Here’s what the living room looked like not that long ago with the current framed photo.


Photo by Maya Visnyei for Covet Garden Home

It was a little hard to say goodbye to my vintage turquoise abandoned bus because it was one of the very first photos I ever took with my new fancy DSLR. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing but thanks to the golden hour and some good framing it came out beautifully. I’ll roll it up for another time & place with a lot more rooms and wall space.

I decided to go with the mustard yellow dress and camera photo because I think it will go best with my new colour scheme. Plus this is my favourite dress and it happens to have a funny story.  Well I can laugh about it now. Back in the height of my online dating days someone spilled hot red candle wax all over it on my worst first blind date ever. He showed up at the bar drunk and there was a candle on the table and well….. in case you’re wondering, this is how you get wax out of clothes. No, there wasn’t a second date but I did run into him at a party and shocking he was drunk again but even more shocking is that he recognized me.

Vintage Camera Photography Series on The Sweet Escape

Photography by Maya Visnyei

I decided to get rid of the mat and take the photo right to the edge for a more modern look. Thanks to I was able to get this huge pro poster size print done for a super affordable price and it’s a Canadian website so no crazy shipping issues! This is a 30″x 40″ print (that’s big!) and it costs $47.99 (+ tax & shipping). That’s crazy good. You can pretty much get any  photo printed on anything or in any way on Photobox. There’s endless options. They always have a great offer going so keep checking in to see what the deal is. All prints were 40% off when I ordered this so it was even more of a steal and the quality is great.

Here’s what this corner looks like now. I temporarily also changed the wall art on the side but I’m not sure if that’s staying yet.

Living room photographic art by The Sweet Escape

I’m loving the new photo art! Getting rid of the mat really added to the size and impact of the photo and I think it really freshens up the space. I used a good ‘ol affordable Ikea frame which does the job perfectly.

Vintage Camera Photography Living Room Art by The Sweet EscapeVintage Camera Photography Living Room Art by The Sweet EscapeIt’s time to get those photos off your computer and on your walls!


TESTED: Which Method Keeps Flowers Fresh Longest

fresh flower test / The Sweet Escape

You’ve probably got a tip at some point in your life as a domestic goddess of how to keep those flowers fresh as long as possible. Well I conducted the first experiment since high school science class and tested out 5 of those tips – using a penny, Aspirin, bleach, refrigerating and cider vinegar. It was the prettiest experiment ever…well until things starting getting ugly, literally.

fresh flower test / The Sweet Escape

Head over to Apartment Therapy to see the 7 day progress and the big winner. Do you have any guesses?


What a great week! I love how my last post talked about changes and making some turns and then the next day this happened. Talk about an unexpected turn!

MarthaPlateLRYes, that’s really Martha Stewart and that’s one of my vintage gold leaf plate designs. I can die and go to craft heaven now. So everyone is dying to know, how did this happen?! No, Martha herself didn’t stop by my booth at the Spring One of a Kind Show (OOAK) but that would make a pretty great story. It did start there though. Remember how I mentioned in my OOAK recap that the highlight was a lovely woman from Martha Stewart Living coming by my table and giving me her biz card? Well I’m no wallflower and my motto is Make it Happen, so that’s what I did. I made this custom design plate and sent it to my new wannabe friend. My main goal was to make an impression and hopefully get a creative opportunity to work with the Martha Stewart Living brand in some way. The fact that it was actually shared with Martha and this pic showed up in my inbox was beyond my expectations.

There’s your inspiration to make sh!t happen people. Don’t think about it, be original & creative and do it.

Now that I got you all worked up, here’s a bunch of links to relax with this weekend over your morning coffee:

10 really simple but beautiful floral centerpieces for your Mothere’s Day (or Spring) table setting chosen by your truly for Domino.

…and 15 pretty DIY ideas for your Mother’s Day brunch table, my latest on Apartment Therapy.

Head over to Kendall-Jackson’s blog to see how easily I put together a flower crown. Perfect gift for Mother’s Day! Make one for all the ladies and take some beautiful photos.

Society 6 now offers design yourself leggings which is so awesome for both the artists and the shoppers. I can’t wait to design a pair!

This homemade Pink Grapefruit Salt Scrub from Satori Design for Living sounds amazing and would make a great Mother’s Day gift.

If you’re in Canada and cringe at the exchange rate and shipping fees to buy great shoes from the US, check out I just ordered my first pair for less than anywhere else, in CDN dollars and free shipping over $50! (pssst: after you complete an order you get a code to email to your friends for $50 off so you can scratch each other’s back)

Looking to have a little fun in the bedroom? Check out the Game of Love bedsheet game from my blogger pal, East Coast Creative. Monica took her most popular blog post of all time and turned into a real manufactured game! (make it happen!) Perfect for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s day, a house-warming gift for newlyweds or for no reason at all.

How adorable is this planter iPhone doc? Our phones are part of our life now, we might as well make them fit in.