I really love spring and summer because it means that parties aren’t trapped indoors. You can have natural sunlight in the afternoon, it cools down enough for dinner, and then you can chat by the light of the moon in the late evening. We have such a nice backyard that it’s great to feel like we’re taking full advantage of our space. I think it’s nice to find decor that blends your indoor party space with your outdoor party space, so I’ve collected some for today’s treasury.

OLD Vintage Chinese 4-Tiered…


No.7 Cube Concrete Tea Ligh…


Colorful Hammock


Sea Glass on Red Napkin Ring…


Vintage Cocktail Trays – Lac…


Painted Mason Jar Vases Seas…


Cigar Box – Carey Hand Made …


Bright Spiral Mosaic Mirror


Sconce. Concrete, raw minima…


Color Dot with Teal Blue Con…


Sterling Silver Ring, Authen…


Fashionable Casual Dark Gray…


I’ve always loved concrete as a medium… my engagement ring was even made of cement and stainless steel… so I thought I’d include a little. The candle holder and wall sconce are both concrete and the necklace is enclosed in it as well. Glass pairs pretty well with concrete, so I added some mirrors, sea glass, and painted glass vases to soften it a bit. Everything else in the treasury just adds color and vintage style!

Makes me antsy to make a pitcher of margaritas or sangria and have everyone up for an afternoon!

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One of Kyle’s favorite teapots in my collection is this fun handpainted teapot. It’s covered in fun colors and feels a little circusy.

I like my teapot collection because it’s versatile enough to add something that has been somewhat amateurishly painted by hand to its ranks. I have never been someone who only collects based on a value. I’m not opposed to having something a little valuable — and I’m somewhat proud of the things I own that do have some value — but I am more excited about a great thrifty deal.

We visited the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art a few weeks ago when we took a day trip to Kansas City to explore with our friends who were visiting us. They have a collection of teapots and coffee pots from around the time that tea and coffee first appeared in Europe. It was great to look at the detail of those teapots, and maybe one day, my collection will grow to have one of those, but I know my little circusy teapot will still belong proudly on a shelf next to it.

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