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Patio Makeover

I had so much fun at the first segment of my new series, “Unlock Happy in Your Home” with Action News Now. Every month I go into a new home, pick an area that needs some sprucing and a little personality, then I get to work some magic. Valerie and Rob Reddemann were my first victims and we unlocked some serious happy! It all started with a visit to their home to get a sense of their style and their interests. To my surprise, they are huge baseball fans, not only baseball, but Cub’s fans! Rob had these amazing vintage seats from Wrigley Field and unique vintage baseball items sprinkled through their home. What a perfect theme to inspire them to entertain and personalize their favorite spot in their home, their patio.  So, I went to work at creating a fresh space that reflected both of their personalities and a fantastic spot to gather with their friends.

Here’s the unveiling:

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Rob’s Inspiration: Baseball Lover.

I scavenged his home for all his unique baseball paraphernalia. Here’s what I found.

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Valerie’s Inspiration: Chalkboard’s with funny sayings that make people laugh!  She also loved the rich colors in her inspiration piece, the umbrella.

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So, my challenge begins, how to create a baseball inspired, rich colored, chalkboard loving patio makeover?  Here’s how I did it:

1. First up, we needed an inspiration color, I took Valerie’s favorite umbrella and pulled a modern color that would move easily through the seasons. Grass green became our palette color. I gave Rob and Valerie the task to sand and paint their chairs green. Next, Valerie went on the hunt for some seat cushions that would tie together the colors in the umbrella. She was so cute, she texted me multiple times from the store until we found the perfect match.  We needed to ground the look, so we pulled in this fresh green and white outdoor rug that Valerie found for $20. SOLD, the perfect accent to tie our look together. We then stripped off the burgundy table cloth and gave the table a good cleaning.  I got very familiar with their kitchen and found some fun white dishes and accessories to set the table. Now, we needed a centerpiece, I found this wooden vessel in their bathroom that hosted all their bath salts and bathroom treats, I loved it and thought it would make a great accent piece outdoors.  I took it home with me and surprised them with an orchid centerpiece that had a fresh and simple look to enhance our patio makeover.

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2.  Time to create our baseball corner and sprinkle baseball throughout our theme. We took the items we found inside and created a vintage corner that tied in with the rest of our look. I hung the vintage signs and the picture of Wrigley Field on the wall in a scattered pattern to create a casual look.  I mixed in Valerie’s chalkboard signs, enhanced with baseball sayings, and framed in white to tie in with the rest of our fresh look. Chalkboards are a great way to personalize a space, to show your personality and create a theme for entertaining.

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3. I  added touches of baseball to the rest of the patio to keep our theme rolling.  An old apple crate I found on their side yard just needed a little dusting off and became a vintage concession stand stocked with beer and mason jars. One of Valerie’s chalkboards became the perfect place to announce to their guests that cold beer was served here. I hunted more in their kitchen to find vintage accents to enhance their concession stand look. Next, stock the old metal tin with beer, that was the easy part :)

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4. Peanuts had to make an appearance in our theme! They made a great accent piece and snacks for their guests. A simple chair and accent table painted in green sat nicely under their umbrella to seat more guests.

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Want to watch the LIVE unveiling on Action News Now? Here ya go, just click here.

Thank you Rob and Valerie for letting me come into your home! Their playful approach to life and shining personalities was fun to duplicate on their newly enhanced patio. Now, they just need to have a party!

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How to Personalize your 4th of July

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I love to personalize a party and 4th of July is around the corner, so what better way to get your party started then to put your own magic touch on your festivities, right? It’s all in the details and the sparkly touches that makes a party unique and memorable. Here are a few tips I shared this morning on Action News Now and taught Alex Backus how to get her party on. Thanks Alex for your continued support, you know I think you are DARLING!

1.  Flag Pallet- This is a super easy and fun project to do with the family, a great way to personalize your party. My daughter, Makenzi and I worked on this project together. Shipping pallets are imperfect, so there is no such thing as perfection.  In fact, the more imperfect it is, the more vintage it feels. Shipping pallets are readily available at any company that regularly receives large shipments, they are often advertised for free on places like Craig’s List. Here’s how we did it.

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First, we measured with a ruler the area we wanted to be blue.

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We sprayed the penciled area in navy blue, then rotated the rest of the pallets in red and white to create the look of the American flag,

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After we let the paint dry, we downloaded a star stencil online and began stenciling the stars on the navy blue.

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Viola! The finished product!

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2. 4th of July White Wine Sangria. TO DIE FOR! I love that it is made from my fave, white wine! It’s mine kind of patriotic punch.  Accent with fun items from both The Summer and Stars & Stripes Trunk.

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Here’s how to make it: Best White Wine Sangria you’ll ever have!

Combine Strawberries, blueberries and cookie cutter star-shaped pineapple, 2 bottles of white wine, 1/2 cup triple-sec, 1/2 cup of berry flavored vodka, 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice, and 1/2 cup of simple syrup in a 3 Qt. pitcher, stir, chill and serve!

3.  Be creative with the Kid Toys! These fun windmills have a patriotic touch when placed in a nautical vase and a scoop of sand. Like I said, It’s all in the details my friends.

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4. Personalize with the Chalkboard. Everyone who knows me, knows that I LOVE my chalkboard. It’s the best way to make your party SHINE with your personality. Here’s a little of me shining on my chalkboard!

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5.  If you are feeling a little crunched for time, pick up The Stars & Stripes Trunk and everything will ship to your door ready to celebrate a festive holiday.

For more fun tips, be sure to watch “How to Personalize your 4th of July” on Action News Now.

HAPPY. HAPPY to all my friends. Much love to a safe and UNIQUE 4th of July.

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