Our Backyard Cocktail Party

Our color of July is color of bright red. If you haven’t read about it, you can click here to learn more. Color of bright red is classical in fashion, passionate, romantic, trigger a dose of positive cheerful energy. That is why I am dressed in red today to just feel good! I like to layer reds in different patterns and forms.

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Our 4th of July Celebration

We started 4th of July celebration by hiking in the deep mountain in our neighborhood. And it’s fun to see all sorts of wild lives–squirrels, birds, rabbits, snake… Yes, that is a little bit scary. But overall we had a wonderful experience.


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Great Outdoor Living II—-Lu Lu Powers’ Charming Outdoor Kitchen

Two years ago, Quintessence visited Lulu Power’s home in Los Angeles. The house is full of color, pattern, books, greenery and fresh flowers. And we totally fell in love with her outdoor bar—small, neat, layered with full of charm. If you haven’t heard about Lulu Power, here is a little info about her on her instagram: The Entertainologist. Cooker,Creator,Cocktail maker. Food Editor for House Beautiful. She is a well-known entertainer and we were very lucky to go to many events entertained by her before COVID-19. With approaching of 4th of July, we probably will have to stay at home again and spend quite some in our backyard for celebration. So we all need some inspiration to make sure we will have some fun time. We kicked off our great out series last Friday. If you haven’t read it, you can click here to learn more. Today is our series 2. And yes we will talk about Lulu’s outdoor bar by sharing Quintessence’s youtube video below. Before we share the video, here are several things we think that really make her outdoor bar so cool:

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Greater Outdoor Living I–Friday Vibes

Think about your 4th July celebration? We know that we will continue to stay at home and enjoy our backyard life besides earlier morning hiking. Just in case you have a similar plan, we will kick off our 4th July outdoor series from today. Why not? It’s summer time. New design styles and ideas for outdoor living is blooming like no time particularly under the current pandemic crisis. Read on for our thoughts on sprucing up your outdoor living game.

  1. Chicken coops are a thing now.
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House Tour–A Newport Beach Abode With A Modern Farmhouse Look

At the beginning of this year, we wrote an article about the trends in 2020 and modern farm house style is one of them.  You can click here to read this article.  Today, we will take you to a Newport Beach house with full of  design  features for a dreamy modern farm house.

The Front of the House

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Our Memorial Day Backyard Cocktail Party

 

 

We are hosting another BBQ & Cocktail party in our backyard for Memorial Day celebration. From my home to yours, wish you a happy Memorial Day.

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A Day in A Local Outdoor Garden

 

What can be nicer than strolling around a garden in a beautiful sunny day after staying home for so long when it is still the spring season. Some of businesses are re-opening over this Memorial Weekend. So we decided to visit a local  outdoor garden by the coast for some fresh air and pretty blooms.

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Sunday Beach Day

 

Finally, our beaches are re-opening.  “It’s as if we were in Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, all asleep, all frozen, and suddenly there’s light and space.”  It seems like we haven’t seen ocean for ages. With the beautiful warm weather, nothing can really beat spending a day by the beach for some fresh air and Vitamin D. And we got enough of them after 4-hour non-stop hiking by the beach.

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5 Simple Ways to Spice Up Your Outdoor Living Space

With summer is approaching, you may plan to spend more time in your porch, balcony or backyard although you have probably already spent  quite a lot of time outdoor for this strange quarantine time if you are from California like us. If your are a little bit tired of your outdoor living space and would like to give it a quick makeover, we have a good news for you–there are 5 simple ways that you can do to spice up your outdoor living space right now.

  1. Get some fresh pillows in blue-white, striped pattern, hot pink or elegant neutral. You can simply throw these pillows on your IKEA outdoor chairs or your grandma’s rusted iron Victoria bench, those adorable pillows will bring in a whole new level of energy and cheers to your outdoor space.

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Friday Vibes

 

Another busy week. Time just flies. Hope you all have a fulfilled week. As usual, we chose some of our favorite Friday inspiration from Instagram and share them with you on our blog today.  So have a glass of wine or cocktail, sit back and enjoy:

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This is a dreamy place where we would like to spent  weekends. Don’t you just love theses trimmed pink tablecloth–such a beautiful backdrop for all of the gourmet foods and landscaping on the canal.

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