Friday Favorites – Weekly Inspiration

Welcome to Friday Favorites, a series where we share our favorite decor, design inspiration, fashion finds, TV shows, recipes and more!

This past week I’ve been finally getting bids on some home projects, as well as trying to finally get our backyard in gear (you know, ordering that furniture I never ordered last year, haha!) Yes, I’ve left quite a few things on the back burner- have I shared what a procrastinator I am?

But our weather has been windows-open gorgeous for days and we only get a few weeks of that every year, so that is making me giddy, despite my long to-do list! And.. it’s making me so ready for summer!

So along those lines I’m sharing a few more summer essentials this week, along with gardening favorites and of course, the bits and bobs I’ve found along the way.

I’m also going to start sharing more in the ‘Random Thoughts’ category – more articles of interest, life tips, home projects I find, etc. I hope you enjoy it!



The beautiful gardens at the home of Ina Garten.

Random things I found this week: this stunning neutral throw pillow would look great with this one (and the prices are so good!) and the price of this outdoor sofa can’t be beat!

Summer Essentials I love: these string lights are the ones I have in the backyard and they’re still going strong after 3 years, this pretty floral pitcher and matching platter are one of my favorite things and I look forward to bringing them back out each spring!

Ballard Designs is having a sale on all outdoor items through Sunday – I especially love these planters, as well as these, and these lanterns are gorgeous!

I also wanted to share that I ordered these little outdoor tables and they’re so great! Perfect size and amazing price! (they come in gray, too).



I’m not a huge shorts-wearer but I do like to have a few in the summer. J. Crew have been my favorites forever! They come in several lengths and lots of colors. I love the new 7″ inch version, and I also own several of the 5″ length.

Another favorite? Denim shorts! I just bought these and this adorable Bermuda version (love!). These are also cute (and so reasonable!) 

Since I’m consumed with thoughts of gardening lately I decided to update that department. I ordered this cute gardening bag (love this blue one, too) along with this great gardening apron (also love this denim version). And these gloves I’ve used for years and love them!

Also I talked about these flat sandals a few weeks ago and they’re now on major sale, as are these chic suede ones



I’ve been purchasing a few garden books these days (summer always has me obsessing over all-things-garden) and I love this new one all about building your own kitchen garden.

I also recently got this one on growing a cutting garden (she includes great tips for arranging flowers as well). You can see where my head is at!



I’ve been in a bit of a cooking rut and I’ve been looking for some new recipes. This Spicy Chipotle Honey Salmon Bowl sounds delicious yet easy enough for a weeknight, and this Roasted Shrimp & Orzo seems perfect for spring!



Sharing one of my absolute favorite accounts on Instagram, Grace Rose Farm


Okay so this is really random! I don’t like to use pesticides of any kind, but we get a lot of ants in our area in the summer (I joke that I live on an ant hill!) We’ve been using this all-natural spray for years and we absolutely love it! It works great and smells good, too.

The 9 Best Types of Roses to Grow

This week I shared an easy Patriotic Table Setting perfect for Memorial Day or the Fourth of July!


If you’re feeling garden-y like me, be sure to check out the DIY Raised Planter Box we built as well as the post all about how we created our Diamond Patterned Espalier. Easily one of my favorite projects we’ve ever done!


Happy Friday!


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  1. Nan, Odessa, DE says:

    Where can I buy the wire basket on your table?

    1. Hi Nan! That is old and was from Pottery Barn. You might try Ebay!