There is nothing quite like the lazy days of Summer. It invites us to live outdoors with its slow-paced mornings and lingering evenings. It allows us to entertain outdoors by hosting birthday parties, neighborhood BBQs, and to have long conversations late into the night. If you are inspired to reach maximum relaxation, the perfect outdoor area must first be achieved. The beauty of creating an inviting outdoor living space is its simplicity. Here are a few tips you can use to easily create your exterior space.

Don't be afraid to go bold with color. Being outdoors, you can use vibrant colors you might otherwise be hesitant to embrace indoors. This can also be done with colorful plants and flowers. Beautiful, lush hanging baskets or climbing vines create a secret garden feel that cannot be replicated in your living room.

Invite guests to stay longer with twinkling string lights or a fire pit. Although the evening's warmth will still be around, the setting sun might make you feel rushed to take the party inside. By using creative lighting, you can set a welcoming tone after the sun goes down.

Furniture is everything. Outdoor couches and Adirondack chairs with cozy throws give you the comfort of an indoor living space while still being able to enjoy the fresh air. Relaxation Expert Tip: Don't forget a hammock for optimum outdoor napping!

All of our senses are evoked during the Summer, but our favorite "Summer Sense" is taste. This year, we have been working diligently to bring you our second cookbook, One-Hundred Sweets by Wren & Willow. We have enlisted the help of our many clients and team to share with you our most tried and true sweets recipes. We are confident these recipes will set your dessert apart from everyone else's at the next family picnic!

Ingredients:

4 C. Heavy Whipping Cream 2 C. Half & Half 3 C. Sugar 5 to 6 Peaches, smashed 3 tsp. Vanilla 1/2 tsp. Almond Extract