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Create an outdoor entertaining space that transitions from summer to fall

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In August there is an urgency about making the most of whats left of summer. Do you feel it too?

School starts in a couple of weeks and soon it will be time to get back into our routines. I'm feeling it especially early this year as we prepare to move our daughter away to university this week. Eek! Sometimes I wish I could make time stand still.

I also want to make summer last and for me that means taking advantage of warm days and evenings by entertaining al fresco. What about you? As the summer nights get a little cooler, you just need to embrace it and add in lots of cozy layers.

Once again, I’ve partnered with Schlage Canada to create an inspiration board, and share some tips on how to make late summer outdoor entertaining simple, comfortable, stylish and will easily transition from summer to fall - including pieces that work indoors and out.

Set the table with easy transitional dishes and serve ware that works indoors or out.

Take advantage of late summer sales to stock up on patio friendly entertaining essentials like glassware, dishes and patio lights. They'll be on sale now so it's a great time to update or add to what you have. Outdoor tableware has come a long way and you can find beautiful melamine plates and acrylic glassware that is nice enough to use inside too, especially if you choose pieces that aren't too seasonal looking.

Rustic wood bowls are great for serving bread or for holding bundles of cutlery that your guests can easily grab. Just roll cutlery in a pretty napkin and tie with some twine. I found this beechnut bowl at June Home Supply's online store. It's one of my favourite online shops.

I love putting food on boards. I'm telling you, everything looks better on a wood board and it makes entertaining so easy! Head to the farmer's market and stock up on local veggies, fruit, cheeses, charcuterie, preserves, baked goods and even wine. Then assemble your goodies on boards. Yes, you can do cheese, charcuterie or smoke fish but think about doing something plant-based too. Fresh veggies, bread, nuts, hummus and other dips work great on a board.

Now's the time to buy outdoor furniture.

If you've been wanting to update your patio furniture you can still find a good selection online at places like Article. I really like this outdoor dining table which I think could also look great indoors too. I love its modern farmhouse vibe.

Outdoor fireplaces keep you cozy on cooler nights.

Let's talk about that Morso grill which is also a pizza oven and you can enjoy as a fireplace. It's gorgeous and instantly ups the cozy factor for those cooler summer (and fall) nights. This is definitely on my wish list.

Think about how you can use what you already have in a new way.

and shop your house. I bet you'll discover lots of pieces that can easily be brought outdoors, like blankets, cushions and tableware. Not everything has to be melamine.

Making getting in and out of your house easy.

Deadbolts aren't just for the front door. You want to make sure your back door is secure but also easy to get in and out of. The Schlage Encode Smart Wifi Deadbolt Lock makes getting in and out of your house easy with a touchscreen lock and built-in Wifi that allows you to unlock your door from anywhere. I really love the black finish with the Century Trim style and the clean lines on this deadbolt lock. It connects to your home from anywhere with built-in Wifi, pair it with the app, the key by Amazon app or Amazon Alexa to use voice commands... and  give up to 100 customized access codes to trusted friends or family. It's perfect for cottages and holiday rentals too.

Add lots of cozy pieces.

Throw cushions are another item that you can easily use inside or out. There are amazing outdoor fabrics available. Invest in a few pieces that can do double duty. They make a seating are more comfortable, inviting and are a great way to add colour, pattern and texture.

Don't forget the blankets. Roll some cozy throws and stash them in a basket that you can easily pull outside for cooler evenings around the fire.

Don't forget lighting.

A string of patio lights is on my list of patio essentials. I love the look of them strung across our yard. I've also seen some outdoor lamps that are great options for the patio. But if its dry outside you could pull an indoor lamp outside (make sure it's in a completely dry are though!) I love the soft glow of the new Symfonisk lamp which is also a speaker. It's a collaboration between Ikea and Sonos. Of course, candles are also a must.

Disclosure: I've partnered with Schlage Canada in this sponsored post. All opinions and text are my own.

Terracotta can take you from summer to fall - trend snapshot

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Terracotta is still so popular right now. It's no wonder, this warm, earthy hue looks right at home in just about every decor style.

I first fell in love (again) with terracotta while on a holiday to Italy a year ago. While wandering Rome, you can find the colour just about everywhere - from pots grouped on terraces and tiled floors to rooftops and painted buildings. Terracotta is a type of clay based, glazed or unglazed earthenware. It means "baked earth" in Italian. The tones can range from a dull ochre to red.  
a snapshot of my terracotta Pinterest board

One of the easiest and cheapest ways you can add the material into your home is with inexpensive terracotta pots. Group them together on a table or shelf, filled with fresh green plants. If you're brave, paint a wall or even better - tile a floor. Imagine, an inlay of terrcotta on a wood floor to look like a mat or a herringbone tile entryway. 

On the table,  layer a terracotta plate or bowl on top of something white for a fresh summer look or pair it with something dark for a more moody atmosphere. It's warm, earthy colour looks seasonally appropriate in summer or fall.  

How to create a breezy summer space perfect for your home or rental

Bamboo tiered plant stand via Homesense Canada / lightweight throw via  Terrain / Melamine platters via Homesense Canada / Green goblet via Indigo  / Seaweed art via Arminho / Bridgewater lumbar pillow via Tonic Living / SOL rattan daybed via Article / Rollo, Sisal & Shonda pillows via Tonic Living / Casa Cubista Pipoca Rug via Saudade / Tavola dining table via Article / handwoven baskets via Tonic Living / black rattan lantern via Homesense Canada / Pink porcelain serving bowl via Looks Like White for the Jillian Harris x Etsy Summer Collection / Schlage Encode Smart Wifi Deadbolt /

 Do you dream of sneaking away to a cottage or beach house on summer weekends? Me too.

For now, our summer getaway is our backyard or the usual beach house rental in Prince Edward Island. I love the idea of living near the water and having something of my own that I can decorate and enjoy.

I've noticed a bit of trend on Instagram lately where people are buying cottages and beach houses, renovating or refreshing them, and documenting the process on social media. The rentals even have their own social media accounts. So smart.

One of the people I have been following who just finished decorating her little apartment in Portugal is Janine Morrison of Tonic Living. Imagine a little casita on the coast filled with treasures from her shop, as well as, finds from antiquing at nearby markets. It's an alluring prospect, buy a house by the sea, decorate it (fun!) and then rent it out when you're not using it yourself.

I’ve partnered with Schlage Canada to create an inspiration board, and share some tips on how to create a breezy summer space and while thinking about writing this post it occurred to me that the new Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt is the perfect addition to a summer rental. It's easy when you don't have to worry about handing over keys to guests and then collecting them when they leave. Right?

The new Schlage Encode™Smart WiFi Deadbolt connects to your home from anywhere with built-in WiFi. You can pair with either the Schlage Home app or the Key by Amazon app to grant access to trusted friends, family or guests with customized access codes, and you'll know when your lock has been accessed. You won't need an additional hub or accessory.

That definitely makes the prospect of owning a summer rental or sharing your cottage with guests a little less complicated.

For now, a seaside escape/rental is only a dream but that doesn't mean you can't add the feel of summer and all the beachy vibes to your living space, indoors or out. So, here are 10 tips on how to get your home or cottage summer ready plus an inspiration board with some of the summery things on the list for the seaside beach house of my dreams. What's on yours?

Create the feel of indoor-outdoor living

Maybe you are lucky enough to have a screened in porch. That's definitely part of my beach house dreams. We do have a set of double french doors that open wide onto our backyard. I love to throw the doors open and let the fresh air in, it feels amazing and creates an indoor-outdoor vibe. We are looking at replacing our current screen door with a retractable screen that spans the entire width of our doors, so that we can let the air in and keep the bugs out.

Keep your colour scheme light and breezy. 

Swap out your pillow covers and throws for something summery. Cottons and linens feel best. Freshen up decorative accessories like stacks of books and candles with handmade baskets and pretty bowls filled with beach finds like driftwood, shells or my favourite - beach glass.

Keep cool.

Remove heavy rugs and replace with lighter throw rugs or enjoy the coolness of bare floors. I love Casa Cubista's rugs paired with pretty tiled floors.

Add a little green

Tropical plants or even pots of fresh herbs in terracotta pots brings the outside in.  In the summer we move our tropical plants outdoors clustered together on our deck so they can enjoy the sun and heat. Just make sure to move them gradually so it's not a shock to them.

Make summer entertaining easy

Have patio friendly tableware ready to use. Store melamine dishes and acrylic glasses in a covered basket or container so it's easy to grab and go outside. Invest in a spacious, easy care table that you can gather round with friends and family.

Create a cozy reading nook

A daybed seems like a worthy splurge. Imagine curling up with a good book and something to sip? I love this rattan daybed. It seems perfect for a beach house, cottage or breezy porch.

Use natural materials

Cotton, linen, natural woods, jute, clay bowls, rattan and wicker. This says summer to me. So layer in the baskets, rattan trays, terracotta pots and linen pillows.

Lighten up your walls

White or light walls paired with pretty art, photos of beach holidays or shadow boxes displaying collections of shells, beach glass and other summer ephemera is a definite nod to summer.

A keyless entry makes rentals easy.

The new Schlage Encode™Smart WiFi Deadbolt connects to your home from anywhere with built-in WiFi. You can set up to 100 permanent, recurring or temporary lock codes that you can change as you see fit or by sending virtual keys to trusted guests via text or email. It's perfect for a family cottage or a beach house rental.

Light the way.

String patio lights across the porch, stock up on candles and have lanterns ready - a smart portable lighting option.

Disclosure: I’ve partnered with Schlage Canada in this sponsored post. All opinions and text are my own.