Weekly Spotlight: Web Exclusive Decor Under $50

June 21st, 2017

Wall Mount Metal BracketWe are always adding to our selection of web exclusive home accents, and this summer is no exception. Here are five new additions that come in under $50; you can find more on our website.

Sandy Toes & Salty Kisses Sign

$19.95

This Wall Mount Metal Bracket may not seem too exciting, but when installed on an exterior or interior wall, it can provide a place to hang plants, a lantern, a wind chime and much more (see it holding up our Hanging Solar Blossom Lantern here). Its crafted out of steel here in Maine, and the textured finish has a weatherized protective coating that will last through all four seasons.

The Sandy Toes & Salty Kisses Sign comes from artist Pat Hutter and is perfect for summertime. Hand stenciled and hand painted, this home accent is a great shelf sitter but can also be hung up on a wall.

Terracotta Bird Rain GaugeWelcome Daisy Summer Sign$24.95

Measure the rainfall in your backyard and add a decorative accent to the space with our Terracotta Bird Rain Gauge (available in two colors).

$29.95

Welcome your guests this summer with a refreshing cocktail, an air conditioned sitting room and a decorative wood sign. The Welcome Daisy Summer Sign is charming for any time of the year, and like the Sign above, is designed by artist Pat Hutter.

Sea Turtle Accent Rug

$39.95

Artist Liora Manne creates such wonderful imagery in the best colors, which you can see on the Sea Turtle Accent Rug. The poly-acrylic blend makes this rug ideal for outdoor spaces as well as indoor rooms, and the fibers are resistant to fading so you can enjoy the bright details year after year.

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Five Homemade Iced Tea Recipes

June 20th, 2017

Stock up on tea and a few simple ingredients this summer so you can be prepared to make one (or all five) of these iced tea recipes for an impromptu barbecue, Fourth of July party, birthday celebration or other seasonal event.

Tea Time Clock TinLemon Iced Tea

What You’ll Need:

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 tea bags (we recommend Orange Pekoe Tea)
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Measure sugar and place in a large mixing bowl with 1 cup of lemon juice to dissolve.
  2. Bring water to a boil in a saucepan, remove from heat and place tea bags in the pan to steep for a maximum of 5 minutes (do not squeeze the tea bags!).
  3. Remove tea bags and discard. Pour hot tea into sugar/lemon mixture and stir to mix well.
  4. Transfer into gallon container and fill to the top with cold water, refrigerate.
  5. Add lemon or mint for a garnish, serve over ice.

Peach Iced Tea

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 7 cups water
  • 2-3 peaches, sliced
  • 3 tea bags (of your choice)

Directions:

  1. Bring sugar, 1 cup water and peach slices to boil. Reduce heat to medium, crushing peaches while stirring.
  2. Once sugar is dissolved, turn off heat and remove from stove. Cover and let sit for 30 minutes.
  3. Boil remaining water and add tea bags, steep for 5 minutes. Remove and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  4. Strain peach syrup (steps 1&2) to remove larger fruit pieces. Add to tea and serve over ice.

Mint Iced Tea

What You’ll Need:

  • 8 cups boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon loose tea leaves
    (we recommend a Chinese Green Tea)
  • 1½ ounces fresh mint sprigs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

Directions:

  1. Combine boiling water and tea in a medium bowl. Cover and steep for about 3 minutes.
  2. Strain into another bowl and discard tea leaves. Add mint and steep for 5 minutes.
  3. Add sugar and stir until fully dissolved. Cool completely, then serve over ice.

Pomegranate Iced Tea

What You’ll Need:

  • 8 cups boiling water
  • 8 tea bags (of your choice)
  • 2 cups pomegranate juice
  • 3 limes, thinly sliced (if desired)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

Directions:

  1. Combine boiling water and tea in a medium bowl. Cover and steep for about 10 minutes.
  2. Remove tea bags and let the tea cool to at least room temperature, then refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  3. Add pomegranate juice, limes and sugar and stir until sugar is fully dissolved. Serve over ice.

Glass Beverage DecanterLemonade Iced Tea

What You’ll Need:

  • 3 cups water (to boil)
  • 8 tea bags (of your choice)
  • 1 ounce fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 1 (6-ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed

Directions:

  1. Bring 3 cups water to a boil. Remove from heat, add tea bags and stir in fresh mint. Cover and steep 10 minutes.

  2. Remove tea bags and mint. Stir in sugar until fully dissolved.

  3. Add the 4 cups cold water and lemonade concentrate to the tea and stir until combined. Serve over ice. Garnish with citrus slices if desired.

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Five Inspiring Summer Porches

June 15th, 2017

Sitting on the front or back porch in the summertime can be one of the most relaxing ways to pass the time. Whether you do it with your morning coffee, a good book or with a friend, your porch space should be comfortable and make you happy. Here are five porches to inspire yours this summer.

Flowers and a Rustic Bench

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A Seat at the [Picnic] Table Inside, an Adirondack Chair Outside

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Suspend, Swing, Sit Around

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Farmhouse Rockers in the Fresh Air

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Colorful and Bright (and Wicker)

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