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Thursday, July 31, 2014

{Backyard DIY} Nautical Towel Rack

When we refreshed our patio space last month, one of the issues I needed to address was the wet towel situation. Specifically, the wet towels that were always left puddled on the ground, or thrown over the backs of all the chairs. Not only was it not good for the cushions, but it looked junky and drove me crazy. However, I couldn't really complain too much about it, since we didn't have a real spot in which to hang said wet towels. And wet bathing suits. And bags. And goggles. See where I'm going here?

Hi Sugarplum | Nautical Towel Rack

I looked online at all the usual spots, and really liked the nautical vibe of this one from Pottery Barn, using boat cleats, but wasn't about to spend $50 for a bunch of wet towels. Plus, it wasn't the right size for our space. So I set off to recreate it myself...starting at at marine wholesaler.




{What You Need}

Scrap wood cut to length
(Home Depot also sells precut pieces of craft wood)
Spray Paint
Screws

Hi Sugarplum | Nautical Towel Rack

{What You Do}

Paint the wood and hooks, then once dry, screw the cleats in place. We went with screws shorter than the thickness of the board so they won't poke out the back...that way the board lies flat against the wall.

Hi Sugarplum | Nautical Towel Rack

Using longer screws, attach the board directly to the wall by drilling through the front of the board on both ends. I didn't want the screws to stand out, so I painted the heads the same color as the board and hooks.

Hi Sugarplum | Nautical Towel Rack

Now we've got a sturdy towel rack, customized for our space, with a fun outdoor, nautical vibe. And all for about $10! Bam!

Hi Sugarplum | Nautical Towel Rack

Hi Sugarplum | Nautical Towel Rack

Hi Sugarplum | Nautical Towel 
Rack

Hi Sugarplum | Nautical Towel Rack

Now if only I could get certain people to actually hang up their wet towels! Got any tips on that one?!

Other Patio projects include:

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

{Outfit Inspiration} Cobalt & Aqua

What do you do when you find yourself in a lovely garden, with a creative friend, and fun props nearby? Well, you take outfit pictures, of course!

Hi Sugarplum | {Outfit Inspiration} Cobalt & Aqua

You may recognize the outfit from my Haven Conference & What I Packed post. I love the saturated shade of cobalt, paired with touches of aqua.

Hi Sugarplum | {Outfit Inspiration} Cobalt & Aqua

Hi Sugarplum | {Outfit Inspiration} Cobalt & Aqua

The accessories really bring the whole outfit to life.

Hi Sugarplum | {Outfit Inspiration} Cobalt & Aqua

Hi Sugarplum | {Outfit Inspiration} Cobalt & Aqua

Hi Sugarplum | {Outfit Inspiration} Cobalt & Aqua

Hi Sugarplum | {Outfit Inspiration} Cobalt & Aqua

Hi Sugarplum | {Outfit Inspiration} Cobalt & Aqua

These balloons were leftover from a luncheon, and we couldn't resist grabbing them for a few shots. We paid for it later though, when we had to wrestle them back inside. #threestooges

Hi Sugarplum | {Outfit Inspiration} Cobalt & Aqua
 All outfit photos by Kristin Jackson


Cobalt must be having a moment, because I found tons of similar options...most of them on sale! Hope your day is glorious, friends!

{Cobalt Dress Love}




{Outfit Details}

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