“Light Up the Night” Summer Housewalk

"Light Up the Night" Summer Housewalk with Balsam Hill | 11 Magnolia Lane

As much as I love our backyard and deck, we have hit that time of year when I can only stand to sit out there early in the morning and after dark.  It’s just too hot otherwise!

"Light Up the Night" Summer Housewalk with Balsam Hill | 11 Magnolia Lane

We have an absolutely enormous deck, with two balconies on the second level, and there’s always something to see as golfers play past our house almost every day.  The not-so-good ones slice their tee shots into our yard, and Harley gets to retrieve the balls for us.

"Light Up the Night" Summer Housewalk with Balsam Hill | 11 Magnolia Lane

Our favorite place to sit on this big old deck is the right hand side; it gets the most shade and affords the prettiest views of the yard and the golf course.

"Light Up the Night" Summer Housewalk with Balsam Hill | 11 Magnolia Lane

I added a few twinkling touches from Balsam Hill.  Of course, green is the color of summer, so these square boxwood wreaths are just right on the French doors that lead into our bedroom.

"Light Up the Night" Summer Housewalk with Balsam Hill | 11 Magnolia Lane

I added green and white striped ribbon to hang them on the door.

"Light Up the Night" Summer Housewalk with Balsam Hill | 11 Magnolia Lane

 

"Light Up the Night" Summer Housewalk with Balsam Hill | 11 Magnolia Lane

As afternoon turns into evening, I love to sit out here with a book and a drink.  When it’s this hot, I tend to go for gin and tonics, or just water with lime.  Mojitos are so refreshing, too {see our amazing mojito recipe here}.

"Light Up the Night" Summer Housewalk with Balsam Hill | 11 Magnolia Lane

 

"Light Up the Night" Summer Housewalk with Balsam Hill | 11 Magnolia Lane

 

"Light Up the Night" Summer Housewalk with Balsam Hill | 11 Magnolia Lane

When it’s dusk, I turn all the lights on.

"Light Up the Night" Summer Housewalk with Balsam Hill | 11 Magnolia Lane

 

"Light Up the Night" Summer Housewalk with Balsam Hill | 11 Magnolia Lane

 

"Light Up the Night" Summer Housewalk with Balsam Hill | 11 Magnolia Lane

 

"Light Up the Night" Summer Housewalk with Balsam Hill | 11 Magnolia Lane

Just for fun and a touch of whimsy, I wove a strand of BH’s long fairy string lights through the holes of the wood serving tray I use outdoors.  They look lovely draped over my ferns, too.

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Sources:

Globe Cafe Lights

 Crossbar Lantern

Boxwood Square Wreaths

Fairy String Lights

Floral Pillow

Porch Napkins

Wicker Patio Conversation Set

Navy & White Pillow: HomeGoods

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Want to visit the rest of Balsam Hill’s Light Up the Night participants?

July 21 – Courtney of French Country Cottage

July 22 – Emily of Table & Hearth

Tara of Lehman Lane

Joan of For the Love of a House

July 23 – Emily of Our House Now a Home

July 24 – Mary Beth of Cupcakes & Crinoline

Christy of 11 Magnolia Lane (me!!)

July 29 – Jennifer of My Fabuless Life

April of House by Hoff

July 30 – Sarah of Homeology Modern Vintage

Rhoda of Southern Hospitality

July 31 –Balsam Hill Blog

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Cheers to a beautiful weekend, and thanks for stopping by–

 

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Comments

  1. My porch overlooks a golf course, as well. I love it – and it’s one of the reasons we purchased our home. Many yards in the Santa Barbara area are fairly small. Our’s “Seems” to be huge – with the view of the fairway straight up to the mountains. I have enjoyed seeing the photos of your yard. I really like your cute napkins. Adorable!
    Best & Bisous,
    Michelle from Simply Santa Barbara

  2. Your Deck looks so pretty Christy! I love your boxwood wreaths hanging on yours doors and I like the look of the fairy lights on your tray too. very creative! You have me officially craving Mojitos (my summer fav:) now! Harley is super cute, I bet he loves chasing those golf balls :). Have a great rest of your weekend and take care, Tara

    • Thanks so much, Tara! I’ll admit that this week it’s been in the upper 90s, so I’ve mostly been admiring the deck from inside an air conditioned house. 🙂
      XOXO from Christy and Harley

  3. Christy, I really think this is the “perfect” house! The space, the storage and the yard and deck are just beautiful! I could sit out there and relax too, barring the heat. Mojitos are delish! I have a tray with the tiny twinkle lights inside. I really enjoy having them inside and outside. The wreaths are perfect on the doors and I love the lanterns.

    Hope you have a blessed week!
    xo
    Pat

    • It really is the perfect house, Pat, and I’m so thankful that we get to stay here for another year to enjoy it and this sweet little town. I feel ya on the heat–it’s been ridiculous this summer. Thank God for air conditioning!

  4. Lou Clifton says:

    Do you have other sources for boxwood wreaths that would be of quality but at a low price.

    • Boxwood wreaths are EXPENSIVE and these are actually very reasonably priced for ones that are for outdoor use and lighted. You wouldn’t be able to use a preserved boxwood wreath outdoors because they wouldn’t tolerate getting wet and they’d fade in the sunlight. If you don’t want to use one outside, you might check Pinterest for instructions on dying and preserving your own boxwood that you can then make into wreaths. Good luck!

  5. Love those Boxwood wreaths and fairy lights that look fabulous on your beautiful deck!

  6. So lovely, love the lights. Great way too spend the evening.
    All you need is a ceiling fan.

  7. You’re home looks so beautiful all lit up for summer fun!

    • Thanks so much, Mary Beth! Now, if only the temperature would drop below 100 so we can enjoy it out there again! 🙂
      Christy

      • It’s all so lovely! enjoying the outdoors during the dog days of summer isn’t easy, yet you’ve made the space feel so welcoming. Love all those twinkling lights!

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