DIY Upcycled Deck Furniture + Accessories

I used to be afraid of color, but in the last few years something changed in my decor style and the pendulum has swung the other direction. Now, I’m obsessed with vivid, bold colors (probably a bit too much). When my husband and I moved into our house last year, we became the very grateful recipients of some hand-me-down outdoor furniture. The chairs are really comfortable and the table is the perfect size for our deck, but the old hunter green and tan dining set needed a little facelift.

Deck Upcycle - offbeat + inspiredDIY Upcycled Deck Furniture - After

Before I chose any paint colors, I searched long and hard for an outdoor pillow that would be summery, bright and maybe even a little out of my color comfort zone (I know I’m living on the edge here). I knew I wanted comfortable pillows for the chairs and hoped that the right pattern would be my inspiration for the rest of the deck. I landed on these Warm Venice Paisley Outdoor Throw Pillows from World Market and I love them! They were the perfect pattern that would allow me to incorporate nearly any crazy color I wanted into my deck project. I snagged a few of those paisley pillows and added a couple of these Warm Chevron Outdoor Lumbar Pillows to the mix. (The “runner up pillow” for my deck inspiration was this Laurel 20″ Square Outdoor Pillow from Crate and Barrel.)

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Mixed Berry + Vanilla Yogurt Pops

Mixed Berry + Vanilla Yogurt Pops - offbeat + inspired

Every so often, I get on these kicks where I attempt to make one type of dish, treat or beverage a myriad of different ways. I surrender all other types of cooking in an effort to create dozens of versions of the same base recipe. Earlier this summer, it was drinks. This past winter? Soups. My most recent obsession? Popsicles.

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Creativity, A Vanilla Bean Latte Soap Recipe + A Video!

Vanilla Bean Latte Soap Recipe + A Video! - offbeat + inspired

It’s been one of our missions here to share homemade soap recipes with tips and tricks on how to keep your cleansing routine natural and healthy. It’s fairly obvious that making your own soap comes with a slew of benefits in the way of skincare and overall wellness, but today I want to explain a little more about why this is something I love to do and not just a practical health choice.

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Changing Summers + Spiced Rum Banana Ice Cream

Spiced Rum Banana Ice Cream - offbeat + inspired

Summer 2004: As a recent high school grad, I was elated to be spending my first months of freedom at my favorite place in the world — the beach. It wasn’t unusual for me and a group of friends to truck 1-2 hours down the Garden State Parkway and spend a day at the shore. The destinations were always the same: Island Beach State Park, Seaside Heights or Point Pleasant. We knew the pizza joints, the local coffee roasters with their tiny boardwalk storefronts, the surf shops, the piers with the best mini-golf, and where to go for the most amazing saltwater taffy and homemade fudge you’ve ever had in your life. The traffic that always slowed to a crawl right around exit 130 didn’t phase us because we were too busy blasting The Ataris and singing at the top of our lungs to care.

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Summer Drink Makeovers With Flavor-Infused Simple Syrups

Summer Drink Makeovers With Flavor-Infused Simple Syrups [Strawberry-Thyme Lemonade] - offbeat + inspired

It’s that time of year when stepping outside feels like you’re walking into a sauna. I find myself counting down the days until cooler temperatures arrive, but I know those days are still far off.

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Vanilla Bean Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Coffee Ice Cream

Vanilla Bean Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Coffee Ice Cream - offbeat + inspired

Every kitchen has a rhythm — where the drawers are, which way the cabinets open, how you move between the refrigerator and the counter, transporting ingredients gathered swiftly and with intention. It’s steady. Calming.

Every new recipe is a challenge to that rhythm. In the learning phase there are fumbles, missteps, extra trips to the pantry, hip bruises from drawers left open and motivation to conquer the unfamiliar and make it part of your flow.

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Watching Them Dance

This past week I had the opportunity to share a snapshot of my parents’ story over at Hearth Magazine. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Hearth’s commitment to storytelling and I’m thankful for the stories my parents have enabled me to tell.

“He picked her up, gently supporting her back with his arm as he balanced them, leading a slow, intentional dance. It was their routine. They were amateur dancers but had danced together as husband and wife for nearly 48 years. Now the dance was different – it was simple but precarious, beautiful though inelegant.”

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Clean Eating | Peach-Banana Smoothie Popsicles

Clean Eating | Peach Banana Smoothies - offbeat + inspired

I typically do a decent job eating “clean” when it comes to actual meals. My downfall? Snacks. I absolutely love snacking in between meals and I’ll admit that some of my food choices are not always the greatest.

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Clean Eating | Cinnamon Sweet Potato Pancakes

Clean Eating | Cinnamon Sweet Potato Pancakes - offbeat + inspired

Me and pancakes go way back. At first, they were nothing special - just a yellow box of Bisquick in Mom’s pantry that I had to shove out of the way to get to the Apple Jacks. We rarely cracked that thing open because in a house with 4 kids and 1 parent, even pre-made mix wasn’t convenient enough. Instead, we reached for the next best yellow-boxed thing…Eggo waffles.

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Adventuring | Hiking in Colorado

Flourishing Mountains - offbeat + inspired

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I had the chance to visit Colorado for an incredible vacation. Our mornings consisted of sleeping late, drinking coffee and reading books on our hotel deck.

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