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5 ways to create summer magic outdoors (+ a Hedgehouse giveaway!)

Outdoor entertaining ideas - outdoor living - kids - porch ideas - www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

I believe in summer magic – that somewhat undefinable feeling you get, maybe especially when you’re a kid, of warm evenings, swimming in the pool, fireflies, late bedtimes, and general summer loveliness. It’s no schedules, no homework, no rush rush rush like the rest of the year, long hours of sunlight and loads of empty hours.  I partnered up with Hedgehouse to come up with a few ideas on how to create a little summer magic for yourself.

1. MAKE A TENT WITH YOUR KIDS

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Pillow forts and tents outside are easy to make and provide endless opportunities for adventure. Don’t forget a lantern, pillows, and a good book or two. And maybe a yummy drink in a copper mug for you. 😉

GET THE LOOK: HEDGEHOUSE TRAVEL TOWEL (MADE INTO TENT) // HEDGEHOUSE HARBOUR ISLAND THROWBED IN BLUE // TARGET TASSEL PILLOWS // LANTERNS (SIMILAR) // FOLDING STOOL // COPPER MUGS

2. HAVE A COFFEE TABLE PICNIC

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Pull your coffee table outside and toss a few pillows out to sit on. Even the simplest meal can become something memorable. Go for easy: French jams, cheese, bread, etc.

GET THE LOOK: TARGET WOOD SERVING BOARD // PLATES FROM WEST ELM BUT NO LONGER AVAILABLE (SIMILAR AND ALSO THESE) // HEDGEHOUSE TRAVEL TOWEL (USED AS TABLECLOTH)

3. CREATE A SLEEPING PORCH

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I love the idea of a traditional Southern sleeping porch. Make your own for lounging for not a lot of $$$. Vintage camping cots can be found on eBay or on your local Craigslist (I found mine for $10! Although I’m not entirely sure someone didn’t die on it, if I’m being honest. #vintage) I layered ours with several throwbeds – and everything folds up and fits into a hall closet when we’re done. String a few lights overhead for extra ambiance.

GET THE LOOK: HEDGEHOUSE HARBOUR ISLAND THROWBEDS // LANTERNS (SIMILAR) // HAT // DASH & ALBERT OUTDOOR RUGS // TARGET TASSEL PILLOW // THRESHOLD BASKET

4.COZY UP ON A PORCH SWING WITH A GOOD BOOK

Serena & Lily hanging rattan chair - Hedgehouse throwbed - front porch ideas - southern porch - porch swing - www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

You simply cannot beat a gorgeous porch swing. Prop up a few stools to keep drinks, lights or a good book at hand. Layer it up with pillows for extra comfort.

GET THE LOOK: SERENA & LILY DOUBLE HANGING RATTAN CHAIR // YELLOW MOROCCAN POUF // LANTERN  // HEDGEHOUSE MAJORCA THROWBED // CAITLIN WILSON PILLOW (similar)

5. BE PICNIC-READY AT THE DROP OF A HAT

Do Not Disturb sun hat - Summer 2016 Reading List - Hedgehouse Travel Towel - www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

Keep summer essentials at the ready: a picnic blanket, sunscreen, a broad sun hat, sunglasses, and other goodies can all happily fit in a drawstring bag for fun on the fly.

GET THE LOOK: HEDGEHOUSE TRAVEL TOWEL & BAG // COLE HAAN SANDALS on sale! // SUN HAT

Ok, amigos — hope you’re inspired to go create a little summer magic on your own. (FYI: Summer Magic is also a fun old Disney movie with Hayley Mills, if you’re a fan of those liveaction 1960s classics.) My friends at Hedgehouse want PSS readers to create summer magic on their own, so we’re giving away one blue Majorca throwbed!

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  • Candice

    I would use it on my screened in porch!

  • Cheryl Dorris

    I would use it on our front porch. Love it!

  • Jennifer

    ah, summer. my grandmother used to talk about sleeping porches! i’ve always wanted to try one out.

  • I LOVE these throwbeds. I’d use one at our family cabin where we have a stash of vintage cots and in my backyard at home and in our living room to watch movies late on summer nights…

  • Natalya Romanovna

    The kids would get so much use out of this in their tree house!

  • Angie McGovern

    I would love to use it on our deck and I’m sure Lily would be thrilled to use it in the livign room on movie nights!

  • Erin

    This post is so dreamy, Rachel! I would LOVE a Hedgehouse throw bed for our CL porch!

  • Lacey

    Love love love!! The hat is such a nice touch, too!! FYI: if I win this bed, it all go on the daybed in my school bus office at Cockamamy Farm!! And I *might* need to order a couple more for the newly screened porch currently under construction.

  • Tessa

    Most likely, my 19 month old would use the throwbed wherever he darn well pleases, as he’s in a bit of an interior designer mode…”No, the Feng Shui is all wrong if that end table is over there. I’ll just pull and push it over to the middle of the hallway. Much better!”

  • Laura Holmes

    I would love to put this throwbed under a sweet tent in our living room for our new little boy!

  • Bianca Munoz

    In the family room! Thank you!

  • Kelsea Renton

    The throwbed would be fabulous on my sun porch! I love those stripes 😉

  • Kelly Beall

    ooh, my porch swing needs this!

  • Lesley Johnston

    i would use it on our lanai

  • Randi

    This would look awesome on my porch!

  • Gina

    These would be awesome in the playroom, perfect for sleepovers and lounging!

  • DJohnson

    I would use it on my back porch.

  • Erika

    I would LOVE one for outside! They are a great addition to any space!

  • Donata Kanitz

    The throwbeds would be fabulous in the playroom for hours of cosy reading!

  • christine

    my 2 year old daughter would LOVE to play on a throwbed everyday & i would LOVE to have my couch cushions & pillows back on our couch! it’s a win-win solution. ; )

  • I would use it on our back deck patio area! 🙂

  • Katie H

    Would totally use a throw bed at camp!

  • Love the simple coffee table picnic idea! These photos are lovely, Rachel!

  • Emily

    My aunt just had a playhouse built in the backyard for my kids. These little throw beds would be perfect for that space!

  • Cindy Aiton

    The throwbed would be perfect on my vintage porch lounger! Thank you so much for the chance to win.

  • meganngu

    I would love to use it in the beach!

  • Vana

    I would use it in our porch/balcony:)

  • Terri Irvin

    I would use the throwbed on a beautiful iron sun chaise in our courtyard.

  • Jen Abbott

    I would use it on my back patio during the summer and on my window seat in the colder months.