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Tree Pod in Thailand Delivers the Ultimate Dining Experience

Tree Pod Dining at a six senses hotel in thailand

I can’t imagine a more romantic place to eat than to be on a tree pod perched 16 feet over the rainforest ground. You can  have a taste of this unique dining experience if you stay at the luxury Soneva Kiri resort by Six Senses in Thailand.

Raising the Tree Pod :: Soneva Kiri by Six Senses

The rigid woven rattan frame can sit up to 4 guests for dining. You board the tree pod dining on the ground before they elevated it. Waiters will serve you food and drinks by flying over with a zip line. And you get an exquisite view of the ocean.

Tree Pod Dining flying waiter

+ Tree Pod Dining at Soneva Kiri by Six Senses in Thailand – photos by Cat Vinton
+ via Materialicious


How to Quickly Design an Escape for your Weekend Guests

set the tone by styling the entrance

I have to warn you. If you do this, you are better to clear your agenda because all your friends will line up to stay over on weekends. This is one of the most adorable weekend decoration project I have seen lately.

backyard escape in Canadian House of Home, July 2009 edition

The idea is to convert a small garage or a big shed into a tropical guest room. And you will not break the bank to impress your friends. This design was accomplished with mostly inexpensive items found at IKEA and in Chinatown. The sources are in the July 2009 issue of Canadian House and Home.

beachfront terrace with a shaded daybed

The best deal was the daybed. Imagine reading a book or having a nice conversation there. The base is made by stacking several shipping crates that they painted. Ask your  local hardware stores, garden centers or lumberyards for similar unpainted crates – most stores give it for free. A sheet hanged on tree branches. They use a sheet but you could check out the dollar bin for fabrics to cover a foam cushion or a single bed mattress.

This setting calls for quick and simple cocktails. Serve gravlax canapes paired with a white wine or a refreshing Tom Collins for the apero. Lynda Reeves shares her Gravlax Recipe With Mustard Dill Sauce. This is one more recipes to try besides the two gravlax recipes I gave you this week. You could rotate them each weekend and see which one you prefer.

+ Canadian House and Home July 2009 – Photography by Stacey Brandford


Cutest Office Supplies at Paper Source + 2 craft projects for outdoor parties

Add creativity to your desk with the exotic file folder set. It is part of the India collection, a PS design. The line includes flat cards, note cards, journals, wrapping paper, rubber stamps and colored glass tea light / votive holder. A good starting point to design a party.

The Papaya Lotus Lotus journal harmonizes well with the India pieces.

Summer Craft Projects

craft projects seen on paper source\'s blog

Paper Source just launched a blog. So far, I read inspiring craft projects that would be fun for entertaining this summer. I recalled that we learned in school how to make similar paper lanterns. They are easy to make.

For a picnic or a bike ride, create your own pinwheels. Rubber stamps adds character to solid paper. Both ideas would add a festive touch to any birthday or a baby shower.

+ Gift Wrapping Paper – sheet $2.25 USD, roll $7.95 USD
+ Jaipur Block Print File Folder Set $27.95 CAD
+ Papaya Lotus Garden Journal $16.95 USD
+ For your handbag or next to the phone, keep a Papaya Simple Pink Bird Notepad $7.95 USD


Presenting two modern exotic outdoor dinner party settings

Outdoor dining by The Home Port and Pottery Barn

Since the vacation period has begun, you may want some inspirations for an easy entertaining outdoor party. I will present you this week-end four unique styles. They are all perfect for alfresco dinner parties.

You will be able to reproduce these styles by adding a few accessories to what you got at home. I will point out the elements that make each style unique.

Ethnic sunny nautical theme

If you ever hosted a Moroccan style party, you may be left with accessories that you do not know how to match with something else. The eclectic style means that you do not have to be trapped in a style. I found you a great example of eclecticism in action.

My first look mixes Indian or Moroccan style lanterns with a bright version of the nautical theme. When you think about sailing and the sea, the sunrise and the sunset are a big part of it. One way to update nautical theme is to use the color of the sunset. As you can see on the top photo this unusual mix works.

The style shot is from The Home Port store. The Reclectic Lanterns are made in India. Someone got the bright idea to produce these ethnic lanterns by recycling misprinted pieces of aerosol and soda cans. Each lantern is unique and colorful. The small lantern is $22 USD, the middle one is $28 and the larger lantern is $48.

The other key element of this design is the Regatta Votive Holders in SunStripe. A set of 3 votive holders of different sizes costs $38 USD. For a total of $136 in accessories, you can create a pretty unique outdoor dining table

Simple white plates on a clean lined table urbanize the look. The Home Port shows off their Moda Dining Table. This white fiberglass sleek and seamless table creates a soft shine when the candles are lit. A rectangular or square table looks better with this scheme.

Festival of lights

I selected the second look because woven rattan is a popular furniture style. I have to say that I am impressed by this build-in gazebo tent. The three low walls create a sense of intimacy and they delimit the space. The fabric roof is gorgeous and sophisticated. By using a neutral fabric, your eyes are attracted to the festive accessories.

When dealing with large space, lots of people have problems designing it. What you have to remember is that the brain feels more comfortable when the space is visually separated in human scale zones. Every good interior designer will lay out their plan using this principle. In this case, the low walls anchor the outdoor dining room.

This setting is all about entrance. You can mix and match sizes and forms of glass candle holders. Lay out lots of them. LED battery operated lights and solar outdoor fixtures can be used if you prefer them for the trail.

The idea here is to create a lighted trail that people follow to end up at the dining table. The best looking trails are never the straight line, especially if you go for an exotic mood. You define even more the entertaining space by putting candles all over the rail.

This picture is from Pottery Barn where the Woven Rattan Ice Bucket & Stand is on sale for $99 USD. It is only available online. This design is sophisticated because the color palette is short and straight-forward. They use three neutrals for all the furniture and the big accessories. Even though there are lots of it, red is confined to an accent color role.

July 7, 2007 Update: I am showing you the Chesapeake Gazebo. It is on sale at $3999 USD if you order from the catalog and the online store of Pottery Barn. Professional assembly is required.

If you got electricity on top of your dining table, take a look at the Fish Trap Pendant Shades also on sale at $49 (reg. $89) at Pottery Barn. The Fish Trap Pendant Shades take their inspiration from the centuries-old Asian tradition of snaring fish in woven bamboo traps.

Tell me what you think about these two outdoor dining looks? I will continue this series tomorrow by presenting you two great looks for a dinner by the sea.

Buy online: Reclectic Lanterns at The Home Port
Buy online: Regatta Votive Holders SunStripe at The Home Port
Buy online: Moda Dining Table at The Home Port
Buy online: Woven Rattan Ice Bucket & Stand at Pottery Barn
Buy online: Fish Trap Pendant Shades at Pottery Barn