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For All You Swingers Out There

I don’t know about you, but when the weather turns warm, my thoughts turn to how nice it would be to have a porch swing I could sit lazily in while sipping lemonade. Well, today I think I found the perfect one:

Ironwork Porch Swing This handsome swing by Tropico is the perfect thing to add a touch of grace and refinement to your outdoor living situation. Just look at the elegant lines. What’s more it’s sturdy enough to carry up to 325 lbs. It’s also galvanized, powder coated, and treated with an electrophoresis finish sturdy enough to stand up to both winter and summer weather. Just hang it up, add some festive cushions, and take a lazy afternoon sitting on your porch swing with a glass of lemonade, or a mojito…or even a good book and a couple cucumber sandwiches.

And don’t worry. You’ll have plenty of money to get your cushions and cold drinks. After all, while the retail value of this swing is  $399.99, you can get it from Amazon today for just $169.99!

Swing out, sister! It’s a great way to spend the summer.

Something to Wine About

I must admit, I don’t drink wine. It’s just not my thing. Mr. Twistie, though, likes to keep a few good bottles around for a special occasion. That occasion can range from Christmas to birthdays to friday night with nothing to do on saturday morning.

Me? While I don’t care about the wine so much, I’ve decided that one of the things I want most in life is this Entwined Root Wine Rack from VivaTerra:

Entwined Root Wine Rack ($40 surcharge)
It’s made of entwined tree roots with sturdy shelves of recycled elm. The result is a glorious piece that would look wonderful in nearly any dining room. On top of that, it’s practical since it holds more than thirty bottles. It’s also environmentally responsible, since it’s composed of found and recycled renewable materials.

And then there’s the price. The retail value is $469.00, really a mere pittance for something you’ll get so many years of enjoyment from. But why pay the full retail when you can get an incredible deal? How incredible? How about $119.00 or 75% off?

Seriously? All the beautiful for a quarter of the price?

I may even take up wine drinking.

A Map to the Super Fantastic

I’m in a domestic mood of late. I’m reading cookbooks for entertainment, watching interior design shows on cable, and being drawn inexorably to furniture and hardware stores. I wasn’t sure why this was so until this morning when I found myself scouring the Restoration Hardware website and found this.

Turner Map Coffee Table This map chest coffee table is elegant, solid, warm, and – best of all – on sale.

Handcrafted from North American Black Cherry wood, you can choose from a natural cherry finish (shown) or dark cherry finish. Either way, the color will deepen with age and exposure to sunlight.

And did I mention that on sale bit? Because it’s a great sale for a piece bound to become an heirloom. The original price tag was $1,360.00. That’s a price that could send you to meet the ancestors right now! Luckily, you won’t be paying that. Right now this handsome coffee table designed for the ages is on sale for the much more painless price of just $799.99.

Now…if I get that leather sofa, too, and paint the walls of my living room a pale terra cotta….

Be Kind to Your Mother

Mother Earth, that is.

Happy Earth Day!

Today’s bargain comes to you from VivaTerra, a place where Earth Day is celebrated 24/7. They specialize in using sustainable and/or recycled materials to create fabulous goodies to make your life both more practical and more elegant.

Oh yes, both goals can be met simultaneously. If you don’t believe me, take a gander at this:

Helix Stool ($10 surcharge)
This gorgeous piece of carving is the Helix Stool. It’s made of sustainable blond mango wood, finished with oil waxing so that it practically glows. You’re supposed to sit on it, but I might use it as a plinth to display a particularly wonderful piece of art…or I might just sit it in the middle of the room and stare at it all day. It’s more than pretty enough for the purpose.

No matter how you choose to use it, there’s no denying that it’s a heck of a deal right now. Originally priced at $229.00, it’s now a far more wallet-friendly (as well as earth-friendly) $114.00.

Save the earth, save some cash, and save your feet all at the same time. All three are worth it.

Stake Out Your Corner of the Beach…

…with this fun and convenient little beach table from Pottery Barn.

Pottery Barn Stake Beach Table Just pull it out of its handy canvas carry tote, flip it open, stick it in the sand, slip your long-stemmed wine glasses into the slots, and have a picnic for two at the shore. Now that’s the way to live the beach life!

Originally priced at $59.00, this practical set has been reduced to just $39.00 (wine glasses not included…so if you don’t have any wineglasses you feel like taking to the beach, you might want to check out this deal on a set of four Dansk goblets here).

I don’t know about you, but I feel a quick drink and a nosh at the beach coming on.

Six Ways To Spend $600.00…and Still Save Money

Tax rebate checks are winging their ways across the country. On average, single Americans will be receiving $600.00 in order to stimulate the economy. President Bush has said that saving that money won’t help, nor will paying down debts. Therefore, I’m here to help us all do our patriotic duty to find a good way to spend this windfall. Of course, I believe firmly that just because we’re stimulating the economy doesn’t mean we can’t do so through finding good deals.

So how do you spend $600.00 and still save? I thought you’d never ask.


Wicker, Man

For those of us lucky enough to have nice backyards or good-sized front porches, the warming weather leads almost inevitibly to the dream of sitting outside with a cool pitcher of some cool drink and a good friend. Mr. Twistie, if you’re reading this, let’s make the dream come true this year. In fact, I’ve found a set I think would look great on our porch, and it’s even available at a great bargain price!

Outdoor Resin Bistro Set/5 Colors The wicker chairs and table base are actually made of weather resistant resin over a sturdy steel base. Oh, and it appears that the color options currently available are white, honey and sage. I don’t know about you, but I’m kind of loving the honey.

Thanks to Overstock.com, it’s quite affordable, too. If we went somewhere else, it would run about $499.99, but at Overstock.com, it’s going for just $269.99. I don’t know about you, but saving more than $200.00 on a dream sounds great to me!