Summer Sangria Recipe + Patio Decor

We have a few more weeks of summer left and I’m trying to jump in the pool whenever we can! Today’s post may seem a little off as I’m sharing my mom’s decor style as opposed to mine. However, each time I snap us swimming at my parents’ home I get so many e-mails about where her decor is from. Everything is from Ballard Designs [except the pool chairs are vintage] and some things are a few seasons old, so I apologize that you can’t find everything online currently.

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My mom had her second wrist surgery yesterday, so if you want something sourced more specifically feel free to comment below. When she is feeling a bit better I’ll be sure to ask her and get that for you! I love black and white stripes for outdoor decor and my mom made it a little bit more bright with lots of green. My favorite aspect of their backyard is the drapes in the kitchen. We can close those black and white curtains, turn the fan on and watch TV while we eat al fresco! It’s also a nice spot for Paul and I to grab a drink while Maxi is asleep. Thank the Lord for video monitors! haha. We can watch House Hunters, I can have a melt down over a couple I don’t know picking the wrong house and feel like we are having a mini date night. Visit a nearby liquor store and purchase the top-shelf bourbon you need for your favorite cocktails. If you have purchased a few bottles of wine, you may consider keeping them in a storage facility with humidity control features to preserve their quality and flavor.

As you finish out summer with a few celebrations I thought I’d also share one of my favorite sangria recipes. My father also kindly pointed out these are not proper sangria glasses [my dad is far more knowledgable on wine than I am] but I told him y’all didn’t care! I said, “I’m not overly fancy by any means! I’ve got my hair knotted in a bun on top of my head. They know they aren’t reading Kate Middleton’s blog, it’s fine!” haha!

Summer Sangria Recipe

  • 3 Lemons

  • 1 Cup Strawberries

  • 1 Bottle Sauvingon Blanc

  • 1/2 Cup Light Rum

  • 1 Can of Fresca

Take 2 lemons and slice them for the pitcher immediately. Then, slice 1 lemon and place those slices in the freezer, these act as great ice cubes if you are drinking this in the heat. Add fruit to a pitcher and top with wine and rum. Cover top of pitcher and place in fridge for about 4 hours. When ready to serve top pitcher with Fresca and frozen lemon slices. Serve!

Swimsuit: Summersalt [c/o] | Shorts: Seven For All Mankind | Cuff: Goldenstrand [c/o] | Outdoor Drapes: Ballard Designs

Photography: Madison Katlin

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  1. I LOVE your patio! My Dad loves gardening and designing landscapes, but unfortunately, we live in flats here in Hong Kong so we don’t even have a balcony. This is the kind of design he’d love. You really have an eye for aesthetics!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Published 22 Aug 17Reply
  2. Emily wrote:

    Hi Katey!

    Love this post! We just bought a new home and I’m currently searching for backyard inspo so this is fantastic! Already put those amazing outdoor curtains in my shopping cart. Also, LOVE sangria. We usually make ours with red wine so we’re going to have to try this white wine version out! Have you had Frose? This recipe is inspired by the one from Hotel San Jose in Austin…. it’s so good!


    Published 22 Aug 17Reply
  3. Mendy wrote:

    Thanks for the inspiration! We are moving next week into a home with a pool. I’ll be sure to try your Sangria recipe. But just to be in the know, what ARE the proper Sangria glasses? I’m sure I don’t have them, or know.

    Published 22 Aug 17Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Girl, when I find out that information I will let you know! haha. I looked online and a few different came up so I’m wondering if it has to do with if it is red-based or white wine-based. That’s probably not right either! haha! xo

      Published 23 Aug 17Reply
  4. Alyssa wrote:

    Your mom’s backyard is so cute! What do you call that structure – a pergola? I’ve never seen anything like that in New England, but it’s perfect for staying out of the sun!

    Published 22 Aug 17Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Alyssa! Yes, that’s what we call it! It truly is, it gets too hot here! haha! Thank you so much for reading! xo

      Published 23 Aug 17Reply
  5. Nina wrote:

    Love Ballard designs and I want to make that Sangria!

    Xo, Nina
    Law of Fashion Blog

    Published 22 Aug 17Reply
  6. Emily Cooke-Varin wrote:

    I am obsessed with this backyard! Serious goals!

    Published 22 Aug 17Reply
  7. That backyard is so pretty! I love it all! Hope she feels better soon!

    Published 22 Aug 17Reply
  8. carissa wrote:

    wow! their backyard is gorgeous! love everything about it! ????

    Published 22 Aug 17Reply