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FOR THE HOME: under the sun

Last weekend, when Mike was in Berlin for a boys trip, my mom came to visit in Vienna. We ran the 10km Frauenlauf together on Sunday and drove out to Tulln afterwards. Basically, Tulln is a big fat gardening paradise, with some amazing nurseries for everything your green thumb may desire (we went to Praskac because they are open on Sundays). Due to the fact that my thumb is not so green, I had to replace all of our plants this year as they looked a little worse for wear after the Winter. Luckily, however, my mom is quite the gardening queen and helped my turn our deck into a small oasis just in time for Summer to arrive (see how it looked last year HERE). I also stopped by my new favorite interior store (Lederleitner Home finally opened in the 1st district) for some outdoor accessories and couldn’t be happier with the way our deck has turned out. A new umbrella for some shade and a cute string of lights for above the lounge area are still on my to-do list, but since this is where I plan on spending every free second this weekend, I wanted to go ahead and share some images with you guys anyway.

FOR THE HOME: under the sun - rooftop decor | Bikinis & Passports

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FOR THE HOME: al fresco dining

While Mike has been gone on a boys’ trip to Ibiza for the past 5 days, I took the opportunity to get a few things from my personal to-do list done, including a little table for dining up on the deck. We’ve had a lounge area for the past 2 years, which comes with a “coffee table”, but it was simply too unpractical for eating. For this summer, I actually want us to be able to sit down at a table for some al fresco dining. So as soon as the boys were gone I headed to IKEA the next day and found the perfect little (folding) table that sits 4 – or maybe 6 if we all cuddle – and can easily be folded away when we’d rather use the space for dancing, tanning, … I am beyond happy with the outcome and can’t wait for lots of amazing meals outdoors.

al fresco dining area - Bikinis & Passports

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OUTFIT: summer prep

Things are finally starting to feel like Summer around here and I cannot wait for our first outdoor girls night of the season! My sister and I spent the entire morning at the garden center yesterday, stocking up on palm trees, lavender and other fun stuff for our outdoor space, and the afternoon was devoted to planting the new purchases. I am so happy with the way the deck has come together – and with my new shorts! Ohh, Summer love 

summer prep - bikinis & passports

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FOR THE HOME: outdoor happenings

Right after returning from our dreamy vacation, Mike and I decided finally tackle our “outdoor project”. We’ve been meaning to add a few things to our rooftop deck this past year, in order to turn it into our own little tropical paradise. Well, off to the garden center we were – without a clue about gardening and the likes … boy, that was one exhausting afternoon!! We felt so lost and had no idea what plants would work with the weather conditions in Vienna, but after about 2 hours we finally ended up deciding on 2 palm trees, roses (obviously my choice) and some cool grasses to sway in the wind. Along with that we have a little fire place, Mike ordered an amazing outdoor shower, we finally had our outdoor sound system installed & last weekend I got the cutest watering can! There still is a bit of work to be done (ie. figuring out a shade solution, as the wind is simply too strong up there for an umbrella) but it is starting to feel real cozy up there and I wanted to share a few first impressions. More to come later this summer, I promise!

outdoor living rooftop deck

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