Bespoke Cabanas & Boutique Tents

 Tis the season for soirĂ©es!

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 In Lexington they begin in Spring and don't slow down till the end of summer. It's during this time when we find ourselves running & jumping at Keeneland, Rolex, the Triple Crown, High Hope Steeplechase & on the Polo fields as well!

Custom Boutique Tents Cocktail Umbrellas | Colin Cowie Weddings | Photo by Liz Banfield

Also on the calendar are dinner parties & birthday parties, weddings & graduations, bourbon tastings & barbeques!

Custom Scalloped Umbrella by Boutique Tents | Photo by Adrienne Page

Whatever the occasion, outdoor entertaining is one of the hallmarks of summer that I love, be it a rooftop garden, an elegantly manicured patio or sprawling lawn.

Custom Cabana by Boutique Tents | Designed for Todd Events

The sun shines bright on our old Kentucky home & the sky tends to open up on a moments notice. Wanting to avoid being drenched by an occasional rain, we find ourselves seeking stylish shelter!

Toile Scallop Umbrella by Boutique Tents | Photo by Adrienne Page The best person to seek stylish shelter with is Anne Girault at Boutique Tents! Anne can renew your vision & your faith when it comes to entertaining in the great outdoors.

Custom Boutique Tents Beach Cabana

Whether your hosting a fundraiser that calls for seating five hundred ~

Custom designed tent by Boutique Tents | Steven Boyle

Or cocktails at six ~

Custom Scalloped Umbrella by Boutique Tents | Photo by Jose Villa

Boutique Tents has a beautiful array of bespoke cabanas, boutique tents, and timeless umbrellas that will complement your own personal style!

Bespoke Cabana by Boutique Tents | Designed for Tara Guerard

Anne has been immersed in the oeuvre of tents for nearly a decade. Her creations are inspired by her love of fashion, travel, motifs in nature, textiles, architecture and interior design & it shows!

Hollis Valance | Custom Design by Boutique Tents

A valance with three layers of color, texture and motion and the hand painted pattern on the interior roof are fine examples of the innate sense of craft and workmanship that transforms these tents & cabanas into exquisite environments.

Bespoke tent and valance design by Boutique Tents | Designed for Calder Clark | Photo by A. Bryan

  Her designs are so richly detailed. I love the classic style and touch of whimsy!

Bespoke tent and valance by Boutique Tents | Commissioned for Steven Boyle Design

Perhaps you would prefer that weekend guests slip out of their wet suits outdoors as well.

Boutique Tents has got them covered!

Bespoke Cabana by Boutique Tents | Lula Kate Marsh

And a beautiful bespoke umbrella is guaranteed to add character to your inner sanctuary and provide a charming place to plan your next soiree ~ quick before the summer ends!

Scalloped Umbrella by Boutique Tents | Commissioned for Lewis Miller Designs

Here's a sneak peek of a new parasol prototype & custom cocktail umbrellas for a wedding. At Boutique Tents the planning never ends!

Peek at a new Parasol prototype via Anne Melvin Girault | Instagram  Always coming up with new custom designs. Photo Anne Melvin Girault | Instagram

  Boutique Tents offers more than couture party cabanas, tents & scalloped cocktail umbrellas... on their website you'll also find custom fabric valances, beautifully hand painted aisle rugs and banners!

Bespoke Valance by Boutique Tents | Design for Tara Guerard | Photo by Liz Banfield

JK Aisle Runner by Boutique Tents | Designed for Tara Guerard

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I was so pleased to discover Anne Girault and her gorgeous Boutique Tents!

We became social on Instagram & she is so nice!

Anne Melvin Girault | Boutique TentsBe it a summer soiree or relaxing with the Sunday paper, I love to be outdoors and enjoying my surroundings, doesn't everyone?

Custom Design Kitty Cat Cabana from Boutique TentsThank you Anne! 1AAA Signature

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Always bring flowers!

Happy Valentine's Day!

This post is dedicated to all the wonderful women I've come to know. But mostly to those of you who are freezing & absolutely finished with this cold stuff!

For you, flowers & a far reaching hug.

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If you received flowers for Valentine's Day from an admirer ~ Congratulations!

If not, send him this link from Gardenista to hang on to forever!

Joel Stein's Tips for Buying Valentine Flowers

Joel Stein's Tips for Buying Valentine's Flowers via Gardenista

If you bought beautiful flowers for yourself ~ which I have been known to do ~ I am so proud of you!

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If you received fresh-cut flowers from your best friend's garden, this post is not for you!

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Sorry. It's 15 outside with a wind chill of -3!


Trying to stay positive ~

I have to say though that my favorite flowers are cut fresh from the garden.

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If you bring me flowers from your garden, I will know the love and dedication that went into growing them with your heart & hands.

That makes them even prettier!

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Please note that you don't have to bring flowers. You could simply bring a little bit of green.

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Social etiquette reminds us that arriving with flowers for a host or hostess is not a good choice. They'll have to excuse themselves from guests to find a vase, cut the stems & get them in water. I agree in most situations ~ however, if you're planning on coming to my house ~ you can always bring flowers! I have plenty of vases & water & I'll cut the stems the next day.

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To my freezing friends I say ~ hang in there.

To my warm friends too ~

I wish all of you a very Happy Valentine's Day!


These are for you!

photo Amy Merrick

Returning to A Place Called Home

Patricia van Essche and her delightful illustrations are always a breath of fresh air here at The Lisa Porter Collection. You can imagine how thrilled I was this evening to find that she is the Chic Illustrator of the Week in the digital publication of
Town & Country magazine! 
Congratulations Patricia ~ XO 

Home illustration by pve design.

"They always ask,
'Hey mom, do you like doing that? How much are you getting paid for that'!"

Illustration by pve design for J.McLaughlin
Illustration by pve design for J.McLaughlin

"I hope I give them a good lesson for the future when I tell them often:
learn to love what you do and it will love you back!" pve

These wonderful words of wisdom are from the lovely & talented wife, mother & artist Patricia van Essche, seen here with her three children who ask really great questions!

Patricia van Essche and her children

Patricia's incredible art has me thinking about how each one of us has in a corner of our memory, a place that we once called home. 

Home illustration by pve design.

These homes are the safety deposit boxes of our memories.  Loving marriages, great parties, happy childhoods and long held family traditions.
Home illustration by pve design.

Some families live in a home for a little while and some families live in a home forever!  Either way, feelings of security and emotional comfort grow naturally from the sights, sounds & scents of the familiar.

Home illustration by pve design. 
With each home that my husband and I have lived in, I have certain distinct memories.  I can close my eyes and visualize bringing home our newborn babies, the smell of rising bread, the feel of beach sand on the kitchen floor, the sound of my daughters voice as she comes through the door, and the scent of a freshly mowed lawn by my son.

Home illustration by pve design.

Our move from California to Kentucky was a biggie!  In the last ten years, so much good life has been lived here. I'll always hang on to memories of planting my first garden & the day a brand new puppy named Gracie arrived.

"Home is where the heart is and when a commission comes to me, all I can imagine are the many hearts who have entered this home. A home is where the heart is even after one moves on." pve

Home illustration by pve design.

So very true!  Everyone leaves home and everyone finds a place to call home.  Turns out that the end is many times the beginning!
I loved reading Patricia's interview when she sat down with another one of my favorite artist, Anne Harwell at Annechovie.  Found out that Patricia is a Kentucky-bred, born & raised right here in the Bluegrass!

Illustration by pve design

Thank you so much Patricia for allowing me the privilege of sharing your incredible artistry & your words of wisdom here at The Lisa Porter Collection. 

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Arizona Citrus

And as we slowly ease into the new year I find myself dreaming of warm temps, sunshine and citrus. All this because we just returned from a Christmas holiday with family ~ way out west in the Arizona desert.

Photo | Lisa Porter

On this trip I started a new morning routine.

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Picking fruit.

Just steps off the patio of the ranch house where we stayed!

Photo | Lisa Porter

 In Arizona's warmer regions, citrus trees are a yard or garden staple. In the Bluegrass of Kentucky they are not. Among the most gorgeous desert botanical landscape were grapefruit, orange and lemon trees. Lot's of them!

Photo | Lisa Porter

The heady fragrance of citrus brings back childhood memories of running through orchards in Arcadia ~ zigzagging past white washed tree trunks ~ while playing outside with friends.

Photo | Lisa Porter

Fresh picked grapefruit adds the perfect shade of pink to the back patio.

Photo | Lisa Porter

Photo | Lisa Porter

Oranges, grapefruit & lemons oh my!

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The fruit was not enough. I snipped the branches of waxy green leaves too. They were a welcome addition to the Equipal table on the sun porch!

Photo | Lisa Porter

On the last day I rested ~ at the Spa at Camelback Inn ~ overlooking Camelback mountain.

Relaxing at the Spa at Camelback Inn overlooking Camelback Mountain Photo | Lisa Porter

I dreamt of all those orchards that used to fill up the valley of the sun & the last few hand picked grapefruit I unfortunately had to leave behind.


Speaking of ~

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Whether you're in Arizona, Kentucky, or wherever, this Broiled Grapefruit Recipe by Jessica Helgeson over at SEE SALT will put you in a very happy place! Ruby red grapefruit crusted with caramelized brown sugar and drizzled Grand Marnier liqueur.

What a wonderful way to chase the chill away ~

Happy New Year!