Backyard Cinema

16th July, 2014

Around here, we fervently believe in the power and importance of upgrading the everyday: making every meal an occasion, applauding a sunset, opening our home to friends and filling it with a lot of love and fun. It’s this ethos that inspired us to collaborate with Ecco Domani Wines on some summer entertaining ideas; their brand is built on the same tenets we ourselves live by. For us, living every day like it’s your last means celebrating life in the moment: putting your best foot forward, wearing a pretty dress just because, using the good plates, living in harmony with nature, and taking care of the ones you love.MovieNight1For the past year and a half, we’ve divided time between New York City and Amagansett, a quiet little hamlet nestled between The Hamptons and Montauk on the easternmost tip of Long Island. Our time in the city is filled with momentum: industry, appointments, takeout and crowded restaurants ~ everything in inverse of the languorous days we spend in Amagansett. It’s a life with distinct yin and yang ~ a fantastic balance. Out East, happily ensconced in our little cabin in the woods, the rest of the world really fades away. In every direction, we’re surrounded by trees; we wake up under a canopy of leaves, glistening through the skylight above bed. You can almost hear their branches sing. The retreat feels endless, and it’s a cathedral we’re always loathe to leave. So we entertain at home, make every day festive, and lure friends into our little dreamworld so that we rarely have to abandon it.MovieNight2We’re surrounded by fisherman and farmland, fresh produce only a bike ride away. If you pop by at lunchtime you’ll likely find seared tuna tacos served alongside heirloom tomatoes and watermelon salad, for dinner, ceviche. The afternoons in between are spent poolside, and we rarely go inside again until it’s time for bed. Why should we? In lieu of lawn furniture, our grassy backyard is littered with sun-faded rugs, oversized pillows, Moroccan poufs and a random assortment of stuffed jungle animals. Friday night is movie night. We pin a white sheet to the clothesline and pull a few rugs and a projector up around it. Word has spread quickly that if you mosey over to our place at sunset, you’ll be just in time for the evening show.MovieNight3It’s the easiest, most impromptu of parties. We never know who exactly will drop by or how many friends they’ll bring, but it really doesn’t matter. There’s plenty of room around the fire. Popcorn is constantly exploding from our stovetop (it’s the simplest thing to make endless quantities of, then elevate with a sprinkling of herbed salt), and as long as we have plenty of wine and fixings for s’mores, then we’re pretty much in business ~ whether 2 or 20 roll up for the flick!MovieNight4|ABOVE| the menu is simple, and as easy to prep for 2 people or 20: stovetop popcorn, DIY s’mores, and great wine (usually red wines are more of a wintertime thing around our house, but I make an exception for this particular Merlot by Ecco Domani because of its bright, fruit-filled flavor; it’s an ideal summer red).MovieNight5 MovieNight6|ABOVE| stemless wine glasses are key to outdoor entertaining |BELOW| incense coils from Vietnam are forever burning around our house and yardMovieNight7 MovieNight8 MovieNight9|ABOVE| the secret to the perfect s’more? Patience! Take your time and let the marshmallows slowly puff up and soften, rather than burn. I also like to perch my chocolate-stuffed graham cracker on the side of the fire pit while roasting my marshmallow, to let the bar get nice and gooey.MovieNight10 MovieNight11|ABOVE| the key to life is to make it fun, to raise a glass to the everyday and to make small moments the most memorable. MovieNight12Hungry for more of that summertime good life? We’ve got you covered for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
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  • carley

    this is awesome!!!! I wanna try doing this. great post

    • B.A.D l Blog About Design

      I really love this too! So incredibly chic, I hope you had a great time 🙂

      Check out the B.A.D blog…

  • Cheyenne

    This looks so lovely and like such an amazing idea.

  • Denisa

    Very nice and interesting pics.


  • justanotherf blog

    You guys make me feel so jealous…the good kind of jealous…the one that makes me want to replicate every gathjering you out together… please, keep inspiring us in this marvellous way!

  • The-astro

    I loved reading this article !! The pictures are amazing ♄♄

  • Zee
  • Luba

    I wish I were there with you! Big applause to your life attitude Kelly !

    XO Luba

  • Sasa Zoe

    Beautiful photos! It looks so fun!

  • Lindsey

    Love the maxi skirt and accessories!

  • Paulina Villalpando

    OMG this is an amazing plan!

  • Heather P.

    Really starting to wish I was moving out east instead of out west right now…this looks like the perfect way to spend the late summer nights!

  • Michele LoBosco

    There is nothing more summery than outdoor movie parties. Love everything about this post


  • Tess D’Urbervilles

    Oh my, that is awesome! Love the idea of a under-the-stars cinema in the backyard of my home!

    Vittoria from 5 IN THE MORNING

  • SR

    Great, what time should we pop over? 🙂 beautiful post…love the third-last shot especially. Thanks for sharing & inspiring!

    • SR

      *Second-last shot, I meant! (Though the s’mores look lovely too…)

  • kevinburg

    Wait until I bring my popcorn skills. Game over!

  • Dominique
  • Michelle

    I’ve been wanting to do this! Did you just use a standard projector, or did you use one of those iPhone apps?

    • theglamourai

      We use a standard projector ~ I had no idea there was an app!


  • Michaela Jean

    I love that movie so much that I recently downloaded the theme song to my iTunes. Such a classic.



  • sketch42

    Can I come?!

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