Welcome to Monday! I hope that you had a great Holiday weekend. I’m not quite feeling ready for the weekend to be over, but here we are. 😉
My birthday was a couple of weeks ago, and I asked for some fun decorative things for our living room! This lamp and this throw blanket were two items that I was wishing for that I ended up receiving. The lamp is huge! Just the way that I like ’em. And the tassels on the throw blanket are ginormous and fun.
I had some extra birthday money, and I decided that I wanted to do a whole pillow refresh in this room. The pillows on our sofa were ones I had purchased before we moved into this house, and they were looking a little sad. I never have the budget to buy a bunch of new pillows all at once, and that can make coming up with a whole scheme really difficult if you’re slowly piecing it together. So my birthday money really came in handy!
All four back pillows were HomeGoods finds. Then I found this cute pillow at Target! I love the tassels.
This one is from Target, too. I’m glad I went looking this time of the year because the lamp reads a bit on the cobalt blue side, which is the accent color of these pillows. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have been able to find this color blue in Fall or Winter. 😉
I completely fell in love with this adorable pillow. It’s from World Market. The fun thing about this one is that the block print design actually reads gray, but with all of the other blue in the room, it ends up looking like a true blue. I loved this pillow so much in the store, so I carried it all around with a couple of other blue pillows placing it with them in different light to see what the color of the design did. It read blue in all of the areas as long as it was around more blue, so I hoped it would work. And it did!
The tassels on this blanket are so happy. This throw is even better than I expected it to be. It’s chunky and warm, and it’s big! Grey and I can both fit underneath it while we’re watching TV on our sofa. It’s just the best.
I’m already thinking that the addition of a couple of red pillows will make this really cute and cozy for Winter. 😉
What are your favorite color combinations? Have you refreshed any of your spaces this Summer? Let me know in the comments!
Hi, friends! I hope you are having a nice Holiday week so far. I wanted to share a little Summer vignette that I put together in our living room earlier this season. I am going very minimal with decorations this Summer. Usually I have vignettes all over the house, but I am finding myself taking a bit of a different approach with seasonal decorating these past several months. Instead of anything being super theme-y, I’m embracing texture, fresh greenery, and creating yummy seasonal scents with my new essential oils and diffuser. 🙂
Our living room got a little pillow refresh — more on that another time! 😉
This IKEA buffet is one of my favorite pieces of furniture in our house. It holds so much! Starting in January, I went on a journey of purging and organizing our whole house and I just finished last week! It took a lot of time but was so worth it. Maybe I’ll post about some of our organization solutions sometime… it’s nothing fancy. 😉 But this piece of furniture holds all of our decorative accents. That’s it! I worked really hard to get everything in a specific “category” in one place.
The lamps are so cute and were a Target find — I think they were less than $10 each but they’re not sold anymore. The little bit of gold that is showing was actually chrome when I bought them, but since I don’t have any chrome in our living room, I just painted that part gold. It’s kind of messy so don’t look too close – ha! I figured done was better than perfect so I called it good.
But back to the Summer vignette…!
Don’t twinkle lights make everything prettier? These are our Summer treasures. The driftwood was a HomeGoods find many many years ago, and the brown-colored sand and bright white rocks are from Michael’s, also from long ago.
The stones and shells came from our trips to Oceanside. 🙂 I like to send Greyson looking for them and he finds the best ones! We have been there twice and it is our most favorite place. It’s so fun to have these treasures out on display this time of year. They warm our heart!
We scooped up some sand last time we were there and took it home with us. When I opened the container to pour it into this apothecary jar, it smelled just like the ocean. Go figure. 😉 It was such a fun little memory trigger and it made me so happy. I love how our sense of smell is so capable of doing that.
Do you decorate for Summer? Are there any scents that remind you of this season? Let me know in the comments!
I love Summer. The heat can be so brutal here in Arizona, but monsoon season is upon us and then come the dwindling days of the tail end of the season. And then, my friends, Fall comes sweeping in. I love Summertime for its inherent calmness; I love it for the anticipation I feel for what is to come.
Each season I love to put together these posts full of photos of what a particular season feels like to me. This Summer I am fully embracing blue and white color palettes, tons of texture, coastal nods, and anything light and breezy. This is what Summer feels like to me…
Jennifer Robin Interiors
The Lily Pad Cottage
Pratt & Larson
Jenny Wolf Interiors
Erin Gates Design
A Thoughtful Place
Erin Gates Design
Erin Gates Design
Mark D. Sikes
What does Summer feel like to you?
It’s been a joyful season of growth, opportunity, and real happiness since the start of the New Year. Not every day has been great, of course, but there is a new peace that I have come to know that I am reveling in. There has been a slower pace in the projects around the house and even my typical abundant-decorating for each season has come to a pause. It’s been a wonderful thing to bring out Spring eggs and Summer seashells sparingly this year because I am truly enjoying simpler nods to each season — namely lots of plants that I have been taking really good care of and lots of good texture.
This is the perfect time for nesting rituals that make you feel mindful of the season because they allow you to really experience it! For me, this can be as simple as tucking away our Limoges china that I pull out each Spring and shining up our Summer glassware. 🙂
A Sentimental Spring Table Setting
With all of the fresh fruit in abundance this time of year, I’ve felt inspired to do a little bit of early-morning baking. This blueberry cake recipe from Ina Garten is delicious and super easy to make — and quick enough for a weekday morning.
Textural table runners and baskets, happy plants thriving in sunshine, the occasional seashell or two… this is what Summer feels like to me this year.
This little wreath took no time at all — I just wrapped wire around the starfish and the wreath, tucked the wire in the greenery so that you can’t see it, and called it good. Our front door makes me so happy. We recently added some wind chimes and our planter is filled with bright green potato vine that is spilling out in the most graceful way. I love going outside to give it a little water at the start of my day each morning.
So far, there have been lots of Summer snoozes for this guy, too. I’ve been filling all of his spots with all the cozy textures I can and he seems to love them!
How do you nest for Summer? What feels like Summer to you? Let me know in the comments! 🙂
If you celebrated, I hope you had a wonderful Easter! We were blessed enough to split time between our two families — spending half the day at my Grammie’s house and half the day with my in-laws.
One thing I love about Easter at my grandparents’ house is my Grammie’s Easter tree. 🙂 This is a big petrified wood branch that they found out in the woods many years ago, and I have always loved the magical way that she decorates it for Easter each year. There are so many adorable trinkets and ornaments from so many years. It’s so whimsical and full!
At my in-laws’ house, the roses were in full bloom, as they always happen to be at Easter. We ate outside under the covered patio (hot day!) and had a great time chatting and eating into the night. I brought this orzo salad to both celebrations — my favorite!
I hope you have a great week!
Spring is off to a steady start in our home with amazing new work opportunities, lots of inspiration, a mix of fast and slow pace, and squeezing in as much time together as we can in the midst of all of the business. We are hanging in there, people!
I’ve pared down a lot of the decor in our house for now (pretty much since after Christmas) and I am loving having less out. Usually this time of year I have so many decorations for Spring and I just felt like doing things a lot simpler this year. I’ve become a plant lady! We have lots of thriving plants throughout our house now and I don’t know what took me so long! Flowers die… our plants are ALIVE!
That fiddle leaf in the corner is fake, by the way. I’m not that good…yet. 😉 I pull out the Limoges when my Spring mood strikes each year. An amazing friend of mine gave this to me several years ago and I treasure it so much. It was her mother’s. ❤ I don’t take out all service for twelve, and I don’t take out every type of plate or bowl — just the basics. We like to eat off of the dishes while sitting on the sofa at our coffee table. I usually light some candles and we eat on our laps. And with a slipcovered sofa we don’t even have to worry about pasta sauce. 🙂
The copper pot for our stovetop scents has been put away until Fall, and out comes my Spring teapot. 😉 I’m ready for some fresh dish towels, too. We’ll see what I find in the coming weeks. It’s been fun to nest in this way for the season… Not feeling like I need to add eggs to every corner of our house or bunny banners. I’ve just been decluttering, organizing, puttering…simplifying.
This guy has my heart. I love to see him find and enjoy all of the cozy spots around our little house.
Sniffing the camera. 🙂
Just a little update… Wishing you a Happy Easter!