Summer As a Feeling

Good morning!  Happy First Day of Summer to you.  🙂  Yesterday was pretty epic — temperatures in Arizona reached 120 degrees…it was a hot one!

Summer… Things that speak Summer to me are pretty simple…  Stripes, lots of texture, crisp vegetables, berries, flowy blouses, patriotic patterns, and soothing blue palettes.  This time of year really is all about effortlessness, right?  Relaxation, recharging, inspiration, and a slower pace.

This is Summer as a feeling…to me.  🙂


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Sarah Bartholomew residence, entryway console table and bone mirror detail

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Have a great Wednesday!

Summer Centerpiece

Good morning, friends.  Happy Monday to you.  🙂

This is the time of year when a slower pace starts to settle in and mostly in Arizona, you really just want to stay indoors…or go somewhere fun and use someone else’s free air conditioning.  😉  We will be going on a couple of trips in the coming weeks so it may be a little bit quiet around here while we enjoy.  We’re so looking forward to getting out of this heat!

Summer continues around our house with simple vignettes here and there — mostly with things I already had from our previous apartments that were packed away.

Kitchen Table

I love this domed cake plate and I’ve used it for more than just cakes — here and here!  🙂  So it just made sense to add some sand and shells to it, plus a starfish that I found at Sweet Salvage for $5.

Kitchen Table 2

The candles I bought at HomeGoods in a pack — that’s the best place to buy those little ones as they are much less expensive than the Target and even the Walmart packs!

We’re feelin’ all beachy in our cute little house and that’s keeping us happy, but we are so looking forward to Fall.  Don’t tell anyone.  😉

Summer Decorating Ideas

Happy almost-Friday, guys!  Today I’m sharing some ideas from my Summer Pinterest board that I love.  I don’t really use Pinterest as a way to copy exactly what other decorators and designers do, more as a way to get myself inspired for the season!  But there are so many beautiful ideas out there and I wanted to share in case you’re looking for some inspiration, too.


Wedding Sparrow

Look closely on that table — can you see the seashell holding the tealight candle?  I think that is brilliant.  So pretty for a table setting — whether simple or elaborate.


Starfish Cottage

I love how just that little bit of textural rope adds such a coastal vibe to this display.  Candles, seashells, hydrangeas, and a tray create this beautiful table vignette.  And the all-white palette is really speaking to me.


Studio McGee

When in doubt, just add a big piece of coral!  Something large and statement-y like that is perfect as a stand-alone (depending on the size) or atop a stack of books.


My Soulful Home

With the silver, I’m sure that you can guess that this is right up my alley.  😉  And I think it must be said that hydrangeas really are the most Summer-y flower, right?  Sometimes just a few seashells are enough.



Adding some fresh (or faux) citrus to your vignette is another way to bring Summer to the table.  It’s really the simplest things for this season.


Pier 1

When in doubt — just add lots of blue and white.  And coral and shells, of course.  Textural elements like sisal and burlap go a long way, too.  And mercury glass!  Another great Summer element that also transitions well to Fall and Winter.


Kara’s Party Ideas

I think this is absolutely adorable, and perfect for a Summer fiesta!  I’ve been trying to find pretty cans like these, though, and I just can’t!  Where did she find such fun ones?!  I’m thinking WholeFoods or Sprouts may be the best place to look.

Seashells and Special Things

I’ve written before about our coffee table’s array of special things, so it was really fun to add some Summer details to the display.  🙂

Coffee Table Vignette 2

Coffee Table Vignette

This silver bowl is one of my favorite things in our house.  It is so versatile.  I found it in an antique shop while we were living with my in-laws and I was always dreaming about using it to decorate in our future house.  It is a reminder to me of how blessed we are.

I added some shells to the rocks in the top and then added some sand to the bottom with some more shells.  Decorating for Summer truly is so simple — it requires little effort!  I love that.  🙂  Simplicity before the abundance of Fall and Winter (although I am already looking forward to another Christmas in our home!  —One thing at a time!)

May Birchbox: Reviews By a Non-Beauty Expert

I was so thrilled when my Birchbox arrived in the month of May — it was a great selection of products.  All in all I was super happy with everything, but there were some definite stand-outs.

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ARROW BOOST Color Enhancing Lip Balm

Starting this post off with a winner, this stuff is awesome.  Dior Lip Glow is usually my go-to for this kind ‘your lips, but better’ lip balm, and truthfully I didn’t know that other products like that existed.  This is a great dupe for that product, and though the color that it produces on my lips is different than the Dior version (more red than pink), it’s still really pretty and consistent.  And it’s $14!  Less than half of the other product.  I still will definitely splurge every now and again to get the Lip Glow, but this is a great product that I’m glad I found for when the budget doesn’t allow the $$$.

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I was so excited to receive this, as there has been so much hype around this product.  I mentioned in my last Birchbox post that usually these texturizing sprays don’t do much for my hair, and I’m kind of disappointed to report that this one didn’t, either.  BUT it was definitely better than all of the others that I have tried and it’s a great leave-in spray.  Blow-drying it doesn’t really do any favors for my hair but if I just take my wet hair, leave it in, and let it air-dry, it looks nice if I’m in a rush.
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I have been using this underneath my eyes and I do like it.  It’s hydrating, and it feels slightly cool when I apply it, which is nice because it wakes up my tired morning eyes.  I don’t think this is a must for me, but I’m enjoying using it while I have it.
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I like the idea of this, but I haven’t really seen a real difference on my skin when I put it on.  The color is a pretty rosy gold, and I’ve been putting it on my cheeks.  But I don’t see it!  Kind of strange.  I’m open to other illuminators, though — I’ve been trying to find a great one for the past several months.  So far nothing has really impressed me.
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Simply put, this smells lovely.  A really beautiful Spring/Summer perfume that is ultra-feminine but not granny-like.  😉

Breakin’ Out the Summer Decor

Happy Monday, friends!  Things have been great, but busy!  We are in preparation mode for two vacations that we will be taking in the next few weeks, work has kept me busy, and the house stuff has kind of taken a backseat while I get outfits together, etc. for our trips.  🙂  I broke out the Summer decor a few weeks ago and I have been really loving the abundance of seashells in our home!

When we lived in our apartments (before we moved in with Grey’s parents in order to save up for our house) I never really decorated for Summer.  But once we started living with my in-laws, I remember being blown away by how pretty my mom-in-law’s Summer decorations were…and she always used really simple ‘ingredients.’  Basically all you need are pretty vessels (whatever is special to you), sand, and seashells — and those are super inexpensive at any craft store.  You can see some of the Summer decor from my time at that house here, here, here, and here.

I was so excited to break out our Summer stuff and since it started to get so hot in May, I figured I would just go for it!  I’ll be sharing little bits of it over this week.  I also have the pieces and parts to make a wreath but I just haven’t had the time to work on it yet.  Soon!  🙂

Side Table Vignette

Pardon the ice cubes in the bowl…I was watering my plants, lol.

Side Table Vignette 2

Isn’t that little silver dish pretty?  I found it during my last trip to Sweet Salvage.  It had to come home with me, and I pictured using it just for this purpose.  🙂  I love when that happens.  I just poured a little bit of sand in the bottom of the dish and then started arranging the shells.  There’s really no rhyme or reason to it, I just place, adjust, and keep doing that until it feels right.

Coffee Table

Our coffee table has some Summery things on it that I am loving now — including a giant white seashell bowl that I am keeping our remotes in (instead of the silver one that we typically use).

Napkins and Jar

This little glass jar was another find from my last trip to Sweet Salvage.  I got lucky that day!  😉  I love how the base of it is hollow so the sand can go all the way to the bottom.  I can’t wait to use this for more holidays — I felt like this was such a great find.  Can’t you just see it with a nest and a bird for Spring?!  The blue and white bowl is new and is a family antique that was sent to us by our Aunt Lulu — she knew I had a blue and white theme going on!  And you know how I have been loving festive cocktail napkins for drinks.  I thought these were really pretty and couldn’t pass them up at HomeGoods.

Have a great day!  And as it is Memorial Day, let’s all just take the day to focus on our gratefulness to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can be safe and free.