…And just like that, it’s spooky season! One of my best friends and I each made one of these cute Halloween wreaths for our front door. She has a Cricut (which is definitely on my Christmas list this year… Santa, are you listening? :-)) and she was kind of enough to cut out these bats for us! We bought the cardstock when we went out to buy the supplies for these wreaths and then she came over the following evening to craft. The grapevine wreaths are from JoAnn’s — we each purchased these with a coupon, because grapevine wreaths can get expensive!
It’s definitely a super simple and quick DIY once the bats are cut out. I bent the wings slightly so that they would pop out a bit. You could add more, for sure, but I opted for a bit of a “less is more” look. We both hot glued them — that was the easiest way to get them on there and so far none have fallen off. In Arizona it doesn’t start getting cool until right about now and this wreath has been on our door since early September (lol, don’t judge), but none of the bats have melted off, so that was good news for me! The twinkle lights I have stocked up on over the years from the Target Dollar Spot. 😉 We both wrapped those around the wreath and wired the switch in the back of the wreath with craft wire.
Our front porch is all Halloween ready now! I don’t like anything that is too much work for our decor — especially out front. Simple is best for us. I painted that sign last year at a local crafting class (which was such a fun experience!) and I added the spider with a sticky pop up dot. That planter still has dirt in it from previous plants, lol, but for now I piled in a bunch of faux leaves that I bought in a pack at Goodwill for $1 and a glass hurricane with a battery-operated candle inside for extra glow. There are twinkle lights in the leaves, too. Because you can never have too many twinkle lights! 😉
Happy Saturday! We made it to the weekend. 🙂
As you know, I have been fully embracing blue and white lately. It’s Summertime, after all! The jury is still out on whether or not I will keep all of this up throughout the rest of the year — ha! But in the meantime, I am loving it.
These small butterfly plates were a gift from my in-laws for my birthday. They are so sweet and perfect for a small bite. I pulled together some other table setting supplies from our hallway closet and quickly had a little theme going. 🙂
Nothing fancy here, folks, just lots of layering — just the way I like it! In my opinion, the blues don’t have to match in this case; this is about a collected and casual look. The napkins (similar) were a lucky find from Sweet Salvage — they are a lovely denim color and they are soft and worn like a vintage napkin should be.
I found the rattan napkin rings (similar) last Fall at a thrift shop and knew they would add the perfect Summer texture. I love a simple nod to the season. 🙂
I hope you have a wonderful Saturday, friends!
I love looking at interior design photos, and since you’re here, I know that you do, too! 🙂 Something that consistently makes me feel a deeper connection with an interior design photo is an element I have come to call “someone’s at home.” That beautiful home office design with a glass of water on the desk; a pantry filled with fresh fruit; fresh flowers on a tabletop surface; an open gate; reading glasses left on top of a pile of books or paperwork; even a smiling dog! These images form a connection between me and the home itself, making even the fanciest houses feel cozy and lived in.
Mark D. Sikes
Do you have a favorite “someone’s at home” element? 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!
Good morning! I hope you had a great weekend. I am so excited that it is officially Spring!
I love finding color palettes in all sorts of photos and experiences in real life. Color palettes are everywhere… much like art and design inspiration is everywhere around us. This season I am really craving pastels! There have been plenty of Spring seasons that the bright, poppy colors are really calling my name; but this year I am all about the calm and soothing watered-down hues.
I hope you have a great Monday!