Summer As a Feeling

Hey there, friends.  I hope you’re having a great week so far.  We just got back into town on Sunday and I spent all day cleaning and puttering on Monday.  Puttering truly is my favorite way to spend my time — finding projects around the house, rearranging things, adding some things here, putting other things away…  It’s relaxing and inspiring and I’m so grateful that I have a house in which I can feel so at peace and, well, at home.  🙂  It’s an incredible blessing.

Summer is in full swing, which got me thinking of all of the things that feel like summer to me…  Woven textiles and bags; blue and white (of course); crisp and creamy ivories; freshly washed linens with an expensive laundry detergent (my favorite!); berries and homemade ice cream; beaches; flowers and fragrant basil plants; easy home-cooked meals eaten at the coffee table (or occasionally a nicely-set table); casual gatherings; time by the pool; morning coffee and a dreamy anticipation for cooler months ahead (Fall! Winter!).

As I’ve done in past seasons, I gathered up some inspiration pictures that made me think, Yeah, that is glorious summer.  This is what summer feels like to me…

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I’m Bored Let’s Go

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Atlantic / / Pacific

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BHG

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Traditional Home

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Sarah Bartholomew

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A Thoughtful Place

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The Bojon Gourmet

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Featherglass

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CITRINELIVING

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The Inspired Room

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House & Home

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Kristen Panitch Design / Interiors

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Country Living

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A Thoughtful Place

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Design Love Fest

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Style Me Pretty Living

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Liz Marie Blog

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Home Bunch

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Marie Flanigan Interiors

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Home Bunch

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Lee Ann Thornton Interiors

And Spring Turns to Summer

Good morning, friends.  Happy Sunday to you.  🙂

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It’s been a little bit.  I’ve been taking some much-needed time away from social media and blogging to get some priorities in order.  It was a good break, and I’m feeling refreshed and my Internal Gratefulness Basket is filled to the brim.

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We’ve slowed on the projects to do those boring homeowner responsibilities that you don’t think of when you buy a house…  Like paying for giant trees to be trimmed, new sprinkler timers, etc.  You know, the fun stuff.  😉

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But it has been nice to putter and just be in our little space.  Having a slower pace is helpful to me and I think to everyone.  Switching things up to see what is really important is, well, really important.

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We spent some time with my family in Telluride last week, and this week we are headed out again.  The time with my fam was amazing in so many ways.  I left feeling an incredible sense of renewed connection and love.  We are so blessed!

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My favorite trick for going out of town is to put clean linens on the bed right before we leave in the morning…  It’s such a treat to come home to a freshly made bed!  Just makes you want to crawl right in.  😉

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I’ve been thinking of my Gramma so much lately.  I miss her.  This picture hangs above our bed…  This was in all of her apartments that she ever lived in from the time I was really young, and she always told me that when she passed, she would be that swanky lady in the blue dress by the piano.  She was so sassy!  🙂 We recently framed it in this white IKEA frame.  Makes me happy.

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I switched up our Spring wreath for a Summer variety.  I will show you soon… very simple.  I kept the Summer decor very minimal this year.  I just didn’t feel up to it.  I was wanting more of a relaxed feeling around our house this time of year…  Not everything “vignette-ed.”  It’s been nice to have things a bit more casual — and less to dust!  Lol.

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We are feeling very blessed to call this little nest our home.  We’ve been loving on it in lots of small ways lately.  Makes me feel extremely at peace.

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Of course, this handsome man is forever my rock, protector, and best friend.  This house wouldn’t be a home without him.

I hope you have a great day!

Inexpensive DIY Coffee Station

Happy Monday, friends!  I hope you had a great weekend.  We are gearing up for a busy week and weekend ahead — trying to soak in as much relaxation as possible before things get crazy.  😉

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Welcome to our kitchen!  Grab a cup of coffee and let’s look around a bit…

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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about our hall entry from the garage and how we maximized organization in that small space using IKEA’s Fintorp system.  We were perusing IKEA one weekend and loved how there were so many ways to use it.  We decided we would purchase one for our entry, and one for our kitchen.

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DIY Entryway Organization

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This is the 22.5″ rail (we used the 31″ rail in our hallway).  The hooks come in a pack of 5 for $2.99.  WHAT?!  That’s a lot of joy for under $5.  😉  We did buy these mugs at IKEA for just a few dollars each.  I’m really excited to display our Spode mugs during the Christmas season.  The little basket is from Target from a while back and holds our Nespresso pods.

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You might be wondering about these chalkboard signs.  My brother made these for us for our wedding and a couple of Christmases ago, he restored the writing and sprayed something over them to make it permanent.  To this day it is my favorite gift I have ever received.  These will follow us from house to house, always.  I love that he did this for us.

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I wrote about our Limoges china a while back and our set includes these adorable tiny mugs that are perfect for espresso shots.  Usually I have some small Duralex glasses resting on top of this tray, but I think these flowery sipping mugs are perfect for Spring.

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Thanks so much for stopping by!  😉  Here’s to a great week!

Gettin’ Organized

Hey, friends — happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend.  Ours was a good one, spent with family and a little bit of thrift shopping that ended with an awesome find.  More on that another time.  😉

Slowly but surely we’re getting organized around here.  I’ve mentioned here before that our house is itty bitty, so I am constantly trying to pack as much functionality as possible into our little space.  Grey and I were wandering around IKEA a few weeks ago and randomly we saw an awesome solution that we decided to use in not one, but two places in our house.  The area I’m showing off today is right by the door leading from our garage.

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Just to orient you, this hallway leads straight back into our master bedroom and also looks out into the living space with the cut-out.  I’m so grateful we have that cut-out because it keeps the living room feeling more open.  Someday we’ll put some kind of artwork on the hallway wall and it’ll show up in the living room, too.

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The goals for this space were: a place to put mail when walking in the door (to be sorted later), as well as a place for outgoing mail; drop-zone for keys, sunglasses, and my market bag.

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We used this system from IKEA and so far we’re loving it.  This is the longer version.  The letter board is from Target (similar) and it’s been fun to put up new sayings every little while.  The mail organizer is from HomeGoods — they always have a ton of these!

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The little pop of greenery is a fun touch but we can use the tin basket for something else in the future if we want to.  The small basket that holds sunglasses is from Target a while back.

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So there you have it!  Our little space made more functional — I’m telling you, it’s small projects like this that get me SO excited.  Even more so than larger projects, I think.

I hope you have a great day!

A Small Front Porch Update

Hey, friends!  I hope you had a great weekend.  Ours was busy but a lot of fun.  Saturday we spent time with family and Sunday we did some work on the house.  I have lots to share — just need to make time to photograph!  Movin’ slow today, ha.

A little while ago, I shared our front porch and how that was shaping up.  We had just purchased a new wreath, and we potted a gardenia plant in the planter we received as a Christmas gift.  Our little space looked like this…

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Almost immediately after posting this, I realized what this space was lacking that I felt it really needed.  Typical doormats are this size, but I wanted something larger that would fill up the space better.  So I went in search of something that was budget-friendly and also made the size statement that I wanted.

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And I found it!  This one is from Target and is actually the “estate” size, which cracks me up because our house is teeny tiny.  😉

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I love this rug.  So far we’ve had it for about two months and it has held up really well.  I’ll keep you posted.  The DIY wreath is still looking the same — I just took down the ‘Happy Easter’ sign.

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We have a little carriage light by our front door and I’m really wanting something different and BIGGER!  The ones on the front of our house are pretty cute so I may just change this one to something different than the other two.  Ideally I would love them to all be the same, but we’ll see.

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So far, no blooms on the gardenias but I’m keeping up with watering them.  With the change in temperature they got a little crispy for a day or two because their water needs increased and I wasn’t prepared.  They’re hangin’ in and I’m hoping they bloom soon!

Catching Up

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Good morning, friends.  🙂 I hope you had a very blessed Easter.  Ours was pretty low-key — just time spent with family and a Greek feast that is still making my mouth water.  I’m thinking I need to make another batch of my favorite orzo salad just because.

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Easter weekend was a busy one for us.  We had a beautiful wedding that we went to on Saturday, plus all of the food prep and regular weekend stuff that goes on.  This past weekend was a little less crazy but we still packed in a bunch.  We found some new things at IKEA, which I will share soon.  Trying to pack as much organization as possible into our little home.  🙂

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Yesterday was two years since my sweet Gramma went to Heaven and I am missing her a lot.  Feeling happy to connect with her in all the ways she shows up in my daily life, though.  I see her everywhere.  I look for her everywhere.  She just always shows up!  Like she always did when she was here with us on Earth.  So thankful for that.

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Even though we weren’t home for most of the day on Easter, this was our little table that I decorated for us.  Grey and I dyed those eggs the night before Easter — just in time!  😉 It was fun to come home to a festive little tabletop — it’s the little things.

I’ll be posting next week about some new things around our house, as well as our front porch refresh, and some long-term plans for our living room.

Have a great day!

A Sentimental Spring Table Setting

Hey there, friends.  I hope you’re gearing up for a fun weekend.  You can find me busy baking and cooking today in preparation for some goodies I’m bringing to our Easter celebration at my in-laws’ house on Sunday.  It’s one of my favorite days of the year with them and I can’t wait!

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So let me just tell you…  I have an amazing friend who I met in design school several years ago who has made such a huge impact on me.  She’s made me feel more confident in my skin, she’s helped me find direction when I was struggling, she’s one of my mentors and one of my biggest cheerleaders.  Basically, she is incredible and means so much to me.

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A couple of years ago she gave me the most incredible gift… a set of Limoges china that was her mother’s.  Now, when Grey and I were married, we didn’t register for china.  I wanted to, but I couldn’t decide upon anything that I wanted.  Plus when we got married I was twenty-one and thought that it was pretty likely that whatever I picked out in my early twenties I wouldn’t really be in love with later on in my life.  And I was probably right — over time, my tastes have developed, my style has been honed in, and I know that it will continue to do so as I get older.

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I couldn’t believe it when she gave this to me.  The pattern is simple — roses.  They remind me of a watercolor painting.

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Two years in a row now, during the Spring and Summer months, we pull these dishes out and they are a sweet reminder of friendship, gratitude, love, and happy happy times.

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The rosemary is from my sis-in-law’s backyard.  After I tucked these sprigs in, my hands smelled so good.  🙂  You could also smell the deliciousness radiating from the table itself.  It was kind of magical.

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The ticking stripe “runner” is actually just a piece of fabric that I have folded right now.  Maybe someday I’ll sew it, maybe not.  🙂  I knew I wanted a bigger black and white print for the napkins, and these buffalo check ones are such nice quality and were exactly what I needed to pair perfectly with the floral plates.

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I took these photos at nine o’clock in the morning and the sun was shining in so peacefully.  It’s moments like these that I breathe in that sweetness of joy and savor every moment of it.

Happy Easter to you — I hope you have a beautiful weekend!