Summer Wreath-Making

My brother’s girlfriend is awesome.  Let’s just start with that.  We got together for a little wreath-making party a few weeks ago to make some Summer cuteness for our doors.  They both turned out very different, but they’re both summery in their own way.  😉

Julia was inspired by the floral department of the craft store.  She has an awesome table that acts as a potting bench outside her front door with tons of beautiful succulents, and she wanted something that would really complement that.

Julia's Wreath - Beginning

Julia's Wreath - Beginning 2

I’ve talked before about my love affair with grapevine wreaths and how they make such a pretty statement for each season.  And the great thing is, if you’re using faux flowers, you can just cut them from the larger stems, place them where you want, and when the season is over, you can take them out and re-use the wreath form.

Julia Action - 1

Julia Action 2

You need pretty decent wire cutters in order to make this easy on your hands.  Typically regular old scissors don’t cut these blooms.  Then just get to placing!

Julia's Wreath - Progress

Julia is an incredible artist.  I love how her wreath looks like something from a floral designer.  It was really fun watching her be creative with the placement of the stems and flowers.  And that faux succulent stem was a really awesome find.

Julia's Wreath - Finished on Table

Julia’s finished wreath… Gorgeous, huh?

My Wreath - Beginning

Back in one of our old apartments, I made a wreath really similar to this.  I just used a hot glue gun to glue on the shells that I wanted.  The starfish add a little bit of interest that I love.

My Wreath - Progress

I burnt myself at least twice while doing this.  The little clamshell-type ones were so hard to get on there without getting glue all over my fingers.  And just a quick tip — If you have larger items that you are placing on the wreath (like the starfish), place those where you want them first and then nestle in everything else around it.

My Wreath - Finished on Table

My Wreath - Detail

This wreath feels like Summer to me.  I love driving up to our house and seeing it on our door.  …Gives me the warm and fuzzies.  🙂

My Wreath - On Door

English Rose Tea Room

Good morning, friends!  We are back from an awesome trip to Telluride and ready to tackle the week.  I’ll have pictures from the trip to show you later this week, but for today I thought I’d share some photos I took on my birthday.  Every year, Greyson takes me to a place called the English Rose Tea Room for a little tea party.  😉  He’s obviously very kind and thoughtful to do this considering this is honestly the frilliest place I could possibly choose to go.

The owner of the tea room is from England and so I love how authentic the experience must be.  We always get the Cream Tea, so each of us get our own pot of tea that we select and then two scones, delicious jam, and Devon cream — like incredibly thick whipped cream, the consistency of butter.

Scones

Teacup

Each place setting at the tables has mismatched teacups, bowls of sugar, delicate spoons, and glass tabletops with sheet music, post cards, fabric, and photographs displayed inside

Teacup With Napkin

The walls are covered with all sorts of girly things.  Faux greenery, beads, crystals, birds, mirrors…

Wall

Tea Cabinet

At the front of the tea room, away from the dining room, there is a little shop with many fun trinkets and, of course, tea.

Table Display

Tea

I love going here each year and it’s something that we save special for my birthday.  We definitely could go more than once a year, but I love that this is our little tradition.

Grey

Me

Summertime Happiness

Hey there.  🙂  Since I’ve got my spiffy new camera, I thought I would go around the house and take some better pictures of the Summer decor that we’ve got goin’ on.  It was so fun putting all of these little vignettes together, and I was surprised by how much I had packed away.  But let’s be real — all you really need for a good Summer vignette is sand and seashells.  It’s probably the least expensive season to decorate for — ha!

Side Table Shell Centerpiece

Side Table Shell Centerpiece Tall

Coffee Table Treasures

Coffee Table Treasures 2

Coffee Table Jar

Kitchen Centerpiece

Kitchen Centerpiece 2

Summer Scenes

Hey there!  In case you didn’t realize from yesterday’s post, for my birthday I got an awesome camera so that I don’t have to take pictures on my phone for the blog anymore!  😉  It’s very exciting.  I’m still learning how to use it but so far so good.  When we were at my in-laws’ house on Saturday, I got to photograph some of my mom-in-law’s Summer decor, and of course I have to share.

Wreath

I love this wreath and it did double-duty for Spring and now Summer.  During the Spring months there was a cute little bird on it, and my mom-in-law just took that off and added these shells for the warmer months.  The faux boxwood wreath she bought on Amazon, I believe.

Foyer Centerpiece

Here’s the foyer scene.  🙂  I love how this area is always decorated because there’s just something about coming into the house through the front door and seeing something so pretty that makes me happy.

Foyer Centerpiece Details

Foyer Centerpiece Details 2

All kinds of pretty details, but as you can see, a good apothecary jar is something that you can never have too many of.  😉

Shell Candles

This little urn gets updated for each season, and I love this rendition with white rocks and some shells.

Library Centerpiece

This is the library centerpiece — faux pearl strands, shells, and candles!  I also love how my mom-in-law tied a white string around a silver dollar and decorated one of the candles with it.  A great example of using what you have!

Brick Room Centerpiece Tall

Brick Room Centerpiece Wide

And of course, my favorite room, the brick room…  🙂

Brick Room Centerpiece Details

Starfish, a ceramic shell (it’s huge!), crystal, candles, and petite rocks.

Brick Room Centerpiece Details 2

Have you decorated for Summer yet?  What do you like to use in your vignettes?

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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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.  😉