Friday, July 13, 2012

Summer in the house

Happy Friday the 13th! Hope it was a good one for you and the bad luck stayed away! :)

Today I’m sharing a few of the summery touches I’ve added around the house over the past few weeks. Most everything I’ve had for a while – there’s only one recent purchase that I couldn’t pass up!

Not many words needed, so enjoy the pics:

DIY wooden trough

wooden trough under tv 

I get asked about this wooden trough under our TV a bunch – you can go here to see how I made it. It’s super easy and cheap to make – and I did it for free. :)

summer vignette decorating

A little vignette with a glass used as a vase.

summer pillows

Pillows are handmade (striped) and from Target (fuzzy I picked up last year, blue was from earlier this summer). Cute kitten with the precious crossed paws was free. ;)

summer decorating

Rocks and seashells I’ve gathered over the years.

summer decoratingseashells cloche

This “cloche” was a from an 80’s light fixture I picked up from Goodwill. I painted the metal gold to brighten it up.

lemons in bowl summer decorating

Love the pop of yellow against the green vintage pedestal!

summer sand coral display coral decor 

This beautiful coral is my only recent purchase – I found it at an antique store of all places!

green glass bottle

I’ve already gotten five tomatoes from my plants – are yours ready yet? There is nothing like a home-grown tomato! YUMMO!

Hope you have a lovely summer weekend! Talk to you next week! :)

36 comments:

  1. Beautiful!!! I love the coral & all the glass... Very inspiring photos.

    -Liz Marie

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  2. I've eaten one tomato so far. About 90 more are on their way! Love your 80s light fixture cloche.

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  3. Light and summery - love the touches!

    Emily

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  4. I love the idea of using a old light fixture as a cloche. I am pinning that idea right away!

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  5. You've inspired me already, through the beautiful pictures in your previous posts, to repaint my house a much lighter colour. Today's pictures confirm that it's the right move. Really, it's just SO nice.

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  6. I laughed when I noticed your cloche - those fixtures were installed throughout our home when it was built - in 1999.

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  7. Oh, I have one of those light fixtures in my hall...now I will be more motivated to replace it so I can use it as a terrarium or something! Thank you!

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  8. If anyone else is interested in your "80s 'cloche'" you have upcycled, the house we are currently renting has several that I'll sell for a song. ;o)

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  9. I can't grow a plant to save my soul. When it comes to most vegetables, that's okay. But I would love to have some homegrown tomatoes (especially the Heritage kind) right outside my back door. I haven't had a "good" tomato since I can't remember when. Enjoy them!

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  10. I love the trough. I pinned it. :)

    The beach items are great. I'm starting to collect a few for a beach themed mantle.

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  11. Very inspiring! I love the trough and the blue tray. I think I'll be making those after I finish my bathroom remodel! Thanks for posting!

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  12. Very summery, bright and oh so pretty!!

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  13. How pretty! I love all of the seashells! :-) Summer decor is so calming.

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  14. OOOO I love the summer beachy touches. I hope to collect more beach decor to be able to swap out every year for summer enjoyment.

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  15. Summery and so peaceful, at the same time. Love your bargain on kitten1 ~ Maureen

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  16. I have those same "cloche" hanging in my hallway. I can't wait to replace them. And now I just my try filling them with something cool. Love the trough also.

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  17. I LOVE the wooden box and have been looking to make one. Thank you so much for the tips! It is gorgeous.

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  18. I really like your "easy going" style. Love the wood crate & the trough, but really, the cute kitten is the best. We have one who crosses her paws just like that, & she's pretty darn cute, too!
    CAS

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  19. great summer touches..I love shells and keep mine out all year long...love the lemons in the green dish...but I would add a third one - not sure if I've been reading too much fifty shades - but the 2 of them reminded me of a pair of boobs popping out of a bikini top - LOL - always look forward to your posts

    Cheryl from Ontario

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  20. Very nice decorations, I love the silver bowl (is it a turtle?) with the sea shells in it.

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  21. Everything you do is darling !!! Thanks for your great Blog :)

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  22. Your summer touches are so, well, summery. :) I love the blue tray and the green pedestal bowl. Kitty kinda' steals the show, though. :)

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  23. Hey there! I know you may be too big for this already, but I nominated you for the Sunshine Bloggers Award. I have been a huge fan for a long time now, and I wanted to tell my friends about your site! Keep up the great work! I've been so inspired by your projects! Check out the nomination here:
    http://suburbanfarmmom.blogspot.com/2012/07/its-major-award.html

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  24. Love the beachy touches. So fun!!
    This is our first year to have a garden and we must have beginnners luck. So far we have harvested approx. 30 tomatoes, a dozen squash, countless jalepenos, and maybe 8 bell peppers. I am spoiled on homegrown tomatoes now. They are so GOOD!!

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  25. I love the trough too! Such pretty, simple projects and ways to incorporate summer.

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  26. Love those details! especially the first piece... it's makes me remember the vintage inspirations... and probably this brand: brabbu.com

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  27. My toms are still little and green! :(

    I love lemons, nothing prettier than a bowl of bright yellow lemons!

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  28. Hate to say it but your '80's cloche light fixture...might not be quite that old! Our house was built 6 years ago and those are the fixtures the builder has put in every house in our development!

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  29. The cloche light fixture is a great idea. Old light fixtures can become great decorations if you just get a little creative. A little paint and it's a whole new thing!

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  30. Happy Simmer,er, Summer Sarah! I'll bet Indy is just as hot and DRY as it is in Chi town. Bleh.
    Love the 80's fixture cloche morph. I've done something similar and find a cute hardware knob or, even better, one of my stash of vintage doorknobs looks great in that hole on top. Try it. You'll like it!

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  31. Beautiful decorating, beautiful photography. That light fixture cloche is an awesome idea, but the kitty is the nicest "accent".

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  32. Love your summery touches! I always get inspired to go thrifting when I read your stuff...I feel like I'm walking around your cozy house :)

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  33. Love the feel of the corals that you got from the antique store. The shot together with the candles inside the glass just looks magnificent and inspiring. It's great how you made that summer vibe going without bringing in too much change in the room's color scheme (unless, you've repainted?).

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  34. I suddenly remember my mother when I saw your blog. She used to decorate our house like this. Corals are great. Thank you for sharing.

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