Thursday, June 11, 2015

"a little summer"


I am madly working in the garden 


getting it ready for a Summer Cottage Garden Party.


But, I took some time out this past weekend to "summer-ize" the house.


With sun, sea and sand pillows, ocean art and surfboards, 


one might wonder how I could add any more "summer".


I tucked some wooden buoys into a wire basket


and dug a favorite enamel mug out of the cupboard - I love the colors and the beach scene on the mug.


Shells and a new message were added to our vintage typewriter.


 The living room got a huge dose of seaside decor -


shells from our travels and walks along the beach fill my vintage shopping basket,


buckets and buoys,


weights and starfish decorate the mantel,


and a container of sea glass (gathered over the 17 years since we moved to our beach cottage) are all on display.


The anchor pillow sits on the sofa year round, 


but somehow it looks more summery when paired with patriotic pillows.


Steve likes the display of shells on the cedar chest


because each shell, piece of coral and even the sand, is from a surf trip he took to the Maldives in 2001.


I have seen lots of rooms with whales so I placed my whale bookends on top of some "beachy" books instead of holding the books up.


There's "a little summer" everywhere at our house


and with JP's wedding just 5 weeks away


I don't imagine there will be many changes for quite awhile.

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Join me at

My Salvaged Treasures for the Vintage Inspiration Party


49 comments:

Stacey said...

Love your cottage! You reminded me that I want a vintage typewriter to put messages in.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Love the summery/beachy feel to your sweet place.

Have a great day ~ FlowerLady

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

I think this must be the epitome of summer ! Love it all :)

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

I think this must be the epitome of summer ! Love it all :)

Vicky Hunt said...

Your gorgeous cottage always has a summery feel, but you definitely added to it. I love how everything you decorate with has personal meaning or a story tied to it. Your home is always a favorite to visit! I know you're getting excited about the upcoming wedding! Enjoy every moment!

podso said...

Love your old sand pails. There's so much to see at your house and I'm sure lots of "conversation pieces."

Helen Philipps said...

I always love beachy themes, and you have so many lovely ideas, Carol! I wish I had some of those adorable little seaside buckets. Looking forward to the cottage garden party!
Helen xox

Dawn said...

Love the vintage pails, how cute. Your house looks just perfect for summer :)

‚Ą≥artina @ Northern Nesting said...

Carol I love love love it all!! That second photo down of the outside is so pretty and I love all the summer touches you added to the inside especially all those pretty pillows and all the shells!

ANNE said...

Beautiful - as always! Enjoy!!!

Kathy said...

It is all simply beautiful. I adore the way you make your little home so fresh and bright and uncluttered.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

C A R O L !!!!!!!!! That whale, he is ADORABLE! Your garden party, I can't wait! That is the day we return home and I will be here! What a fabulous start you have with all the right accessories to make your garden just right. I spy a day bed? I can't wait to doll mine up with summer whites. Oh the fun I'm having here, Carol!!!! Anita

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Your cottage by the sea is all a beach home should be! Love your decor and touches of summer! That wedding will be here before you know it!
hugs,
Linda

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You have a lot of pretty things...all of the nautical things that I LOVE! But you still manage to keep things neat and clean. I don't know how you manage that but it sure looks nice. Enjoy your day! Hugs, Diane

bobbie said...

Your cottage always feels 'summery' to me ~ even more so now! I can't wait for the garden party! Re: the wedding... just remember to breathe!
Hugs ~

Connie said...

Hi Carol, you do summer at it's best :) I love, love, love your pillows on the sofa, but my all time favorite and has been since the first time I saw them) is your little tin sand buckets. Those are wonderful and bring back childhood memories, of building sand castles and running along the shores of Lake Michigan.
Thanks for the memories.
Connie :)

Kathleen George said...

I love your colorful and beachy home. The seaglass takes me back when we would go the beaches in southern California. Santa Monica, Zuma and Oxnard to name a few. Sitting and listening to the sound of the waves is very soothing to the soul. Your blog reminds me of home. Kathleen in Az

BeachGypsy said...

Itr amazing and i love it! You have found more beach glass than anybody i know! Wow! We dont get any here!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

It's always such a treat to see your creative displays and sweet treasures. I love the container of collected beach glass...I love it all...and your vintage typewriter too.

Kelly said...

I believe your house is the quint essential summer house since it's at the beach and is warm year round! You have such a nice collection of beach accessories. I love the buoys and the sea glass.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Love your summer-ized house. I too have been adding coastal and patriotic to mine. Love that mix for summer.

Kim said...

Your house wears summer very well, Carol! :)

20 North Ora said...

Oh my, your home is definitely ready for summer. It looks just beautiful!

Judy

Jasper's Cottage said...

oh, I love the summer touches in your house. I am inspired now! jonni

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Carol,
Your Summertime decorations just invite one to relax and enjoy sea breezes. Philly was 93 today - too hot too soon. I love your jar of beach glass and all your touches. Really looking forward to the Cottage garden tour, it will be fun to see what you do. Today I received an invitation to my cousins beach home for a party, she collects Whale accessories, she lives on Whaling way! So I am going to find something unique ... Well eyes, fingers and toes crossed I will. Your whale is cute.
xoxo

Sarah said...

Carol, your cottage by the sea is filled with charm any season of the year. I'm crushing over your red, white, and blue pillows at the moment. Added this to my Hooray for the Red, White, and Blue Pinterest Board. ;-)
Looking forward to the Summer Cottage Garden Tour.

Art @ Home said...

The little whale is making me smile tonight...how cute is that!?!?!?

My Garden Diaries said...

It all looks fantastic Carol! I love the whales I must say and how fun is that garden party!!! Enjoy friend!!! Nicole xo

cynthia lee designs said...

Love all your Summer touches!! I have a typewriter like yours, except mine is sitting down in my basement. I'm thinking that I should bring it upstairs and display it in my living room.
~Cindy

Junkchiccottage said...

Hi Carol,
Love your inside summer beach decor and it will be fun to be with you in the garden party coming up soon. Have a wonderful week end.
Kris

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

I love the blue bucket!

http://deezie-sunshinedeezines.blogspot.com/ said...

Hi Carol
Oh your house is just beautiful with all the summer touches. I love that in all the pictures we can see hints of outside. I love that. Can't wait to see the garden tour. Enjoy your day today
deezie

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Carol, your summer look is so inviting and inspiring. Love the typewriter and still on the hunt for one. The garden party sounds like it will be fun!! Have a nice weekend. Hugs, CM

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Love all the coastal accessories that you have added. I love the sea glass too! I think I will be seeking some of my coastal accessories before I move since I don't live on the coast anymore, we will see.

Daytona Damsel said...

My favorite look, Summer. I like your flag pillow on the sofa. Did you make it? You have the beach cottage style I like most.
Debbie

Sue said...

Fell in love with it all especially the blue pail, cup and black whale!

Susie said...

Carol, I just love your home. It's the windows for me. You place things near the window and it seems to be so cozy. I feel that even on a rainy day, you would feel just fine sitting near any of the windows. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Susan Clayton said...

Makes me homesick for the sea, and living in a house where there is always fine white sand being tracked in on bare feet. Looking forward to the Party! Adding a notice to my blog.

Melanie said...

Your beautiful cottage and your summer decor make me want to don shorts and sandals (I don't do flip flops) and make myself right at home in your place. I can't wait to see your garden tour...your yard is always so pretty and lush.

Deanies Stash said...

Love what you have done to "summerize". It looks so inviting!

518Frenchgirl said...

Hello, Your blog is so beautiful, love all of your photographs...you and your hubby are a fine example of what retired folks like us should be doing. Your blog, home, garden and lifestyle are full of energy and light. Enter the ocean view with the sailboat...it's great! Loved your hooked pillows, old typewriter and "art and sand" everywhere. I subscribed to your blog and thanks for commenting on mine. I need to spend some time with the layout and add more color...it takes me a long time! Yours is amazing. Green is my favorite color...so I really really like.

handmade by amalia said...

Carol, if there's a knock on the door it's probably House Beautiful coming to do a double feature on your home, it looks amazing!
Amalia
xo

karen@somewhatquirky said...

I love your red white and blue pillow collection! The garden looks lovely - maybe you'll get some rain before the wedding???

Consider It All Joy said...

I love your summer, Carol! Now that my back yard mural is complete I am re-loving my office with a simple beachy theme. Looking for great small pieces has been challenging but fun! I love your decor eye! Looking forward to the 'garden party'! Blessings, Cindy

Renee said...

Your summery home looks great. I love the pillows and all your little touches everywhere.

CatieAn said...

Love all the sweet summery changes.....but the whale is my favorite......he is adorable. I see you too have a bed outdoors.
I have one on the deck and love to lay out there in the cooler morning or evening and read.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I love what you chose to write on your typewriter... So many fun memories teaching it to my pupils!

Carla said...

Cute summer touches. I need a vintage typewriter. I love how you add a saying to it. I might have to copy it with your permission of course.
Thats a cute whale.

Have a Daily said...

Don't know how I missed this post Carol. Love every bit of summer you have added! I need to add cute sayings in my typewriter. Love how you do that!
hugs,
Jann