A Fetching Friday feature of summer sites summer spots summer scenes.
Enjoy your summer Fetching Friday and weekend!
A Fetching Friday feature of summer sites summer spots summer scenes.
Enjoy your summer Fetching Friday and weekend!
Summer vacation let’s hit the holiday road getaway, treasure hunting, taste testing delicious cuisine, unplugging if only for a few days, reconnecting with Dave the Builder. It’s that summer vacation time of year again.
All I ever wanted
Had to get away
Talk (type) to you next week.
Summer: the middle of the year jubilee where the focus is on the casual, the comfortable and the chic is upon us. Interior and exterior updates with summer colors, patterns and textures put summer into motion through decor. What home decor pieces to add to your decor to accent the season and make a summer style splash crosses the minds of many decoristas. Let’s look at a selection of summer style splash decorating suggestions ready to deliver maximum seasonal decorating impact.
A seagrass rug adds texture and depth to a space while the neutral color and warm tones provide a natural summer style splash. Seagrass rugs are durable and affordable. I like to suggest home decor accessories that carry over season to season. Ideal alone for summer decorating, a seagrass rug will remain a style staple when decorating for fall/winter by layering a rug in seasonal color, pattern and texture over the seagrass rug.
Table lamps remain an excellent accessory choice when updating your home to reflect the look of the season. This dynamite duo of seahorse table lamps in classic black and gold brings to mind the casual elegance of coastal design while standing the test of time and trend. Chic year round reminder of summer.
Emphasize the Sights and the Sounds of the Season
It’s hard not to associate summer with sights and sounds of the beach, coast, shore and sea. High tide style can easily be introduced into your summer decor in several low cost, high impact ways with items discovered on a summer outing to the beach, lake, coast, shore or dollar store. Seashells, beach rocks, decorative coral, driftwood, cypress- you get the idea. Here are a few summer style splash suggestions for using sea shells:
Summer themed vignette.
Decorative accent lighting.
Seaside tablescape set for coastal casual elegance with a relaxing summer soundtrack to sea and sand to.
When I see a colorful aromatic bouquet display in the grocery store floral department, I’m immediately on summer vacation. The arrival and check in process is a summer breeze when the sight and scent of tropical floral arrangements greet you. I believe I’ll pick up a bouquet on my next trip to the grocery store and file the purchase under treat the eye and the senses to a splash of summer style.
By the Pool Ambiance
A cool summer splash revives the mind and refreshes the body on a hot summer afternoon. No Pool? No Pool House? No Problem! Create a by the pool ambiance with these summer style splash decorating suggestions.
Display a decorative bowl of citrus on an accent table, kitchen island or dining table. What the apple is to fall citrus is to summer.
Discover or develop a refreshing beverage for summer sipping. Summer citrus is ripe for admiring, slicing and garnishing a refreshing summer beverage or delicious dish.
The may I serve you serving tray is a summer entertaining essential.
Stack towels (beach or bath) steeped in summer approved colors, textures and patterns.
I hope these summer style splash decorating suggestions offer inspiration for decorating your summer house.
The look of summer fabulous does not just happen. Getting our decor, porches, patios, decks, lawns and gardens summer wow ’em ready comes with a fair amount of work. Unfortunately, this labor of summer outdoor living love does not go unnoticed on the hands, feet and elbows of those who do the time in the summer salt mines putting a lot of elbow grease into it by performing the let’s pretty things up around here task at hand. Consulting my handy dandy Thesaurus for a nicer word for work, I thought these synonyms for the word work make a point.
Task at hand.
Hand. Grease (oil). Salt. I’m thinking a sweet summer season body scrub is in order.
Targeted emails, BOGOS and promo codes complement the necessary essential oils order needed to create the latest addition to my DIY beauty scrub recipe collection. Let me introduce you to a fabulous summer hand, feet and body beauty treatment– Lavender Rose Summer Body Scrub.
I almost forgot to add this little tidbit of inspired information to the post.
Back at Christmastime I ordered the crystal replica of the Hershey’s Kiss from Godinger Crystal for Dave the Builder’s Christmas stocking gift. The busy shipping elves at Godinger mistakenly sent me a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup dish instead of the Hershey’s Kiss dish. One quick and courteous call to customer service later, the issue professionally became a non-issue resulting in a sweet deal. With all this talk and type of the rule of kiss aka keep it summer simple, container inspiration stylishly struck.
I spooned ¼ cup of the scrub into the kiss dish and added a few of the dried lavender buds for keeping it lavender rose summer body scrub stylishly scented and summer scrub simple.
I keep the remaining scrub in a lidded jar, the lavender buds nearby in a lovely vintage dish. The pairing of lavender and rose together is summer scent divine!
½ cup sugar
½ cup kosher sea salt
½ cup coconut oil, melted
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops rose essential oil
1 tablespoon dried lavender buds
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Spoon scrub into a lidded jar of choice and seal tightly. Scrub will keep for several weeks.
Memorial Day weekend welcomes keep it summer simple entertaining, outdoor living, backyard cookouts, and the picnic packing times that go so well with summer. Summer entertaining ideas o’plenty are filling up my notepad file marked hot style in the summertime.
Who remembers when the crudite tray ruled the appetizer course? The ultimate crudite crate is a super cute summer entertaining idea.
Farmhouse chic is for sure the trend with staying power and one tailored-made for summer entertaining. Millennials, brides-to-be, kitchenistas, decoristas, outdoor living entertainingistas love, love, love the ease of entertaining farmhouse chic brings to the table.
Our Millennial son aka the Canadian snowbird and his bride-to-be completed their trip with a quick trip to Waco and the uber popular Magnolia Market. They give the market, bakery and the metropolis of Waco a glowing review.
Okay, let’s get back to the crudites crate ideas.
Standard Supply Wooden Tray ~ H&M
As far as appetizers go, especially in the heat of the summer, I practice the rule of less is more. Small bites and nibbles make the perfect edible complement to a cold beverage. With that in mind, I think the Modern Wood Shadow Box from Target will make a big summer entertaining statement. Like a picnic basket- pack it tight with fresh veggies for summer snacking.
Potato salad is a picnic-pot luck staple. I don’t know if I would go so far as to categorize it as a vintage side dish, but potato salad has graced the summer picnic table of my great grandmother, my grandmothers, my aunts, my mother and my mother-in-law. You get the picture.
Recipes for potato salad vary in ingredients and styles, serving warm or cold is in the palate preference of the fork or spoon holder, and to add mustard or not add mustard is a whole nother potato salad issue. I came across Doris Day’s recipe for German Potato Salad, and thought it would make a great addition to this post.
Doris Day’s German Potato Salad
6 medium-sized potatoes
1 large stalk of celery, chopped in small pieces
3-4 scallions (white part only), thinly sliced
4 slices lean bacon, cut in small strips
2/3 cup water
½ cup cider (or wine) vinegar
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Cook potatoes in their skins until tender. Cool slightly, peel and slice into a large bowl. Add celery and scallions. Fry bacon in saucepan until crisp. Add water and vinegar. Pour over potato-celery-scallion mixture, toss lightly. Cover and marinate thoroughly (several hours or overnight) before serving. Serves 4.
Julia Child is deliciously correct. To her words I add entertaining well doesn’t mean entertaining fancy. I’m coming to realize the correlation between vintage and comfortable is undeniable.
I served this fruit salad at the bridal shower and the crowd went yum.
Pretty presentation. That’s what counts.
Tropical Fruit Salad
2 cans tropical fruit, drained
1 can pear halves, drained
1 pint blueberries
juice of one(1) lemon
1 large ripe avocado, halved and cut into slices
1 small container plain Greek yogurt
2 Tablespoons honey
In a mixing bowl, toss together canned fruit with juice of one lemon. Cover and chill 1 hour. Add to a small container of Greek yogurt two Tablespoons of honey and you’ve got the dressing. Garnish with avocado slices, yogurt dressing and black pepper.
Dollar store wine goblets in the style of oatmeal glass make a lovely serving presentation. I am snacking on this fruit salad as I write up this post. Delicious, if I do say so myself.
By now you’ve realized vintage style glassware is a favorite. Inspiration is everywhere, especially at the movies.
Sparkling Spiked Peach Lemonade
1 cup sugar
1 cup of water
3 large peaches
6 cups sparkling water
1 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1 ½ cup vodka
In a small pot, combine the sugar and 1 cup of water. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, and simmer until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and cool completely.
Remove the skins from 2 of the peaches, reserving the third. Cut an “X” in the bottom of each one, and place them in a pot of boiling water for about 30 seconds. Transfer the peaches to an ice bath, and peel when cool enough to handle. Slice each peeled peach in half and remove the pits. Cut peaches into cubes, place them in the blender or food processor, and puree until liquified.
In a large pitcher, combine the pureed peaches, the cooled simple syrup, the sparkling water, the lemon juice and the vodka. Stir to combine. Add ice and stir again.
Cut the remaining peach into thin slices. Stir a few of the slices into the lemonade and use the others to garnish the glasses. Serves 4.
Are you ready for summer entertaining? Enjoy this Memorial Day weekend, practice the entertaining rule of KISS by keeping it summer simple, and bon appétit.
Today I am sharing a few summer reads to add to your summer reading list. These soak up the fun in the sun summer reads travel well to the beaches, lakes, pools and rest and relaxation escapes tailor-made for a beach bag packed with summer reads.
Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan a novel about a twisted family reunion of sorts and the long-buried secrets surrounding one of Asia’s most privileged families.
Romance, betrayal, magic and adventure is set to an interpretation of Swan Lake in Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sara B. Larson.
The Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green tells the story of the relationship between three sisters who are brought together to fulfill the final wishes of their mother. Confrontation, realization and determination to face fears both old and new the sisters reveals sisterly truths that give credence to the belief blood is thicker than water.
The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck is the story of a bridal boutique owner who finds the perfect vintage wedding gown in a trunk at an estate sale. From there a curiosity with the backstory and the women who have worn the dress evolves into a love story surrounding four women and a wedding dress.
Ooh la love Picnic in Provence: A Memoir With Recipes, a sweet and delicious read by Elizabeth Bard. Did I mention recipes?
A Paris Apartment by Michelle Gable is a near to my heart read based on the true story detailing the discovery of antiques and art and priceless accessories, oh my! in a Parisian apartment opened for the first time in seventy years. Highly recommended for the antiques treasure hunter’s summer reading list.
Discovery becomes more than a passing summer fancy in Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson. A cafe by the beach serves comfort food and comfort for a searching soul as Laura Walker steps out of one comfort zone into another.
Belle Isle, North Carolina reads like The Hamptons on spiked Southern sweet tea. Discovery of a dishonest and dead husband, a mother-daughter relationship fraught with issues, decisions old and new in need of dealing with, and plenty of pull up your big girl panties, pour yourself a cocktail and deal with it moments. The island spice of life makes The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews a get lost in a good book read.
Well, it’s official. I am slowly but surely becoming my grandmother- both of them. These two Southern women of strong convictions and delicious confections knew from trial by fire through temperatures of hellacious measure how hot a kitchen could get in the dead of summer.
Late lunch and evening meal menus played to cold salads of potato, macaroni, Louisiana seafood and leafy greens, fresh farm to market fruits and vegetables served at room temperature (the absolute best way to eat a homegrown tomato!), crispy cold fried chicken or bacon, roast beef or thin sliced ham prepared the morning before, canned pickles and chow chow spiked with bite and flavor.
Even in these modern central air times, when the stove and double ovens are cooking and baking at full throttle in the good old summertime, things can get hot, hot, hot in the kitchen. I learned from the best it’s not the temperature it’s served at but the taste and presentation upon the plate.
My latest summer salad series recipe, Fig and Fresh Mint Vinaigrette, deliciously fits right in with the house salad rule for summer suppers. The Dijon mustard, olive oil, Kosher salt and fine black pepper make a tasty base. The complementing flavors of the fig preserves and fresh lemon juice brought on the zing, but two tablespoons of fresh mint chopped uber fine delivered a bright bite placing this vinaigrette in a whole new flavor category. This vinaigrette is summer in a jar. Simply fresh, simply delicious!
Note the vintage serving bowl I bought on our latest antiques treasure hunting trip.
Fig and Fresh Mint Vinaigrette
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
3 Tablespoons fig preserves
1½ Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 Tablespoons fresh mint, finely chopped
Kosher salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
Whisk lemon juice, Dijon mustard and lemon juice in a small bowl until blended. Add olive oil and whisk until blended. Stir in the fresh mint, Kosher salt and pepper. To guarantee extra blended goodness pour vinaigrette into a small mason jar. Screw on the lid good and tight and give it a good shake to combine.
Today’s A Most Fetching Friday serves as a friendly reminder of the importance of keeping cool in the intense summer heat. Our internet service failed to connect us to the world wide web this past Wednesday morning and as of this posting remains spotty. Ugh!
Work crews from AT&T have graced the Places In The Home compound with their skilled and professional presence over the last two days. Knowing the importance of staying hydrated and keeping cool in the fight against heat exhaustion, I keep a steady supply and variety of bottle waters on hand for the postman, landscape crews, and utility workers.
The heat is on in these intense summer days making it necessary for those who work and play outdoors to do what it takes to reduce the risks of associated with the unforgiving combination of heat and humidity.
One does want a hint of style.
Keeping cool is key when working or playing outdoors in the summer. Stay cool, hydrated, sun protected and heat exhaustion educated in these fun in the summer sun months.
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