Labor Day begins the winding down of summer. I’ve come to think of Memorial Day and Labor Day as a set of spiffy bookends supporting the May to September romance we have with summer, the summer vacation, and vacation photos.
A summer vacation was not to be for me and Dave the Builder due to obligations, project deadlines, and ch-ch-ch-ch-changes (a tip of the hat to David Bowie) in our everyday life.
So it goes.
All good things come to those who wait to hit the holiday road in the fall. Fall will be here soon as will cooler temps, seasonal colors on parade, festivals and gumbo good times.
Grab a to-go pumpkin latte and call me a happy traveler.
A simple solution to alleviate vacation withdrawals is to live the moment vicariously through vacation photos delivered to my inbox from the merry band of traveling Millennials aka our son and his wife, nephew #1 and his darling family, and nephew #2 and his beloved.
Our son and daughter-in-law traveled to the United States for a twelve day trip to discover the sights, sounds, and highlights of the Black Hills of South Dakota, Mount Rushmore National Park, Badlands National Park, Aspen, Denver, Fort Collins, and Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
They called one evening and while we were talking I heard the roar and rev of motorcycles.
Is that motorcycles I hear?
Yes it is.
Have you ever heard of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally?
Needless to say, it was quite a noisy conversation.
There would be more pictures, but the newest addition to their family, Dallas, chewed through both of their laptop charger cords.
Puppies gnaw and chew on cords, belts, purses, shoes, furniture.
A mother who bites her tongue and does not remind her son if the cords were not left on the floor for the puppy to get to in the first place you wouldn’t have this issue deserves a medal, or at the very least a vacation.
This weekend marks their first wedding anniversary. To mark the celebration, they are traveling to Minneapolis to dine in style, see Taylor Swift in concert, and shop for new and replacement electronics, chargers, and devices.
Speaking of weddings, the next round of vacation photos are from nephew #2 and his beloved’s trip to Bethesda, Maryland and Washington D.C. to attend a friend’s wedding and reception held at the Congressional Country Club.
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier atArlington National Cemetery
The Korean War Veterans Memorial
Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Nephew #1 and his darling family make a Florida vacation a yearly event. Joined by our niece-in-law’s parents, sister, brother, their spouses, children, and a pair of aunts and uncles, the group travel by air and land to Perdido Key for a week of family fun in the sun.
Twelve adults and six kids (including two babies under one) require a lot of stuff. With a two day start, our nephew drove his loaded to the gills SUV from Missouri to Florida to meet the crew.
Sun, beach, water, sand, rinse and repeat floated everyone’s boat. The Places In The Home side of the family leans more towards the mountains and the west coast, but know well the appeal of the Florida Gulf Coast.
Nephew #2 and his beloved ended up having a two for the price of one vacation. The second part of their vacation found them on beach time in Orange Beach, Alabama.
Toes in the sand without a vacation care in the world until company arrives.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall- vacation photos place you in the moment and serve as a wish you were here postcard. As the sun sets on summer 2018, we hope you have a wonderful Labor Day holiday weekend.
You would think color palette inspiration is what I gleaned from the country French aesthetic of this Charles Faudree decorated bedroom. Oh, it catches my eye and pops the patriotic palette, but what speaks 4th of July to me is the blue and white plates on the wall.
More on that further down the post.
Old Glory proudly welcomes visitors and the 4th of July to Places In The Home. I never shy away from an opportunity to add a pop of color to interiors or exteriors.
Displaying the American flag and decorative throw pillows in red, white, and blue brilliantly colors my world in true patriotic style.
Our usual cast of characters made an executive holiday decision to hold our 4th of July bash at my brother’s house.
I voted for our 4th of July holiday to look a bit more like this,
but the majority ruled for our grand old flag pop and splash style 4th of July bash to be a home for the holiday celebration.
Relocating our 4th of July bash to my brother’s house puts us closer to the lake and his pool.
My Dad was a Veteran and a proud American. His love of country was rooted in the American flag. He fought for it, he never shied from his pride in it, and at the end of his life the American flag honored him. In honor of my Dad, Veterans, and the military servicemen and women who serve our country, our flag flies for you.
What would a 4th of July tablescape be without a red, white and blue centerpiece? I’m supplying the vase which is actually a cookie jar sans lid and the American flags.
Whatever greenery or flower I can find in blooming abundance in nature’s floral department (the yard) will be the center of centerpiece attention. I happened to notice how full our neighbor’s magnolia tree is at present, and with their permission to “get all you want whenever you want” I’m thinking a bouquet of magnolias is where this centerpiece is going.
I’m staying true red, white, and blue with the party palette, but the 4th of July patio table will be set with vintage blue and white plates in various china patterns.
Summer sweet corn grown in the fields along the bayou is on the menu. Some want it roasted, some want it cut off the cob and Southern fried with home grown tomatoes and sauteed Vidalia onions, and some want it boiled or as it was put to me the way nature and the farm to table gods intended.
Summer sips, snacks, sweets, sides and sizzle simple is on the menu. Dave the Builder will lead the barbecue pit crew, I’ll handle the sides, my brother is in charge of beverages and appetizers, and Mama Places In The Home is on dessert detail.
From planning to preparing to plating, our grand old flag pop and splash style 4th of July bash is a family affair. We’re ready to go 4th, color our world and our holiday, and party in patriotic style. We hope you all have a fantastic 4th of July and if things don’t get planning and preparing crazy around here, I’ll pop in with a post next week.
The on the patio, porch, terrace or deck on summer holidays season complete with summer ready spots of relaxation and entertaining decked out to impress is ready to a kick off. Memorial Day is fast approaching with the 4th of July and Labor Day arriving sooner than later. The Canadian snowbird couple celebrated Victoria Day this past Monday, and the snaps of their deck and yard getting summer ready mirrors what many of us are patio planning.
Ollie by Gollie and Caramel the Wonder Rescue love spending time outdoors soaking up the sun. Winter is in the rearview mirror, and we are looking ahead to outdoor living, entertaining, and my favorite, decorating, with the full-on colors, patterns, and textures that visually convey the message summer has arrived. The warm temps of spring every days and summer holidays is inspiration central for those who love decorating and celebrating their outdoor living life on the patio, porch, terrace or deck on summer holidays.
Summer evenings set to a serene and tranquil scene usher in a leave the fast track behind and escape to relaxation destination. I love an outdoor space that visually draws you in and stunningly communicates come for the style, stay for the view.
Great lighting is an essential part of framing the space- indoors and outdoors. I always suggest adding or at least consider adding a chandelier and/or table lamp(s) to your patio, porch, terrace or deck space. These lighting options inject a touch of casual elegance and make the space more intimate.
Celebrating the moments of your outdoor living life with a cool refreshing beverage is always a good idea. Convenience makes a fabulous party guest, and a beverage station or bar cart sur le patio is as convenient as it is necessary.
The image below reminds me of the vintage sewing machine stand I bought at a flea market when Dave the Builder and I were dating. Dave found a scrap piece of marble to serve as the top and we were in business.
I first used the marble top sewing machine stand as a bistro table, then a kitchen island, then a microwave stand, and eventually a poolside bar/beverage stand. Nothing fancy by any means, but unique (at the time) and very versatile.
Are you familiar with the site Wish.com? My niece-in-law introduced me to this online direct from China shopping site, and I have ordered several things from the site with no issues. The merchandise quality is good, I have had no problems with shipping dates, and the items arrive as advertised. I ordered this leaf linen throw pillow cover last summer, and I am so pleased with the product and the price.
Are you ready for the price?
$2.00 including shipping.
A quality look at a super inexpensive price. That’s a summer style deal I can get on board with.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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!
Lavender Rose Summer Body Scrub
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.