It seems as though when we celebrate Memorial Day,
honoring our servicemen who have sacrificed their lives for the great freedoms
we enjoy and are blessed with in this Country, it also kicks off an unofficial welcome
to Summer . . . being that the official start of Summer is June 21st.
Today, I am kicking off Summer with some very talented fellow bloggers
featuring our favorite Summer Colors. Colors that say Summer to us.
A Summer Colors Tour, hosted by the lovely and talented Jennifer, of Town and Country Living.
When I think of summer colors, I tend to be drawn to the cool shades of blue,
the Summertime Blues . . . with pops of another favorite color, yellow.
Cool blues of summer that remind me of the many, many summers I spent at the beach
in Florida, where I spent most of my life.
The beautiful shades of blue of the ocean and the bright yellow of the sun
shining down upon the water.
One of my very favorite things of late, is this vintage French canning jar with the
beautiful vintage Citron label of blue and yellow. It was the perfect container
for a summer floral arrangement.
You can read about the story of its journey along with my vintage French Market Basket
from California to N.C. HERE
When I was gathering items for the vignette I wanted to create . . . .
I thought, what could be better than to gather my vintage blue French pitchers.
It was also a good thing that I have not started to pack up my vintage laundry room items,
as this blue and white enamelware berry pail that once held vintage clothes pins,
was perfect to hold the lemons . . . Citron.
The lemon is actually a hybrid of the Citron. Citron is an old and original citrus species.
The word Lemon in French is Citron.
My go to favorite summer drink (non-alcoholic that is) is a wonderful glass of lemonade.
However, I must say that I grew up drinking pitchers of Key Limeade
that my mom made from Key Limes. . . . picked fresh from our Key Lime trees.
Talk about pitchers . . . up until recently, I only had one vintage blue (and white)
enamelware French pitcher that I inherited from my friend Mary Alice of Chateau Chic.
Then I purchased the solid blue pitcher while vacationing in Napa Valley.
They say that three of the same item makes a collection.
I was reading a blog post (The French Oasis) and saw that she was having a sale. . .
and there it was, a pretty light blue vintage enamelware French pitcher.
Three is not a crowd . . . it’s a collection!
It was a great sale and when I opened the package from France, it was love at first sight!!!
It is so pretty filled with the beautiful blue Larkspur.
Those who have been following me throughout the years,
know that I had a pair of antique wood and iron shutters over the mantel.
They were taken down last week with the help of the painters.
It took four strong men to put them up as each shutter weighed over 100 pounds . . .
but just three men to take them down. They are in the storage unit now waiting for
a new home, hopefully within the year. But now I have a simple grouping of
bread boards and an antique tole tray from my friend Martha in it’s place.
Blues added to the room with pillows of various coordinating designs,
all from Pottery Barn with the exception of one.
The concrete garden finials are a staple on my hearth.
It is my way of bringing the outside in and great statement pieces for the fireplace.
The pillow that is not from Pottery Barn is actually one of my favorite pillows
for Summer. “Summer House” It is from French Laundry. I am fortunate to have their
warehouse within less than an hour away from me in High Point, N.C.
The blue woven summer throw is from Pottery Barn and I was lucky that it was on clearance!
Actually the cream and tan fringed throw on the chair was also a clearance item.
As I was fluffing the room for Summer, it was a bit bittersweet,
as I was thinking this may be the last Great Room Refresh in this house.
I know I am looking forward to a new journey with our “right-sized” home,
but this house, as five others before, holds so many memories.
We closed on this house on the day my granddaughter was born. That was 13 years ago.
I know she is a little sad about us selling the house she has only known for us.
We have always told her that this house is not just ours, but hers too.
As a young girl, she always referred this house as “her other house”
The new house will be hers too!
We are hoping to rent a particular home (once the Due Diligence is complete)
that will be in the same community as the house we are building.
Our Sweetie will be choosing which bedroom will be hers.
She will always have a room in our home.
The rental home we are hoping to get is larger than this one . . . go figure.
It is almost 5,000 square feet, so no need to put things in storage.
Now it is time to get more wonderful Summer decor inspiration!
Below is today’s Line-Up and Monday and Tuesdays too, along with the
upcoming Line-Up that you can look forward to on Thursday and Friday.
So grab your favorite drink and maybe a snack too and be inspired away!!
Taryn Whitaker Designs – House by Hoff – Zevy Joy – Maison de Pax
Unskinny Boppy – My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia – Vinyet Etc.
Home Made Lovely – The Happy Housie – She Holds Dearly – Little Glass Jar
Becky’s Farmhouse – So Much Better with Age – City Farmhouse
Hope you had fun gathering some fabulous Summer inspiration
that you can apply to your home decor!!
May you all have a most beautiful day, and again, may I add with lots of sunshine!