a shabby cottage Summer

Just a touch of Summer has been making it’s way into our little cottage.  One of my favorite things to do when the weather’s nice is having a meal outdoors, so we have been enjoying  a little dining al fresco.

outdoor dining with a hydrangea centerpiece

We’re usually working out in the garden, so it’s nice to enjoy it once in a while.  I love long loungey suppers outside, especially on the weekend!

our vintage table and chairs is set for supper

How about a fun polka dot print for Summertime.  I’m loving it, fun and playful.  We keep throws out year round to help avoid air conditioning arguments.  Paisley also usually winds up on one which is great for keeping her off the ivory sofa.

cottage living room with a gray polka dot throw

There is a chance I painted the vintage armoire again.  I may have even painted it twice in one week.  First, I went with pale blue that I ended up not liking.  Next, I tried darker gray with a dry brush over the blue to give it some shabby vintage appeal.  This could be a keeper!

shabby vintage armoire painted gray

My new favorite flower in the garden just might be the pink primrose.  I keep picking and it keeps on blooming! The lavender is also in full bloom and it smells delicious so I made this sweet little wreath using lavender and primrose.  We have lots of wisteria vines so I used a vine for the base of the wreath and added a little rosemary to give the wreath some fullness.

DIY wreath made of lavender and pink primrose

What else is growing in the garden?  All of the herbs are doing well and I have been cooking with them often.  There is something so satisfying about picking plants from your own garden to make a meal. Here we have some rosemary, basil, and oregano on a vintage floral plate with ruffles.

rosemary, basil, and oregano on a vintage floral plate

The tomato plant is not that big, but looking like summer none the less!  I planted cherry tomatoes this season because I read if you’re not good at growing tomatoes to try the cherry variety.  They are supposed to be easier to grow. Well, I have two cherry tomatoes so far. That’s them.  There they are. We will each get a half of a cherry tomato in our salad when they ripen. I’m hoping that there will be many more to come.

cherry tomatoes in the garden

How does your garden grow?

xoxo Sally


5 thoughts on “a shabby cottage Summer

  1. Cindy

    I love your polka dot throw. How cheerful. I keep throws out all year round too, especially for the dog to sleep on and burrow under. Protects the sofa like you said.
    Your cherry tomatoes will eventually produce dozens for the picking. I only plant 1 or 2 cherries in my garden and it is more than enough for me. In fact many often go to waste. I love to eat them while out weeding the garden. I love a warm, juicy tomato!

  2. Mary Alice Patterson

    I love eating outside on these not so hot summer days. Your table and setting look like the perfect place to linger and enjoy. Darling wreath you made out of some garden cuttings. And I may have to use your idea of keeping a throw out even in the summer…we have those air conditioning arguments. 🙂
    Mary Alice

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    1. sally Post author

      Thank you for the feature, I’m flattered! I’ve been enjoying visiting the linky party blogs all week!

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